Formation of a Fire Brigade

A largely attended meeting of the inhabitants was held last night in the public halls to consider what steps should be taken towards the securing of proper fire extinguishing appliances. The gathering, which was the outcome of a recent disastrous fire, when the necessity for a properly equipped brigade was emphasised was presided over by Mr. Alexander Laird. The Chairman stated what had brought them together, and gave a few details of the appliances required. After a long discussion, it was agreed to form a Fire Brigade, and procure appliances. The following Committee were appointed to make the necessary arrangements: Messrs A Laird, J Lang, W Doig, J Harvey, J Scott (Joiner), J F Holmes, A Jamieson, and J Sutherland. The men who are to compose the Fire Brigade are as follows: Mr. Cunningham as Captain with Messrs. J Ritchie, J Noble, W Miller, P M’Ilwraith, J Boyle, J Buntain, W Galbraith, and D Brizzle as firemen. For the raising of funds to procure the appliances, the following gentlemen were appointed to collect subscriptions, the parish being divided into five districts (two to each district) Messrs Noble, Harvey, Shephard, Buntain, Scott, Miller, Holmes, Brizzle, Laing, and M’Ilwraith. A sum of about £50 is required to fit out the corps. Mr Alex Laird was appointed convener and Mr. John M’Callum as treasurer and secretary. A vote of thanks was awarded to the Chairman at the close.
(The Greenock Telegraph, Tuesday, February 12, 1901. Page 2)

The membership of Kilmacolm Voluntary Fire Brigade has been reduced. In future all calls will be attended to by the brigade for the lower ward of the county.
(Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, Saturday, June 28, 1913. Page 8)

There is a Pocket book showing Fire Hydrants in Kilmacolm dated 1897 in the Watt Library, Union Street, Greenock.