1 Pump 1 Rapid Response Unit Retained
|1884||Gas Works Hopeton Street|
|Pre 1920||Shore St/Kempock St (site of toilets) ?|
|26/7/1905 to 22/11/72||Royal Street Photo|
|22/11/72||George Road Gourock PA15 1HA Photo|
|1877 - 1908||Firemaster Russell|
|1908 - 1921||Firemaster J McEwen|
|1921 - 1934||Firemaster John Christie|
|1934 to 1946||Firemaster Thomas Melville B.E.M.|
|1946 to March 1963||Sub Officer Willie Melville B.E.M.|
|March 1963 to 1967||Sub Officer Jimmy Collins|
|1967 - 1987||Sub Officer Jimmy Melville (promoted Station Officer by Strathclyde Fire Brigade 1975?)|
|1987 -1997||Station Officer Tom Collins|
|1997 - 7/10/2001||Station Officer John Fry|
|2001 - 17/3/2005||Station Officer Andy Hayne|
|18/3/2005 - 30/6/2016||Station Officer Gerry Clarke (32 years)|
|1/7/2016 -||Temp Watch Manager Robert Houston|
|HORSE DRAWN CART AND VAN|
|1918||HS1102 re-reg MOTOR APPLIANCE was G4929 Glasgow Fire Brigade|
|1955||KHS842||BEDFORD PE BARTON PUMP|
|2019 March 7||SF59CYC||ST68AUV|
SF53PPU was swapped with SF03OMU as a motor was required with CCTV due to attacks on crews.
The Rapid Response Unit carries a crew of four and is equipped with 2 BA Sets and Cobra Cold Cutting Equipment.
|HS1102||GFB First Aid Machine Coventry Simplex Hose Tender||HoTdr to Gourock 18/11/1918|
|APN83||Bedford (with front mounted Barton Pump)||PE|
|GLM671||Fordson (referred to as MP for fires SP by mechanics)||SP|
|DGE657||Austin/Leyland Pump||Heavy Pumping Unit|
|WHS288||Dennis F28/Dennis/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|RHS536||Dennis F26/Dennis Spare||PE|
|GYS176L||Dodge K850/Scoosher MKII/Carmichael||Sch|
|UHS544M||Dodge K850/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|KGA485N||Dodge K850/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|VGG407R||Dodge K1113/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|OGD81V||Bedford TKEL/HCB Angus CSV/F & W||WrL|
|OGD82V||Bedford TKEL/HCB Angus CSV/F & W||WrL|
|D192PGD||Scania G82M/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|L719UGA||Scania G93M-210/Emergency One||WrL|
|N831JSU||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||RPL (Retro fit)|
|P943SGE||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||RPL (Retro fit)|
|SF03OMU||Scania 94D-260/Saxon (CCTV)||RPL|
|ST68AUV||Iveco Daily 70C 18D/Emergency One||RRU|
The Rapid Response Unit carries a crew of four and is equipped with 2 BA Sets and Cobra Cold Cutting Equipment.
When the new call signs were being implemented in the WEST SDA over a 7 week period beginning 31/8/2020 doing 1 LSO Area per week, Gourock was changed from S11 to F20.
|1877 to 1941||Gourock Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||Western Area Fire Brigade|
|1975 to 2005||Strathclyde Fire Brigade|
|2005 to 2013||Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (Name change only.)|
|1/4/2013||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|1 Pump Escape||1 Section Leader|
|1 Self-propelled pump||1 Leading Fireman|
2 Water Tender Ladders
1 Station Officer
1 Sub Officer
2 Leading Firefighters
1949 Order placed for two 1 hour Compressed BA sets for this station.
10/2/2016 Due to failure of beams in the appliance bay, the appliances have been moved to the yard and 24 hour security is being provided at the station, initially the crew were providing 24 hour security cover working four hour shifts.
Photo of Gourock Fire Brigade Medal 1916
Fire Brigade related items from Gourock Town Council Minutes 30/7/1875 to 11/9/1945 (1193KB)
The Melvilles and Collins
NEW FIRE BRIGADE STATION.
The new fire brigade station erected
in Royal Street was formally opened night by Bailie Brown (convener of the Fire
Brigade Committee), when a pleasant function took place. On the invitation of
the convener the company sat down to tea. Bailie Brown presided, and the others
present were the wives and lady friends of the Town Councillors, Provost Adam,
ex-Provost Simpson, ex-Bailie Wilson, Treasurer Glencross, ex-Bailie Hodge, ex-Bailie
Duley, and Mr Archd. Walker, Mr A.D. Murray (Town Clerk), Dr Stewart, Mr Duthie.
