2 Rescue Pump Ladders, Wholetime.
|1800s to 1851||Bell Street|
|1851 to 1900||Central Fire Engine Station, 46 College Street.|
|1900 to 1984||Central Fire Station, 33 Ingram Street. Photo|
|3/4/1985 to||Cowcaddens Fire Station, 91 Port Dundas Road, GLASGOW G4 1ES. Photo|
The Official Opening of Cowcaddens Fire Station and 'A' Division Headquarters was on the 3rd of April 1985. The station went operational on 8/7/1984.
|Police Force took over fire fighting||1807|
|BASIL AITCHISON||1st March, 1809|
|JAMES BLACK||1st February, 1816|
|JAMES DAVIDSON||23rd September, 1824|
|PETER McGREGOR||25th July, 1833|
|WILLIAM ROBERTSON||5th June, 1835|
|CHARLES FORSYTH||13th December, 1847|
|ALEX TURNER||5th March, 1849|
|JAMES BRYSON||1st December, 1855|
|WILLIAM PATERSON||1st November, 1884|
|JOHN McCOLL||24th January, 1907|
|WILLIAM WADDELL||11th February, 1909|
|JAMES MARSHALL||1st June, 1928|
|CHARLES ANGUS||1st June, 1936|
|MARTIN CHADWICK||C.B.E., M.I.F.E., M.I.E.S. 1st June, 1940|
|JOHN SWANSON||M.B.E., G.M., G.I.FIRE.E 1st January, 1961|
|GEORGE COOPER||Q.F.S.M. 15th April, 1965|
|First||Second||Aerial||Salvage Tender||BA Tender||Hi-Ex FoT||Hose Lorry|
August 2010 ARP moved to Springburn.
Hose Lorry SA05CLO also takes a fuel bowser to an incident if an ARP is in use to keep it fuelled.
|XGE213J||Dennis F46/Scoosher Mark II||Sch|
|YHS563S||Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|HHS924T||Bedford TK/Fulton and Wylie||ST|
|FGA135T||Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|OGD73V||Bedford KG/HCB Angus CSV/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|OGD76V||Bedford KG/HCB Angus CSV/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|A811XSJ||Bedford KG/Fulton and Wylie Fire Warrior||WrL|
|A813XSJ||Bedford KG/Fulton and Wylie Fire Warrior||WrL|
|B623AGE||Dennis DF133/Fulton & Wylie/Pierreville||TL (RTA)|
|F83HNS||Dodge G08/Fulton and Wylie||DCU|
|H95YUS||Scania 93M/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|H96YUS||Scania 93M/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|K377MYS||Scania 113M/310/Angloco/Bronto 28-2TI||ALP|
|L719UGA||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|M58FYS||Scania P113-320/Angloco/Bronto F32HDT||ALP|
|P737WGG||Mercedes 412D Sprinter||DCU (Temp Ex-RRU)|
|P932SGE||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|P936SGE||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|SA52FKO||Scania 114G-340 6x4/Angloco/Bronto 32HDTRL||ALP|
|SF08AFN||Scania P310 CP14 6x2 RS/JDC/Vema 282ARP MKIII||ARP|
|1657?to 1941||Glasgow Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||Glasgow Fire Service|
|1975 to 7/6/2005||Strathclyde Fire Brigade|
|8/6/2005 to31/3/2013||Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (Name change only.)|
|1/4/2013 to||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
Opened 1/5/1900, closed 8/7/1984. Cost £62,700.
At the start of the shift on Sunday 8th July 1984, Central crews moved up to Cowcaddens and about 11-15 the North crew moved up to Cowcaddens. They ran out of Cowcaddens with two Fire Warriors, a Magirus Deutz TTL and a Salvage Tender (Ex Glasgow salvage Corp.)
Cowcaddens Fire Station replaced the Central and North Fire Stations.
2 Water Tender Ladders
4 Station Officers
1 Turntable Ladder
8 Sub Officers
1 Foam/Salvage Tender
12 Leading Firefighters
The Staff are split over four watches (Red, Blue, Green and White) 1 Station Officer, 2 Sub Officers, 3 Leading Firefighters and 14 Firefighters working 2 days, 2 nights and 4 days off. Water Tenders are normally manned 5 and 4.
