On the 16th May 1975, as a result of Local Government reorganisation,
the Northern Area Fire Brigade along with seven stations from the Western Area Fire
Brigade and two stations from the North Eastern Fire Brigade joined together to form the
Northern Fire Brigade .This brigade provided fire cover to the Highland Region, Orkney
Islands, Shetland Islands and the Western Isles. In February 1983 to better reflect the
area covered by the brigade the name was changed to the Highland and Islands Fire Brigade.
The brigade covers an area of 12,000 sq miles which makes it the largest in Europe.
The Brigade is divided up into three Divisions, which are further divided to make a total of ten Districts. Since Local Government re-organisation on 16th May 1996 the function of the Brigade has been overseen by the Highland and Islands Fire Board which is made up of sixteen Councillors from the Highland Council, four Councillors from the Western Isles, two Councillors from the Orkney Islands and two Councillors from the Shetland Islands.
The Brigade has a policy of upgrading the Auxiliary Units to Breathing Apparatus status and is currently upgrading ten Units per year.
Area Covered 12,000 Square Miles Population 280,000
The brigade consists of:-
1 Wholetime and retained station
2 three pump retained stations
11 two pump retained stations
20 one pump retained stations
59 mobile Auxiliary Units
34 non mobile Auxiliary Units
The establishment at the various types of units are:-
Type of Unit
2 Pump Retained
1 Pump Retained
Non Mobile Auxiliary
There are 4 types of Auxiliary Unit:- Ultra Light Fire Appliance, Light Fire Appliance, Light Fire Appliance with BA, Midi Fire Appliance with BA.
46 Water Tender Ladders
4 Midi Water Tenders
42 Light Fire Appliances
6 Ultra Light Fire Appliances
1 Aerial Ladder Platform
1 Control Unit
1 Emergency Tender
1 Water Carrier
1 Foam Unit
The management Team consists of :-
1 Deputy Firemaster
1 Third Officer (Divisional Officer I)
3 Divisional Commanders (Divisional Officer II)
1 Senior Fire Safety Officer (Divisional Officer II)
1 Brigade Training Officer (Divisional Officer II)
The Personnel at 1999/2000 consisted of :-
150 Wholetime Firefighters
558 Retained Firefighters
882 Auxiliary Firefighters
49 Civilian Staff
16 Harbour Road, Longman West, INVERNESS. IV1 1TB.
|A Division||A6||Fort William|
|1975 to 1976||Firemaster Eric W MacIntyre, OBE, QFSM, MIFireE|
|1976 to 1985||Firemaster Bill Shand, QFSM, GIFireE (became a councillor and Chairman of the Fire Board)|
|1985 to 1995||Firemaster Donald Grant, OBE, QFSM, GIFireE (became Commandant at Gullane)|
|1995 to 31/5/1999||Firemaster Robert Gordon QFSM GIFireE|
|1/6/1999 to 3/1/2010||Firemaster Brian Murray QFSM BA(HONS) MA MIFireE|
|4/1/2010 to 4/5/2011||Temporary Chief Fire Officer David Wynne QFSM, MBA, DMS, MIFireE|
|5/5/2011 to 18/1/2013||Temporary Chief Fire Officer Trevor Johnson|
|18/1/2013 to 31/3/2013||Interim Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar QFSM, MBA, PGDip, Chartered FCIPD, CMgr FCMI, MIoD, FIFireE|
|A3||GRANTOWN ON SPEY||A3||GRANTOWN ON SPEY||RT|
|A6||FORT WILLIAM||RT||A6||FORT WILLIAM||RT|
|A51||STRONTIAN||Vol||now Retained and new stn opened 30/1/1999||A9||STRONTIAN||RT|
|FORT AUGUSTUS||Vol||upgraded to Retained 1999||A10||FORT AUGUSTUS||RT|
|A32||DUNVEGAN||Vol.||moved to B Division (B53)||A32||NOT USED|
|A49||BOAT OF GARTEN||Vol||Closed 31/8/2012||A49||BOAT OF GARTEN||Auxiliary|
|B4||TAIN||RT||April 2001 became C12||B4||Not Used|
|B9||KYLE OF LOCHALSH||B9||KYLE OF LOCHALSH||RT|
|VATERSAY||Vol||Started? Merged with Castlebay 1994|
|B23||CASTLEBAY||Vol.||Upgraded to Retained 1999 (B12)||B23||NOT USED|
|Was Balintore till April 2001||B24||NOT USED|
|B32||TARBERT||Vol||upgraded to Retained 1999 (B14)||B32||Not Used|
|Was Portmahomack till April 2001||B38||Not Used|
|SHIELDAIG||Vol||Amalgamated Torridon (B20) 2005||B46||Not Used|
|C24||St. MARGARETS HOPE||Vol||C24||St. MARGARETS HOPE||RT|
|Went Mobile April 2002||C43||BIXTER||RT|
|C45||JOHN O' GROATS||RT|
|C52||BONAR BRIDGE||Vol||C52||BONAR BRIDGE||RT|
|C56||LOCHINVER||Vol.||Upgraded to RT 1999 (C11). April 2001 now||C56||PORTMAHOMACK||Auxiliary|
|Closed 31/8/2012||C60||EVIE (Orkney)||Auxiliary|
LDV 400 Light Fire Appliance
LDV 400 Photos
As a result of the Integrated Risk Management Planning Draft Review of the 32 'Non Strategic' Units in 2005, Shieldaig was amalgamated with Torridon which became a Retained Unit. The other 31 Units were classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade adopting the role of a Community Response Unit (CRU), CRU dealing with Wildfires, CRU dealing with Wildfires and RTAs, and on the Islands a Base Level Unit. The other 61 Auxiliary Units (Mobile and Non Mobile) became Retained Units.
