S27 BONAR BRIDGE
|?||16'x8' Marley Hut behind the Church|
|1996||? Main road, south side of the bridge Photo|
2000 to June? 2009 Sub Officer A. J. McAughtrie (Sandy)
|1982||G391VAS||Ford Escort 35/HIFB||ULA|
|1999||C835AAS||Bedford CF/Fulton and Wylie||CFV|
|2007||S769JST||LDV 400 Convoy/HIFB||LFA|
|2012 Sept||R684OST||LDV 400/HIFB||LFA|
|2015 March||SP63CCU||Iveco Turbo Daily/Bence||LFA|
|? 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|
The Northern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|Standpipe and Hose||1 Leading Fireman|
The present station is in a former Industrial Unit which they share with the Caledonian Curry Company. This building cost £11,000 and the volunteers raised the height of the door themselves. (June 2000)
2000/2001 unit upgraded. Upgrades to units involves equipping them with Breathing Apparatus, Firefighting Uniforms, Road Traffic Accident Rescue Equipment, Pagers and Fire Engines appropriate to the needs of the local area.
2001/2002 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, Bonar Bridge was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.
On 1st April 2005 along with 61 other units Bonar Bridge was upgraded to a Retained Unit, drilling one night per week and receiving a retaining fee.
Bonar bridge had a call sign of C52 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to S27, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.
A senior Bonar Bridge firefighter has been honoured for his actions at the scene of a fatal road accident, in which he was one of the casualties himself.
Sub Officer Sandy McAughtrie was said to have displayed courage and cool professionalism "far beyond the call of duty" in his handling of events immediately after the crash on 26th July last year. It happened on the Bonar Bridge to Clashmore road, near Spinningdale.
Sandy was a passenger in a pick-up van being driven by Bonar fencing contractor and fellow Firefighter Douglas Henderson. Mr Henderson's 17-year-old daughter Emma was also a passenger in the vehicle. The collision involved a motor cyclist travelling in the opposite direction, who was thrown through the front windscreen of the pick-up and out the back, sustaining injuries from which he died. Mr Henderson and his daughter were both seriously injured.
For his conduct in the aftermath of the crash, Sandy (54) received an official commendation from Highland and Islands Firemaster Brian Murray at a ceremony held in the Falls of Shin Restaurant on Monday evening. Area Commander Dave McKay, from Brigade Headquarters in Inverness, said: "Sandy's actions at the scene went far beyond the call of duty". Despite his own injuries he had the presence of mind to extricate himself from his vehicle and summon the emergency services, giving them accurate information on the situation at the scene. "It's not easy in a road traffic accident to cope with injured persons and to be aware of the potential for fire and other traffic approaching. There's a lot to think about, and Sandy's courage was exemplary."
District Officer Nick Dunford, based in Dornoch, described how Sandy, who had been knocked unconscious for a short time, quickly came to and directed the rescue operation. Ironically, Sandy and Douglas had been returning from a Firefighters' training course in Dornoch in how to handle road traffic accidents. Sandy's prompt actions, he said, undoubtedly saved the situation from getting worse.
Despite being severely dazed and shocked, he was able to describe to fire brigade control the exact nature of what was involved, including casualties and persons trapped. He also directed operations at the scene and used his first aid skills, as well as the knowledge so recently obtained on the course in road traffic accident procedures.
The presentation was made by Highland and Islands Firemaster, Brian Murray, who said Sandy had shown true professionalism in the way he had conducted himself. In thanking Mr Murray and his colleagues, Sandy recalled that he had been a Firefighter since he was 14 years of age. "When I started we had a wooden shed, a hand cart, hose and stand pipe," he said. "In 1982 we got a Ford Escort van and in 1996 our MP Robert Maclennan helped us to get a better van with radio contact. Pagers also helped us and we got full breathing apparatus." Sandy is now Sub Officer in charge of the Bonar Bridge Auxiliary unit.
Monday evening's ceremony was attended by members of the Bonar Bridge auxiliary unit, representatives from retained units at Lairg, Tain, Dornoch, Golspie and Lochinver, and from the Brigade Control Room in Inverness. Also present were Highland Council convener Alison Magee, Lairg, and Councillor Rita Finlayson, Helmsdale, a member of the Highland and Islands Fire Board. A finger buffet was served by Shin Falls staff.
(Archive News H&I web site)
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