On Wednesday 22 October 2008 the last dedicated aerial in Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (Cowcaddens Aerial Ladder Platform) went off the run.
CENTRAL FIRE STATION
Opened by LORD PROVOST CHISHOLM
1st May, 1900
Councillor JAMES SHAW MAXWELL
Councillor GEORGE TAGGART
Councillor RICHARD BROWNE
Councillor PATRICK OHARE
Councillor JAS. M. THOMSON
Councillor MORRIS CARSWELL
Councillor JOHN URE PRIMROSE
Councillor JOHN WALKER
Councillor WILLIAM FINLAY
Councillor WILLIAM STEVENSON
Councillor DAVID WILLOX
BAILIE CLELAND, Convener.
WILLIAM PATERSON, Chief Officer.
A.B.MDONALD, Architect. DANIEL WILKIE, Measurer.
JOHN LINDSAY, Clerk.
The Contractors for the erection of the buildings wereMessrs. P.
& W. Anderson, builders; Mr. H. MTaggart, wright; Messrs J. Smith & Sons,
slaters; Mr. J. L. Arnot, plumber; Messrs. Stalker & Day, gasfitters; Mr. J. Graydon,
plasterer; Messrs. Stevenson Brothers, painters; Messrs. Jas. Combe & Son, heating.
The Photographs are by Messrs. Fulllarton & Edgar.
DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW CENTRAL FIRE STATION.
The NEW CENTRAL. FIRE STATION, now completed, promises to be in every
way as suitable as the old one it replaces was unsuitable for the purposes of the City
Fire Brigade. A more central site might have been desirable but would have been both
difficult and expensive to obtain.
The shape of the site is unsymmetrical, as the Plan reproduced on pages 9 and 10 shows. It extends to about three-fourths of an acre an cost £22,750.
The Station has two frontages, that in Ingram Streetfour storeys in height being the principal. On the ground floor to the right of the entrance are the Watch Room, and the Engine House with accommodation for four machines. The Offices are to the left, and comprise the Chief Officers Room, Officers and Clerks Rooms, &c. Immediately to the rear of the Engine House and opening into it, are stalls for eight horses, and behind this is the Fodder House, spare Stables, Machine and Harness Rooms. On the first floor, over the Engine House, are two Duty Rooms, provided with sliding poles. A passage across the roof of the Stable communicates with the Recreation Rooms. The remainder of this floor and the floors above are occupied by the Officers Houses.
The Engine House walls are lined inside with a beautiful selection of Grecian marble and polished granite, and the floor is laid with oak blocks.
The High Street Building is five storeys in height. The four upper floors are occupied by the Firemen and their families, the ground floor being occupied as Shops.
At the south side of the Courtyard is a block of buildings containing on the ground floor Rooms for spare Machines, Workshops for boot-making, hose repairing, engineering work, joinering, coach painting, and plumbing; and on the three floors above are the houses for the Firemen and their families. Behind this building is situated the Childrens Playground. Facing this block on the other side of the Courtyard, a range of one-storey Offices is built, comprising, Washhouses, Laundry, Drying Room, Smithy, Oil Store, Electric Shop, &c; in the south-west corner of the Courtyard is the Hose-drying Tower, rising to a height of 90 feet, having on the top a test room for all fire alarm telegraph and telephone lines; adjoining is the Gymnasium, 55 feet long and 25 feet broad; and underneath is a Store for wood and iron.
In every firemans house is a bath, supplied with hot water from a steam boiler, which also supplies the water for heating and for domestic use throughout the station.
The buildings throughout are lit by electricity.
All pipes, drains, and electric-light lines, also the telegraph, telephone, fire alarm, and house bell connections, are contained in a subway which connects all the buildings
The elevation to Ingram Street is of handsome design, well broken up with oriels, gables. pilasters, and carving, but not overladen with ornamentpolished granite being carried to the first cornice. Above this Locharbriggs red sandstone is used. The elevation to High Street is built of the same materials as that to Ingram Street, but is less ornate in character.
