1973 to 2005 Wooden Hut behind "The Cabin", Main Street, ALLIGIN.
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
13/3/1973 to 22/5/1999
Officer Donald. A. MacDonald (first OIC)
1999 to Sub Officer Donnie Beaton
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
|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|
Unit Formed 1973.
Pump & Hose 1 Sub Officer
1 Leading Firefighter
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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