Auxiliary Unit.




1975 to ?                                Part of building at Cal-Mac pier

? to ?                                      Wooden hut at Glamisdale House

? to ?                                      Wooden Hut at centre of the Island                                        Photo






? to ?                                    Sub Officer Donald Campbell

? to Sept 2004                     Sub Officer Colin Carr

Sept 2004 to                        Sub Officer Simon Helliwell
13/7/2009 to                        Watch Manager Alistair Kirk (still there December 2012)






2006                                    Community Response Unit Trailer ?                                    Photo




? to 1941


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




The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948


                                                                                                Equipment                                                                     Volunteer


                                                                                                Standpipe and Hose                                                    1 Leading Fireman

                                                                                                                                                                                        5 Firemen



Establishment 2000





1 Portable Pump

1 Sub Officer



1 Leading Firefighter



8 Firefighters

Minimum crew required for an incident is 4



With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Eigg 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. Eigg is one of the 32 units which is now under threat of closure.


The crew are called out by the person discovering the fire calling one of the crew and word of mouth rather than someone dialling 999, although if they did Inverness would phone the Volunteer Leader.  They have about 8 volunteers. (Oct 2004)

In the Integrated Risk Management Planning Draft Review of the 32 'Non Strategic' Units it is recommended that a firefighting role be established for this unit. The role of the unit should incorporate the ability to respond to outdoor fires, to prevent fire spreading from outdoors to affect buildings, or prevent the spread of flame from one building to the another. The unit should be provided with a trailer in which to transport equipment and be classified as a Base Level Unit. The unit should be provided with first aid firefighting equipment capable of contributing towards the successful conclusion of an outdoor fire. 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 no incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. The nearest firefighting resource is at Mallaig, a 90 minute journey by sea.

On 1st April 2005 along with 4 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units Eigg was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade as a Base Level Unit.





If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.



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