2 Pumps Retained.


1902 Steamer housed in Bell's Inn Stables
1932 Church Street, HADDINGTON.
4/6/1965 Court Street, HADDINGTON.                   Photo



1937 Chief Officer W. Lee Hogg

March 1973 to April 1991

Station Officer Richard Blackie

April 1991 to July 1996

Station Officer Gordon Blackie             *

July 1996 to Feb 2002

Station Officer Brian Blackie                  **

Feb 2002 to

Station Officer David Hopkinson        ***

*      Brother of Richard Blackie and Uncle of Brian Blackie
**    Son of Richard Blackie and Nephew of Gordon Blackie
***  Son in Law of Richard Blackie and Brother in Law of Brian Blackie




19th Century   Manual Pump P
1902   Merryweather Steamer P
1932 SS3533 Morris Commercial/New World MP
1942 GGX665 Austin K2/Home Office (rebuilt as pump 1948) HrT
1942 GLE859 Austin K4/Leyland HU
? GLR831 Austin K2/Home Office/SEAFB HrT
1942 GLR833 Austin K2/Home Office/SEAFB HrT
? GLT720 Austin K2/Home Office/SEAFB HrT


  First Second
1965 CSG779C NFS200
1973 CFS132L CSG779C
? VMS279R CFS132L
? RSX995V VMS279R
1986 D494BSC RSX995V
? D494BSC C228RSC
1998 L492JSG D494BSC
2001 L492JSG G238FSC
2002 R887FSC L492JSG
2005 Y692BSX R887FSC
2012 Aug SK07BKO Y692BSX
2015 Sept SK02ULO Y692BSX
5/1/2017 SN06FYK Y692BSX
2017 June SN06FYK SK02ULO
17/10/2017 SN08COH SK02ULO

First runs as WrL/ET and second as WrT/ET. (2005)

CSG779C Bedford TJ4L/HCB Angus WrT
CFS132L Bedford TKG/HCB Angus WrL
VMS279R Dodge K1113/Hestair Eagle WrL
RSX995V Dodge G1313/Angloco WrT
C228RSC Dodge G13c/Alexander WrT
D494BSC Dodge G13c/Mountain Range WrLR
G238FSC Dodge G13/Fulton and Wylie WrT
L492JSG Scania 93M-250/Emergency One WrL/ET
R887FSC Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL/ET
Y692BSX Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL/ET
SK02ULO Scania 94D-260/Emergency One RP
SN06FYK Scania P270/Emergency One RP
SK07BKO Scania P270/Emergency One WrL/ET
SN08COH Scania P270/Emergency One RP

15/2/2015 SK07BKO involved in RTC and written off.








1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 South Eastern Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade
2005 to 2013 Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service
1/4/2013 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



The South Eastern Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948


  Equipment Retained
  1 Self-propelled Pump 1 Company Officer
  1 Tender and Large Trailer Pump 1 Section Leader
    2 Leading Firemen
    16 Firemen


Establishment 2000





2 Water Tender Ladders

1 Station Officer



1 Sub Officer



2 Leading Firefighters



11 Firefighters


In 1937 Haddington Fire Brigade had 1 Chief Officer (W. Lee Hogg), 1 Deputy Chief Officer, 8 Firemen and 1 Motor Pump.

Haddington had a call sign of 65 in Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to J21, the new National Call Sign on 3/5/2017.



Going back to the late 19th century, one discovers that the fire cover for Haddington was a manual pump, requiring some 40 men for efficient operation. This must have caused deep concern to a local gentleman, Mr. Christie of Tenterfield, who, in 1902, purchased and gifted to the town a new steam Fire Engine by Merryweather of London, resplendent in polished brass and copper, and complete in fittings from its powerful engine down to a wastepaper basket and bunch of sticks for kindling the fire. The entire engine weighed some 2 tons 7 cwts., which could be drawn by two horses, though it was preferable to have four on a long journey. The hose provided consisted mainly of leather secured by rivets. It is interesting to note that the testing of this new pump was supervised by the Firemaster of Edinburgh, Mr. Pordage. This appliance was housed at Bellís Inn Stables.
As far as is known, this appliance remained in operation until 1932, the only major change being that a lorry was used for towing purposes; the turn-out time for the appliance being related to the time it took to requisition a lorry.
In 1932, a self-propelled pump was purchased by the Haddington Council from Morris Commercial Cars Ltd., Birmingham, and with it the reorganisation of the Haddington Fire Brigade. Mr. W. L. Hogg, the Burgh Surveyor, was designated Firemaster, with a Lieutenant, two Engineers and six Firemen. The appliance being housed in Church Street.
It is of interest to note at this point, that if Haddington Fire Brigade required assistance at large fires, the Edinburgh Fire Brigade were called upon. It is on record that in one week of November, 1931, the Edinburgh Fire Brigade were asked for assistance on three occasions.
With the outbreak of war, Haddington, like all other Fire Brigades in the country, lost its identity, and became part of the National Fire Service in 1941. This organisation functioned successfully until the end of hostilities, when Fire Brigades went back to Local Authority control, but with a major difference to the pre-war organisation. In 1948, the South Eastern Fire Brigade was born, this embraced East, West and. Mid Lothian, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Berwickshire, an area of 2,500 square miles.
The advantages of this new organisation soon came to light; uniformity of equipment, hydrants, appliances, wireless, administration, etc., as well as assistance at large fires. It is now possible to request and secure assistance from other local units, such as Tranent, East Linton, Dunbar and North Berwick, thus ensuring cover at all times. In the more specialised field, Turntable Ladders and Emergency Tenders are available on request from Edinburgh.
As the country became more industrialised, and new housing schemes were built, it was felt necessary to increase the number of pumps at Haddington to two. The existing Fire Station was just adequate for housing two appliances and., as no drill yard was attached, training was of a limited nature.
A site for a new modern Fire Station had to be found, bearing in mind, that in 1948, the station at Church Street had to be evacuated the night the River Tyne overflowed its banks. After a great deal of searching, a site was purchased at Court Street, which from a turn-out point of view, is ideal. On this site has risen this new and most modern and up-to-date Fire Station.
Into this Station have gone the fruits of past achievements with its tower for Ladder and Hook Ladder drills, combined with hose drying, drill yard for carrying out pump drills a 5000 gallon sunken tank for pump tests, smoke chambers for training men in the use of breathing apparatus, and the efficient searching of properties, lecture room and all internal facilities for efficiency and comfort. Truly a Fire Station that the people of East Lothian, as well as Haddington, can be justly proud.
(Source of document unknown)



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