News / High-tech fire engines set for September

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will carry out driver training in Shetland this week.

TWO new state of the art fire engines are set to come into service in Bixter and Bressay in the third week of September.

Crews at the two stations are already undergoing training to prepare them to use the rapid response units.

Area manager for the Northern and Western Isles Iain Macleod gave the update at Wednesday’s meeting of Shetland’s community safety and resilience board.

He said the islands are the “tip of the spear” as they lead the way with the new vehicles.

They feature ultra high pressure lances which will enable crews to inject a fire suppressant through the wall of a burning building rather than having to enter the building to reach and extinguish the flames.

Macleod said “these can really make a difference” when it comes to fire fighting.

The fire engines are operational with a crew of just four fire fighters.

Members of the meeting also heard that there had been an unusual upsurge in the amount of applications to become retained fire fighters in Fetlar, with seven people putting their name forward.


The island station, which has typically found it hard to recruit, currently only has two crew members on its books.

Macleod said it is hoped that applicants will be able to kick start their training once the current Lerwick fire station at Sea Road has completed its ongoing refurbishment to become a shared space with the ambulance service.

There had been some disquiet among local fire crews over the pooling of resources, with some saying that there had been little consultation with staff.

But Macleod said it is “looking really good” and should be a “great shared facility” once it is ready in September – a view echoed by ambulance service’s Chris Rice.

A report presented at the meeting, which was held at the coastguard headquarters in Lerwick, also revealed that 44 per cent of fire calls received in Shetland in the first quarter of the year related to false alarms.


Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.