Combined fire service and Coastguard - first of its kind in UK

A new joint rescue services station is to open on remote Rathlin Island off the coast of Northern Ireland.

It is a joint project between the Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguard and is the first of its kind in the UK.

The station, formerly housed in a garage, will provide improved resources for the 12 volunteer fire fighters as well as Coastguard personnel.

Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond said: “This is an important new facility for the 80 people who live on Rathlin Island as well as its many visitors.”

He added: “Due to its geographical location off the north coast, it has its own special requirements in terms of emergency cover and this new facility will allow us to ensure the best possible rescue service delivered by the Coastguard and firefighters.”

Rathlin Island is a designated Special Area of Conservation and attracts thousands of visitors each year.