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TITLE
Inverness Fire Brigade around 1890
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_095
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11124
KEYWORDS
Inverness
fire brigades
firefighters
fire engines
Dunrobin Castle
Rothiemurchus
Inverness Fire Brigade around 1890

The members of Inverness Fire Brigade posing alongside their fire engines and equipment, around 1890.

A body known as the 'Inverness Fire Engine Establishment' was set up as early as 1819 by the North British Fire Insurance Company who provided a fire engine for the town. It was the only fire engine in the area at this time and its upkeep was maintained by public subscription from the town council, leading local merchants, and several fire insurance companies. These annual subscriptions continued until 1850, when the Fire Establishment was placed under the management of the General Commissioners of the Police and Burgh, an elected body separate from the town council. The brigade was run on a part-time basis - firemen were paid a retaining fee but continued in their normal jobs.

Some of the more notable fires which broke out in Inverness included a serious fire in Church Street in 1898, in premises owned by Mr Donald Groat. Shortly after that, the Music Hall in Union Street was burnt down at a cost of over £10,000.

During the World War I the brigade chartered a special train for the purpose of transporting the steam fire engine to large fires at Dunrobin Castle and Rothiemurchus. The firemaster and his team were praised for their help and efficiency in dealing with these emergencies. In 1941 the National Fire Service was established, standardizing equipment and training, resulting in a more efficient service all round


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Inverness Fire Brigade around 1890

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1890s

Inverness; fire brigades; firefighters; fire engines; Dunrobin Castle; Rothiemurchus

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

The members of Inverness Fire Brigade posing alongside their fire engines and equipment, around 1890.<br /> <br /> A body known as the 'Inverness Fire Engine Establishment' was set up as early as 1819 by the North British Fire Insurance Company who provided a fire engine for the town. It was the only fire engine in the area at this time and its upkeep was maintained by public subscription from the town council, leading local merchants, and several fire insurance companies. These annual subscriptions continued until 1850, when the Fire Establishment was placed under the management of the General Commissioners of the Police and Burgh, an elected body separate from the town council. The brigade was run on a part-time basis - firemen were paid a retaining fee but continued in their normal jobs.<br /> <br /> Some of the more notable fires which broke out in Inverness included a serious fire in Church Street in 1898, in premises owned by Mr Donald Groat. Shortly after that, the Music Hall in Union Street was burnt down at a cost of over £10,000.<br /> <br /> During the World War I the brigade chartered a special train for the purpose of transporting the steam fire engine to large fires at Dunrobin Castle and Rothiemurchus. The firemaster and his team were praised for their help and efficiency in dealing with these emergencies. In 1941 the National Fire Service was established, standardizing equipment and training, resulting in a more efficient service all round <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.