Auxiliary Unit.




? to ?                                      Wooden Shed in the village.
















? 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






Establishment 2000





1 Portable Pump

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, Hamnavoe was put into North 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. Hamnavoe 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 shall have no intervention role at any incidents which might occur. 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 received 7 calls to  incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 27/11/2001. If an incident occurs it will by attended by Scalloway in an average time of 17 minutes.
Over the period 1st April 1999 to 27th November 2001 Hamnavoe Auxiliary Unit received 7 calls to incidents, but unfortunately, did not attend any. On the 27th of November 2001, the decision was made that because the unit had not trained for a considerable period of time, nor attended any incidents, their competence could not be guaranteed. Consequently, Brigade control was not able to consider Hamnavoe an active auxiliary unit available for mobilisation to incidents.

On 1st April 2005 along with 8 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units and 4 Mobile Auxiliary Unit Hamnavoe was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with a role of providing Community Fire Safety education/information.







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