2 Pumps, 1 Aerial, 1 Major Rescue Vehicle Wholetime, 1 Pump Retained.


  Loreburn Street, DUMFRIES.
1925 to 1958 George Street, DUMFRIES.                                          Photo of site
28/11/1958 to Brooms Road, DUMFRIES. DG1 2DZ                         Photo

Messing and dormitory accommodation was provided at requisitioned premises belonging to the Loreburn 36 George Street.
George Street premises vacated 28/11/1959. Brooms Road Official Opening 28/11/1958.


1923 to 1939 Firemaster William B. Thomson
1948 to 1975 South Western Area Firemasters
1975 to Dumfries and Galloway Firemasters



? GXN229 Austin K4L/Merryweather 60' Hand Operated TL
1954 FCS522 Commer QX/Miles WrE
1962 GXA87 Dennis-Meadows/Merryweather 100' TL
1958 NYR127 Bedford SHZ/Home Office AFS SP
1958 LCS147 Dennis F25/Dennis Type B with 45' alloy ladder WrL received new
1969 NCS142G Bedford TJ4L/HCB Angus Type B WrT received new
1970 SAG982J Bedford TKEL/HCB Angus Type B WrT/L received new
1971 TSD310J Land Rover 108/SWAFB  BA/Radio/Accident van received new
1972 USD443 Commer C7/Haydon/Magirus TL
1973 RCS7M Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT
1974 TSD404N Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT/L
1974 HSJ451N Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT


  First Second Aerial ET CIU/ST CU WRU
1958 LCS147   GXN229        
1975 TSD404N HSJ451N USD443        
1978 NSM289R PSM981S USD443        
1980 VSM823V RSM721S USD443 WSM815V HSW929P    
1990 F897ASW D197SSW YSM430W WSM815V C745OSW E690WSW  
1992 H467JSW H246KSM H299HSW WSM815V C745OSW E690WSW  
1988 R429RSW R430RSW H299HSW L279VSW   E690WSW  
2000 R430RSW R429RSW H299HSW     E690WSW  
2001 Y127WSM Y128WSM H299HSW     E690WSW  
2003 Y127WSM Y128WSM H299HSW     E690WSW  
2004 SF53GWC Y128WSM H299HSW     E690WSW  
2005 SJ05GXF Y128WSM H299HSW     E690WSW  
2006 SA06TYD Y128WSW H299HSW     E690WSW  
2009 SJ57HMA SA06TYD       E690WSW  
2010 SJ57HMA SF59CYT       SG10CRF  
2012 SJ57HMA SF59CYT       SG10CRF  
2014 SJ57HMA SF14KGE       SG10CRF  
2015 SF08AFJ SF14KGE       SG10CRF  
2016 SF08AFJ SF14KGE          
11/9/2017 SF08AFJ SF14KGE         SF64CJJ
2018 June SF08AFJ SF14KGE         SF64CJJ
2022 Dec SF08AFJ SF71CHO         SF64CJJ


  BAT Retained Major Rescue Vehicle Prime Mover Welfare Unit
1958   NYR127      
1975 TSD310J RCS7M      
1978 TSD310J RSM721S      
1980   PSM981S      
1990 NSW277M D198SSW      
1992 NSW277M H466JSW      
1998   G632ESM      
2000   G632ESM W523OSW    
2001   G632ESM W523OSW    
2003   SG52XXD W523OSW    
2004   SG52XXD W523OSW    
2005   SG52XXD W523OSW    
2006   SG52XXD W523OSW    
2009   SG52XXD W523OSW    
2010   SG52XXD W523OSW WX54VWD  
2012   SG52XXD W523OSW WX54VWD SK09PPV
2014   SG52XXD W523OSW WX54VWD SK09PPV
2015   KN64RVO W523OSW WX54VWD SK09PPV
2016   KN64RVO W523OSW   SK09PPV
11/9/2017   KN64RVO W523OSW   SK09PPV
2018 June   KN64RVO SF03MPX   SK09PPV
2022 Dec   KN64RVO SF03MPX   SK09PPV