Mr Scott (Town Chamberlain), Mr Webster (Procurator Fiscal), and Superintendent
Gordon. An enjoyable musical programme was provided and a short toast list gone
through. The health of the King having been drunk, the Chairman formally opened
the station. As convener, he said, he took that opportunity of expressing his
confidence in the fire brigade, and he was certain they would rise to the
occasion at the call of duty. (Applause.) He knew he was speaking in the best
interests of the burgh when he expressed the hope that they might have an easy
time of it, with nothing worse than the annual drills. He suggested that a large
brass plate should be fixed to the door bearing the words. “Fire Brigade
Station” engraved so prominently that he who ran might read. A brass plate was
wanted at the side door with an alarm bell, which might be arranged to ring at
the police station as well as in the house of their Firemaster.
Mr Simpson gave the toast of “The Town Council of Gourock,” and remarked that the step they had taken in erecting that building was certainly one of the best ever they had taken. It was fortunate for Bailie Brown to be in the position of convener, and it was fortunate for them that he was in that position. Provost Adam, in replying, said they had a very useful shed for the burgh there, and it was a thing very much needed. Ex-Bailie Hodge, in proposing “The Town and Trade of Gourock,” spoke of the town as a summer resort, and the advantages it possessed as such and as a place of residence. Mr Duley responded. Other toasts followed, and the gathering broke up shortly before ten o’clock.
(Greenock Telegraph, 27th July, 1905. Page 2.)
OPENING OF GOUROCK'S NEW FIRE STATION
Before a company of county and burgh councillors, and fire service
officers and men, the new £20,000 Fire Station at the corner of George Road, Gourock, was
officially opened on Wednesday afternoon by Mr Charles Ross, J.P., county clerk and clerk
to the Western Area Joint Fire Committee, who is retiring next month.
Provost Mitchell, of Renfrew, presided and apologised for the unavoidable absence of Dr. James W. Macfarlane, county convener chairman of the Fire Committee, who was in hospital for an appendicitis operation. They wished him a speedy recovery to health.
Provost David M. Leith, who had maintained pressure in committee for a new Fire Station for Gourock, welcomed the retained firemen, saying they in Gourock were very proud of their Fire Brigade which was not surpassed by any in the country.
He referred to the family affair of the third generation of Melvilles
being in charge of the Gourock, Brigade, which was a unique occurrence.
Referring to the county clerk, Provost Leith said Mr Ross held a peculiar place in the affections of the county council. He had an approachably and kindly manner, and in regretting the forthcoming retirement, they wished him and his wife and family a long and happy retirement, and added the hope of meeting on many similar occasions.
Mr Ross said the Fire Service was not given to a lot of humour, and he turned to the serious side. He said there were no meetings of committee without the clerk having to read the Firemaster's report on fatal accidents which occurred at fires.
This brought them to the realisation of the serious business which this fire service was. In 1971 property damaged by fire totalled £1,280,000, loss of life was 782.
It was incredible that with all this human suffering the nation did not respond to the efforts of the Central Government and local Fire Authorities to exert more care in houses, offices and factories.
So long as the apathy of the nation continues, so long will we need fire stations of this kind. While the fire stations were important, firemen were more important.
Mr Ross went on to say that in 1947 when the Service came into force, the Joint Committee had provided new Fire Stations in every town of the Fire Area which covered Renfrewshire, Bute and Argyll.
He said the first record of a fire station in Gourock was in 1884 when
it was located at the Gas Works in Hopeton Street. The committee in 1897 comprised five
commissioners (the predecessors of town councillors) and the Brigade had six members with
The unit was a horse-drawn carriage carrying delivery hose.
In 1897 the U.F. church agreed to ring the bells when a fire occurred, and before that five firemen were called out by the firemaster going round the doors of their houses.
Mr Ross also referred to the unique position of the third generation of Melvilles in charge at Gourock - the present one is Sub. Officer James Melville, and his father Mr William C. Melville, B.E.M., and his grandfather Mr James Melville, were firemasters in their time. This was a remarkable family record, and when the Melvilles were not in charge a Collins is -Leading Fireman Tom Collins and his brother Fireman Jim Collins are in the present Brigade, and their father Mr James Collins (formerly burgh mechanic) was driver of the unit for a long number of years.
