2 Pump Retained.



1921 to 1933 Church Square (there in 1901?)
1933 to 1/2/1973 St Andrews Burgh Yard, South Bridge Street, St ANDREWS.
1/12/1973 to 19 Largo Road, St ANDREWS. KY16 8NH.                                                  Photo



1901 Captain W Watson
1921 to 1941 Firemaster James Christie (there in 1938)
1941 to 1948 Company Officer William Lamond
1948 to 1961 Company Officer Jock Gillespie (till 1954 rank change then Station Officer)
1961 to 1970 Station Officer Bob Eddie
1970 to 26/2/1980 Station Officer Gilbert McMillan (Gibby)
26/2/1980 to 7/9/1982 Station Officer Jack Watson
7/9/19982 to 11/9/1990 Station Officer Bob Rodger
11/9/1990 to 28/11/1993 Station Officer Peter Malcolm
28/11/1993 to 11/11/2014 Station Officer Anthony (Tony) Linney QFSM
2014 to Watch Manager John Brand




1700   Provision of Fire Buckets  
1834   8 man Manual Pump  
1865   8 man Manual Pump  
1901   Merryweather 'Gem' Steam Fire Engine  
1921 SP5573 Leyland MP
  GGN786 Fordson 7V/Home Office ECU
  GLR462 Austin K2/Home Office (Ex STU) HrT
  LFG176 Commer QX/HCB WrT
1954 MFG246 Commer QX/Carmichael PE
  TFG411 Bedford D4SZ/HCB WrT
  3724SP Bedford TKEL/HCB WrL
  AFG830M Dodge K850/HCB Angus WrT


  First Second
1977 USC559R AFG830M
1990 USC559R PSC683Y
1993 VFS111Y PSC683Y
1995 F538XSC PSC683Y
1995 F538XSC JSC473X
1996 F538XSC H81NSX
2000 H81NSX L441HSG
2002 L441HSG N573ASX
2003 P588GMS P438GMS
2012 SK04BJY SK03AHJ
2016 Nov SN14BYY SN14BYX


AFG830M Dodge K850/HCB Angus WrTR
USC559R Dodge K1113/HCB Angus WrL
PSC683Y Dodge G1313/HCB Angus WrLR
VFS111Y Dodge G13c/HCB Angus WrLR
JSC473X Dodge G1313/HCB Angus WrTR
F538XSC Volvo FL6-14/Alexander WrL
H81NSX Volvo FL6-14/Alexander WrL
L441HSG Volvo FL6-14/Alexander/Angloco (rebuild) WrL
N573ASX Volvo FL6-14/Alexander WrL
P438GMS Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur CBK WrL/R
P588GMS Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur CBK WrL/R
SK03AHJ Volvo FL6H/Emergency One WrL
SK04BJY Volvo FL6H/Emergency One WrL
SN14BYX Volvo FL/Emergency One RPL
SN14BYY Volvo FL/Emergency One RPL



? to 1941 St Andrews 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 to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



Station extension officially opened by Fergus Ewing MSP on the 16th September 2008.

Watch Manager Tony Linney was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal on the 15th June 2013 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of that year.

St Andrews had a call sign of B6 in Fife Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to N24, the new National Call Sign, when Thornton Control closed on 30/3/2016.


The Fife Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained
  1 Pump Escape 1 Section Leader
  1 Towing Vehicle & Large Trailer Pump 2 Leading Firemen



17 Firemen


Establishment 2000

  Equipment Retained


2 Water Tender Ladders

1 Station Officer



1 Sub Officer



2 Leading Firefighters



16 Firefighters




St. Andrews can claim to have been fire conscious over a long number of years in that, as far back as 1700, the local Council made provision for fire buckets made from "a good hide of inglish uppers" to be available for fighting fire.
At the turn of the 18th century, after a series of major fires, a new awareness became apparent in the need for more efficient means of fighting fire, and in 1834 St. Andrews Council bought an 8 man manual pump second hand. This pump appears to have served successfully until 1863 when a number of fires revealed its inadequacy. After a fire which totally destroyed Woodburn Sawmill and a fire in the Crosskeys Hotel stables, the St. Andrews Gazette reported as follows — "Very considerable dissatisfaction is felt and expressed regarding the very unsatisfactory state of the engine and pipes, the latter being burst in many places. There is also a want of system about the entire management. Would it not be possible to have a small organised fire brigade as well as an appointed crew for the Life who, like them, also might be taken out occasionally for practice."
The Gazette further reported later in the year, referring to this manual pump "it has done good service on various occasions but it is fearfully deficient either as regards size, power, ease in working or means of transit."
A fire at Mount Melville emphasised the fact that the manual pump had always to be man-handled to a fire as there was no means of yoking a horse to it. Later that year the Chairman of the Fire Engine Committee announced to the Council that the engine was of no earthly use whatever and efforts were being made to raise money to purchase a new fire engine. The first steps to raise this money were taken at a Police Board Meeting at the end of September 1864 and initially a sum of 50 was raised, including 20 from the Police Board funds, and the Town Council later voted a further 20. There seems to have been considerable reluctance on the part of the inhabitants of St. Andrews to contribute the full cost of an appliance which they considered would be serving a large area of North Fife while at the same time benefiting the insurance companies.
Despite the delays and difficulties, the new fire engine reached St. Andrews on Monday, 29th May, 1865 and was tried out on Wednesday at the Swilcan Burn. This was also an 8 man manual pump but improvements over the previous one were its water tank was of canvas instead of heavy wood, it could be drawn by horses or manpower, and its equipment included four 6 foot ladders which could be combined together. It also included a plentiful supply of buckets, which eliminated the previous necessity for borrowing pans at the scene of the fire.
In 1901 Major D. Lindsay Carnegie gifted a new steam fire engine. This appliance did sterling work in the area until 1920 when the boiler was beginning to show signs of deterioration and the Council decided to buy a new engine. The new engine arrived in St. Andrews on the afternoon of Saturday, March 26th, 1921 and was a Leyland with a lighting set and a 45 foot extension ladder, at a total cost of 2058. It generated 65 h.p. and was capable of a speed of 40 m.p.h. On its arrival Mr James Christie of Bridge Street was appointed Firemaster, at a retaining fee of 10 per annum, and a Mr Lamond was appointed as engineer, the crew being made up from local volunteers, which became the nucleus of the retained unit in St. Andrews. Its first call was at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday 16th June, 1921 to a fire at Crawford Priory. It covered the 12 mile journey in 20 minutes and had 10 hoses operating within a further 10 minutes.
At this time the engine was housed in premises in Church Square and in 1933 was moved to a building in St. Andrews Burgh Yard in South Bridge Street.
In 1941 the retained unit at St. Andrews was absorbed into the National Fire Service and became part of the No. 4 Eastern Area.
In 1948 the National Fire Service was disbanded and brigades returned to local authority control. The St. Andrews unit then became a retained unit of Fife Fire Brigade.
Fife Fire Area Joint Committee, conscious of the inadequacies of the building in the Burgh Yard and the difficulties of access and egress, have had the present Fire Station built on a site in Largo Road, St. Andrews.
This new Station, the most up to date part-time Station in Fife, houses two fire appliances, has a complement of 18 men and became fully operational on Thursday, 1st February, 1973.
(From the Official Opening programme Saturday, 1st December, 1973.)

St Andrews Merryweather 'Gem' arrived by train 30/5/1901. Captain W Watson Church Square.

If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.


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