1 Pump, 1 Specialist Support Unit Wholetime, 1 Pump, 1 Operational Support Unit Retained.


1888 ?
1938 Bank Street, ALLOA (rear of the Crown Hotel)
17/1/1964 Clackmannan Road, ALLOA. FK10 4DA.                  Photo


1923                    Firemaster Robert Cairns



1920s ? Dennis P
1938   Dennis Pump  
? GXA754 Austin K4/front mounted Barton Pump PE
1956 JWG891 Bedford SLZG/HCB WrT
1963 VMS671 Bedford TKEL/HCB WrT
  VMS882 Bedford TKEL/HCB PE
1966 FMS604D Bedford TK/Carmichael WrT
1974? KMS645N Dodge K850/Carmichael WrT
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
1985 B892MLS          
1990 G403HLS E81TLS   B892MLS    
1992 J369VLS E81TLS   B829MLS    
1998 R577VLS M858OLS H669OLS B892MLS    
2000 R577VLS M858OLS V798FLS L804JLS    
2005 R577VLS G403HLS V798FLS   SK02SMV  
2006 SN05MJJ R577VLS V798FLS   SK02SMV  
2008 R577VLS J366VLS V798FLS   SK02SMV  
2009 SN09BWA R577VLS V798FLS   SK02SMV  
2014 SN14BZA SN09BWA V798FLS   ?  
20/1/2017 KY65OLO SN14BZA V798FLS   ?  
2017 KY65OLO SN14BZA V798FLS     EX16MEU


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
SK02SMV Volvo FM7/PCL/Radcliffe OSU
SN05MJJ Volvo FM9/TVAC WrL (RTA Write off)
SN09BWA Volvo FLL/Emergency One WrL
SN14BZA Volvo FL/Emergency One WrL
KY65OLO Volvo/Emergency One RP
EX16MEU Ford Ranger 4x4

 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L804JLS the Canteen Unit has been withdrawn from service and gifted to the WRVS.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

  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  1 Pump Escape 1 Leading Fireman 1 Section Leader
  1 Self propelled Pump 5 Firemen and 2 Leading Firemen
    Watchroom Attendants 14 Firemen


Establishment 2000






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



28 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.


Establishment 2017






2 Rescue Pumps

5 Watch Managers

1 Watch Manager


1 Heavy Rescue Unit

5 Crew Managers

2 Crew Managers


1 4x4  

15 Firefighters

7 Firefighters





 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.



eMail received 21/4/2012
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.

John Myles



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