The present station in Royal Street was occupied in 1906 and had served for 46 years which was young by any standards.
The owner of the first horse to be used was paid a premium of 5/- for the first hour and 2/6d for each additional hour. Fireman were paid 3/- and a reducing hourly rate.
He paid tribute to firemen, and in particular to the retained men of the kind who manned the Gourock station. They earned their livelihood in other spheres and when the fire call came, they reported for duty. No praise was too high for such men. In conclusion Mr Ross said he had great pleasure in declaring the station well and truly open, and went on to unveil a plaque recording the occasion.
Sub Officer Melville made a presentation of a handsome cigarette box with the service badge on the lid, to Mr Ross in appreciation of his services.
Baillie M. White (Greenock) proposed the vote of thanks.
Rev P. M. Houston, chaplain to the Fire Service, dedicated the building to the glory of God and service to the community.
Long Service Medals
Long service medals for 20 years' service were presented by Assistant
Firemaster Harper to the following: L/F Lewis McKechnie, Fm Robert Ferguson, Fm George
Robertson, Fm Neil Mitchell, all of Greenock, ex-Sub Officer Wm. Risk of Brodick and
ex-L/F Frederick Beattie of Gourock.
Among the senior officers present were Firemaster Robert Herbert, M.B.E., Firemaster Ferrie (Greenock), Mr Jackson, H.M. Inspector of Fire Services, Scotland, and Mr Hutchieson, Administrative Dept., Scottish Health and Housing Dept., Edinburgh.
The company were guests of Gourock town council to refreshments and afternoon tea, provided by Macari Catering, Gourock. An opportunity was provided to inspect the excellent laid-out and constructed building by Fleming Timber Building, Ltd., Lenzie, to the design of the County Architect, Mr Alexander Farquhar.
Photographs will appear in the next issue.
(Gourock Times 25/11/72)
The Station in Royal Street opened in 1906 was in use for 66 years and not as stated above.
GOUROCKS SUPER FIRE STATION OPENED
To make way for new developments within the Burgh it necessary to
vacate Royal Street station and, after negotiations, a site was selected at the corner of
George Road and Drumshantie Road, Gourock.
In the interests of expedition and ecomony, the Joint Committee decided to use an industrial building process and the County Architect of Renfrew County was commissioned to design the Station.
The construction is prefabricated timber with an external skin of facing brick and an in situ ground floor slab. The roof construction is three layer felt on insulation on insulation board.
It is a two bay appliance station with the appropriate ancilliary accommodation, including a Lecture and Recreation Room, which is a big improvement on the accommodation at Royal Street. The yard has an asphalt covering and is sufficiently large to allow drills to be carried out.
The Station was built by Fleming Timber Buildings Limited, Lenzie at a cost of £20,000. Construction started in May, and was completed in October.
The appliance room houses two Dennis F8 pumps.
The Station establishment consists of one Sub Officer, two Leading Firemen and eleven Firemen.
The Station area is the Burgh of Gourock and the landwards areas of Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.
<PHOTO> The New Station.
<PHOTO> Mr Ross, county clerk (left) and clerk to the Western Fire Area Joint Committee, who is retiring in December, with his successor, Mr R. C. Mitchell, who has benn depute clerk for several years. In the background is the plaque unvieled at the ceremony.
<PHOTO> Mr Ross seated at the wheel of the Gourock fire unit with Sub Officer James Melville, in charge of Gourock Station. (George Young, photographers.)
(Gourock Times Friday 31 November, 1972.)
Gourocks new fire station opened
Apathy of the public towrds fire danger was attacked yesterday at the
opening of Gourocks new fire station.
"As long as the apathy of the nation continues, there will be a need for fire stations of the kind we are in today," said Mr Charles Ross, Clerk to the Western Area Joint Fire Committee, who opened the station.
Mr Ross, who shortly retires from his post of Renfrews County Clerk, was performing one of his last public duties.
The new £20,000 building at the corner of George Road and Drumshantie Road replaces the 46 year old station in Royal Street. It will be manned by a Sub Officer, two Leading Firemen, and 11 firemen of the retained unit.
The building, a prefabricated timber construction with an external skin
of facing brick, will house two fire fighting appliances. It will serve the burgh of
Gourock and the landward areas of Wemyss Bay and Inverkip.