The station being built on the barracks principle, access to the firemens houses can be had only from the Ingram Street entrance, and thus every person entering or leaving the station is under observation from the watchroom.
The cost of the buildings will be about £40,000.
The Plans were prepared and the work carried out under the superintendence of Mr. A. B. MDonald, M. Inst. C. E., City Engineer.
A FEW NOTES ON THE GLASGOW FIRE BRIGADE.
The cause which led to an organisation for the extinction of fires in
Glasgow was the great fire which occurred on 17th July, 1652, and by which nearly
one-third of the City was destroyed. It might be supposed that active measures would at
once have been taken for the prevention of the recurrence of such a disaster, but the
Council of the day seems to have acted with more than proverbial Scotch caution. Four
years after this fire we find ("Memorabilia of Glasgow," p. 139) that
"Bailie Walkingschawe and Dekin Conveinar" were to "meit with James
Colquhoune, and to grie with him anent the making of the ingyne for castying of watter on
land that is in fyre, as they have in Edinburghe." In the following year (1657) the
Council ordained "James Bornis to have ane warrand for the soume of twentie fyve pund
stairling, debursit be him to James Colquhoune for the pryce of the ingyne laitlie maid be
the said James Colquhoune"; and on 13th June of that year the Council resolved
"that the ingyne laitlie maid be James Colquhoune, be saitlit neir himself, and the
Mr. of Wark to mack ane hous of daillis thairto. This is the first mention of
a fire engine in Glasgow, and the "hous of daillis" or wooden shed was
Glasgows first fire station.
At the beginning of the century Glasgow had no permanent fire brigade. The superintendent of the fire engines was a master slater, carrying on his business in town or country, and residing within the city wherever he might please; the firemen were ordinary tradesmen in the city. The fire drum to call out the firemen was beat off from the main guard house, Candleriggs, by the regimental drummer on duty. On midnight alarms he was escorted by two men of the military guard. It was usual for the guard to turn out to assist at fires by keeping the ground clear, and on occasions of large fires the guard was sometimes reinforced by two or three hundred men from the infantry barracks.
There were six manual engines in Glasgow of a pattern now obsolete which could not be used for the conveyance of the men; no provision was made for horses, and the men had, in almost all cases, to draw the engine to the scene of fire. The engines were located, one at the MeaI Market, one at the Potato Market, two at the Wynd Church, one at Hutchesons Hospital, one in Langs Callander Close, and were to all intents fixtures in their respective stations until an officer of Police, or one of the City magistrates, had given an order to have them taken out. The time lost in procuring the key of the station would in almost every case exceed the time taken to reach the scene of fire to-day. There was no regular staff, and in many cases it was more difficult to get the firemen than it was to obtain access to the engines.
Early in the Century the principal fire station was situated in Bell Street, behind the police office, and was in use up till the end of 1851, when the Central Station in College Street, now vacated, was erected.
In 1815 it was decided that the Superintendent of Fire Engines should devote his whole time to the duties of his office. Since that date the following have held the appointment:-
appointed 1st February, 1816.
appointed 23rd September, 1824.
appointed 25th July, 1833
appointed 5th June. 1835.
appointed 13th December, 1847.
appointed 5th March, 1849
appointed December, 1855
appointed 1st November, 1884.
The following comparison will show how the organisation for the
extinction of fires has grown since the beginning of the century:-
In 1816 there were 152 Fire-cocks in the Cityat this date there are 5,883; then there were only 450 yards of Hose, as against 8 3/4 miles at the present time. The cost of the Fire Department for the year 1820 was about £300; it has now reached an. annual expenditure of £16,000. The number of Fires in 1820 was 14; last year they numbered 712. The City is now supplied with 11 Steam Fire Engines, 10 Hose and Ladder Carriages, each carrying nearly half-a-mile of hose, 4 Fire Escapes, 500 feet of Scaling Ladders, &c. There are now 121 permanent men (all auxiliaries being discontinued in 1892), and 38 horses belonging to the Brigade as against 11 in 1884. There are 10 Stations, 6 of which have been erected since 1886.
The system of street electric fire alarms, which was inaugurated by Glasgow in 1878, has extended so rapidly that there are now in use in the City over 200 call points.
