Mobile Volunteer Unit.
|?||Wooden Hut next to Village Hall|
|1997||Large Black Garage on the left just as you come off the landing strip. (Old Cal-Mac store) Photo|
|1/9/2007||New Station (turn left when you get to the top of the slipway) Photo|
|1968||Volunteer Leader W. S. Tindal|
|? to ?||Volunteer Leader Ken Tindal (There 1991)|
|30/5/1997 to ?||Volunteer Leader Gordon Grant|
|2001 to 14/9/2004||Volunteer Leader Gordon MacCormick|
|2007||Crew Manager David Allaway (there 2014)|
|1956||One 2 Men Manual Pump|
|199?||TSJ132Y||Ford P100/SFB L2P||L2P|
|2001||L164YCS||Iveco Turbo Daily/Emergency One||VSU|
|2006||SF55ERJ||Mercedes 814D/Emergency One||VSU|
|1956 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|
In 1968 it was Volunteer Leader W. S. Tindal
Following representations received from Mull District Council as to the adequacy of the
Fire Fighting Services at Bunessan, Mull, the Firemaster had made a survey of Bunessan
district and also of the Island of Iona as to the position in this respect and, in
consequence of his report, the Western Fire Area Joint Committee propose (a) to increase
the establishment of equipment at Bunessan by one additional pump appliance, and (b) to
establish a volunteer unit of 7 volunteer firemen and one two-man manual pump appliance on
the Island of Iona. The cost of the proposals will be £160 and will be borne entirely by
Argyll County Council. The proposals require an amendment to the Western Fire Area
Administration Scheme Order
(From a letter dated 21/8/1956 to Gourock Town Council)
Strength today?(2 members were lost in the Iona boat tragedy 1998)Duncraig, Iona, Argyll.:- The volunteer unit at Iona was called out on Sunday, 25th December, 1966, at 0720 hours to a fire in a two storey private house. On arrival the Officer-in Charge discovered the building was well alight. Two jets were quickly brought into action to control the fire but this having got a good hold, the building was severely damaged. Great credit is due not only to the members of this unit but to all the volunteers in Argyll and Bute who, when called upon, turn out so readily.
Unconfirmed report from Mull that building has started on a new station. (3/10/2005)
Site cleared and ready for steel work to go up. (April 2006)
The new station will not be of the same design as the other Volunteer stations because of Iona's heritage status.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF
IONA COMMUNITY FIRE STATION
FIRE & RESCUE
1st September 2007
PLATFORM PARTY ASSEMBLES
WELCOME AND OPENING
Area Manager John Ironside
Councillor Brian Wallace
Convener of the Board of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue
DEDICATION OF STATION
Father Jim Thompson
Reverend Neil Anderson
Chief Officer Brian P Sweeney Q.F.S.M. D.Univ. M.A.
IONA COMMUNITY FIRE STATION
In 1956 following
representations received from Mull District Council as to the adequacy of the
fire fighting services at Bunessan and lona, the Firemaster had made a survey of
Bunessan District and also the Island of Iona as to the position in this respect
and, in consequence of his report, the Western Fire Area Joint Committee propose
(A) to increase the establishment of equipment at Bunessan by one additional
pump appliance, and (B) to establish a volunteer unit of 7 volunteer firemen and
one two man manual pump appliance on the Island of lona. The cost of the
proposals will be £160.00 and will be borne entirely by Argyll County Council.
The proposals require an amendment to the Western Fire Area Administration
(extract from letter dated 21/08/1956 to Gourock Town Council).
Fortunately over the years the crews have not attended many serious house fires. However, the Western Area Fire Brigade, Annual Report recorded “Duncraig, Iona. The volunteer unit at Iona was called out on Sunday 25th December, 1966, at 0720 hours to a fire in a two-story private house. On arrival the Officer in Charge discovered the building was well alight. Two jets were quickly brought into action to control the fire but this having a good hold, the building was severely damaged. Great credit is not only due to the members of this Unit but to all the volunteers in Argyll & Bute who, when called upon, turn out so readily”
In 2006, following the tendering process a contract was awarded to TSL Contractor Ltd, Craignure, Mull at a cost of £450,000. Work commenced in April 2006 and took approximately 10 months to complete.
The role of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue has changed over recent years and continues to change. Firefighters now work proactively to reduce the number of fires, other emergencies, fatalities and injuries through a variety of community safety initiatives. Volunteer firefighters continue to perform an important role in their community, by providing 24/7 firecover, promoting fire safety message, carrying out Home Fire Safety Visits. On its official opening the station is crewed by 10 personnel, Crew Manager David Allaway, his deputy Gordon Bruce and firefighters Michael Gordon, Neil Harvery, Mark Jardine, John MacLean, Jane Martin, Lindsay McIntyre, Daniel Morgan and Shona Walker
The new station is continued testament to Strathclyde Fire Board’s commitment to the rural communities of Argyll & Bute.
TSL Contractor Ltd
Isle of Mull
Argyll and Bute Council
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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