GXN229 Austin K4L/Merryweather 60' Hand Operated TL
LCS147 Dennis F25/Dennis Type B with 45' alloy ladder WrL received new
NYR127 Bedford SHZ/Home Office AFS SP
TSD310J Land Rover 108/SWAFB  BA/Radio/Accident van Received new 1971
NSW277M Bedford VAS2/Binnie of Wishaw/DGFB BAT (Converted Library Van to Fire Brigade 1987)
RCS7M Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT
HSJ451N Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT (was jump crewed)
TSD404N Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus WrT/L
NSM289R Dodge K850/Carmichael WrT/L
PSM981S Dodge K1113/HCB Angus WrT
RSM721S Dodge K1113/HCB Angus WrT
VSM823V Dodge K1617/HCB Angus WrL
WSM815V Ford A0610/Angloco ET
YSM430W Dodge G1613/Carmichael/Magirus TL
C745OSW Dodge S66/Angloco/Penman(BAT) CIU/ST then BAT
D197SSW Dodge G13/Alexander WrT
D198SSW Dodge G13/Alexander WrL
E690WSW Dodge G08/Scott CU then ICU
F897ASW Dodge G13/Excalibur WrL
H246KSM Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrT
H299HSW Scania P93M-280/Angloco/Bronto ALP
H466JSW Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
H467JSW Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
L279VSW Renault B110 Turbo/DGFB ISU
R429RSW Scania P94D-220/Emergency One FRT
R430RSW ScaniaP 94D-220/Emergency One FRT
W523OSW Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One MRV
Y127WSM Volvo FL6H/Emergency One FRT
Y128WSM Volvo FL6H/Emergency One FRT
SG52XXD Volvo FL6H-220/Emergency One FRT
SF03MPX Scania 94D-    /Emergency One HRU (ex Easterhouse)
SG53GWC Volvo FL6H-220/Emergency One FRT
WX54VWD MAN TG-A 26-363 FDLRC 6x4/Marshall SV (PM 205) PM for New Dimension Pods
SJ57HMA Volvo FM9/GB Fire/Magirus Multistar ART
SF08AFJ Scania P310 CP14 6x2 RS/JDC/Vema 282ARP   MKIII ARP
SK09PPV Ford Transit 115 T350 LWB HR/Cebotec Welfare Unit
SG59CYT Scania P270/Emergency One FRT
SG10CRF Mercedes Atego 818/Cebotec CU
SF14KGE Scania P280/Emergency One RP
KN64RVO Volvo FLL290/Emergency One RP
SF64CJJ Mercedes Sprinter/Carmichael WRU
SF71CHO Scania P280/Emergency One (New Gen) RP

 There are 3 trailers kept on station


Ifor Williams 2 Axle/Anderson



Ifor Williams 2 Axle/Anderson

Decontam Unit


Ifor Williams 2 Axle/Anderson

Eqpt Trailer

Pods 2010    USAR SCO02 on station. ENV SCO02, MDS SCO02 at shed at Workshops.



? to 1941 Dumfries and Maxwelltown Fire Brigade
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 South Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Dumfries and Galloway Fire Brigade
2005 to 31/3/2013 Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service
1/4/2013 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



Fires were frequent and caused much damage to Friar's Vennel in 1701. Not till 1724 did the town possess a "water engine" for use on such occasions.
(History of Dumfries by William McDowall. Page  547.)

Chief of Dumfries Fire Brigade since 1923, and a former member of the Edinburgh Fire Brigade, Mr. William B. Thomson is dead.
(Fire, May, 1939. page 268.)


The South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  1 Self propelled Pump 1 Company Officer 2 Leading Firemen
  1 Turntable Ladder 2 Section Leaders 14 Firemen
  1 Large Trailer pump 2 Leading Firemen  
  1 Light Trailer pump 16 Firemen and Watchroom atendants  
  1 Portable Power Pump    
  1 Towing Vehicle    
  1 Salvage Tender    


The South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1957

  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  1 Turntable Ladder 1 Station Officer 1 Sub Officer
  4 Pump Appliances 2 Sub Officers 2 Leading Firemen
  1 Other Operational Vehicle 2 Leading Firemen 13 Firemen
    16 Firemen and Watchroom Attendants  



  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  3 Water Tender Ladders 4 Station Officers 1 Sub Officer
  1 Aerial Ladder Platform 4 Sub Officers 2 Leading Firefighters
  1 Control Unit 12 Leading Firefighters 10 Firefighters
  1 Major Rescue Vehicle 52 Firefighters  



  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  1 Combined Aerial Rescue Pump 4 Watch Manager B 1 Watch Manager A
  2 Fire Rescue Pumps 12 Crew Managers ? Crew Managers
  1 Control Unit 52 Firefighters ? Firefighters
  1 Major Rescue Vehicle    
  1 Prime Mover    



Wholetime Firefighters operate a four watch system. (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off. Red, Blue, Green and White.)

An Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR) was received under the New Dimension programme and is crewed by the retained unit.



Divisional Headquarters Opened At Dumfries
Sir John Crabbe Performs Ceremony


The new Dumfries Fire Station built in Brooms Road by the South Western Fire Area Joint Board, at a cost of £45,000, was officially opened yesterday afternoon by Sir John Crabbe, of Duncow, H. M. Lieutenant for Dumfriesshire and convenor of the county. Sir John was deputising at short notice for Provost George J. McDowall, Dumfries, who is unfortunately indisposed.
At the opening ceremony, which took place in the Appliance Room of the Fire Station, the chair was taken by Mr Robert MacInnes, Beith, vice-chairman of the South Western Fire Area Joint Board who was taking the place of Board’s chairman, Treasurer M. A. S Hamilton, who is also indisposed.
Mr MacInnes was accompanied by Sir John Crabbe, Mr A. F. C. Clark, assistant secretary, Scottish Home Department; Mr H. R. Mackay, area Firemaster, Kilmarnock; Mr I M’Caig, county clerk, Ayr; Mr J. Sutherland, Dumfries, the architect for the new Fire Station; and the Rev J. L. Mangles Troqueer Church, Dumfries who dedicated the building.

