Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service

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Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service
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Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service area
Area Isle of Man
Population 85,000
HQ Woodbourne Road, Douglas
Staff 163 (plus civilian support)
Stations 7 operational (plus Brigade HQ)
Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom
Fire authority IOM Fire Services Committee
Website [1]

The Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service (Manx: Shirveish Mooghey as Sauail Ellan Vannin) is the fire brigade of the Isle of Man Government, providing fire and rescue cover throughout the Isle of Man, an independent Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The service operates under the Department of Home Affairs.


The Isle of Man received its first two fire engines from England in October 1803. These were independently operated by an insurance company, and were horse-drawn and hand-operated. In the late nineteenth century legislation was introduced permitting town commissioners to establish local fire brigades. The Peel commissioners did so in 1884, followed by Port Erin in 1903 and Laxey in 1920. Some larger settlements, such as Ramsey and Douglas, had entered into local arrangements with the military or with the privately owned insurance company fire brigades, for local fire cover. The outbreak of war brought calls for a unified fire brigade. In February 1940 the Local Government (Fires) Act was implemented, establishing a single Isle of Man Fire Brigade, with seven fire areas - Douglas, Laxey, Ramsey, Kirk Michael, Peel, Port Erin and Castletown. These fire areas are the same today.[1]

Structure and ranks[edit]

The Island's seven fire stations are located at Douglas (station 1), Laxey (station 2), Ramsey (station 3), Kirk Michael (station 4), Peel (station 5), Port Erin (Rushen) (station 6), and Castletown (station 7), matching the 'fire areas' originally specified in the Local Government (Fires) Act of February 1940. (See airport fire service, below, for station 9). A total of 110 retained (part-time) firefighters are stationed across all seven fire stations; additionally Douglas fire station has a permanent watch of full-time firefighters, numbering 53 in total, working in shifts. The service is headed by a Chief Fire Officer (currently Kevin Groom, appointed 2013), and has a rank structure based on that of the United Kingdom.


Around 30 fire appliances are deployed across the seven stations, consisting mainly of water tender ladders, aerial platform ladders, and all-terrain vehicles. There are also specialist vehicles including two rescue tenders, a high-capacity foam tender, and a fork-lift.[2]

Ronaldsway Airport Fire and Rescue Service[edit]

In common with most international airports, the Isle of Man Airport, historically known as Ronaldsway Airport, maintains its own fire service. This service cooperates closely with the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service. For joint operational purposes, and for the assigning of radio call signs to appliances, the airport fire station is known as "station 9".

Emergency services on the Isle of Man[edit]


  1. ^ The full history is available here.
  2. ^ Appliances are outlined here.

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