2 Pump Retained.


1949 Harbour Street, NAIRN.   
31/1/1984                                     King Street, NAIRN.                            Photos


1952 Sub Officer B Russell
1955? to 1959? Sub Officer W Gray
1970 Sub Officer H Swinbourne
1984 Station Officer George Ewen
1994 Station Officer G Bruce
March 2006 Station Officer Donald John McLeod ?



? FSA380 Dennis F7/Dennis PE
? KSA363 Dennis F8/Dennis PE


  First Second
? BAV171 BAV94
1990 TAS516T TAS515T
1998 F827RST G228TAS
2002 SY02VVZ SY02VWA
2006 Y882VST Y883VST
2013 Nov Y882VST N684BST
2013 Dec Y882VST SY07CWT
2014 April SY07CWR SY07CWT


BAV94 Bedford O/AC Cars PE
TAS515T Dennis R131/Dennis WrL
TAS516T Dennis R130/Dennis WrL
F827RST Mercedes 1222F/Fulton and Wylie WrL
G228TAS Mercedes 1222F/Fulton and Wylie WrL
N684BST Mercedes 1124AF/Emergency One WrL
Y882VST Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL
Y883VST Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL
SY02VVZ MAN 14-264/Emergency One WrL
SY02VWA MAN 14-264/Emergency One WrL
SY07CWR Scania P270/ISS/Emergency One RPL
SY07CWT Scania P270/ISS/Emergency One RPL



1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 North Eastern Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 1983 Northern Fire Brigade
1983 to 2005 Highland and Islands Fire Brigade
2005 to Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service



The North Eastern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained
  1 Towing Unit with Light Pump inside towing Major Pump 1 Leading Fireman
  1 50ft Escape (unmounted) 9 Firemen


The North Eastern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1952

  Equipment Retained
  1 Pump Appliance 1 Section Leader
  1 Other Operational Vehicle 2 Leading Firemen



12 Firemen


1949    The building in King Street Nairn, which is used to house the 50' wheeled escape must be vacated immediately. Propose to erect a new building in front of the Fire Station Harbour Street, Nairn. (North Eastern Fire Brigade Annual Report 1949.)

In my last report I made mention that a proposal had been made to erect a new building on the ground in front of the Fire Station, Harbour Street, Nairn, to house the two appliances but this has been turned down by the Scottish Home Department. A deputation from the North Eastern Fire Area Joint Board visited St. Andrew's House and permission was granted to erect a building to house an escape carrying unit which is to replace the obsolete escape at Nairn. I am pleased to report that the building is now nearing completion and will be occupied in the near future. (North Eastern Fire Brigade Annual Report 19450/51)

The new building which was erected on ground in front of the Nairn Fire Station has now been completed and an escape carrier is now housed there. (North Eastern Fire Brigade Annual Report 1951/52.)

With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Nairn was put into South Command. Call signs remained the same.

Nairn had a call sign of A2 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S34, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


New Fire Station opened in Nairn

The new 200,000 fire station in Nairn, built to replace the Fishertown premises which are nearly 100 years old, was officially opened this week by Mr John Campbell, chairman of Highland and Islands Fire Board.
Designed by Highland Regional Council and built by A Tulloch and Sons, Nairn, the new building adjacent to the bus station is equipped with two fire appliances, and is staffed by 16 part time firemen led by Station Officer George Ewen.
Since moving into the new premises a fortnight ago the Nairn firefighters-who deal with around 150 fires a year-have already been called out on two occasions.
Guests at the opening included district councillors, representatives of the contractors, and the firemen’s families.
(Inverness and Highland News, Thursday, 9th February,1984. Page 20.)



New Fire Station at Nairn
Tuesday’s Opening

The meeting of the Highland and Islands Fire Board was held in Nairn on Tuesday after the opening of the burgh’s new 200,000 fire station near the main car park. To mark the occasion the chairman of the Fire Board, Mr J. Campbell, Fort William was presented with an inscribed fireman’s axe by Firemaster William Shand who assure him that it had seen active service on more than one occasion. The new station will be manned by 14 part-time firemen led by Station Officer George Ewan It replaces the 100 year old station in the Fishertown which offered very poor access and exit for the fire engines. The Nairn unit deal with about 150 fires every year.


The meeting was convened in the Golf View Hotel after a lunch attended by firemen and their families, members of the Fire Board, contractors, and representatives of the Nairn District Council. At it Mr Ron MacDonald (Brora) called for an upgrading of storage facilities at Helmsdale, where he claimed equipment had been damaged by sea water as it lay at the seafront. He said that the problem had been highlighted by the two recent shooting lodge fires in the Strath of Kildonan. The Deputy Firemaster, Mr Donald Grant said that they hoped to have a storage shed beside the police station completed by 1985 or 1986.


Concern was also voiced about breathing apparatus which was issued to firemen not being totally suitable for fighting fires on ships. Mr R. Bentley (Shetland) said that he believed that the air tanks capacity of 25 minutes was not sufficient to allow firemen to penetrate the depths of a ship, tackle the fire, and come out again. The Firemaster said that tanks with a capacity of 40 minutes were supplied to units who might be called on to fight ship fires, and he would not consider letting one of his men use breathing apparatus for longer than that period. He revealed that the Brigade were only bound to fight ship fires if the ship was actually up against the quay. He added that, although British ships were all properly equipped to fight fires, some foreign ships were a menace, and safety of his men had first priority, the ship second.


On the question of the 400,000 bill forced on the Board by international changes in radio frequencies, the meeting was told that the Scottish Office were prepared to let the Board borrow the money, but would not make a special grant to cover the changes. It was decided to continue to make representations to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities which represents the interests of all local councils in Scotland, for a special allocation of cash.


A scheme of home visits by firemen to the elderly, who represent half of all fire deaths, to advise on fire prevention was praised by the Board. The project, which started in Inverness a year ago, is run in co-operation with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, who identify those who may be in need of advice through their meals on wheels scheme and house-bound library service. The scheme has been expanded recently to the whole Highland Region and it is hoped to be operating in the Island areas quite soon.
Senior Fire Prevention Officer Gerry Grant explained why the project was aimed specifically at the elderly:— "Basically they seem to have trouble maintaining electrical appliances which may become a fire hazard, and if there is a fire many of them are so infirm that escape is very difficult for them. Of course, the elderly are not the only problem, the very young are also in danger. Between them, young and old form the vast majority of fatalities." Mr Grant added that a third of all fire deaths was caused by bad smoking habits. He also asked people with elderly neighbours to go and offer to check their electric appliances for them.
(Inverness Courier, Friday, 3rd February, 1984. Page 7.)




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