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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

Station Officer

Sub Officer

Leading Firefighter

Firefighter

2 Pump Retained

1

1

2

16

1 Pump Retained

0

1

2

9

Mobile Auxiliary

0

1

2

7

Non Mobile Auxiliary

0

1

1

8

 

There are 4 types of Auxiliary Unit:- Ultra Light Fire Appliance, Light Fire Appliance, Light Fire Appliance with BA, Midi Fire Appliance with BA.

Manning:-

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 Firemaster
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

 

Headquarters

                            16 Harbour Road, Longman West, INVERNESS.  IV1 1TB.

 

 Divisional Headquarters

A Division A6 Fort William
B Division B3 Invergordon
C Division C6 Kirkwall

 Firemasters/Chief Fire Officers

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

 Stations

1975 2000
A Division
A1 INVERNESS WT/RT A1 INVERNESS WT/RT
A2 NAIRN A2 NAIRN RT
A3 GRANTOWN ON SPEY A3 GRANTOWN ON SPEY RT
A4 AVIEMORE RT
A5 KINGUSSIE RT A5 KINGUSSIE RT
A6 FORT WILLIAM RT A6 FORT WILLIAM RT
A7 KINLOCHLEVEN RT A7 KINLOCHLEVEN RT
A8 MALLAIG A8 MALLAIG 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
A11 NOT USED
A21 ACHARACLE Vol A21 ACHARACLE RT
A22 GLENBORRODALE Vol A22 GLENBORRODALE Auxiliary
A23 KILCHOAN Vol A23 KILCHOAN RT
A24 ARDGOUR Auxiliary
A25 LOCHALINE Vol A25 LOCHALINE RT
A26 GLENUIG Auxiliary
A27 FOYERS Vol A27 FOYERS RT
A28 EIGG Auxiliary
A29 SPEAN BRIDGE Auxiliary
A30 NOT USED
A31 DRUMNADROCHIT RT
A32 DUNVEGAN Vol. moved to B Division (B53) A32 NOT USED
A33 NOT USED
A34 ARDGOUR Vol A34 NOT USED
A35 NOT USED
A36 NOT USED
A37 NOT USED
A38 NOT USED
A39 CANNICH RT
A40 NOT USED
A41 NOT USED
A42 NOT USED
A43 MUCK Auxiliary
A44 KNOYDART Auxiliary
A45 NOT USED
A46 BEAULY Vol A46 BEAULY RT
A47 CARRBRIDGE Vol A47 CARRBRIDGE Auxiliary
A48 NETHYBRIDGE Vol A48 NETHYBRIDGE Auxiliary
A49 BOAT OF GARTEN Vol Closed 31/8/2012 A49 BOAT OF GARTEN Auxiliary
A50 NEWTONMORE Vol A50 NEWTONMORE Auxiliary
A51 NOT USED
A52 NOT USED
CORPACH Vol Started?
KINLOCHMOIDART Vol Started?
SALEN Vol Started?
B Division
B1 DINGWALL RT B1 DINGWALL RT
B2 FORTROSE RT B2 FORTROSE RT
B3 INVERGORDON RT B3 INVERGORDON RT
B4 TAIN RT April 2001 became C12 B4 Not Used
B5 ULLAPOOL B5 ULLAPOOL RT
B6 STORNOWAY RT B6 STORNOWAY RT
B7 BENBECULA RT
B8 GAIRLOCH B8 GAIRLOCH RT
B9 KYLE OF LOCHALSH B9 KYLE OF LOCHALSH RT
B10 PORTREE RT B10 PORTREE RT
B11 BROADFORD RT
B12 CASTLEBAY (Barra) RT
VATERSAY Vol Started? Merged with Castlebay 1994
B13 NOT USED
B14 TARBERT (Harris) RT
B20 TORRIDON RT
B21 BAYHEAD RT
B22 BERNERAY Auxiliary
B23 CASTLEBAY Vol. Upgraded to Retained 1999 (B12) B23 NOT USED
Was Balintore till April 2001 B24 NOT USED
B25 ERISKAY Auxiliary
B26 LEVERBURGH RT
B27 LOCHBOISDALE RT
B28 LOCHMADDY Vol B28 LOCHMADDY RT
B29 NESS RT
B30 SCALPAY RT
B31 SHAWBOST RT
B32 TARBERT Vol upgraded to Retained 1999 (B14) B32 Not Used  
B33 VALTOS RT
B34 GREAT BERNERA RT
B35 SOUTH LOCHS RT
B36 UIG (SKYE) RT
B37 CROMARTY Auxiliary
Was Portmahomack till April 2001 B38 Not Used
B39 STRATHPEFFER Vol Closed 31/8/2012 B39 STRATHPEFFER Auxiliary
B40 STRATHCONON Auxiliary
B41 KINLOCHEWE RT
B42 ACHILTIBUIE RT
B43 APPLECROSS RT
B44 AULTBEA RT
B45 LOCHCARRON RT
  SHIELDAIG Vol Amalgamated Torridon (B20)  2005 B46 Not Used  
B47 GLENELG RT
Closed 31/8/2012 B48 KYLEAKIN Auxiliary
B49 RATAGAN Auxiliary
B50 GLENDALE Auxiliary
B51 STRUAN Auxiliary
B52 MINGINISH Auxiliary
      B53 DUNVEGAN RT
B54 RAASAY RT
Closed 31/8/2012 B55 WATERNISH Auxiliary
B56 STAFFIN RT
B57 SLEAT Auxiliary
SOUTH DELL Vol Started?
C Division
C1 THURSO RT C1 THURSO RT
C2 WICK RT C2 WICK RT
C3 DORNOCH C3 DORNOCH RT
C4 GOLSPIE RT C4 GOLSPIE RT
C5 LAIRG C5 LAIRG RT
C6 KIRKWALL RT C6 KIRKWALL RT
C7 STROMNESS RT C7 STROMNESS RT
C8 LERWICK RT C8 LERWICK RT
C9 BRAE RT
C10 KINLOCHBERVIE RT
C11 LOCHINVER RT
C12 TAIN RT
C20 EDAY RT
C21 LONGHOPE RT
C22 ROUSAY RT
C23 SANDAY RT
C24 St. MARGARETS HOPE Vol C24 St. MARGARETS HOPE RT
C25 STRONSAY RT
C26 SHAPINSAY RT
C27 WESTRAY RT
C28 BALTASOUND RT
C29 BETTYHILL RT
C30 BRESSAY RT
C31 FAIR ISLE RT
C32 FETLAR RT
C33 HAMNAVOE Auxiliary
C34 HILLSWICK RT
C35 MID YELL RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C36 MOSSBANK Auxiliary
C37 SANDWICK RT
C38 SCALLOWAY Vol C38 SCALLOWAY RT
C39 SUMBURGH RT
C40 WALLS RT
C41 WHALSAY RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C42 FLOTTA RT
Went Mobile April 2002 C43 BIXTER RT
C44 NORTH RONALDSAY RT
C45 JOHN O' GROATS RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C46 FOULA RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C47 SKERRIES RT
C48 DUNBEATH Vol C48 DUNBEATH RT
C49 LYBSTER Vol C49 LYBSTER Auxiliary
C50 TONGUE Vol C50 TONGUE RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C51 ACHFARY Auxiliary
C52 BONAR BRIDGE Vol C52 BONAR BRIDGE RT
C53 DURNESS RT
C54 HELMSDALE Vol C54 HELMSDALE RT
C55 BALINTORE Auxiliary
C56 LOCHINVER Vol. Upgraded to RT 1999 (C11). April 2001 now C56 PORTMAHOMACK Auxiliary
C57 SCOURIE RT
C58 PAPA STOUR Auxiliary
C59 PAPA WESTRAY RT
Closed 31/8/2012 C60 EVIE (Orkney) Auxiliary
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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

