Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Southern Isle of Man fire station to cost £1m

Plans for a new fire station in the south of the Isle of Man will cost just under £1m, according to the government.

Home Affairs has applied for planning permission to build a replacement for the Farrants Way station in Castletown.

It is hoped the new station, on the Ronaldsway industrial estate near the airport- could be operational by the beginning of 2015.

Fire chief Kevin Groom said the old building has been used for more than 50 years and is no longer fit for purpose.

A government spokesman said new facilities will address current issues and "open up a number of options for the future."

"As an equal opportunities employer, the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service would be able to provide facilities for male and female retained fire fighters at the new station," he said.

"There would also be a training ground and 10-metre tower to support on-Island training programmes and enhance the skills and knowledge of officers across a range of activities."

The Castletown station currently has seven retained firefighters.

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