U22 SHAWBOST

Retained Unit.

Stations

? to ?                      Wooden Hut

1993                        New Garage, Shawbost, LEWIS.                    Photo

27/4/2006               Extension to Fire Station, Shawbost, LEWIS.

Firemasters

 

? to ? Sub Officer Roderick Morrison
? to ? Sub Officer Robert Morrison
? to ? Sub Officer Donald Smith
2004? to Dec 2008 Sub Officer Gillies
Dec 2008 to Watch Manager Alastair M Macarthur

                      

 

Appliances

1992 Non Mobile    
1993 L937KJS Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2005 S564LST Isuzu NPR/HIFB MWrL
2005 S771JST Isuzu NPR/HIFB MWrL
2006 M428XAS Mercedes 1124/Carmichael WrL
2010 June SY05DOJ MAN 12-225/Emergency One WrL

Brigades

? 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

Not there in 1948. There in 1966, Volunteer Unit.

1/93-3/94 Upgraded to mobile unit and received new LFA.

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

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

Shawbost had a call sign of B31 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to U22, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

Establishment 2008

 

Equipment

Retained

 

1 Water Tender Ladder

1 Watch Manager

 

 

2 Crew Managers

 

 

9 Firefighters

 

 

CELEBRATIONS AT OPENING OF NEW SHAWBOST FIRE STATION 

A new state-of-the-art fire station was officially opened in Shawbost this week, by the area councillor, Roddy Morrison.
Addressing delegates and fire personnel present, Mr Morrison told that 40 years ago, he himself had been a member of the Shawbost Fire Brigade, joining as a volunteer.
"At that time we had eight of a crew, a pump, 10 hoses and two phones between the lot of us - and I mean phones in the home not mobiles," he said.
"There was no turn out fee - in fact no fee at all - how we managed to get to fires before the houses burnt down is still a mystery but we must have done something right because that was the starting point for what we have today."
Mr Morrison said he was 'delighted' at having been asked to open the new facility.
"It is equipped with first class facilities which will help the crew to deliver the best possible service to the community," he said.
"Of course, what makes the service special is the commitment and dedication of the fire-fighters. As we all know it takes a certain type of person to be a fire-fighter. The work can be difficult and sometimes traumatic especially in a small community such as ours and we are fortunate in this community to be served by such an able and enthusiastic team. As well as their official duties, the fire-fighters also find time to take part in various community projects throughout the year."
Mr Morrison added: "I'd like to thank the Firemaster, his officers, the Convener and members of the board for their support in securing funds for this project. The fire service has been a vital part of this community for a long time. I am sure that it will continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead."
(Stornoway Today, 28 April 2006) 

 

SHAWBOST FIRE STATION 

OPENING CEREMONY 

27th April 2006 

 

Chief Fire Officer’s Welcoming Address: 

May I welcome all our guests and friends here today to the opening of the new Shawbost Fire Station.
The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service are committed to driving down risk in all our communities across the Highlands and Islands.
Today, we take another step towards this key objective in opening the new Shawbost Fire Station. To serve, along with the Firefighters based here, the local community and the wider community of these islands.
I am very pleased to have here today, members of the Fire Board and particularly Fire Board Member and Local Councillor, Mr Roderick Morrison, who I am pleased to say will perform the Official Opening Ceremony.
Thank you all for attending, and supporting the work of this Service. 

Chief Fire Officer Brian Murray. 

 

MUSIC FROM: LOCAL PIPER Mr John Murdo Graham 

OPENING ADDRESS:
Western Isles District Officer Martin Haigh 

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER’S ADDRESS:
Mr Brian Murray 

FIRE BOARD CONVENER’S ADDRESS:
Mr Drew MacFarlane-Slack MBE 

OFFICIAL OPENING:
Fire Board Member and Local Councillor Mr Roderick Morrison 

CLOSING ADDRESS:
Western Isles District Officer Martin Haigh 

STATION BLESSING:
Revd C MacLeod Shawbost Free Church of Scotland 

Dispersal for Tea and Coffee to

Old Shawbost School Community Centre 

 

Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service 

Helping Make

Highlands & Islands

Safer

 

 

 

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