L60 SCARINISH (Isle of Tiree)

Mobile Volunteer Unit


? to ? Hut behind Scarnish Hotel
? to ? Garage on end of Scarnish Hotel
? to ? Garage next to Police Station                   Photo


1950s Neil McKinnon (the only Volunteer)
? to 28/5/1987 Volunteer Leader Angus McLean  (rank Retained Fireman) (Ldr 1970)
8/6/1987 to 15/9/2001 Volunteer Leader Stuart Langley
2001 to Volunteer Leader Andrew MacIntosh Sandy) (there 2014)


1980 RHS518 Austin/HCB Angus HrT
1983 ESD855D Bedford J4/HCB Angus WrT
1989 TDS71W Bedford KD/Fulton and Wylie (Midi) WrT
1994 DGD213X Bedford TK/Fulton and Wylie Fire Witch WrT
2004 W338YDS Mercedes 814D/Emergency One 4x4 VSU



The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained Volunteer
  1 Portable Power Pump 1 fireman 5 firemen


Establishment 2000

  Equipment Volunteer
  1 Midi Water Tender 1 Volunteer Leader
    9 Firefighters



1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Strathclyde Fire Brigade
2005 to 2013 Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Name change only.)
1/4/2013 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


An early Western Area Fire Brigade list shows the address as Machair Farm (Tel. Cornaigmore 200)
In December 1992 became the first Volunteer Unit to be issued with the Sabre Centurion B.A. set
The Scarnish Appliance carries 4 BA sets and there is a spare set at the station and ten spare cylinders. The BA cylinders have to be recharged at Coll. Two of the sets are Scarnish's and the other two are Balemartines. Any fire call on the Island is attended by both units. If the fire is at the Balemartine end then they go to the hut and get their gear and proceed to the fire and tackle it until the appliance from Scarnish arrives. If it is at the Scarnish end the Scarnish appliance goes to the fire and the Balemartine crew go straight to the fire.
About 2 years after the Policeman's 11 month old daughter, (Morrison, went to Cardross as a policeman) was killed in a fire, a machine was put on the island and kept in a garage on the end of the Scarnish Hotel until the garage next to the Police station was built.
Gillian Irene Morrison, aged 11 months, died 6th May 1978.

Before the machine arrived the airport used to send their Bedford 800 WrT to fires on the island and the volunteers made their way to the fire.

17/6/2010    In the Oban Times planning permission is being applied for at Scarnish Fire Garage, Isle of Tiree for provision of dignified facilities comprising:- new cabin located adjacent to existing fire garage to house WC/Shower, fire kit storage/drying room, BA storage and office facilities.

About 2011 the unit at Balemartine combined with Scarnish and the hut was moved from Balemartine to Scarnish where it is kept beside their station.

2014 This unit now has Hydraulic cutting equipment (Combi Tool). Don't know when received.


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



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