1974? Equipment kept at A Sandison & Sons, Northside
? to ? Shed across from Baltasound Post Office
1984/85 Garage near the Nikkavord Lea housing, Baltasound, Unst, SHETLAND ZE2 9DS. Photo
9/10/2010 Baltasound Fire Station, Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound, Unst, SHETLAND ZE2 9DS
5/12/2016 Unst Community Fire Station, Main Road, Baltasound, Shetland ZE2 9DT Photo
1974 to 1989 October Volunteer Leader R. Anderson (Bobba)
1989 October to 2000 September Volunteer Leader Willie McLeod
2000 September to Watch Manager Ninian Johnson
|1984/85||C834AAS||Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie||CFV|
|2000||G792VAS||Ford Transit/Fulton and Wylie||LFA|
|2008||SY02TTO||LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB||LFA|
|2009||T188SFW||Volvo FL6-14/John Dennis/HIFRS||WrL|
|1975 to 1983||Northern Fire Brigade|
|1983 to 2005||Highland and Islands Fire Brigade|
|2005 to 2013||Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service|
|2013 to||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
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, Baltasound was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.
On 1st April 2005 along with 61 other units Baltasound was upgraded to a Retained Unit, drilling one night per week and receiving a retaining fee.
On the 5th December, 2016 Baltasound was renamed Unst Community Fire Station. An Ambulance is now stationed at the station.
6/12/2016 When the Command and Control Centre at Seafield Road, Inverness closed today all calls for the legacy Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service were transferred the Temporary Dundee Operations Control at Macalpine Road. The legacy H&I call signs also changed to the new National Call Signs with Unst changing from C28 to W21.
Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue
“Helping make the Highlands & Islands a safer and better place to live.”
Baltasound Fire Station Opening
Saturday 9 October 2010
Chief Fire Officer’s Welcome
Welcome to all our guests and
friends at the opening of the newly converted Fire Station in Baltasound, Unst.
The Highlands and Islands Fire and 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 Unst, 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 Fire Board works hard to secure the necessary resources to fund the Service and I am pleased that the Shetland Fire Board Members are here to attend the ceremony.
Thank you everyone for attending and supporting our Service.
Chief Fire Officer
Station Opening Ceremony
• Shetland District
Group Manger Duncan MacDougall
• Assistant Chief Fire
ACFO Mike Holme
• Official Opening
Councillor Alastair Cooper
Councillor Allison Duncan
• Baltasound Officer in
Watch Manager Ninian Johnson
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
Watch Manager Ninian Johnson
Firefighter James Laurenson (retired)
• Medal Citation
Station Manager Mark Loynd
• Medal Presentations
ACFO Mike Holme
A Brief History of the Baltasound Fire Unit
The first fire fighting equipment to
be based in Baltasound was located at ‘A. Sandison & Sons’, Northside. This
consisted of trays of canvas hose, branches, a hand pump and former WD hard
hats. The staff made up the voluntary crew.
Later a small shed was located across from the Baltasound Post Office. This contained hose and a small pump. The equipment had to be transported in whoever’s vehicle was available often Bobba’s mini!
The garage near the Nikkavord Lea housing was built in 1984/5 with the first fire appliance being a Bedford CF van (Reg No C834AAS) arriving at that time. This vehicle remained on the island until late 1999.
The Battasound unit was then upgraded from Voluntary to Auxiliary BA status and a Ford Transit light fire appliance was provided capable of carrying the new breathing apparatus equipment. This vehicle was subsequently replaced by an LDV Convoy light fire appliance.
In 2005 the unit was upgraded again. This time to Retained status and in late 2009 the current water tender appliance arrived.
It should be noted that for a long period the RAF, stationed at Saxa Vord, assisted with fire cover throughout Unst under a Section 12 agreement of the Fire Services Act 1947, until their ultimate departure. Also from the late 1970’s until 1996 the Baltasound Airport Fire Service responded to incidents if available.
Over these years the unit has attended a variety of incidents which required the ingenuity of the crews to resolve circumstances ranging from pumping out fishing boats to a hill fire which required beaters to be hastily constructed. Also a number of dwelling fires had to be tackled with the nearest water source being some considerable distance away.
Baltasound Officers in Charge
• R. Anderson (Bobba)
• Willie McLeod Oct 1989 - Sep 2000
• Ninian Johnson Sep2000 -to date
There is a photo of the new station with T188SFW outside, the old station, and C834AAS in the Opening Programme.
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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