A24 ARDGOUR

Auxiliary Unit.

Stations

2001                      Wooden Hut at top of North Corran, ARDGOUR.                 Photo

 

Firemasters

 

1971                    Volunteer Leader P. MacQueen
1990                    Sub Officer D. MacDonald
2005                    Sub Officer David Corrigan

 

Appliances

2001                      Ladder, Hose, pump etc.

 

Brigades

 

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

 

Notes

 

Establishment 2000

 

Equipment

Auxiliary

 

1 Light Fire Appliance

1 Sub Officer

 

 

1 Leading Firefighter

 

 

8 Firefighters

Minimum crew required for an incident is 4

 

Ardgour Equipment kept in an Equipment Store 1971

1 Equipment Hut (Timber)
1 Hathaway Portable Pump
1 Suction Hose 2”x12’
1 Suction Strainer 2”
1 Standpipe S.O. R.T.
1 Hydrant Key and Bar
2 Branchpipes
2 Nozzles
10 Lengths Delivery Hose 1¾” x 75’
1 Water Container Metal
2 Buckets Metal
1 Bucket Canvas
1 Petrol Tin
2 Belts
2 Pouches
2 Axes

 

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

In the 2002 Report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland he said the Brigade could be covered by 95 Units and finance would only be given for those 95. Ardgour is one of the 32 units which is now under threat of closure.

In the Integrated Risk Management Planning Draft Review of the 32 'Non Strategic' Units it is recommended that this unit should be maintained adopting the role of a Community Response Unit (CRU). The unit should be provided with a vehicle which in the future will be referred to as a Community Response Vehicle (CRV). The role of the unit should incorporate the ability to respond to forest, moorland and grassfires (wildfires). The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to wildfire firefighting. The area within which the unit responds to wildfires should be extended beyond the current unit area and be based upon a wider ranging ‘regional response’ proposal. In this role, the unit may be required to respond to wildfires occurring throughout the Brigade's mainland area. The unit should be provided with appropriate training to allow members to effectively deliver Community Fire Safety education/information. The unit will be classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade and time worked will be paid accordingly. The unit has attended 19 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs an adequately equipped resource would attend from Strontian within 19 minutes. In the event of an RTA a second appliance would be mobilised from Fort William.

On 1st April 2005 along with 7 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units Ardgour was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with a role of Community Response Unit responding to wildfires.

 

 

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