NORTH EASTERN FIRE BRIGADE

The North Eastern Fire Brigade came into operation on the 14th  May, 1948 under the Fire Services Act, 1947 covering the counties of Aberdeen, Banff and Kincardine, and the joint county of Moray and Nairn, and the county of the city of Aberdeen. The Brigade continued until Regionalisation on 16th May, 1975 when part of it went into Highland and Islands Fire Brigade and the remainder formed Grampian Fire Brigade.

Headquarters

1948 to 1975                 Central Fire Station, 256 King Street, ABERDEEN.

 

Firemasters

 

1948 to 1953 Firemaster James Ross O.B.E.
1953 to 1968 Firemaster W. H. Woods M.B.E., MIFireE, AFICD
1968 to 1975 Firemaster J. C. Donnachie

 

Stations

1948     1975  
ABERDEEN        
King Street WT   King Street (1) WT
North Anderson Drive WT   North Anderson Drive (2) WT
ABERDEEN COUNTY        
Aboyne RT   Aboyne (7) RT
Alford RT   Alford (10) RT
Ballater RT   Ballater (8) RT
Braemar RT   Braemar (9) RT
Ellon RT   Ellon (15) RT
Fraserburgh RT   Fraserburgh (17) RT
Huntly RT   Huntly (22) RT
Inverurie RT   Inverurie (11) RT
Insch RT   Insch (14) RT
Kintore RT   Kintore (12) RT
Maud RT   Maud (34) RT
Oldmeldrum RT   Oldmeldrum (13) RT
Peterhead RT   Peterhead (16) RT
Turriff RT   Turriff (18) RT
BANFF COUNTY        
Aberlour RT   Aberlour (31) RT
Aberchirder RT   Aberchirder (21) RT
Banff RT   Banff (20) RT
Buckie RT   Buckie (25) RT
Cullen RT   Cullen (28) RT
Dufftown RT   Dufftown (33) RT
Gardenstown Volunteer Disbanded 1951/1952    
Keith RT   Keith (23) RT
Macduff RT   Macduff (19) RT
Portsoy RT   Portsoy (24) RT
Tomintoul Volunteer Upgraded to Retained in 1952 Tomintoul (36) RT
KINCARDINE COUNTY        
Banchory RT   Banchory (6) RT
Inverbervie RT   Inverbervie (4) RT
Laurencekirk RT   Laurencekirk (5) RT
Stonehaven RT   Stonehaven (3) RT
MORAY COUNTY        
Burghead (39) Volunteer Closed??? Still there 1961    
Elgin RT   Elgin (26) RT
Fochabers Volunteer Upgraded to Retained in ? Fochabers (37) RT
Forres RT   Forres (29) RT
Gordonstoun Volunteer Disbanded 1951/1952 Gordonstoun (38) Volunteer
Grantown on Spey RT   Grantown on Spey (30) RT
Lossiemouth RT   Lossiemouth (27) RT
Rothes RT   Rothes (32) RT
NAIRN COUNTY        
Nairn RT   Nairn (35) RT
    Tornashean Station 40 formed in 1957/58 then disbanded    
    Strathdon Volunteer  Station 40 established in 1958/59 Strathdon(40) RT

 

Number opened Station Occupied Official Opening
  Fochabers   1953
  Elgin   11/6/1953
  Ballater   30/7/1953
  Portsoy   1956
  Forres   1957
  Dufftown   1957
  Fraserburgh   1959
  Kintore   June 1959
  Laurencekirk   February 1959
  Inverbervie   January 1960
  Strathdon   1960
  Peterhead   October 1960
  Rothes   26/10/1961
  Turriff   6/4/1962
  Insch   Started 1961
  Aboyne   Started 1961
  Ellon   25/4/1963
  Huntly   1964
20 Oldmeldrum   29/10/1964
21 Lossiemouth   26/11/1964
22 Huntly   1964?
  North Anderson Drive Feb 1968 27/6/1968
27 Aberchirder   29/10/1970
28 Maud   26/7/1973
  Braemar   25/10/1973
  Macduff August 1973 31/1/1974
  Banff   25/4/1974

 

 

Notes

 

BRIGADE MASCOT

Terry, a black labrador, who for eight years was mascot and watchdog in five Aberdeen fire brigade stations, is dead. but he will not be forgotten.
At North Anderson drive station he has found a last resting place and over his grave a stone commemorates his service.
In our picture Leading Fireman Ross is seen tending the grave, Inset is Terry.
Originally the pet of Company Officer Brown, a war time officer in the fire service, Terry was retained as a watchdog and mascot when his master left the service.
During the war he was stationed at Mannofield, Craigie, Loanings, Queen's Cross and Crown Street, and ultimately went to North Anderson Drive station.
Terry revelled in a trip on the fire engine and sometimes accompanied the firemen when they were called out to country heath fires.
When the alarm bell rang, Terry was first aboard the engine every time and was very disappointed when, owing to the nature of the call, he had to be left behind.
The gravestone was presented to the firemen, who inscribed on it, in bold black lettering -
"In memory of Terry, who died December 21st, 1948. Our canine mascot for eight years."
(Aberdeen Press and Journal. 7th February, 1949.)

 

NEW SOUND FOR FIRE BRIGADE

Aberdeen fire engines will have a new sound from next week. Two tone horns have now been fitted to fire engines in Aberdeen and will be used as a warning of approach during the day time.
The bells will continue to be used between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. when traffic is light.
Said Firemaster W. H. Woods of the North Eastern Fire Brigade, when he gave the news: "I would appeal to the public - pedestrians as well as drivers - to co operate by leaving the way clear for the engines to get through when they hear the horns."

CHANGE OVER

The change over has been made because the bells were not penetrating enough to be heard by drivers of diesel and heavy vehicles.
The new system, added Mr Woods, would be gradually extended to all the other units within the Fire Board's area.
(Aberdeen press and Journal. 16th July, 1965.)

 

 

 

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