Stations Built

 

Station

Occupied

Official opening

Nairn   31/1/1984

Dornoch

 

10/9/1985

Bettyhill

 

7/5/1994

Sanday   15/12/1994
Kinlochleven   1996?
Valtos   July 1996
Kilchoan   1996/97

Strontain

 

30/1/1999

Fort Augustus

 

27/3/1999

Kinlochbervie

 

26/8/2000

Castlebay

 

10/11/200

Tarbert

 

15/6/2001

Lochinver

 

2000

Applecross

 

 

Great Bernera   25/5/2001

South Dell

 

14/6/2001

Fort William

Nearly complete

 

Beauly

Nearly complete

 

Achiltibuie

Open

 

Dunbeath

Sept 2002

29/3/2003

Drumnadrochit Feb 2003 20/9/2003
Papa Westray Oct 2002 27/9/2003
Sumburgh Building  
Lerwick   12/4/2003
Lochcarron   13/5/2006
Lochmaddy   4/2/2006
Durness   18/3/2006
Shawbost   27/4/2006
Mid Yell   26/5/2006
Spean Bridge   17/3/2007
Dunvegan   24/8/2007
Valtos October 2007 26/10/2007
Fort William Nov 2007 5/4/2008
Beauly 13/11/2007 19/4/2008
Scourie   22/11/2008
Helmsdale   6/12/2008
Carrbridge   25/9/2009
Aultbea   31/10/2009
Tongue   14/11/2009
Lochaline In build 2009 20/2/2013
Lochboisdale August 2010 8/9/2010
Baltasound   9/10/2010
Rousay   12/2/2011
Scalloway   1/10/2011
Sandwick   1/10/2011
Fair Isle   13/3/2013
Whalsay   13/3/2013
John O'Groats   19/3/2013
St Margaret's Hope   20/3/2013

News

 

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.

31/8/2012        The 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)

 

Notes

 

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:-

Helmet £79.75
Fire Hood £13.65
Breathing Apparatus £748.00
Firefighting Gloves £9.34
Torch £14.00
Fire Tunic £130.00
Overtrousers £79.75
Boots £30.00

They above table doesn't add up to £552.25

 

THEY DIED ON DUTY

 

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