2 Pump Retained


1950's Building opposite pier, now the Lifeboat Shop                                  Photo
1953 to 16/12/1980 Garage in main Car Park now the Distillery Visitor's centre               Photo
16/12/1980 Breadalbane Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PD                   Photo


1933 Firemaster William MacKinnon??
  Neil McLean (First OIC?)
1968 Sub Officer F Barnaby
1973 to 1975 Sub Officer I Morrison
1975 to 1980 Sub Officer Alec Finlay
1980 to 1989 Sub Officer Alister Noble (Alexander?)
1989 to 1992 Sub Officer I MacKinnon
1992 to 1998 Sub Officer Alistair MacLean M.B.E.
13/9/1998 Sub Officer W. Hume
8/6/1999 to July 2014 Station Officer Officer W. Hume QFSM  (Unit upgraded)
July 2014 to Watch Manager Iain Noble


  Fordson V8 (Ex Army) First Appliance  
? Dodge V8  
? Dennis F8 (Ex Oban) (LHS964?)  
1960 RHS521  
1968 Land Rover and Trailer  
  First Second
1974 RHS521 and CT3 none
1976 RHS521 RGC597
1980 CGE594S RGC597
1983 CGE594S RAG951H
1989 DGD213X CGE594S
1990 EGD277X DGD213X
1993 D486ODS DGD213X
1994 D486ODS K529RDS
  H108YUS K529RDS
1998 M902DDS H108YUS
2002 M909DDS H108YUS
2003 M909DDS K376MYS
2010 14th September SF03OMY M909DDS
2011 5th November SF03OMY SF05DFD

RGC597 came from SHHD about 1966 for AFS Training, and at disbandment in 1968, Western Area bought it.  RGC597 went to Tobermory without conversion as a useful addition to the station's HRT RHS521. The idea was to be able to decamp equipment from the HRT and proceed off road to many locations on Mull that were inaccessible to the large appliance.



RHS521 Austin FFG/HCB HrT
CT3 Coventry Climax TrP
RGC597 Landrover L4V
RAG951H Landrover L4P
CGE594S Bedford KD/HCB Angus Midi WrL
DGD213X Bedford KD/Fulton and Wylie Fire Witch WrL
EGD277X Bedford KG/CFE WrL
LSU574Y Ford A5 FB  
D486ODS Scania 82M/Fulton and Wylie WrL
H108RDS Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
K376MYS Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
K529RDS Steyer Puch Pinzgauer/Carmichael L6P
M902DDS Scania G93M-220/Emergency One WrL
M909DDS Scania G93M-220/Emergency One RPL
SF03OMY Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL
SF05DFD Scania 94D-260/Sxaon RPL


???? to 1941 ?Tobermory Fire Brigade?
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Strathclyde Fire Brigade
2005 Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Name change only.)


The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained
  1 Light Trailer Pump 1 Leading Fireman
  1 Standard Towing Vehicle 6 Firemen

Officially opened 16/12/1980 with ten retained personnel and cost 212,000. it replaced a station already on Mull. It was equipped with a Water Tender and a Land Rover with a Trailer Pump.
There were Volunteer units at Craignure, Salen, Iona and Bunessan.
1950 A siren was installed at Tobermory.
From 1955 till 1959 there were 8 men and from 1963 to 1975 there were 11 men.
On the 17th of February 1976 the crew were issued with Bleepers which replaced the Siren and House Bells.

8 April 1999
(12) Increase in Establishment at Tobermory Fire Station, Isle of Mull

A report dated 1 March 1999 by the Firemaster was submitted on proposals to :-
Increase the retained establishment at Tobermory Fire Station.
Upgrade the station to two pump status to provide the necessary degree of fire cover for the Islands of Mull and Iona.
The establishment would be increased from 11 to 20 as follows:-
   l Station Officer
  1 Sub Officer
  2 Leading Firefighters
16 Firefighters
The projected revenue cost would be 21,968, inclusive of the November 1998 pay rise. to be contained within the existing Revenue Budget. This increased expenditure would be partially offset by an increase in Grant-Aided Expenditure (GAE).

The Board decided:
(1) that the upgrading of Tobermory Fire Station to two pump status be approved: and
(2) that the proposed associated increase in establishment to 20 personnel be approved.


Watch Commander William C. Hume was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2012 for services rendered and presented with the medal at Buckingham Palace on the 21st of November 2012.


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