2003                     Garage, Lochmore Lodge, LOCHMORE (by Lairg) Sutherland, A838. IV27 4PQ                               Photo



1992 to 2003                         Sub Officer Ian S. Morrison
2003 to                                  Sub Officer Derek Gill



1955 JST314 Bedford A3SZ/HCB P/HrT
1990 WST228V Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie CFA
1993 MST713R Bedford CF/HCB Angus CFA
1998 to 2005 B817UST Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie LFA
2005   No appliance  


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 Light Fire Appliance

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, Achfary was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.


The Unit is called out by telephone. They have no BA at present and train monthly.  The future of the unit is uncertain.  Because they have no BA, Health and Safety Executive won't allow them to continue as they are. They don't know whether the HIFB will upgrade the unit to BA as they haven't had a call out in probably 2 years.  They have such a small pool of available manpower that if anyone leaves the unit they might be unable to replace them. Strength 1 Sub Officer, 1 Leading Firefighter, 5 Firefighters. (September 2003)

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. Achfary 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 attended 8 incidents in the period 1/4/1999 to 31/8/2004. If an incident occurs it will by attended by Scourie and if necessary Kinlochbervie.

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

31/8/2012        The Board agreed to close 4 fire stations within the Service area, namely Flotta, Foula, Outer Skerries and Boat of Garten and 6 Community Response Units (Evie, Mossbank, Achfary, Strathpeffer, Kyleakin and Waternish).


If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.


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