2 Pumps Retained.


? to ? Station Road, NORTH BERWICK
1948 Station Road, NORTH BERWICK.
18/3/1982 to 3/12/2012 14 Station Road, NORTH BERWICK. EH39 4AU             Photo
3/12/2012 to 7/12/2012 Scottish Fire Service College at Gullane with WT crew from Edinburgh
7/12/2012 to Council Yard, The Heugh, NORTH BERWICK. (1 Pump)



1812 Firemaster Black
? to ? Firemaster Merrilees
? to ? Firemaster Miller
? to ? Firemaster Robertson
? to ? Firemaster Crystal
? to ? Leading Fireman Forsythe
? to 1947 Station Officer Tom Lorimer
1947 to ? Station Officer Tommy Russell
? to 1/10/1976 Station Officer M. Traherne (Taffy)
1982 Station Officer John A. Lorimer (Jock)
? to ? Station Officer Angus Campbell
? to 31/3/2003 Station Officer Hugh McMinn
May 2003 to Nov 2006 Station Officer George Combe
2007 to 2010 Watch Manager John Russell
2010 to 1/11/2013? Watch Manager Scott Lorimer  (son of Jock Lorimer)
Nov 2013? to 31/5/2016 Watch Manager David Roulstone
? to Watch Manager Andy Adams (there Sept 2017)



1812   Barrow and Buckets  
1895   Steamer Horse Drawn  
1928   Steamer now towed by Town Council Lorry  
1929   Motorised Fire Engine P
  GXA763 Austin K4/Home Office/SEAFB PE
  LSF901 Dennis F12/Dennis PE
  WFS11 AEC Mercury/Merryweather PL
1963 7266SC Bedford TJ5SZ/HCB Angus  


  First Second
1984 PSC700P OSC770P
1990 WSG107W NSX348Y
1998 K964DSC F907USX
2003 T237RFS K964DSC
2004 W645RSC T237RFS
2012 Dec 7 T236RFS  
2013 Dec W645RSC  
2014 Jan W645RSC T237RFS
21/9/2017 SN06FYH W645RSC
21/1/2019 SN06FYH SP68OZX


OSC770P Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrT
PSC700P Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrT
WSG107W Dodge G1313/Carmichael WrL
NSX348Y Dodge G13c/Mountain Range WrT
F907USX Dodge G13c/Excalibur CBK WrT
K964DSC Scania 93M-250/Emergency One WrL/ET
T236RFS Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL/ET
T237RFS Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL/ET
W645RSC Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WET
SN06FYH Scania P270/Emergency One WrLET
SP68OZX Iveco Daily 70C 18D/Emergency One RRU

The First is a WrL/ET (13.5 ladder) and the second is a WrT/ET (10.5 ladder).

The Rapid Response Unit carries a crew of four and is equipped with 2 BA Sets and Cobra Cold Cutting Equipment.



1812 to 1948 North Berwick Town Council Fire Brigade
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 Pump Escape 1 Leading Firemen
  1 Tender and Large Trailer Pump 9 Firemen

Establishment 2000





2 Water Tender Ladders

1 Station Officer



1 Sub Officer



2 Leading Firefighters



11 Firefighters


The present station in Station Road was occupied in August 1981 and Officially Opened on 18/3/1982.

3/12/2012    Fire Station and two appliances severely damaged by fire. From 6pm fire cover provided by a wholetime crew from Edinburgh based at The Scottish Fire Service College at Gullane

7/12/2012    Fire Cover from 8am now provided by North Berwick Retained based in Council yard at The Heugh with one pump.

Between 14th and 18 December 2013 North Berwick Retained moved back into the station running one pump, W645RSC.

North Berwick had a call sign of 68 in Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, this was changed to J22, the new National Call Sign on 3/5/2017.



