1 Pump, 1 Specialist Support Unit Wholetime, 1 Pump, 1 Operational Support Unit Retained.
|1938||Bank Street, ALLOA (rear of the Crown Hotel)|
|17/1/1964||Clackmannan Road, ALLOA. FK10 4DA. Photo|
1923 Firemaster Robert Cairns
|1978?||JLS368S||Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1978?||WHS669S||Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1979?||XLS280T||Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1980?||JMS684V||Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1981?||GSX347X||Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1983?||WMS254Y||Dodge G13/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|1991?||H701OLS||Volvo FL6-14/Mountain Range||WrL|
|First||Retained||SSU||CaV||Operational Support Unit||4x4|
|B892MLS||Dodge S50/Scott/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|E81TLS||Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|G403HLS||Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|J369VLS||Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One||WrL|
|H669OLS||Mercedes 917AF/Mountain Range||SSU|
|L804JLS||Mercedes 811D/Heggies Plc of Cupar||SU|
|M858OLS||Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One||WrL|
|R577VLS||Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One||WrL|
|V798FLS||Volvo FL6-18/Emergency One||RT|
|SN05MJJ||Volvo FM9/TVAC||WrL (RTA Write off)|
|SN09BWA||Volvo FLL/Emergency One||WrL|
|SN14BZA||Volvo FL/Emergency One||WrL|
May 2005. The Operational Support Unit is crewed by
Retained personnel and the Specialist Support Unit by Wholetime personnel.
L804JLS the Canteen Unit has been withdrawn from service and gifted to the WRVS.
The Rescue Tender is crewed by two wholetime firefighters and carries heavy rescue and lifting equipment, rope rescue equipment, inflatable walkways, 3 ton crane, lighting units and an rigid inflatable boat.
The Operational Support Unit is crewed by retained firefighters and provides BA recharging and additional cylinders, foam, replacement fire kit, air shelter, spilage equipment, additional hose, lighting and mass decontamination. The vehicle has a tail lift and the equipment is stored on removable trolleys.
|? to 1941||Alloa Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||Central Area Fire Brigade|
|1975 to 1996||Central Region Fire Brigade|
|1996 to 2004||Central Scotland Fire Brigade|
|17/9/2004 to 2013||Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service|
|1/4/2013||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
In 1938 the Brigade had a Dennis Pump and when the pump went in for a service they borrowed the Burgh refuse cart, put the equipment on the floor, tied an extension ladder on top and towed a large trailer pump.
26/1/2016 was Station C1, New National Call Sign is M02.
The Central Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|1 Pump Escape||1 Leading Fireman||1 Section Leader|
|1 Self propelled Pump||5 Firemen and||2 Leading Firemen|
|Watchroom Attendants||14 Firemen|
Equipment Wholetime Retained
2 Water Tender Ladders 4 Station
Officers 1 Sub Officer
1 Specialist Support Unit 4 Sub Officers 2 Leading Firefighters
1 Canteen Unit 4 Leading Firefighters 7 Firefighters
The Wholetime Establishment is split over 4 watches of 1 Station Officer, 1 Sub Officer, 1 Leading Firefighter and 7 Firefighters (Red, White, Blue and Green) working a 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off rota which gives an average of 40 hours per week.
2 Rescue Pumps
5 Watch Managers
|1 Watch Manager|
1 Heavy Rescue Unit
5 Crew Managers
|2 Crew Managers|
The Wholetime Establishment is split over 5 watches of 1 Watch Manager, 1 Crew Managers and 3 Firefighters (Red, White, Blue, Green and Amber) working a 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off rota which gives an average of 40 hours per week.
My dad was a Council worker pre WW2 and as such was also part of the 'Old Alloa Brigade'. He became NFS, was transferred to Glasgow but left the service after the war.
But to Alloa; as kids we played in the Burgh Yard where the station was, 'North East' if I remember, I'm going back a bit, we left Alloa in 1953.
1st on the run was an ex NFS Fordson Wheeled Escape with a pump fitted in front of the cab. 2nd was a similar Fordson but with no front pump or escape. There was also a trailer pump but I never saw hooked up to a machine.
At one stage the Wheeled Escape was replaced as 1st by something similar to the 'Albion Kerr Limousine' shown in the Glasgow history, but I'm not sure what it was. It had a 2 way radio, callsign RA27 [Rescue Appliance?] and on return to station called 'B for Bertie' [Base?]. Strange phonetic alphabet!
Some time later a re-swap took place but neither Fordson had a 2 way, although they now had sirens to complement the hand rung bells on the roof,
The boss was a friend of my dad, Willie Milne, either a Stn / O or Sub / O, he lived in a flat above the station and his son was the 2IC. I think there was only one regular on duty at a time & both machines were manned by retained crews. When the siren went off it paid to get out the way as the blokes rode their bikes like mad to get a berth on a machine to earn their attendance money.
Hopefully some thing I've recalled may be of interest to you.
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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