Retained Unit.




Old Nurse’s Garage

? to ?

Sub Officer’s shed

? to ? 

Old School

? to ?

Wooden Hut

1997 to   

Fire Station, Gravir, SOUTH LOCHS, Isle of Lewis.         Photo





Leading Firefighter Donald Macmillan


Sub Officer Donald Macmillan

1991? to 1998

Sub Officer Kenny Kennedy

1998 to 2005

Sub Officer Alison Alston

2005 to 2013? Watch Manager Alison Alston (Rank to Role)
2018 Watch Manager Kenny Mackay




1997 R689OST LDV Convoy/HIFB LFA
2006 S564LST Isuzu NPR/HIFB MWrL
2007 Aug 12 N684BST Mercedes 1124/Emergency One WrL
2011 Nov N685BST Mercedes 1124/Emergency One WrL
2015 SY06BHJ MAN 12-225/Emergency One WrL



1977 to 1983 Northern Fire Brigade
1983 to 2005 Highland and Islands Fire Brigade
2005 to Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service




1997/98 Auxiliary Garage built.

2000/2001 Unit upgraded to BA Status and trained in and  issued with CABA.

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

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

South Lochs had a call sign of B35 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to U25, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


South Lochs Volunteer Unit.

Recruited and formed 4/4/1977. The OiC was Donald Macmillan with the rank of L/Fm. He was later made up to Sub O and an additional L/Fm was made up. The unit was originally based in an old nurses garage until the roof blew off, then in the Sub O’s own shed, the old school and finally in a sectional wooden hut supplied by Brigade, on the site of the present day station. Original strength was ten with one Sub O and one L/Fm.
Early equipment consisted of stirrup pump, bucket, No chimney rods! ten lengths of 45mm hose various branch nozzles, and an Alcon pump with associated hard suction.
Kenny Kennedy took over as Sub O in approx 1991 when Donald Macmillan retired. Kenny had been promoted to L/Fm 30/8/1989.
The Community Association donated various bits of equipment including chimney rods ,further buckets, rope, torches, and a first aid box, over this time.
Approx 1993 saw the donation of a trailer by the community, and additional equipment was supplied by the Brigade, a Honda pump and some additional lengths of hose, and finally a short extension ladder.
In 1995 volunteers adapted the trailer to carry the ladder, and house all the additional bits of equipment that had been donated by the community and funded by the volunteers themselves. These included tools, fire extinguishers, (which were maintained at the volunteers own expense.) and crow bars ,axes, and shovels.
At some stage between these dates we changed from Volunteers to Auxiliary
In 1997 the present station/garage was built and the LDV Convoy LFA R689OST was installed.
In late 1998 Kenny Kennedy retired and I took over as Sub O with one L/Ff.
On the 7/8/2000 we became operational as a CABA unit.
In 2001 we had an additional L/Ff added to our strength.
(Information about South Lochs supplied by Sub Officer Alison Alston. 6/11/2002.)




If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.




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