In 1812, the Firemaster was a Mr Black and records show that his firefighting equipment was limited to a barrow and buckets. If a fire occurred, a team of ‘Firefighters’ were drawn from any volunteers who were available at the time of the incident.
It was not until 1873 that Town Council Records show that consideration was first given to providing a ‘firefighting pump’. Further consideration was given after the Vale fire of 1876 and then again debated in 1882 after a serious fire which gutted the East Wing of the Marine Hotel. This last fire was only extinguished after a steamer from the Edinburgh Brigade was dispatched by train to North Berwick from the Waverley Railway Station. It was met at the North Berwick Railway Station, (the same station is opposite the new Fire Station), by a team of horses and rushed to the vicinity of the hotel where it was used to pump water from the sea.
By 1895, an organised ‘professional’ brigade with a pumping appliance was in being. The Constitution of the Brigade was as follows:—

1.             The Brigade shall consist of (1) a Firemaster, who shall have full charge of the Brigade, and in his absence, the Conductor, (2) a Conductor, (3) a 1st Engineer, (4) a 2nd Engineer and (5) six Firemen.
2.             Each member shall obey all orders which he may receive from those in authority over him and at a fire, the Chief Officer present shall have absolute authority for all purposes.
3.             Each member of the Brigade shall be provided with a Helmet, Tunic and Waistbelt — three members each having an Axe and Case — all of which must be kept in good condition by the members and returned to the Chief Officer by any member retiring from the Brigade. The first and second Engineers shall keep clean the engine and the other members of the Brigade, the rest of’ the apparatus.
4.             No member can be recognised as such at any drill or fire unless in his uniform and no member shall appear in his uniform except he is on duty.
5.             The Brigade shall meet for drill, etc., not less than six times yearly, the time and place to be as directed by the Firemaster.
6.             The Brigade shall attend all fires in the Burgh or district when called on, if the officer in command shall deem it expedient, and when attending a fire the Brigade shall assist any other Fire Brigade that may be in attendance at such fire.
7.             The Firemaster or officer in command shall furnish his men with ref refreshments when on active duty for any length of time but on no account shall liquor be accepted when offered to the Brigade by any person neither is any member of the Brigade to enter a refreshment room of any kind unless he gets permission from the Officer-in-Charge.
8.             No member shall leave the Brigade without giving fourteen days clear notice to the Firemaster and shall deliver up to him all articles of uniform belonging to the Brigade; any member changing his residence shall notify the same to the Firemaster, and any member leaving the town for more than 24 hours must inform the Firemaster of the fact.
9.             Each member of the Brigade shall on joining subscribe these rules.

The Retaining Fee was £5 per annum for the Firemaster and First Engineer, Second Engineer £2.10/-, Conductor £1.10/- and Firemen £1 that was to cover all practices. Country fire charges ranged from 12/6d for the first five hours and 2/- per hour after for the Firemaster to 7/6d and 1/- for Firemen. Burgh fires 4/6d for first hour, 2/- after to 3/6d and 1/-.
In 1928 the Town Council Lorry was used to tow the steamer instead of horses. This was satisfactory apart from unsuccessful attempts to tow in areas such as the Heugh Brae. It was therefore decided in the following year to obtain the first motorised fire engine. Shortly after its purchase, it was called to a large farm fire where it pumped solidly for 14 hours without a hitch.
In the same year the Fire Station was moved to Station Hill. It was here under the same roof that the motorised engine was housed together with the steamer and the Fire Escape Extension Ladder. The bell which belonged to the Engineer of that time is now displayed at the New Station.
With the creation of the National Fire Service during the Second World War, North Berwick became part of the South East Area.
After the war the Fire Services Act 1947 was introduced by Parliament to transfer the firefighting functions from the National Fire Service to Fire Brigades maintained by Local Authorities.
Under this Act, Scotland was divided into eleven fire areas and North Berwick became part of’ the South Eastern Fire Brigade in accordance with the Fourth Schedule of the Act. The whole of this area came under the command of Firemaster A B Craig until he retired in 1962; it then passed to Firemaster F Rushbrook who subsequently retired in 1970 and then on to Firemaster J Anderson who retired early in 1980.
Since then the Brigade has been under the command of Firemaster W M G Kerr.
After regionalisation in 1975, the Brigade changed its name to the Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade, responsible for approximately the same area and is under the administration of the present Fire Board.
Past Officers-in-Charge of North Berwick between 1812 and 1947 were Mr Black, Mr Merrilees, Mr Miller, Mr Robertson, Mr Crystal and Mr Tom Lorimer. From 1947 it was T Russell, E Treharne, and the present Officer-in-charge is Station Officer John Lorimer. John’s son Scott joined the Brigade in 1981.
(Source of document unknown)



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


MAIN INDEX                         1975 INDEX                        LOTHIAN & BORDERS INDEX