Douglas’s new coastguard headquarters officially opened its doors on Monday night at a ceremony attended by Infrastructure Minister David Cretney MHK and volunteers past and present.
The new premises at The Tongue in Douglas inner harbour were converted recently from an empty government-owned building.
Mr Cretney said: ‘This development has provided the team with improved accommodation for both equipment and personnel and will improve response times by bringing the team into the heart of the community that it serves.’
Guests had a tour of the facilities and a chance to speak to new station officer James Kneen as well as his predecessor David Keggin who, along with colleague Ian Halsall received certificates for their long service.
The old Coastguard station at Douglas Head is to be sold. Coastguard volunteers respond to about 50 call outs each year, which range from rescuing people from cliffs to clearing up the effects of pollution.