U23 NESS

Retained Unit.

Stations

 

1960s Wooden Hut
? to 2001 St Ronan’s Drive, Lionel            Photo
14/6/2001 to South Dell                                     Photo

 

Firemasters

 

2001                          Sub Officer Murdo Morrison

Appliances

? MST709R Bedford CF/HCB Angus CFA
1990 D669FST Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFV
1998 P520EAS Leyland DAF Convoy/HIFB LFA
2002 SY51CYE MAN 8-224/HIFB MFA

 

Brigades

1960s 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

 

Notes

1978 Got an LFA.
1996/97 Got an LDV appliance.
South Dell and Ness amalgamated when they went mobile and became Ness.
A new station is being built at South Dell.
Ness were supposed to be going retained with the opening of the new station but this didn't happen. 
With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Ness was put into South Command. Call signs remained the same.

On 1st April 2005 along with 61 other units Ness was upgraded to a Retained Unit, drilling one night per week and receiving a retaining fee.

Ness had a call sign of B29 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to U23, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

Opening of new Fire Station
Following the moving of the Fire Brigade premises from Lionel machair to South Dell, a gathering to mark the opening of the new premises, was held on Thursday evening, when the Firemaster and senior officers from Inverness were present, along with present, and former local members of the Ness Unit, and other invited guests.
After Roderick John Murray of South Dell, Vice Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean, officially opened the new premises, a service of dedication and prayer was conducted by Rev. Matthew Robertson, Chaplin to the Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade, after grace said by Rev Kenneth Ferguson Cross, all were treated to an enjoyable buffet, prepared for this occasion, which reminds us of the advances that have been made in this local service, since the idea of a local fire unit was first discussed at an informal gathering with the late Councillor Mrs Eleanor Graham.
We are indebted, and have as a community reasons to be thankful for the many varied services provided by the local volunteers, who, in times of need have manned the hoses, throughout the years since the discussion with Mrs Graham. Thanks are also extended to all who arranged and helped in any way in this pleasant occasion in the history of our local Fire Brigade Unit.
(Stornoway Gazette Thursday, June 21, 2001)

 

New fire station for North Lewis

The new 200,000 fire station at South Dell, Ness was officially opened last week, marking the latest phase in the volunteer service which started off in a wooden hut way back in the 1960s.
The new station replaces the building at St Ronan’s Drive, Lionel which has been the base for a number of years. Raymond Finlayson of the Stornoway Fire Brigade introduced the speakers with the opening address given by Highland & Islands Firemaster, Brian Murray.
Mr Murray thanked the Fire Board for providing the funds to develop the service in the more remote areas. He spoke of the dedication and courage of the fire-fighters, as every callout had the potential to turn into a dangerous situation.
Councillor Roddy Murray, Vice Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and a native of South Dell, recalled the early days of the fire service in Ness, before formally declaring the new station officially open by unveiling a plaque in the time honoured fashion.
Rev Matthew Robertson, Chaplain to the Fire Board, gave the dedication address with a reading from the Gospel of Matthew and prayer.
Murdo Morrison, the sub-officer in charge at Ness, then mustered all the members of the local unit and principal guests for the photographs to record the event for posterity. The evening was suitably concluded with refreshments followed by a ceilidh with music from the local Ness Melodeon Band.
<PHOTO> (In front of station)
Back row - Stornoway St. Officer John Campbell, Calum Murray, John M Morrison, Kevin Macrae, Murdo Morrison, Donald A Gillies, Donald Macdonald, Calum Macritchie. Alasdair Stewart, Alastair Buchannon, Raymond Finlayson.
Front row – Firemaster, Roddy Murray Vice Convener, Drew Macfarlane-Slack, MBE (Convener Fire Board), Tony Munro (Div. Commander), Uistean Maclennan, Rev. Matthew Robertson (Fire Brigade Chaplain).
(Stornoway Gazette Thursday, June 28, 2001

 

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