Service moving to Tromode
New headquarters for the Island’s Civil Defence operation will be showcased at a special opening ceremony on Wednesday.
The base brings all Civil Defence vehicles, equipment and training facilities under one roof, in a bespoke warehouse next to the Department of Home Affairs HQ in Tromode.
A plaque to mark the occasion will be unveiled by Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey, who will be joined by the department's chief executive, Dan Davies, Chief Constable Gary Roberts, Civil Defence volunteers and staff involved in the development.
Civil Defence moves to its new home in its 70th year, following the sale of the Department of Home Affairs' former HQ on Homefield Road in Douglas.
The new integrated facility will mean swifter and more efficient deployment of Civil Defence teams, as all resources are now centralised, including large trailers previously kept at a separate location.
Alongside garaging for vehicles, the HQ provides extensive storage space and a training and briefing area, which can be turned into an incident room.
Civil Defence is part of the Island’s emergency planning capability, and is ready to assist the emergency services whenever needed.
Its teams are volunteers, who train together weekly in skills and tactics needed to respond to serious incidents, whether natural or man-made.