Auxiliary Unit.





2003                                      Wooden Hut, opposite Politician Pub?                    Photo

















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2005 to                                   Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service






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, Eriskay 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. Eriskay 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 reinstatement of this Unit is not required. The unit has attended 4 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/3/2002. If an incident occurs it will by attended by Lochboisdale who will also deliver Community Fire Safety education/information.
Over the period 1st April 1999 to 31st March 2002, Eriskay attended 4 incidents. The opening of the causeway in 2001 precipitated a fall in its establishment. Consequently, Brigade control was not able to consider Eriskay an active auxiliary unit for a considerable part of this timeframe.
The authorised establishment for the Eriskay unit is 10, and consists of a Sub Officer, (Officer in Charge of the unit), one Leading Firefighter and eight Firefighters.
During the period 1
st April 1999 to 31st August 2001, the Eriskay unit attempted to maintain an establishment of 10 personnel. However, due to difficulties in identifying suitable and willing new recruits, numbers fell below the required 10 for periods. From 2001 the actual number of personnel available to respond to emergency incidents reduced to 4 up until December 2002, when a further 3 resigned. The unit has since been unstaffed since September 2003.

On 1st April 2005 Eriskay was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with an as yet unspecified role, there are currently no members but recruiting is in progress.




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