|2000||Wooden Hut Car Park Inver Arms, DUNBEATH. Photo|
|?||Roads depot outskirts of village|
|2001||Disused Police Station|
|29/3/2003||Campbell Avenue, DUNBEATH. (opposite Heritage Centre) Photo|
2001 Sub Officer John A Gunn
2005 Sub Officer Alan Grant
|2001||S769JST||LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB||LFA|
|2006||N685BST||Mercedes 1124/Emergency One||WrL|
|2011 March||N683BST||Mercedes 1124/Emergency One||WrL|
|2011 Nov||N684BST||Mercedes 1124/Emergency One||WrL|
|2015?||R123RST||Volvo 6-14/Emergency One||WrL|
|1960s 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|
1999/2000 Site acquired for new station.
2001 New station being built.
With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Dunbeath was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.
The new station was operational in September 2002 and Officially Opened on 29/3/2003.
On 1st April 2005 along with 61 other units Dunbeath was upgraded to a Retained Unit, drilling one night per week and receiving a retaining fee.
Dunbeath had a call sign of C48 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S23, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.
New station gives Dunbeath firefighters a purpose built base
Firefighters in Dunbeath are in
good heart after moving into their first purpose built base.
A late hitch delayed its scheduled opening from last autumn but the 14 man auxiliary unit is now firmly ensconced in the £200,000 station.
The official wraps were taken off on Saturday when the new station was opened by the Highland and Islands Fire Board convener, Drew McFarlane Slack.
The building, together with the fire tender and upgraded kit, followed on from a concerted campaign in the area after a farther and son died in a house blaze at Borgue in February 1998.
The unit was quickly at the scene but was unable to save 38 year old George Gunn and his eight year old son Ben.
The new set up is a far cry from the humble origins of the volunteer squad in Dunbeath in the 1960s. The members then operated from two sheds in the car park of the village’s Inver Arms and responded to “shouts” by bundling equipment into the back of one of their cars.
They operated for many years from makeshift premises in the roads depot on the outskirts of the village. That fell through before Christmas 2001 when a breakdown in negotiations with the local estate owner led to a sudden flit to the disused police station in Dunbeath.
Sub Officer John Gunn says the provision of a purpose built base has made a tremendous difference.
The unit attends about 30 call outs a year, including road traffic accidents and heath fires as well as house fires.
As the Dunbeath unit looks forward to the future with fresh confidence, their counterparts at Lybster are battling to stave off closure. Lybster is among those facing the chop after it was not on a list of stations deemed to be strategic.
HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS FIRE BRIGADE
official opening of
DUNBEATH FIRE STATION
29th MARCH 2003
SUB/O JOHN A
L/FF ALAN GRANT
L/FF BENJAMIN D SUTHERLAND
F/F ALEXANDER CUNNINGHAM
F/F BRYAN MACLEOD
F/F IAN J COWIE
F/F BRIAN G COWIE
F/F NEIL BUCHANAN
F/F WILLIAM R MILNE
F/F VICTOR CORMACK
F/F ANDREW P MACLEOD
F/F GARRY MACLEOD
F/F JAMES TAYLOR
ORDER OF CEREMONY
Ceremonies T/Assistant Divisional Officer M White
* 1400 Introduction by Firemaster B Murray QSFM BA(HONS) MA MIFireE
*1410 Speech by local fireboard member -Councillor D Flear
*1420 Speech and official opening by the Convenor of the Fire Board Councillor Drew MacFarlane Slack MBE
*1430 Dedication and prayers —Mr J Craw
*1440 Station response —Sub Officer J A Gunn
*1500 Tour of station and facilities followed by refreshments
Highland and Islands Fire Brigade
Helping make Highland and Islands Safer
Highland & Islands Fire Brigade
16 Harbour Road
Firemaster Brian A Murray QFSM BA(HONS) MA MIFireE
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