1 Pump Retained.


? to ? Wooden Box at The Old Smiddy
? to 1999 Outside Council Depot, STRONTIAN.                                Photo
30/1/1999 Just past the Council Depot, STRONTIAN.                       Photo



1970 Volunteer Leader J. Pilkington
? Volunteer Leader David Fenwick
? Volunteer Leader Calumn MacIntyre
? to 1998 Volunteer Leader Douglas Ryan (Promoted to Sub O when unit upgraded)
1998 to Sub Officer Douglas Ryan
2006 Sub Officer Alasdair Maclean




1968 RGC596 Land Rover Series I (86") L4V
1990 KAS49P Bedford CF/HCB Angus CFA
1998 A861OAS Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFA
? S771JST Isuzu NPR/Emergency one/HIFB MWrT
2001 X67SAS MAN 8-224/HIFB MWrL

RGC 596 came from SHHD about 1966 for AFS Training, and at disbandment in 1968, Western Area bought it. RGC 596 was converted to a mini fire engine for Strontain Volunteers so that they could assist Kinlochleven at the numerous protracted heath fires in the peninsula, usually spring time. 


1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Western 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 Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Volunteers
  1 Two men manual pump 6 Firemen



Strontian Equipment kept in an Equipment Store 1971

1 Land Rover
1 Blue Revolving Beacon
1 Vehicle Siren
1 Coventry Pump
3 Suction Hose 4”x8’
1 Suction Strainer 4”
1 Suction Basket C/W skirt
1 Collecting Head 4”
1 Blank Cap 4”
1 Standpipe D.O. R.T.
1 Hydrant Key and Bar
3 Branch Pipes
4 Nozzles
1 Dividing Breeching
9 Lengths Delivery Hose 1¾” x 75’
2 Metal Buckets
2 Canvas Buckets
1 Stirrup Pump
1 Petrol Can
1 Extinguisher CTC
1 Ladder Short Extension
1 GP Saw
1 Nozzle Spanner
1 Manual Pump Leehowl
1 Hose Suction 1 ½ x 10’
1 Suction Strainer 1 ½”
2 Belts
2 Pouches
2 Axes


An early Western Area Fire Brigade list shows the address as Addan-Aluinn (Tel. 33)

1951 A hose box sufficiently large to hold the equipment of the Volunteer Fire Party was erected at a central point in the village, the Old Smiddy.

Jan’93/Mar’94     Issued with BA as part of Brigade pilot scheme.

Was A51 Vol Unit.

Upgraded from Mobile Volunteer Unit to Retained 1998.

Drill Night Tuesday (2004)

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

Strontain had a call sign of A9 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to T22, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.





30 JANUARY 1999



1230 hours                             Opening Address                                              Firemaster Gordon

1245 hours                             Supportive/Fire Board Comments                     Cllr W. Shand
                                                                                                                       Fire Board Convener

1300 hours                             Supportive/Local Comments                             Cllr Dr. M. Foxley

1315 hours                             Official Opening Declaration                              Mr H. McLeish M.P.

1330 hours                             Dedication and Prayers                                      Brigade Chaplin
                                                                                                                       Rev. Robertson

1345 hours                             Strontain Primary School                                   Mrs P. Gordon (Firemaster’s wife)
                                              (Fire Appliance poster and                                 assisted by
                                              Naming Competition)                                         A.D.O. Elliott

1400 hours                             Photographs                                                       Appliance Bay/External

1415 hours                             Refreshments

1500 hours                             End




Provision of fire cover in a remote area of the Highlands will be greatly improved by the opening of a new retained station, Henry McLeish said today.
The Home Affairs Minister welcomed the boost to fire services in the north-west of Scotland as he officially opened the £500,000 fire station in Strontian, on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Its nearest fire stations are an hour away in Mallaig - or half an hour in Fort William by ferry.
Mr McLeish said:
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Strontian to open this excellent new retained fire station. It is testament to the fine work of Highland and Islands Fire Board and their determination to ensure that the Brigade is armed with the facilities and equipment it needs.
"But better equipment and facilities do not automatically guarantee an improved service. That depends on the part-time firefighters which the remote areas of Scotland rely on. The spirit of community service is something I want to encourage - and rarely is this better illustrated than by those individuals willing to turn out at all hours to deal with life-threatening emergencies.
"This station is an important step forward in the improvement of local services in the area - and, of course, fire cover in the Highlands. The people of Strontian and its surrounding areas can now benefit from an improved level of fire cover - and that can only be positive.
"I obviously support the work of the Board and will continue to offer it my backing. It is vital the Government continues to work closely with local authorities to ensure the efficient and smooth delivery of local services. The importance of co-operation cannot be underestimated."
Mr McLeish officially opened the new retained fire station in Strontian on Saturday, January 30.
News Release: 0180/99
29 January 1999




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