|1957 to ?||2 man pump in Wooden Box outside Scourie Hotel|
|? to ?||Wooden Shed in the Car Park at the back of Scourie Hotel Photo|
|1999? to||Large Shed at Angus MacKenzie's house (Seaview) Photo|
|2007||Nissen Hut, Old Council Yard. Photo|
|22/11/2008||A894 near the school. Photo|
|? to ?||Volunteer Leader Ian Hay|
|? to ?||Volunteer Leader Hugh MacKay *|
|? to ?||Volunteer Leader Donald Mackay Son of *|
|? to ?||Sub Officer William Thomson?|
|? to ?||Sub Officer Leslie MacKay|
|2008||Watch Manager Andy Mackenzie (there at opening of new station)|
|G391VAS||Ford Escort 55/HIFB||CFA|
|Feb 2001||K185LST||Leyland DAF 400/HIFB||LFA|
|June 2007||SY05DPE||MAN 12-225/Emergency One||WrL|
|1957 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|
1 Light Fire Appliance
1 Sub Officer
2 Leading Firefighters
Unit was there in 1957, as there
was a fire then in one of the buildings at the Scourie hotel and they sent for
the brigade from...........?.............. While they were waiting they got the
2 man pump out the Fire Box and filled a basin or sink with water but it was
about 20 minutes before they managed to get any water on the fire.
(Ian Hay August 2003.)
In 1959 Robert Alexander
MacDonald and John Thomson were recruited to the Fire Brigade after they were
demobbed from the army and Ian Hay the hotel owner was appointed leader although
he never went to any fires. Robert and John’s first fire happened one night when
they were sitting in the bar and Ian Hay told them there was a fire at
EDRITELLIS Manse, so they put the gear in Robert’s car and headed off. As they
were crossing the bridge over a stream at the entrance, they stopped and filled
the two buckets they had with water. There was some rubbish burning outside the
manse so they threw the water on the fire and ran back and forth to the stream
to get more water to throw on the fire. Then the man who had just bought the
manse and started cursing and swearing at them and threatening to get the Police
to them at which point they informed him they were the local fire brigade, which
didn’t impress him and produced more cursing and swearing. He said couldn’t they
see he was just burning rubbish but they said they had been sent out to put out
a fire and that’s what they were doing but as it was controlled burning and if
he would supervise the fire they would leave it and with that they returned to
Robert MacDonald’s last fire was in 1993 when a heath fire burnt down a Hydro Board pole and the village was without power for two days as it was remote and a new pole was required. The Hydro Board tried to blame the incompetence of the fire brigade for the loss of power, but the fire brigade established that it was arcing on the Hydro’s pole that started the fire in the first place.
The unit gets called out by a call from fire control to the member in the village who phones around the other members and word also spreads round the village quickly and the men respond to the fire.
(Robert Alexander MacDonald August 2003.)
2002/2003 Unit upgraded to BA status.
Ground has apparently been acquired for a new fire station between the church and the Public hall on the main road A894.
With the new brigade structure introduced in the summer of 2003 the 3 Divisions were re-organised into 2 Commands North and South, Scourie was put into North Command. Call signs remained the same.
On 1st April 2005 along with 61 other units Scourie was upgraded to a Retained Unit, drilling one night per week and receiving a retaining fee.
Scourie had a call sign of C57 in The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to T44, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Inverness closed on 6/12/2016 and moved to Dundee.
SCOURIE FIRE STATION
Saturday 22nd November 2008
Chief Fire Officer’s Welcoming Address:
Welcome to all our guests and
friends at the opening of the newly built Fire Station at Scourie.
The Highlands and Islands Fire and 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 Scourie, 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 work hard to secure the necessary resources to fund the Service and I am pleased that our Convenor Richard Durham is here to open the station.
Thank you everyone for attending and supporting our Service.
Brian A Murray
Chief Fire Officer
• DISTRICT OFFICER’S
Mr Gareth Edwards
• CHIEF FIRE OFFICER’S
Mr Brian A Murray
• OFFICER IN CHARGE’S
Mr Andy Mackenzie
• OFFICIAL OPENING:
Mr Richard Durham
Fire Board Convener
• STATION BLESSING:
Reverend John MacPherson
• LS&C MEDAL
Mr James MacKay, Bettyhill
• BUFFET for 1530 hours
The Anchorage, Scourie
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS A SAFER AND BETTER PLACE TO LIVE
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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