S38 FORT AUGUSTUS

1 Pump Retained.

Stations

 

? to 1960

Garage

1970 to 1975

Shed, Forestry HQ  Auchterawe.

1975 to

Abbey Station

? to 1999

Fort Augustus Abbey                           Photo

27/3/1999 to

A82, FORT AUGUSTUS.                      Photo

 

Firemasters

 

1940 to 1953

Father Bede O’Donnell

1953 to 1960

Brother Hugh Shields

1960 to 1968

Rev Father Maurus Whitehead

1968 to 1970

Father Andrew McKillop

1970 to 1973

Mr R. Mornie?

1973 to 1975

Mr. W Morris

1975 to 1983

Father Vincent Pirrie-Watson

1983 to 1989

Father Benedict Seed

1989 to

Sub Officer John MacDonald

1989?

Sub Officer Alistair MacKinnon  (Shorty)

 

 

Appliances

 

1946

DXO39

Towing Vehicle & Trailer Pump

ATV

1947

GXT862

 

ATV

1963

JST312

 Bedford A3SZ/HCB

P/HrT                  

1975

KST641P

 Bedford

               

1981

A861OAS

Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie

LFA/ET

1994

L321SAS

Mercedes 310D/HIFB

LFA                                          

1998

R39CJS

Isuzu NPR/HIFB

MFA

1999

S772JST

Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One

WrL

2007 SY07CWL Scania P270/ISS/Emergency One RPL

 

Brigades

1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Northern 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

 

Notes

 

Abbey Brigade quells Fort Augustus outbreak

Fort Augustus Abbey Fire Brigade were called out yesterday afternoon to quell a grass fire which at one time threatened houses in the Lovat Terrace district of Fort Augustus. Under the direction of Rev. Father Maurus Whitehead (bursar) the team of fire fighting monks and other helpers put the fire out in an hour.
(Inverness Courier, Friday, March 1 1963. Page 7.)

St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus.

Upgraded 1999 was Mobile Vol. unit A45.

Fort Augustus Abbey closed 1998.

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

Fort Augustus had a call sign of A10 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S38, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

Crew photo 1993 and 1999.

Fort Augustus Log Book 1946 to 1989

 

Crew at 2004

 

Sub Officer (OiC)

Alistair MacKinnon

2909

 

Leading Firefighter

Donald E. Kennedy

3939

 

Leading Firefighter

Alexander Neil MacDonald

4270

 

Firefighter

James W. Paterson

3036

 

Firefighter

Christopher Stephenson

3293

 

Firefighter

Donald A. MacKinnon

3604

 

Firefighter

Alexander Barnet

3937

 

Firefighter

Ian A. Urquhart

3938

 

Firefighter

Archie P. MacLellan

4313

 

Firefighter

James A. Clark

4532

 

Firefighter

John M. MacRae

4971

 

Firefighter

Lorn T. McKay

4980

 

Abbey’s old engine takes on charity role

A fire engine once crewed by monks at Fort Augustus Abbey has been given a new lease of life helping sick children after being saved from a Fife scrapyard.
The 1983 Bedford van was crewed by Fort Augustus’s volunteer firefighters in the 1980s when the Abbey-based unit maintained the tradition of being led by a monk. It was still in use in 1989 when the Abbey’s last fire-fighting friar, Father Benedict Seed, stepped down as unit Sub Officer.
The vehicle later went on to serve other volunteer firefighters, first at Strontian, before returning to Loch Ness-side where it was used by the Drumnadrochit unit. Retired from active service in 2002, it faced the scrapheap until former firefighter John Stewart of Sheffield saw it for sale on the internet.
Mr Stewart, now a civilian worker with South Yorkshire Police, has restored several redundant fire engines over the last 20 years but had considered himself retired from the hobby until a friend alerted him to the sale of the Highland fire engine.
“Because it was a bit different, I decided to go for it,” he declared. “It’s a nice dinky little machine. It deserves to be saved. There was someone else bidding for it —an ex-fireman. He wasn’t particularly bothered about not getting it, he just didn’t want to see it scrapped.
It was only after he had collected the fire engine from Scotland and took it to Yorkshire that Mr Stewart discovered its ecclesiastic connections.
“1 got the vehicle at the end of September and, over the winter, I’ve been doing what little jobs I can,” he said. “Then, a few months after I bought it, this photocopied article from The Courier arrives with a story about the last monk to be a firefighter.
“What a fantastic piece of history! How many fire engines were crewed by a monk?”
Mr Stewart has since learned more about the vehicle’s history and has even visited Highland & Islands Fire Service headquarters in Inverness where he was granted permission to restore it to its original livery and was given brigade decals to assist in the process.
He was also given an explanation of why the fire engine, with just 14,000 miles on the clock, had fallen victim to extensive rusting.
“You’ve got to bear in mind that you southern softies are used to motorways,” a Highland firefighter told him. “With this appliance, the first five miles would have been road then, after that, they’re off down a track somewhere.”
The Kirkcaldy scrapyard selling the appliance removed the pump and other fire-fighting equipment —and that extensive rust damage meant Mr Stewart had to replace several body pants, including the wings. But it is now ready for a re-spray and will make its first public appearance at the end of April at the Cleethorpes Emergency Services Show.
“We have a Fireman Sam outfit and a collecting tin from Sheffield Children’s Hospital,” Mr Stewart explained. “We go to all these galas with the fire engines so the kids can drop a few pennies in the tin for Fireman Sam.”
He has only begun collecting for the Sheffield hospital relatively recently, but previously raised about £15,000 for Derbyshire Children’s Hospital.
<PHOTO> The former Highland and Islands Fire Brigade vehicle is being restored and given a role raising funds to help sick children. (A861OAS).
(Unknown newspaper article.)

 

 

 

 

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