1 Pump Retained.
|? to 19/4/1975||Dougal Street, TAYPORT. Photo|
|19/4/1975 to||6 Nelson Street, TAYPORT. DD6 9DR. Photo|
|? to ?||Sub Officer Tam Bryson|
|1974? to 1994||Sub Officer Billy Graham|
|1994 April to 2006 Oct||Sub Officer Brian Hughes|
|2006 Oct to||Watch Manager Brian Hughes QFSM Rank to Role name change|
|?||Austin K2/Home Office||ATV|
|1990||EMS261V||Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie||WrT|
|1998||L442HSG||Volvo FL6-14/Alexander/Angloco (rebuilt)||WrL|
|2011 Feb||SK03AHN||Volvo FL6H/Emergency One||WrL/R|
|2016 Dec||SF12KRV||Volvo FLL/Emergency One||WrL/R|
|? to 1941||? 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|
In the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2009 Watch Manager Brian Ritchie Hughes was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal.
Brian Ritchie Hughes, 52, joined Tayport Fire Station, Fife
Fire and Rescue Service in 1975 as a fire fighter on the retained duty system.
Since then he has risen through the ranks to his current role of Watch Manager.
As well as running his own business, Mr Hughes provides emergency cover for the towns of Tayport, Newport and Wormit, along with the outlying villages in North East Fife. His station also provides back up cover when required to the neighbouring Tayside Fire and Rescue Service. Over the years, Mr Hughes and his crew have attended a number of incidents in Dundee, most notably a major fire at Morgan Academy in 2001.
Working with Fife and Tayside Fire and Rescue Services, Mr Hughes has organised joint training between the two services to promote a stronger working relationship.
Significant fire risks within Mr Hughes' area include RAF Leuchars, with its bulk fuel installations and Tentsmuir Forest. Over the years he has formed partnerships with colleagues responsible for each of these areas to improve the response levels from his own station and from Fife Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr Hughes has taken an active role in supporting staff to deliver a range of community safety initiatives within the Tayport area, including regular meetings and educational events with local nurseries and schools.
This work includes giving his time and commitment to providing local children's charity, Barnardos, with advice on fire safety. Mr Hughes also encourages colleagues from his own station to support other organisations related to the fire and rescue service, such as the Firefighters Charity and the International Fire and Rescue Association. Mr Hughes is known as being a strong role model who shows outstanding dedication to his community.
(Scottish Executive 13/6/2009)
Tayport had a call sign of B8 in Fife Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to N23, the new National Call Sign, when Thornton Control closed on 30/3/2016.
The Fife Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|1 Towing Vehicle & Large Trailer Pump||1 Leading Firemen|
1 Water Tender Ladder
1 Sub Officer
2 Leading Firefighters
FIFE FIRE BRIGADE
FIRE STATION, NELSON STREET, TAYPORT.
By Provost James B. Pow, J.P.
Provost of Tayport
Saturday, 19th April, 1975
ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS
The Chairman of the Joint Committee will welcome guests and introduce the Provost of Tayport, James B. Pow, J.P. and invite him to open the Fire Station.
Vice Chairman will propose vote of thanks and make presentation to Provost Pow.
Provost Pow will be invited to initiate a test turn out.
Inspection of Crew by Provost Pow.
Inspection of Premises and Conducted Tour.
Early Tayport records show that
in 1887, Tayport became a Burgh and was then involved in all the activities
associated with setting up drainage, and sewage schemes, a water supply and so
It is on record that between 1885 and 1886 a good deal was said about the inadequacy of the town’s water supply, being at that time supplied from public pumps and private wells all of which were considered by many to be unsatisfactory. Out of this controversy which according to one historian “reached very high tempo at times” came the decision to take a water supply from Dundee. Such an arrangement had already been made for the neighbouring burgh of Newport on Tay.
By 1890 an adequate water supply had been secured and thoughts were then given to the formation of a Burgh Fire Brigade. This fire fighting team was established in 1891 and functioned for a number of years under the lead of Walter Pillans who was a ‘well kent’ man of his time.
Though the appliances of the early Brigade were primative being in the main wheelbarrow transported by manpower the volunteer firemen served the town well until the introduction of the National Fire Service at the beginning of the Second World War.
In 1947 fire Brigades returned to Local Authority control and Tayport became a unit of Fife Fire Brigade under the control of the newly formed Fife Fire Area Joint Committee.
The war brought great advances in the type of fire engines available and at this time Tayport were operating with a motorised unit and trailer pump.
Further advances in appliance design saw the introduction of a Water Tender with trailer which was later replaced with a Water Tender with a built in pump, and is the one now used by the Tayport Unit. It carries 400 gallons of water and a light portable pump and is equipped with the most modern fire fighting equipment.
The opening of the new station at Tayport is part of the Fire Committee’s programme of modernisation of obsolete fire stations throughout the county and is the last one to be built by the Fife Fire Area Joint Committee before regionalisation when the Fire Brigade will come under the control of the Fife Regional Council.
Extract from Adjourned Meeting
of the Tayport Police Commissioners 25th May,
“Messrs. Mill & Scott were authorised to obtain a Fire Reel and arrange for a Fire Brigade on as favourable terms as possible”.
Extract from minute of Quarterly Statutory Meeting of the Tayport Police Commissioners 11th July, 1892.
It was unanimously resolved that the charges for use of hose and services of men should be as follows:
For use of reel – for the first 4 hours, 5/- per hour, thereafter 2/6 per hour.
For men engaged – for the first 3 hours 2/- each per hour and 1/- for each hour thereafter.
It was agreed to allow the man who first arrived at place of fire 2/6 over his ordinary pay.
Extract from Abstract of the
Account for year ending 14th May,
“Expenditure – Fire Department £14. 1. 1.
Bailie W. A. Coull
Provost P. Y. Muir
Fife County Council
Commander D. E. G. Wemyss D.S.O., R.N.
Mrs. I. Pratt
Mr. P. Gemmell
Mr. R. Mill
Councillor D. Duffy
Provost P. Y. Muir
Provost W. Sharp
Treasurer K. R. Hayward
Kirkcaldy Town Council
Bailie W. A. Coull
Councillor Mrs. G. Arnott
Councillor F. J. Hubbard
Dunfermline Town Council
Bailie Mrs. J. H. Mackie
Hon. Treasurer R. Gardiner
Bailie J. Furniss
F. Partington F.I.FireE., A.M.B.I.M.
J. Fisher Dip. Arch., A.R.I.B.A., A.R.I.A.S.
FIFE COUNTY COUNCIL, Works Department
Electrical and Heating
J. Baxter, Kirkcaldy
R. J. Robertson & Co., Ltd., Dundee
Appliance bay doors
Westland Engineering Co., Yeovil, Somerset
Numire Contracts Ltd., Dundee
W. J. Dowds, Glenrothes
Rippin Structures, Auchtermuchty
Fife County Council, Parks Department.
(Copy of Official Opening Programme. The front cover had a picture of the Fire Station on it.)
1952 crew photo.
Crew photo Station Opening 19/4/1975
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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