T60 SPEAN BRIDGE

Auxiliary Unit.

Stations

?                          Wooden Hut, car park Tourist Information Office.                Photo
May 2003           Wooden Hut, car park Tourist Information Office.                Photo
2005                     Side of Rowan Bank, Altour Road, SPEAN BRIDGE.           Photo
17/3/2007            New Station, Altour Road, SPEAN BRIDGE.                         Photo

 

Firemasters

 

1991                      Sub Officer D. J. MacFarlane

2004                       Sub Officer Hugh M Innes

2005                       Sub Officer Scott Andrews

 

Appliances

 

23/11/2005                           SY55BFE    LDV 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                    CRV    (Wildfires & RTAs)

2006                                     SY55BFL    LVD 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                    CRV    (Wildfires & RTCs)

2016 Jan                              SY55BFU    LVD 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                    CRV    (Wildfires & RTCs)

 

Brigades

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

 

Pump & Hose etc.

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, Spean Bridge 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. Spean Bridge 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). It is recognised that there have been a number of Road Traffic Accidents in the immediate and adjacent areas. The role of the unit should incorporate the capacity to respond to road traffic accidents, forming part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. A fully equipped appliance, as support, will continue to be part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to preserving life at RTA’s. 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 119 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs an adequately equipped resource would attend from Fort William within 19 minutes.

On 1st April 2005 along with 6 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units and 1 Mobile Auxiliary Unit Spean Bridge was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with a role of Community Response Unit responding to wildfires and Road Traffic Accidents.

A garage was going to be built beside the Community Hall but there were objections. (August 2006).

Spean Bridge had a call sign of A29 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to T60, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

 

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