On an alarm of fire being received at a station, it is instantly communicated to the nearest station, and also to the Central Fire Station, and is attended to by the two stations nearest the fire; a steamer being run from one, and a hose an ladder carriage from the other.
On each machine is carried a portable telephone, which, on the arrival of the machine at the scene of the fire, is immediately attached to the nearest fire alarm, and by this means telephonic communication with the Central Fire Station is established, and information as to the nature and extent of the fire reported. This system, which has been proved most valuable, has been in use since 1891Glasgow being the first city to adopt it.
(The Souviner Programme 1/5/1900)
Councillor Agnes L Ballantyne JP
On Friday 7 April 1978
At 11.00 a.m.
Order of proceedings
Councillor Mrs. A. L. Ballantyne
Chairman Fire and Police Committee
Rev. Matthew Liddell, B.D.
Strathclyde Fire Brigade Chaplain
Bus to City Halls
Bus to Cowcaddens
<PHOTO> Councillor Mrs. A. L.
<PHOTO> Councillor James Jennings
<PHOTO> Firemaster Richard J. Knowlton Q.F.S.M. F.I.FireE.
The Vehicle Repair Workshops and
Breathing Apparatus training block represent the initial phase of the new Fire
Brigade Headquarters in Glasgow. This particular phase will replace the small
units scattered throughout the city and the adjoining localities and provide
facilities for major repair and servicing of vehicles.
The design of the Breathing Apparatus Training Unit has been based upon the knowledge and experience gained from the training Establishment at Gullane and Moreton-in-Marsh, together with the detailed discussions held between the Fire Department and the Architects. This project was originally started in 1964 to replace the Central and St. George’s Road Fire Stations, provide storage accommodation, Breathing Apparatus training facilities, Vehicle Repair Workshops, Central Unit and Administration Headquarters for the Glasgow Fire Service. Although with the advent of reorganisation changes were made necessary by the new situation, the basic design has remained. Also included in Phase IA is the Heating Chamber for the entire complex. This will simplify the building of Phase IB, at present under construction, and Phases II and III
The buildings have been evolved with a very close liaison between the Fire Service and the Architects. The functional aspect has been the paramount consideration.
Construction comprises of a Structural Steel frame with a lower span of facing brick and upper areas clad with insulated metal decking. Heating is by gas and a system of gas diffusion has eliminated the need for a chimney.
Phase 1A Cowcaddens Workshops and Breathing Apparatus Training School
This project, the first phase in
the Cowcaddens complex, was started on 9th December, 1975.
The workshop building affords the most up-to-date equipment and conditions for all types of repairs and servicing for fire brigade appliances.
The turntable ladder bay has a large roof void specially heightened to enable servicing and repair to be carried out on turntable ladders and hydraulic platforms while they are extended.
The equipment includes the normal servicing pits, hydraulic hoists, electronics bay and rolling road for engine performance and braking tests.
The breathing apparatus training block is among the most advanced and sophisticated in the country. There are two custom built smoke chambers in which a variety of fire and rescue situations can be simulated. The smoke chambers have an inbuilt smoke generator and extractor system.
The smoke chambers are controlled from a central control room, which monitors the position of Breathing Apparatus wearers through positional locating sensors mounted on the floor of the chamber.
A two-way audio system allows realistic sound tracks and background noises to be played during fire exercises.
The training school has both theory and practical lecture rooms equipped with modern teaching aids and facilities.
The project was completed in September, 1977.
<PHOTO> Looking down on
complex from High Flat?
<PHOTOS> 2 views inside the workshops.
Cowcaddens Fire Station Site Opening
Wednesday 12th January 1983 11-00 hours
Order of Proceedings
Firemaster R. J. Knowlton C.B.E., Q.F.S.M., F.I.FireE., F.B.I.M.
Councillor J. Irvine, J.P., Chairman Police and Fire Committee
OUT ON SITE
Lifting of first soil
Councillor J. Irvine, J.P.
Chairman Police and Fire Committee
PRESENTATION TO COUNCILLOR J. IRVINE J.P.
Mr W. W. Shearer Melville, Dundas and Whitson, Contractor.
