Retained Unit.



?                         Volunteer Garage                                                                                                             Photo

1/10/2011          Brakefield Road, Sandwick, Shetland Islands, ZE2 9HJ                                             Photo



2003                    Sub Officer Brian Gifford

2011                    Watch Manager Stuart Jamieson



1990 XAS723V Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFV
1993 K997NAS Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2006 L969RAS Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2006 L216RST Mercedes 310D/HIFB LFA
2008 T340SAS LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB LFA
2010 Sept L319SAS Mercedes 1124/Carmichael WrL
2013 July S583PSR Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
2015 Feb R337RSA Scania 94D-220/Emergency One WrL
2016 Aug T196ASE Scania 94D-220/Emergency One WrL

 S583PSR is ex Tayside Fire and Rescue
 R337RSA is an ex Grampian Fire and Rescue Service appliance and possibly the first white appliance on Shetland (new to North Anderson Drive)


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




1/93-3/94 New LFA received.

May 2003 Unit now does weekly training.

July 2003 Unit upgraded to BA status.

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

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

1/10/2011    The new station is a renovated bus garage.

Sandwick had a call sign of C37 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to W26, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.


Highlands & Islands
Fire & Rescue Service

Helping make the Highlands & Islands a safer and better place to live, work and visit 

<PHOTO> The new Station

Sandwick Fire Station
Opening Ceremony
Saturday 1 October 2011


Chief Fire Officer’s Welcome 

Welcome to all our guests and friends at the opening of the newly converted Fire Station in Sandwick, Shetland.
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 Sandwick 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. 

Trevor Johnson
Chief Fire Officer


Station Opening Ceremony

•               Shetland District Manager’s Introduction
                Group Manger Duncan MacDougall

•               Chief Fire Officer’s Address
                CFO Trevor Johnson

•               Official Opening
                Fire Board Convener Richard Durham

•               Sandwick’s Officer in Charge’s Response
                Watch Manager Stuart Jamieson

The Sandwick Fire Unit 

The station is a remodelled and renovated old bus garage and is the second development of a new fire station on a brown field site, the first being in Unst in 2010.
It is a departure from the traditional and previous station developments on green field sites and it is proving to be more sustainable and considerably less costly which is very significant for the Board and the Service in that more stations can be upgraded to the required standard.
The quality in the design and construction of the station is impressive in the development cost profile and our building partners are to be commended for their performance. It should also be noted that this is probably the most energy efficient station in the Board’s portfolio with very low running costs.
<PHOTO> Water Tender Ladder
<PHOTO> Former Sandwick Station



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