The Isle of Man’s first combined fire and ambulance station has opened.

Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey and Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft unveiled a plaque to celebrate the opening of the £1.45 million development.

Approved by Tynwald in June 2016, Castletown and Malew Fire and Ambulance Station provides drive-in drive-out capability, as well as a training ground and a 10-metre multi-purpose tower.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom and Acting Chief Ambulance Officer Ray Beattie gave speeches during a short ceremony last night.

The new station is located opposite the Isle of Man Airport, Ronaldsway.

It replaces Castletown fire station, which had reached the end of its operational life after more than 53 years of service.

The station's plaque was unveiled at a ceremony last night. Credit: IOM Gov

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom spoke to Granada Reports about the new facility.