S60 LYBSTER

Community Response Unit.

Stations

2000                                   2 Wooden Huts off Village Road opposite toilets.            Photo

2006                                   Garage in car park next to the Toilets in Village Road.      Photo

 

Firemasters

1998 Sub Officer J. A. Blaikie
1999 Sub Officer James H Taylor
2003? to 28/2/2010 Sub Officer Donald M. Miller
2010 to Watch Manager ?
   

 

Appliances

 

Feb 2006                           SY55BFV       LDV 400 Convoy/H&IF&RS                          CRV (Wildfires & RTAs)

Brigades

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

 

Notes

The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Volunteer
  Standpipe and Hose 1 Leading Fireman
    5 Firemen

 

Establishment 2000

 

Equipment

Auxiliary

 

Pump & Hose etc.

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, Lybster 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. Lybster 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 should be maintained adopting the role of a Community Response Unit (CRU). The unit should be provided with a vehicle which in the future will be referred to as a Community Response Vehicle (CRV). It is recognised that there have been a number of Road Traffic Accidents in the immediate and adjacent areas. The role of the unit should incorporate the capacity to respond to road traffic accidents, forming part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. A fully equipped appliance, as support, will continue to be part of the initial Pre Determined Attendance. The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to preserving life at RTA’s. The role of the unit should incorporate the ability to respond to forest, moorland and grassfires (wildfires). The unit should be provided with appropriate equipment and training to allow members to effectively contribute to wildfire firefighting. The area within which the unit responds to wildfires should be extended beyond the current unit area and be based upon a wider ranging ‘regional response’ proposal. In this role, the unit may be required to respond to wildfires occurring throughout the Brigade's mainland area. 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 attended 56 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If a dwelling fire occurs an adequately equipped resource would attend from Dunbeath in approximately 15 minutes.

On 1st April 2005 along with 6 other Non Mobile Auxiliary Units and 1 Mobile Auxiliary Unit Lybster was classed as Auxiliary support to the Brigade with a role of Community Response Unit responding to wildfires and Road Traffic Accidents.

There's been a fire unit in Lybster for 65 years and during that time they have always attended property fires. That is the main reason I joined 22 years ago and it's the main reason others have joined. (Sub Officer Donald Miller 11/3/2005)

February 2006 Lybster now have an LDV Community Response Vehicle.

Lybster had a call sign of C49 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S60, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.

The Lybster Fire Service Crew 1940-46. G Sutherland, J A McDonald, A Oag, P Nicol, D Wares, D Cormack, D Bain, J McKay.

 

 

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