In charge will be Sub Officer James Melville of the Retained Unit whose family have a long firefighting tradition in the town.
The name James Melville, the present Sub Officer's grandfather, appears in the Brigade's records in 1898.
His uncle, Thomas joined the brigade in 1924 and became Firemaster, and his father , William joined shortly afterwards. In total the family has had 137 years of service with the Brigade over three generations.
Chairman at the opening was Mr N. W. Mitchell, Provost of Renfrew and member of the area committee. He handed over medals awarded for long service and good conduct to the following men.
Leading Fireman Lewis McKechnie, Fireman Robert Ferguson, Fireman Neil Mitchell and Fireman George Robertson all of Greenock. Two now retired men also received their awards. They were Sub Officer William Risk of Brodick and Gourock man Ex Leading Fireman Frederick Beattie.
The ceremony ended with a conducted tour of the new station which includes a lecture and recreation room for guests and officials.
<PHOTO> Divisional Officer James Ferrie (left) stands with long service medal winners. they are (left to right) Ex-Sub Officer W. Risk; Fireman R. Ferguson; Leading Fireman L. McKechnie; Fireman G. Robertson; Fireman N. Mitchell; and Ex-Leading Fireman F. Beattie. On the extreme right is Firemaster of the Western Area, Mr Robert Herbert.
(Greenock Telegraph Thursday, 23 November, 1972, middle page.)
Opening of Gourocks new fire station
<PHOTO> The men who will man the Gourock Fire Station are seen
here with (second from right) Divisional Officer Mr James Ferrie and (extreme right)
Assistant divisional Officer John Hales. (crew lined up in front of appliances in front of
<PHOTO> Receiving a gift after he opened Gourocks new fire station is Mr Charles Ross, Clerk to the Western Area Joint Fire Committee and County Clerk of Renfrewshire. Handing it over is Sub Officer James Melville, who is in charge of the station. seated are Provost N. W. Mitchell of Renfrew (left) and Provost David Leith of Gourock.
(Greenock Telegraph, Friday 24 November, 1972. Page 6)
WESTERN FIRE AREA JOINT COMMITTEE
GOUROCK FIRE STATION
CHARLES ROSS, Esq., J.P.
Clerk to Joint Committee
James W. Macfarlane, D.L. Ph.D. J.P.
Chairman of Joint Committee
1. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS CHAIRMAN
2. WELCOME TO GUESTS PROVOST D.M. LEITH, GOUROCK
3. PRESENTATION OF LONG
SERVICE MEDALS CHAIRMAN
4. OFFICIAL OPENING OF FIRE
STATION FOLLOWED BY CHARLES ROSS, Esq.,
UNVEILING OF PLAQUE Clerk to Committee
5. DEDICATION CEREMONY CHAPLAIN - Rev P.M. HOUSTON
6. PRESENTATION TO Mr ROSS SUB-OFFICER MELVILLE.
GOUROCK RETAINED UNIT
7. VOTE OF THANKS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF JOINT
8. Mr ROSS To BE INTRODUCED TO MEMBERS OF GOUROCK STATION
9. TOUR OF STATION
To make way for new developments within the Burgh it was necessary to vacate Royal Street and, after negotiations, a site was selected at the corner of George Road and Drumshantie Road, Gourock.
In the interests of expedition and economy, the Joint Committee decided to use an industrialised building process, and the County Architect of Renfrew County was commissioned to design the Station.
The construction is prefabricated timber with an external skin of facing brick and an in situ concrete ground floor slab. The roof construction is three layer felt on insulation board.
It is a two bay appliance station with the appropriate ancillary accommodation, including a Lecture and Recreation Room, which is a big improvement on the existing accommodation at Royal Street. The yard has an asphalt covering and is sufficiently large to allow drills to be carried out.
The Station was built by Fleming Timber Buildings Limited, Lenzie at a cost of £20,000. Construction started in May, 1972 and was completed in October, 1972.
The appliance room houses two Dennis F8 pumps.
The Station Establishment consists of one Sub Officer, two Leading Firemen and eleven Firemen.
The Station area is the Burgh of Gourock and the landward areas of Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.
Contractor: Fleming Timber Buildings Ltd.,
23 Auchinloch Road,
Architect: Alexander Farquhar, A.R.I.B.A., F.R.I.A.S.
Renfrew County Council.
Firemaster: Robert Herbert, M.B.E.
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