Community Response Unit.



? to ? Part of the Community Hall (South side)                          Photo
? to ? Wooden Hut at rear of Community Hall                           Photo
? to ? Wooden Hut at rear of Craigmore Hotel
? to August 2003 Wooden Hut, Newtonmore Industrial Estate                  Photo
August 2003 Metal Container, Newtonmore Industrial Estate             Photo
2006 Unit 2, Newtonmore Industrial Estate                               Photo


1988 Sub Officer D MacLean
1996/97 Sub Officer Alexander J MacRae
? to 2001? Sub Officer Steve Myerscroft
2001? to Sub Officer Colin Stewart



1948                           Standpipe and Hose

2005                           SY55BFO    LDV 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                    CRV    (Wildfires and RTAs)




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





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, Newtonmore 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. Newtonmore 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 110 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs the proximity of Newtonmore to Kingussie station will ensure that an adequately equipped resource will attend within a satisfactory timescale.
The Newtonmore unit assisted by the community has enhanced the ability to transport the equipment by the provision of a trailer together with a large container unit to accommodate the trailer. A number of the firefighters attached to this unit are also community first responders, providing services for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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

The Newtonmore unit responded to their first call on the 27th December 2005 to an RTC on the A9, this was not the same incident that was attended by Carrbridge on the same date.

Newtonmore had a call sign of A50 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S65, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


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