B46 SHIELDAIG

CLOSED

 

Stations

 

? to ?                                      Wooden Hut at the top of the pier.

? to                                         Wooden Hut next to toilets.                            Photo

 

Firemasters

 

? to ?                                      Sub Officer Kenneth Mathieson

? to ?                                      Sub Officer Duncan MacLennan

? to 2003                                Sub Officer Brian Ash

2003 to 31/3/2005                 Leading Firefighter Karen Starr

 

When Brian Ash retired and Karen Starr took over as leader, the crew were rather new and inexperienced it was decide not to promote her to Sub Officer, that is why the leader was a Leading Firefighter.

 

Appliances

 

1948 to ?                                Two Man pump

? to 2005                                Pump & Hose etc.

 

Brigades

 

1948? 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

 

The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

 

                                                Equipment                                                             Volunteer

 

                                                Standpipe and Hose                                            1 Leading Fireman

                                                                                                                                5 Firemen

 

Establishment 2000

 

                                                Equipment                                                             Auxiliary

 

                                                Pump & Hose                                                       1 Sub Officer

                                                                                                                                1 Leading Firefighter

                                                                                                                                8 Firefighters

 

 

 

Unit formed about 1948? After serious house fire.

 

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

Apparently a site has been purchased at Annat. ( This could mean amalgamation of Torridon and Shieldaig into 1 mobile unit ? )

 

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. Shieldaig 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 the amalgamation of the Torridon and Shieldaig units continues, providing a greatly enhanced lifesaving capability in the area. The expectation of the communities in that area is that there will be one fire station which will serve all of the immediate locale. On completion, the unit will be equipped with Breathing Apparatus and Road Traffic Accident equipment, to enable the Brigade to meet the risks identified within the immediate Shieldaig and Torridon area.

As of 1st April 2005 the unit at Shieldaig was amalgamated with the unit at Torridon. Only one person from Shieldaig went to the unit at Torridon which is now a Retained unit with a Light Fire Appliance.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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