Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Fire pumps 'improve safety at Douglas fuel site'

Harbour pumps
Image caption The habour pumps have been installed on Douglas harbour at a cost over over £2m

The Manx government has spent more than £2m improving safety measures at the oil and gas depots on Douglas Harbour.

A new pump house containing three fire pumps has been built near the Battery Pier Yard.

In the event of a fire in the area the pumps are designed to suck up water from the harbour to put out a blaze.

Member for Harbours David Callister said the scheme had not only improved safety at the fuel depot, but also in the adjacent residential properties.

He added: "The new fire pumps have been designed to meet current standards that have been much increased as a result of the major explosion and fire that occurred in the UK at Buncefield in December 2005."

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