2 Pump Retained




Hose reel kept at Burgh stores


East Cathcart Street, BUCKIE.                             Photo







1900 Firemaster Budge


Sub Officer G. Green

? to 28/3/1987

Station Officer George 'Doddie' McKay

1987 to 1999 Station Officer Dennis J. Stead
1999 to Station Officer Dougie Annand (Still there Dec2016 as WM)
? to 1/10/2018 Watch Manager Alan Cruickshank
1/10/2018 Watch Manager ?






  Horsed Hose Reel  


SE5075 Dennis Light P


SE5770 Dennis New World P


HSA590 Dennis F8/Dennis MP


GAV576E Commer VA/Carmichael Vista View WrT







Water Carrier








2002 SV02EMK   K286FSO




Dennis F26/Dennis



Ford D1114/HCB Angus



Dodge G13c/Mountain Range



Dodge G13c/Mountain Range

SV02EMK Scania 94D-230 CP31/Emergency One WrL (10 man)
K286FSO Scania 93M-280/Whale Tankers WrC (Ex TL)




1900? to 1941

Buckie Fire Brigade

1941 to 1948

National Fire Service

1948 to 1975

North Eastern Fire Brigade

1975 to 2003

Grampian Fire Brigade

2003 to Grampian Fire and Rescue Service (name change only)




The keys of the 10 man Scania were handed over on 16/6/2002.

In 2002 the two Water Tender Ladders were replaced with a Water Tender Ladder with a ten man crew cab and  a Water Carrier (the chassis of which used to have a Turntable Ladder on it). I don't know if the establishment has been changed as a result of this.

Buckie had a call sign of 48 in Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to R22, the new National Call Sign, when the Control at Mounthooly closed on 8/11/2016.

Watch Manager Dougie Annand (Buckie), received his 30-year long service certificate. (16/11/2016)


Considerable alarm was created in the town on Saturday evening shortly before 5 o’clock in the yard of Messrs George Cowie & Co engineers and sawmillers, Commercial Road, Buckie. It appears that as Saturday is half day, the staff had all left the works, Mr Cowie, himself being the last to leave about half-past 4 o’clock. At that time the only fire known to exist on the premises was that in a traction engine in the engineering shop for repairs, but no danger could be anticipated from that source, neither is the outbreak attributed to it, although the source of the fire is not known. The alarm spread with great rapidity, bringing crowds to the spot. Meantime telephone communication from the Police Office apprised the firemaster, Mr Budge, of the occurrence. He at once proceeded to the burgh stores and finding one of the men and the horses there, speedily had the latter yoked, and the hose reel on its way to the fire. Here it reached the Square, however, the forepart of the carriage gave way, and little wonder. Because of what should have been secured by a bolt through the framework had only been attached by some nails. The hose was finally taken in sections by means of the hand reel to the fire where it assisted in suppressing the flames.
(The "Banffshire Advertiser" May 31st, 1900)


Bailie Simpson’s idea that the Buckie Fire Brigade turn out occasionally for practice is not at all out of place. It would cost a few shillings occasionally, but proper and efficient organisation cannot be attained unless a duty is assigned to every man, and he does when the occasion arises.
(The "Banffshire Advertiser" June 21st, 1900)


 Buckie took delivery of a new state-of-the-art fire tender last night.
The keys to the appliance were handed over to local councillors Bill Jappy and John Leslie, both members of Grampian Fire Board, by deputy firemaster Mike Morrice.
The new vehicle will replace Buckie's two existing fire engines. It can carry a crew of 10 compared to a maximum of six on each of the existing appliances. The engine is only the second of its kind to be brought into use in the UK.
The other also belongs to Grampian Fire Brigade and is based at Turriff
(Aberdeen Press and Journal. 18/6/2002.)



<PHOTO> At Buckle Fire Station for the recent launch of its new fire engine are (left to right) Frank Moran, representative for the company Scania who made the fire engine; Bill Jappy, Councillor for Buckle West; Sinclair Longmore, Councillor for Buckle East and Findochty; John Leslie, Councillor for Buckle Central, Dougie Annand, Buckle Fire Station Officer; Elaine Moran, wife of Frank who is originally from Buckie and John William, Grampian Firemaster.
BUCKIE Fire Brigade is delighted to have recently received a new highly-efficient engine. The two former six seater engines have been replaced by the 10-seater automatic beauty and a water carrier (tanker) for more serious fires is hoped to arrive by late August, to cover the area from Forres to Portsoy. Local Councillors John Leslie and Bill Jappy, members of Grampian Fireboard and Councillor Sinclair Longmore, depute to Bill Jappy on the board, were present at the official launch.
"It really is a lovely machine. I am confident that the 11.5 tonne stunner will do a marvellous job. The arrival has brought Grampian into the frontline with fire engines, as I believe they are fairly uncommon in the country at present. "It is nice to see Buckie is a step ahead with this 120,000 machine," said Sinclair Longmore.
Robert Bowler (left) is presented a long service award from Bill Jappy, Councillor for Buckie West for his 20 years as a firefighter with Buckie Fire Brigade.
(Banffshire Advertiser,  2/7/2002. Page 7. )



The North Eastern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained
  1 Self propelled Pump 1 Section Leader
  1 Towing Unit with Light Pump inside towing Major Pump 2 Leading Firemen
    17 Firemen


The North Eastern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1952

  Equipment Retained
  2 Pump Appliances 1 Company Officer
    1 Section Leader
    2 Leading Firemen
    16 Firemen


Establishment 2000





2 Water Tender Ladders

1 Station Officer



1 Sub Officer



? Leading Firefighters



? Firefighters





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


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