Offshore Firefighting in Highland and Islands Fire Brigade
|Papa Westray||Oct 2002||27/9/2003|
|Fort William||Nov 2007||5/4/2008|
|Lochaline||In build 2009||20/2/2013|
|St Margaret's Hope||20/3/2013|
19/3/2013 Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, Fire Board Convener, Andrew Drever, Vice-Convener, Audrey Sinclair and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Billy Wilson, attended the official opening of the new fire station at St. Margarets Hope in the Orkney Islands today.
19/3/2013 Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, Fire Board Convener, Andrew Drever, Vice-Convener, Audrey Sinclair and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Billy Wilson, attended the official opening of the new fire station at John O’Groats today.
13/3/2013 Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, Fire Board Convener, Andrew Drever, Vice-Convener, Audrey Sinclair and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Billy Wilson, attended the official opening of the new fire stations at Fair Isle and Whalsay on the Shetland Islands today.
1/3/2013 The Fire Board voted today 13 to 8 to close the Community Safety Units at Knoydart and Eigg.
20/2/2013 Lochaline Fire Station wass officially opened tonight with Interim Chief Officer Stewart Edgar and Vice Convener of the Fire Board Audrey Sinclair attending. The fire station is part of the building that houses the Primary School and 60% of the crew are female.
Board agreed to close 4 fire stations within the Service area, namely Flotta,
Foula, Outer Skerries and Boat of Garten and 6 Community Response Units (Evie,
Mossbank, Achfary, Strathpeffer, Kyleakin and Waternish).
Although extensive community engagement and consultation has taken place, the Service has been unable to recruit sufficient people able to meet the National fitness and medical standards, and training requirements, to make these Units sustainable.
Two of these Units have never been available to respond to emergencies since their inception in 2005 and the others have not been available to respond to emergencies for some months.
Dec 2010 Temporary CFO Wynne whose secondment to H&IF&RS was due to end in January 2011 has been extended to May 2011 by mutual agreement. The Board will appoint an Interim CFO from May to December 2011 (minimum) to provide senior officer continuity while the future of the eight Scottish Fire Services are decided after the Scottish elections in may 2011.
2009/2010 The Gartan FSi Retained Availability System was extended to all Retained stations. This replaces the manual tally boards at stations which showed who was available and who was unavailable due to work, out of town, sick etc.
2009 The Rosenbauer HEROS-xtreme has been rolled out to stations. This helmet has a high impact and penetration resistance shell, a revolutionary lamp system, ergonomic inner lining with a trapezoidal chin strap for better stability and both a face shield and an eye protector visor.
4/6/2010 The Highland & Islands Fire Board has confirmed that it has appointed Trevor Johnson as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Mike Holme as Assistant Chief Fire Officer.
27/11/2009 Chief Fire Officer Brian Murray QFSM BA(HONS) MA MIFireE is to retire in early January 2010 after almost 11 years as Chief Fire Officer. The Fire Board have been unable to recruit someone for the post and have appointed David Wynne QFSM, MBA, DMS, MIFireE, the Chief Fire Officer of Dumfries and Galloway, as Interim Chief Fire Officer for one year while the Board continues to look for a permanent Chief Fire Officer.
14/11/2009 The new station at Tongue was Officially Opened today, Saturday the 14th of November 2009.
23/10/2009 The new station at Aultbea is to be Officially Opened on Saturday the 31st October 2009.
5/8/2009 Chief Fire Officer Brian Murray has asked the Fire Board to approve his retiral in early January 2010.
2/3/2009 John Donaldson has been appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, he has been with the brigade for eleven years. He started with Fife Fire and Rescue Service which he joined in 1980.
31/12/2008 Douglas Colin MacDonald, Watch Manager of the Community Response Unit at Carrbridge has been awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal in the 2009 New Years Honours List.
September 2008 Every Water Tender Ladder and Midi appliance will be issued with 6 lifejackets, each with a throw line and knife, and every Light Fire Appliance will be issued with 4 lifejackets, each with a throw line and knife
With effect of the 25th August 2005 the Brigade changed it's name from Highland and Islands Fire Brigade to Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service as instructed in the Fire Services Act (Scotland) 2004.
1/4/2005 All Auxiliary Units with the exception of the 32 under treat have been upgraded to Retained Status.
Deputy Firemaster Tony Munro is to retire on the 18th of March 2005.
Station Officer Gordon John Cook of Wick (C2) was awarded the M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List 2005.
In his 2002 Report, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland said the Brigade could be covered by 95 Units and finance would only be given for those 95. This is a list of the 32 units which are now under threat of closure. LIST OF UNITS
Kinlochleven is to be reduced to a 1 Pump Retained station and a new
Retained station is to be built in the Ballachulish area.
(Fire Board Minutes 2001)
Fort William a 2 Pump Retained station is to get 1 wholetime crew on a 24 hour basis manning 1 Water Tender Ladder and 1 Emergency Tender supported by 1 Retained crew.
(Fire Board Minutes 2001)
Until 1979 the post of Deputy Firemaster had a rank of Divisional Officer, Grade I, then the post was upgraded to the rank of Assistant Firemaster.
In 2001 Highland and Islands fire brigade had 1516 operational firefighters who each had a firefighting kit costing £552.25. This was made up as follows:-
They above table doesn't add up to £552.25
THEY DIED ON DUTY
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