Community Response Unit.


2001                          Wooden Hut, Car Park rear of Nethy Bridge Hotel, NETHY BRIDGE.                    Photo

2006                          CRV kept rear of Nethy Bridge Hotel, next to wooden garage.                                Photo



2005                         Sub Officer Alexander J MacMillan


1948                          Standpipe and Hose

22/11/2005                SY55BFP    LDV 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS            CRV (Wildfires only)



? 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 Light Fire Appliance

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, Nethybridge 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. Nethybridge 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 79 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs the proximity of Grantown station to Nethybridge would ensure that an adequately equipped resource would attend within 12 minutes.

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

Nethybridge had a call sign of A48 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S64, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


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