(TD1431/47/9. Official Programme.)
Cowcaddens Fire Station
‘A’ Division Headquarters
Official Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 3rd April 1985
Councillor Gerald McGrath, DL, FBCO,
Vice Chairman, Police and Fire Committee
<PHOTO> Councillor James Irvine,
JP, Chairman, Police and Fire Committee
<PHOTO> Councillor Gerald McGrath, DL, FBCO, DCLP, JP, Vice Chairman Police and Fire Committee
<PHOTO> Firemaster Clive B. Halliday, MIFireE, Strathclyde Fire Brigade
Order of Proceedings
Platform Party Assemble
Councillor James Irvine JP
Chairman, Police and Fire Committee
Opening Ceremony and Unveiling of
Councillor Gerald McGrath DL, FBCO DCLP JP
Vice Chairman, Police and Fire Committee
Rev. Peter Houston
Strathclyde Fire Brigade Chaplain
Presentation of Visitors’ Book
On behalf of The Chief Executive by Mr. P. M. Howitt BL
Depute Chief Executive, Strathclyde Regional Council
Firemaster Clive B. Halliday MIFireE
Strathclyde Fire Brigade
Presentation to Strathclyde Fire
Mr. R. C. P. Whitson
Melville, Dundas & Whitson Limite
Vote of Thanks
Councillor William McGill
Police and Fire Committee
Tour of Station
Central Fire Station
The Central Fire Station was officially opened by Lord Provost Chisholm on 1st May, 1900 at a cost of approximately £62,750.
The station had two frontages, one in Ingram Street and the other in High Street. The four storey building in Ingram Street was the principal building comprising offices to the left of the pend entrance with the Watchroom and Appliance Room housing four fire appliances to the right.
At this time all appliances were horse drawn machines and immediately to the rear of the appliance room and opening into it were the stables for eight horses.
On the first floor immediately above the appliance room were two duty rooms with the remainder of the building being used as officers’ housing accommodation.
The appliance room walls were lined inside with a selection of Grecian marble and polished granite with the floor laid in oak blocks.
The High Street building was five storeys in height. the four upper floors being occupied by firemen and their families and the ground floor used as shops.
At the south side of the courtyard another four storey block contained, on the ground floor, rooms for spare appliances, workshops for bootmaking, hose repairing, engineering work, joinery work, coach painting and plumbing and on the three floors above, further accommodation for firemen and their families.
Every house was fitted with a bath and supplied with hot water from a steam boiler which also supplied the water for heating and domestic use throughout the premises.
In the south west corner of the courtyard was a 90 feet high hose drying tower with an adjoining gymnasium, 55 feet long and 25 feet broad with storage area underneath.
<PHOTO> Central Fire Station.
North Fire Station
The North Fire Station was officially opened on 12th April, 1889 by Councillor Dickson, Convenor of the Watching and Lighting Committee at a cost of around £7,000.
“A large number assembled and they were shown over the premises by Firemaster Paterson who explained the equipment and the various appliances of the station.
To show the promptness with which the Brigade can respond to an alarm of fire, a turnout was made and to the astonishment of those present a steam fire engine was despatched from the station in the remarkably brief space of 28 seconds after the ringing of the bell”.
The main building was four storeys in height. The ground floor being utilised for watchroom and appliance rooms with the remaining floors for accommodation of firemen and their families. Behind the main building, divided by a courtyard, was a two storey building used as a stable, workshop and dwellings for the coachmen.
The most remarkable features in this situation were the improvements which had been introduced with a view to minimising time in turning out. Of these features the most important was an arrangement by which the stable doors and the appliance room doors could be opened simultaneously by a lever operated in the watchroom.
The horses having already been so well trained that immediately the doors were opened they rushed from the stables into the appliance room to take up their positions under the harness on each side of the steam engine. The harness was suspended from the roof by pulleys and was at once dropped upon the backs of the horses and by the closing of a few springs, the men were ready to proceed from the station.
“The entire building is arteried with electric contrivances for “alarming” the men the moment a fire is intimated and there is also a contrivance by which the gas in all the dwellings can be raised from the watchroom at the same time as the alarm is sounded”.
