Retained Unit.


1950s Garage
1960s Shed
1970s & 80s Shed
1980s Garage for first LFA
1990's Garage next to Council re-cycling depot. Industrial Estate.                  Photo
20/3/2013 Bankburn, St Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2TJ





?to ? Sub Officer Robert Rosie
? to 1990 Sub Officer Brian Smith
? to ? Sub Officer William A. Rosie
? to Oct 2013 Watch Manager Derek J. Rosie    (there 2008)
2013 to Watch Manager James Wishart  (there 2018)





1990 YAS693V Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFV
1992 XAS280V Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFV
1998 M102VAS Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2005 L323SAS Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2007 (August) R685OST LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB LFA
2010 (July) SY04CAA LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB LFA
2013 (March 19) SY62CGG Mercedes 816D/Emergency One LFA
4/12/2018 SY12CWX Mercedes 816D/Emergency One LFA



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 31/3/2013 Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service
1/4/2013 to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Volunteer
  1 Portable Power Pump 1 Leading Fireman
    5 Firemen


Unit started & why?

1999/2000 Upgraded to Breathing Apparatus status.

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

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

Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, Fire Board Convener, Andrew Drever, Vice-Convener, Audrey Sinclair and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Billy Wilson, attended the official opening of the new fire station at St. Margarets Hope in the Orkney Islands on 20th March 2013.

The opening of St Margarets Hope Fire Station marked the last ever new build provided by the Highlands and Islands Fire Board.

St Margarets Hope had a call sign of C24 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to V30, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service


<PHOTO> St Margaretís Hope Fire Station.

St Margaretís Hope Fire Station

Opening Ceremony
March 20th 2013


St Margaretís Hope Personnel

<PHOTO> Crew in front of station.
Left to right; Derek Rosie, Glen Thomson, Iain Laird, Kevin Walls, James Wishart, Kenny Scott, Eric Gutcher & Willie Beedie.

Station Opening Ceremony 

Station Managerís Introduction
Station Manager John Feeney 

Chief Fire Officerís Address
Mr Stewart Edgar 

Official Opening
Convener Andrew Drever 

St Margarets Hope Officer in Chargeís Response
Watch Manager Derek Rosie 

Chief Fire Officerís Welcoming Address
Welcome to all our guests and friends at the opening of the newly built Fire Station at St Margaretís Hope.
The Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service is determined to make our communities safer.
Our firefighters do this through providing community safety advice and an emergency response service that is second to none. In recent years we have made increasing demands upon the firefighters of St Margaretís Hope, expanding their role and asking them to learn new skills.
They have met this challenge and today I am proud that we are able to provide them with a station that meets their professional, safety, dignity and welfare needs. I am confident it will be an important community resource for many years to come.
The Highland and Islands Fire Board work hard to secure the necessary resources to fund the Service and I am pleased that the Fire Board Convener Andrew Drever and Vice Convener Dr Audrey Sinclair are here to attend the ceremony.
Thank you everyone for attending and supporting our Service.
Stewart Edgar
Chief Fire Officer


Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service

Making the Highlands and Islands a safer and better place to live, work and visit

For a FREE Home Fire Safety Check call FREE phone 08000 12 13 12 or contact www.hifrs.org




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