T37 TORRIDON

Retained Unit.

Stations

1973 to 2005         Wooden Hut behind "The Cabin", Main Street, ALLIGIN.            Photo
3/3/2005 to            Temporary base at Torridon Youth Hostel Car Park.
Due June/July      Temporary Fire Station at Torridon Camp Site Car Park.
2006                        Garage, opposite entrance to camp site.                                            Photo

 

Firemasters

13/3/1973 to 22/5/1999                              Sub Officer Donald. A. MacDonald (first OIC)
1999 to                                                         Sub Officer Donnie Beaton

 

Appliances

8 lengths hose, Pump, Standpipe Key & Bar etc.

2004                    SY04CAU                LDV Convoy/HIFB                                                           LFA

Sept 2007           S564LST                   Isuzu NPR 6.2/Emergency One/HIFB                            MWrL

2013?                  SY12BEJ                   Mercedes 816D/Emergency One                                    LFA

 

Brigades

 

1973 to 1975 Northern Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 1983 Northern Fire Brigade
1983 to 2005 Highland and Islands Fire Brigade
2005 Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service
   

 

Notes

Unit Formed 1973.

Establishment 2000

                                                                        Equipment                                                                                                        Auxiliary

                                                                        Pump & Hose                                                                                                   1 Sub Officer

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 Leading Firefighter

                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 Firefighters

 

Apparently a site has been purchased at Annat. ( This could mean amalgamation of Torridon and Shieldaig into 1 mobile unit ? )

2003/2004    Unit upgraded to Breathing Apparatus status.

With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Torridon was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.

1/4/2005 Along with other Auxiliary Units this unit was upgraded to Retained Status. Up until this point this was a Non Mobile Auxiliary Unit.

As of 1st April 2005 the unit at Torridon was amalgamated with the unit at Shieldaig. Only one person from Shieldaig went to the unit at Torridon which is now a Retained unit with a Light Fire Appliance.

Torridon had a call sign of B20 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to T37, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

 

Village firefighters upgrade their operation
by Clive Dennier

<PHOTO> The Torridon firefighters with their new £45,000 fire appliance, equipped with breathing apparatus and cutting equipment. (4 firefighters with SY04CAU and some gear).
Firefighters in one of the remotest parts of the Highlands have been given the tools and training to make their community safer than ever.
A new £45,000 light fire appliance, equipped with breathing apparatus and cutting equipment, was recently handed over by Highland and Islands Fire Brigade to its Torridon unit.
In addition, firefighters in the Wester Ross village who were volunteers have been elevated to a retained status, meaning, not only that they are paid, but that they receive higher levels of training.
The changes mean the men can go to incidents as a fully equipped unit instead of attending fires separately in their cars and having to pick up a portable pump and lengths of hose from a local hut.
Over the past few weeks, the firefighters have been training on their new vehicle and learning how to use breathing apparatus and cutting gear.
Leading firefighter Martin Butcher and Donnie Beaton, the officer in charge of the 10-man Torridon unit, are delighted with the new setup.
Mr Butcher explained: “From now on, if we go to a fire, we can do a lot more when we get there.
“Up to now, we have had to get equipment from a shed and go to an incident in our own cars.
“When we got there we could fight the fire from outside, but could not go into a building.
“Now we can fight fires far more effectively, using far better equipment, and we can also deal more effectively with road traffic accidents.”
Assistant District Fire Officer Alex McKinley said: “The changes mean the status, training and equipment of the firefighters are all being enhanced. Therefore, the all round coverage for the community is greatly enhanced.”
The new fire engine was built at the brigade’s Inverness workshop to specifications recognising the Torridon area’s narrow roads and terrain.
(The Press and Journal, 7th April, 2005.)

 

 

 

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