“Extract from Evening Despatch, 10th July, 1889.”
<PHOTO> North Fire Station.
Work started on the project in January, 1983 and was completed in June, 1984 at a cost of £1,269,567.
The new complex was designed to replace the Central Fire Station and ‘A’ Division Headquarters from Ingram Street and the North Fire Station from St. George’s Road.
The Cowcaddens Fire Station and ‘A’ Division Headquarters constitutes a further phase for Strathclyde Fire Brigade on this site of which the earlier phases, the workshop, BA. Training building, central stores, central boilerhouse, hose drying and training tower must make this development one of the most advanced Fire Brigade complexes in the country.
The building is essentially two storey of traditional loadbearing brick/block construction. The external appearance consists of dark brown outside facing brick, dark brown composite insulation panels and brown anodised aluminium windows.
The design concept is that of a linear corridor plan arrangement on two floors leading to a five bay appliance room and ancillary work rooms with egress for fire fighting appliances onto Port Dundas Road.
The ground floor comprises the operational station which is linked by the Fire Prevension Suite to the ‘A’ Division Headquarters offices. The first floor contains all dormitory, recreation and messing facilities, the latter two being shared by both the station and Divisional Headquarters personnel.
Easily maintained and durable materials have been used as finishes, particularly in the operational areas.
The building is heated from a central gas fired boilerhouse within the complex to which it is linked by an underground service duct. The heating system within the building is by low pressure hot water radiators.
The Station became operational at 10.00 hours on Sunday, 8th July 1984 and the first fire call was received at 11.47 hours on that date to a small fire in Garscube Road, Glasgow. The total number of calls received from 8th July, 1984 to 3rd December 1984 was 1,283.
<3 PHOTOS> Appliances in bays. 2 Fire Prevention Officers. Canteen.
Melville, Dundas and Whitson Ltd.,
21 Blythswood Square,
Structural Engineers and Surveyors
Strathclyde Regional Council,
Department of Architectural and Related Services
Director: Mr. J.C. McDougall, RIBA, FRIAS, FFB. FBIM
Strathclyde Regional Council
Published by Strathclyde Fire Brigade
Designed by the Public Relations Department
Printed by the Regional Printing Works
Cowcaddens - 'a very fine complex'
Councillor Gerald McGrath, vice chairman of the regional council's
police and Fire Committee, has officially opened the Cowcaddens Fire Station and A
Division headquarters complex.
The building at 91/123 Port Dundas Road in Glasgow, was built for the brigade at a cost of £1,269,567 and was completed in 18 months.
The station houses two water pump appliances, a turntable ladder
appliance and a salvage tender. It is manned by 88 firefighting personnel.
Before introducing Councillor McGrath, the chairman of the opening proceedings, Councillor James Irvine, chairman of the Police and Fire Committee, complimented the firemen on parade on their turnout.
In his remarks prior to unveiling the commemorative plaque Councillor
MeGrath said: "I am extremely honoured to open this very fine complex for Strathclyde
Fire Brigade and the regional council.
"Since the brigade was formed ten years ago the region's Police and Fire Committee has always been conscious of the need to develop facilities for the service.
"This need, in Cowcaddens, has most certainly been fulfilled.
"Throughout the past ten years the regional council, in its role as the fire authority, has endeavoured to provide the brigade and the community it serves with the best possible equipment and accommodation."
Councillor MeGrath went on to say that the replacement of old fire
stations would remain a priority for the council in the future.
He also extended words of welcome to the Firemaster, attending his first official occasion since taking up his appointment, and SDO John Jameson who had just taken over as Divisional Commander.
After the dedication by the brigade chaplain, the Rev. Peter Houston, depute chief executive Mr Peter Howitt presented a visitor's book to the station on behalf of Mr Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive of the authority.
The station was also presented with a barometer by Mr R. C. P. Whitson of the main contractors, Melville, Dundas and Whitson Ltd.
See page three for Cowcaddens feature.
(Strathclyde Fireman No.29, July 1985. Page 1)
OPENING STARTS A NEW ERA
A special Strathclyde Fireman feature
With the official opening of Cowcaddens Fire Station and A Division
headquarters, one era of fire service tradition has ended and another has begun
Many members of the brigade who have served at the North and Central fire stations talk with affection of the times and memories that the walls of those buildings hold.
