T62 RATAGAN

Auxiliary Unit.

 

Stations

 

 

1948 to 1973                        ?

1973 to 1989                        Forestry Buildings

1989 to                                 Wooden Hut at Ratagan. (turn left before Youth Hostel)                Photo
2006                                      Barn at Shiel Lodge Stables.                                                                 Photo

 

 

 

Firemasters

 

1948 to 1973                        ?

1973 to 1990                        Sub Officer Hamish MacRae

1990 to ?                              Sub Officer Neil Campbell  (Barra)

2014                                      Watch Manager Richard Miers

 

 

 

Appliances

 

 

1948                                                                 Standpipe & Hose

2003                                                                 Pump, Hose, Standpipe, Key & Bar etc.
2006                                        SY55BFN        LDV 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                                            CRV   (Wildfires &RTAs)

 

 

Brigades

 

? to 1941                                ?

1941 to 1948                          National Fire Service?

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

 

 

Unit started?

 

 

The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

 

                                                                                                Equipment                                                                         Volunteer

 

                                                                                                Standpipe and Hose                                                        1 Leading Fireman

                                                                                                                                                                                            5 Firemen

               

 

 

 

Establishment 2000

 

Equipment

Auxiliary

 

Pump & Hose etc.

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, Ratagan 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. Ratagan 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 this unit should be maintained adopting the role of a Community Response Unit (CRU). The unit should be provided with a vehicle which in the future will be referred to as a Community Response Vehicle (CRV). It is recognised that there have been a number of Road Traffic Accidents in the immediate and adjacent areas. The role of the unit should incorporate the capacity to respond to road traffic accidents, forming part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. A fully equipped appliance, as support, will continue to be part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to preserving life at RTA’s. The role of the unit should incorporate the ability to respond to forest, moorland and grassfires (wildfires). The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to wildfire firefighting. The area within which the unit responds to wildfires should be extended beyond the current unit area and be based upon a wider ranging ‘regional response’ proposal. In this role, the unit may be required to respond to wildfires occurring throughout the Brigade's mainland area. The unit should be provided with appropriate training to allow members to effectively deliver Community Fire Safety education/information. The unit will be classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade and time worked will be paid accordingly. The unit has attended 25 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs the nearest intervention resource is based at Kyle of Lochalsh, where the Retained personnel are equipped and trained to deal with such incidents and can respond within a reasonable timeframe.

On 1st April 2005 along with 6 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units and 1 Mobile Auxiliary Unit Ratagan was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with a role of Community Response Unit responding to wildfires and Road Traffic Accidents.

Ratagan had a call sign of B49 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to T62, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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