Fruits of Development

The chairman welcomed the members of the public present, and intimated apologies for absence from Treasurer Hamilton and Provost McDowall. After referring to the pleasure it gave the Area Joint Board to have Sir John Crabbe to perform the opening ceremony, Mr MacInnes said that the splendid new fire station was one of the fruits of firefighting development which had taken place in recent years.
Sir John Crabbe said that late the previous night, on returning from receiving a cup from the management of the Regal Cinema for civil defence, he had been informed on the telephone that Provost McDowall was indisposed and asked to open the fire station in his stead.
He supposed he must have been contemplating what he would say since he had dreamt that, during the ceremony, the fire alarm went, and that the firemen had dashed away with their appliance to the seat of a real fire. What had struck him at the time was what a practical and spectacular opening that would have made.

Glamour of the Engine

Referring to the interesting brochure giving details of the new fire station, copies of which had been circulated to those present, Sir John said that he noticed that there was now no mention of “fire engine” and that the word “appliance” had now been substituted.
He was sorry about that, because the old fire engine, whether it was pulled by horses or by a motor, had a great glamour attached to it. Everyone invariably dashed to the window when they heard the clanging of the fire bell, to see the fire engine dash past with its crew clinging on like limpets.
He regretted that the words “fire engine” had sunk into oblivion, and that the word “appliance,” which could be applied to anything and everything, had taken their place.

Costly and Dangerous

Fires, went on Sir John, were not only terrifying, but were most costly to the nation, as the published list of fires each month showed. They would, however be far more costly and dangerous were it not for the leadership of the firemasters, the skill and bravery of the fireman, and the modern appliances with which they were equipped.
Something else which was not fully appreciated was that the firemasters and their staff were always inspecting factories and public buildings of all sorts, and giving advice on their safety.
Dumfries concluded Sir John Crabbe, “has now a central fire station worthy of the Royal Burgh, and since it has been erected on an ideal site with easy access to most of the landward area, everybody should be pleased.
Sir John was thanked on the call of the chairman.

Valuable Addition

Mr Clark expressed congratulations to the South Western Fire Area Joint Board, on behalf of the Scottish Home Department, on the erection of the new fire station. The station, he said, would be a valuable addition to the firefighting resources of both the burgh of Dumfries and the three southern counties of Dumfries and Galloway.
They in the Home Department knew only too well that that day’s opening ceremony was the culmination of a long and sometimes weary journey. Economic circumstances had delayed that interesting piece of capital investment as they had other pieces of capital investment throughout of the country.
Rev Mr Mangles then offered a prayer of dedication.

Alarm Bell Rung

Mr Sutherland thanked the contractors for their support and help, and paid a glowing tribute to Firemaster Mackay for all interest he had taken throughout all the stages of the building of the new fire station.
Sir John Crabbe was then conducted to the control room, where he rang an alarm bell to signify that the station was officially an operation. On this signal, firemen manned one of the appliances, and drove it out of the station.
The guests were thereafter conducted in parties round the premises, and, on completion of the inspection, were treated to a buffet tea in the lecture room.

The New Station

The new fire station has been built to replace the fire station erected in 1925 by the burgh of Dumfries. The old station was found to be inadequate for present day requirements as it could not house all the appliances attached to it. Consequently, vehicles and pumps had to be kept in the open, and messing and dormitory accommodation for the men had to be provided some distance away in the requisitioned premises belonging to the Loreburn Bridge Club at 36 George Street, Dumfries.

Prominent Site

The station occupies a prominent site extending to 1.74 acres in Brooms Road, at the junction with Leafield Road, and is designed to accommodate three first line appliances, three other vehicles, a whole-time staff of 22, and a part-time staff of 16, in addition to auxiliary fire service personnel.
The station will be known as the Dumfries Fire Station and, as a divisional headquarters station, will serve the purpose of “parent” to all the 16 part time fire stations in Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire.

Rapid Turnouts

The basic planning requirements of a new whole-time fire station are simplicity of the plan and correct layout of the operational units of the station so that the rapid turnouts to calls can be made. This has been achieved in the new premises, although it is unfortunate that the provision of a hose drying and drill tower has been withheld because of the present restrictions on capital expenditure. It is hoped, however, that approval will be given to incorporate this essential part of the station at an early date.
(Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 29 November, 1958. Page 15)




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