1 Pump, 1 Emergency Support Unit Wholetime. CLOSED



5/10/1977 to 24/3/2010                           Castle Road, ROSYTH. KY11 2AU            Photo



  First Emergency Support Unit Crash Tender
? ?   PXA538J
1990 F539XSC EMS262V  
1997 M630RFS N576ASX  
1999 T469BSH N576ASX  
2006 SN55ADV N576ASX  


PXA538J Land Rover CrT
EMS262V Dodge G1313/Fulton & Wylie/M & T/FFRS ESU
F539XSC Volvo FL6-14/Alexander WrL
M630RFS Volvo FL6-14/Alexander WrL
N576ASX Volvo FL6-14/Penman Engineering ESU
T469BSH Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL/R
SN55ADV Volvo FL6H/Emergency One WrL/R



1970 to 1975 Fife Fire Brigade
1975 to 1985 Fife Fire Brigade
1985 to 2010 Fife Fire and Rescue Service



Rosyth opened in 1970 using an old Navy Fire Station inside the dockyard and moved to a purpose built station outside the base in 1975.

A new station is to be built at Pitreavie to replace the existing stations at Dunfermline and Rosyth. One of the appliances at the new station will be  Combined Aerial Rescue Pump. A press release is at the foot of the Dunfermline page.

Station closed on 24th March 2010 when the appliances and personnel moved to the new Dunfermline Station at Pitreavie Industrial Estate.


 Establishment 2000





1 Water Tender Ladder

4 Station Officers


1 Emergency Support Unit

4 Sub Officers



4 Leading Firefighters



28 Firefighters


The Staff are split over four watches (Red, Blue, Green and White) working 2 days, 2 nights and 4 days off.
The minimum crewing for the Water Tender Ladder is 5 and the Emergency Support Unit is crewed by 2.



Councillor’s tribute to firefighters

It was in August 1976 that the row blew up, after Fife Regional Council decide to delay operating the station until April 1977, to save winter heating costs.
But, in an amazing turn round, the Council eventually agreed that the Station should be used and that the saving — around £3600 — would be a made in other fields
The decision was taken under heavy pressure from local Councillors on both the Regional and District Authorities.
It is understood that Firemen at Rosyth at one stage had even threatened to “occupy” the Station.
The sparkling new Sub Station, one of the most up to date in the country, replaces the old building inside Rosyth Naval Base.
More than 30 Firemen are based at the Station, which houses the Fire Brigade’s Motorway Crash Tender — a specially adapted Land Rover — the only one between Dunfermline and Thornton.
As well as providing comfortable office and dormitory accommodation, there is a practice tower which also doubles for hose drying at the base.
Councillor J. Coull, Vice-chairman of the Regions Police and Fire Committee, recalled the conditions of the old Fire Station and praised the forethought of the old Council and its Fire Committee in planning for this station.
There had been delays over the Station, but it was good to see it open and running now. Not only were the men stationed there, of a very high standard, but the building was also.
After the opening ceremony, Mr Gough inaugurated the Station by calling out the Firemen.
He telephoned Fire headquarters at Thornton and when the alarm siren sounded at the Fire Station, the men, who had been attending the ceremony, raced out and into their machine.
The tender left the station, along Castle Road to the Admiralty Road Roundabout, then back to the station forecourt where they lined up were inspected.
To mark the occasion Mr Gough was presented with a rest of the Fife Fire Brigade, as a memento which, he assured the gathering, he would always treasure.
The honour of opening the Station fell to Councillor Robert Gough, Vice Convener of Fife Regional Council
He paid tribute to the firemen for performing what was often a dangerous and thankless task.
He had visited the Station on Tuesday to be shown round, and it had been indicative of the brotherhood of the men serving there that they had said it was about time an official opening was held.
Mr Gough said that the Firemen had a great responsibility and faced an ever increasing challenge.
Materials used in house furnishings were made of more flammable materials than ever before and, in some cases fumes from burning furniture were more dangerous to the Fireman than the flames themselves
But it was fortunate that, in the current economic climate, firemen could not get wage awards that took cognizance of this. He called for some sort of recognition of the men’s qualities to be made.
“Men will come and go,” he said, “I would hope that all who serve in this station would be free from any personal tragedy as a result of fire calls.”
<PHOTO> Councillor J. Coull presents Councillor Robert Gough with a Fire Brigade Plaque to mark the opening.
<PHOTO> West Fife Councillors and Police Chief Robert Murison see some of the equipment stored inside a fire tender.
<PHOTO> The way to a fireman’s heart is through his stomach – no one knows better than Mrs Nan Watt, cook at the Rosyth Fire Station. Toasting her in tea at the opening ceremony are Ldg. Fireman David Miller and Firemen Gordon Davidson.
<PHOTO> Councillor Robert Gough inspects the cab of a fire tender.
(The Dunfermline Press, 7th October, 1977. Page 18.)



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