Auxiliary Unit.




? to ?                                      Wooden Hut at ?







 2003                                    Sub Officer Robert Beveridge (there 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





1985 Annual Report, a new Volunteer Unit at Inverie (Knoydart). (conflicts with 1948 scheme below)



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, Knoydart was put into South Command. Call signs remained the same.

Knoydart are not listed in the stations list in the 1990 H&IFB Annual Report nor did they attend a fire in May of that year.


Knoydart Estate 28/5/1990 04-50 hours.

This call originated from Strathclyde Fire Brigade who received the call from Oban coastguard stating that a yacht moored in Loch Nevis reported seeing a cottage on fire with possibly three persons reported. Due to the remote location Mallaig volunteers were unable to proceed by road and Mallaig lifeboat was alerted to transport crew and equipment to the scene of the incident. when the crew arrived they found the building completely destroyed. Two bodies were removed from the premises. Mallaig crew went off duty at 18-30.

(H&IFB Annual Report 1990)



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. Knoydart 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 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 8 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. The nearest firefighting resource is at Mallaig, a 45 minute journey by sea.

On 1st April 2005 along with 4 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units Knoydart 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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