2 Pumps, 1 Foam Carrier Wholetime


? to 1938 Cowan Street, KIRKCALDY.
20/4/1938 Dunnikier Road, KIRKCALDY. KY1 2RU                      Photo


1933 to August 1941 Firemaster James Y. L. Gilchrist (became Divisional Officer, Deputy FFC, NFS Eastern Area. (Daily Record 2/8/1941))
1948 onward Fife Firemasters


1934 FG9026 and a 1916 vintage machine plus ?
1938 2 Engines and an Escape


  First Second Retained Aerial Foam Carrier
1945       GXA97  
1958 SSP542        
?     SSP542    
1968       85' HP  
1985       B999MSF  
1990 E406MSX E407MSX   B999MSF  
1992 E406MSX E407MSX   B999MSF G583VNA
1997 K961BSF P438GMS   B999MSF K479CSG
1998 N575ASX P438GMS   B999MSF K479CSG
2000 P438GMS W699RSX   W332SSX P304YSH
2003 SK03AHL W699RSX   W332SSX P304YSH
2007 SK03AHL SN56CVL   W332SSX P304YSH
2010 SK03AHL SN56CVL   W331SSX P304YSH
2010 Oct SF10GVD SN56CVL   W331SSX P304YSH
2014 Oct SN14BYZ SN56CVL   W331SSX P304YSH
2015 Apr SK02SRV SK02SRX   W331SSX WV06TXA
2015 Sept SN14BYY SN14BYZ   W331SSX WV06TXA
2015 Dec SN14BYY SF13CWN   W331SSX WV06TXA
2016 Sept KY65OLW SF13CWN   W331SSX WV06TXA
2017 Nov KY65OLW SF13CWN   W331SSX EY17YYP
2019 Aug KY65OLW SF13CWN   SV51EVY EY17YYP
2022 August SF71CGO SF71CGE   SV51EVY EX16MEU
4/9/2023 SF71CGO SF71CGE     EX16MEU

4/9/2023 due to budget cuts the aerial appliance was removed.


FG9026 Leyland Cub P
GXA97 Dennis/Merryweather 100' TL
SSP542 Bedford J5/HCB WrT
B999MSF Dodge G16/Fulton & Wylie/Simon SS263 HP
E406MSX Renault G13/Alexander WrLR
E407MSX Renault G13/Alexander WrT
G583VNA Renault S66 tractor unit with Com Fire Safety PM
K479CSG Renault S66 tractor unit with dropside trailer FoC
K961BSF Volvo Fl6-14/Alexander WrL
N575ASX Volvo Fl6-14/Alexander WrL
P304YSH Iveco-Ford Cargo MSM Engineering FoC
P438GMS Volvo FL6-14Excalibur BWK WrL
W331SSX Volvo FL6-18/Angloco/Bronto 32 MDT ALP
W332SSX Volvo FL6-18/Angloco/Bronto 32 MDT ALP
W699RSX Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
SV51EVY Scania 94D-260/Angloco/Bronto 32 MDT ALP
SK02SVR Volvo FL6-14/Angloco WrL/R
SK02SRX Volvo FL6-14/Angloco WrL/R
SK03AHL Volvo FL6H/Emergency One WrL/R
WV06TXA Mitsibishi L200 Foam
SN56CVL Volvo FL6H 220/Emergency One WrL/R
SF10GVD Volvo FLL/Emergency One WrL/R
SF13CWN Volvo/Emergency One RPL
SN14BYY Volvo/Emergency One RPL
SN14BYZ Volvo/Emergency One RPL
KY65OLW Volvo FL/Emergency One RPL
EX16MEU Ford Ranger Foam
EY17YYP Ford Ranger 4x4 Foam
SF71CGE Scania P280/Emergency One (New Generation) RP
SF71CGO Scania P280/Emergency One (New Generation) RP

2017 EY17YYP carries drums of Foam. 

Three preserved appliances are kept in the garages at Kirkcaldy:-

An 1864 Shand Mason Manual Pump ex St Andrews Fire Brigade      On loan to Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Group
A    1901 Merryweather Steamer ex St Andrews Fire Brigade                On loan to Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Group
A    1934 Leyland Cub FK6 ex Melton Mobray Fire Brigade

W332SSX was sold and is now on the run with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service at Mansfield Fire Station with a call sign of ET01A1 after a refurbishment in 2014. (February 2021)


? to 1941 Kirkcaldy Fire Brigade
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Fife Fire Brigade
1975 to 1985 Fife Fire Brigade
1985 to 31/3/2013 Fife Fire and Rescue Service
1/4/2013 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



Dunnikier Road station operational 15/1/1938, official opening 20/4/1938.

Retained disbanded 31/3/1976


5 wholetime and 10 Retained firemen


'C' Division Headquarters National Fire Service Eastern Force

1948 to 1972

Headquarters Fife Fire Brigade

The station was modernised and officially re-opened on 10th August 1990 by the Convener of Fife Regional Council, Robert Gough.

Kirkcaldy had a call sign of A3 in Fife Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to N05, the new National Call Sign, when Thornton Control closed on 30/3/2016.


The Fife Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Wholetime Retained
  1 Pump Escape 2 Company Officer 2 Leading Firemen
  1 Turntable Ladder 2 Section Leaders 8 Firemen
  1 Self propelled Pump 4 Leading Firemen  
  1 Towing Vehicle & Large Trailer Pump 21 Firemen  
  1 Water Tender & Light Trailer Pump 4 Firewomen  
  1 Emergency Tender    
  1 Hose Carrier    


1 Large Trailer Pump




 Establishment 2000





2 Water Tender Ladders

4 Station Officers


1 Hydraulic Platform

4 Sub Officers


1 Foam Carrier

12 Leading Firefighters



44 Firefighters

The Staff are split over four watches (Red, Blue, Green and White) working 2 days, 2 nights and 4 days off.
Water Tenders are normally manned 5 and 4 and the Aerial is manned by 2.



Kirkcaldy’s new fire station, which has been erected at a cost of approximately £14,000, was formally opened yesterday afternoon by Mr Alistair Spencer-Nairn, Balgeddie House, Leslie. Later, a demonstration of firefighting and life-saving was given by Kirkcaldy Fire Brigade, under Firemaster Gilchrist.
At a reception Provost Wilson said that when the new arrangements emerged and the Fire Brigade was raised to a position of importance, as it would be raised very shortly, it would be well equipped to take its place in satisfying the needs of the burgh and of a much wider community. The brigade was also ready to take its place in any duty which might fall to it under the air raid precautions scheme.
(The Scotsman, April 21, 1938, page 7)



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