The North was the older of the two. It was built in 1889 at a cost of only £7000, but even in those days costs were rising because only 11 years later the Central, although a much larger building, was opened at a cost of £62,700.
Both stations were built in the days when horses pulled fire appliances
through the city's streets.
One "character" which very firmly links the old with the new is Wallace the fire dog who now has pride of place in the new building at Cowcaddens.
Most members of the brigade will know that away back in the days of horse-drawn appliances Wallace decided to adopt the firemen at the Central and call the station "home".
His story, which hangs above the showcase, is detailed in a framed parchment designed and created by Ldg Firemen Bill McGurk and John Reid of the graphics section at Brigade headquarters.
In the future the new station might find itself adopted by a similarly
minded animal who felt more at home with firemen than anyone else.
Cowcaddens, to even the casual passer-by, is an impressive building and it was designed by the regional Department of Architectural and Related Services.
The appliance room faces Port Dundas Road and the "Sunday Post" building.
Facilities are excellent, but even in this most modern of fire stations, the appliance room is linked to the upper floor by the traditional "greasy" pole. Some things never change!
The headquarters part of the complex contains fire prevention offices, mess rooms, kitchen, conference room and staff and administrative offices.
The Divisional Commander, SDO John Jameson, told "Fireman'': "This building undoubtedly provides A Division with a first class headquarters complex which will serve the community for many years to come.
''Facilities for the officers, firemen and other staff are of a very
high standard indeed and I feel that anyone touring the building would say that the £1.25
million cost has been money well spent."
Firemaster Clive Halliday paid tribute to the work of the region's Department of Architectural and Related Services during the construction stages and also said: "I would like to acknowledge the assistance and help of the members of the council who serve on the various committees that have a direct bearing on the work of the brigade.
"Without their support the changes that have taken place in the brigade since reorganisation would not have been possible."
<PHOTO> The opening day brochure cover. (Salvage Tender ,Turntable Ladder ,two water tenders)
<PHOTO> The platform party, pictured after the opening ceremony, are (from left to right): Mr R. C. P. Whitson, Mr Peter Howitt, Councillor Gerald McGrath, Councillor James Irvine, Firemaster Clive Halliday, Councillor William McGill and the Rev. Peter Houston.
(Strathclyde Fireman No.29, July 1985. Page 3)
I moved from A9 North on Sunday 8th July 1984, started duty at A9 at 10:00am and got the order to move ASAP. Last
duty at A9 was to change the wheel on the appliance before we left. Night shift ripped the
tyre, I had to replace it (offside rear).
Moved to Cowcaddens at 11:15 or so, I was the only one without a car, so I drove the appliance. Booked mobile as A093, closed at A1 as A093 that was the last message from A093............ booked mobile as A012 some 15 minutes later....... to a North Area call. So guess what I was lead, coz the guy's from the Central were somewhat lost in my area.
Pumps we had a A01 were two Fire Warriors, Magirus TTL (registration was NYS27F) and an old Salvage Tender, a remnant from the Salvage Corps.
Ian Miller was the SDO of ''A' Division at the time, he caused a lot of problems in the 'new' North as we referred to it, drove him crackers.
(Dave Gibson the last firefighter to leave A9 North.)
……a century later
Glasgow’s central fire division
moved to new operational headquarters yesterday, after nearly a century at
Ingram Street. The £1.75 million headquarters for A division at Cowcaddens will
be made up of 88 firemen from the central and northern divisions.
(Glasgow Herald, Monday July 9, 1984. Page 3.)
Ingram Street firemen sign off
<PHOTO> Two firemen looking out
of window and two firemen on Hydraulic Platform at Fire Station sign.
Sign of the times…….after 84 years of service the Central Fire Station in Glasgow has closed and it’s operations have been transferred to ‘A’ Division headquarters at Port Dundas Road. So yesterday it was time to remove the sign at the station in Ingram Street.
(Glasgow Herald, Wednesday July 25, 1984. Page 7.)
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