1 Aerial Rescue Pump, 1 Rescue Pump, 1 Water Rescue Unit, (W/T), 1 Rescue Pump (R/T).
|? to 1930/31||Rear old Police Station yard Sandgate|
|1930/31 to 30/5/1963||13 Sandgate Photo|
|30/5/1963 to date||3 Station Road, Ayr, KA8 0ES Photo|
Firemaster William B. Galloway
? to ? Firemaster Robert Paterson (there in 1937)
|1914||Motor Fire Engine SD4741?|
|1921||Motor Fire Engine SD6047?|
|1927||Motor Fire Engine|
|GLE944||Austin K4/Leyland Gwynne/H O Wakefield||MP|
|GLR948||Austin K2/ Home Office||ATV|
|GUC10||Austin K2/Home Office Retained||HrT|
|GXN239||Austin K4/Merryweather 60'||TL|
|SAJ273J||Bedford TKEL/HCB Angus||WrT|
|RCS5M||Bedford TKEL/Jag 4.2/HCB Angus||WrT|
|LSD136G||Bedford TK/Sun Fire Engineers||WrT|
|RAG951H||Land Rover 108/SWAFB||RRU|
|USD969K||Commer C7/Orbitor 70'/Fulton and Wylie||HP|
|XCS241K||Bedford TK/HCB Angus||WrL|
|SMS722M||Ford D0916/Fulton and Wylie||BAT/HL|
|KGE452N||Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|VGG407R||Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|SGG692W||Ford A0610/Fulton and Wylie||ESU|
|UGA401W||Bedford TKEL CSV/HCB Angus/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|UGA402W||Bedford TKEL CSV/HCB Angus/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|C433KDS||Dodge G16/Fulton and Wylie/Simon SS263||HP|
|D378RGG||Ford Transit LWB/SFB||RRU|
|E142XDS||Scania G82M/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|E147XDS||Scania G82M/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|J162GUS||Scania 93M-210/Emergency One||WrL|
|J163GUS||Scania 93M-210/Emergency One||WrL|
|K372MYS||Scania 93M-210/Emergency One||WrL|
|L806USU||Mercedes 410D/SFB/Emergency One||RRU|
|M911DDS||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|M912DDS||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|N257JGD||Land Rover Defender 130TDi with Scotrak Glencoe ATV on trailer||ATV|
|N832JSU||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||RPL (Retro-fit)|
|R58DUS||Volvo FL10/GB Fire/Simon SS263||HP|
|V757NGD||Volvo FL10/GB Fire/Simon SS263||HP|
|SB51XLF||Ford Ranger 4x4 (Tows Forestry Trailer, Retained crewed)||OSU|
|SA52FYS||Ford Ranger 4x4 (Tows Forestry Trailer, Retained crewed)||OSU|
|SF03AUL||Ford Ranger 4x4 (tows Zodiac boat)||SEV (WRU)|
|SF07EKE||Scania P270/JDC/Polybilt (CAFS)||RPL|
|SF07LFB||Mercedes Sprinter 315 CDi/Cebotec||SEV (WRU)|
|SF07OVS||Scania P310 CP14 6x2 RS /JDC/Vema 282||ARP|
|SJ12UWX||Mercedes Sprinter 4x4/Wilker||SEV|
|SF19ODX||Scania P280/Emergency One||RP|
The RRU was withdrawn at 10-00 on Friday the 12th August 2005 along with at least 1 Sub Officer from the establishment. The vehicle is still on the run but as a SEV (Supplementary Equipment Vehicle) towing the inflatable boat. The other trailers towed by the RRU have been removed from the station and the equipment will be palletised and deployed when required by the MIUs.
The retained no longer have a dedicated motor to tow the Forestry Unit and use whatever vehicle is available. (Sept 2007). In 2010 the equipment on the Forestry trailer was put into a cage and can be carried on the MIU based at Kilmarnock.
SF07LFB was replaced in 2010 with SF03AUL to standardise the SEVs for Water Rescue.
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, Ayr was changed from R01 to G02.
26/10/2020 Galloway Mountain Rescue Team moved into the garages in the yard at Ayr Community Fire Station, that used to house the Retained crew and their appliances, and these will now be used as their Mountain Rescue Base.
|<1796 to 1941||Ayr Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||South 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 South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|2 Self propelled Pumps||1 Company Officer||2 Leading Firemen|
|1 Turntable Ladder||2 Section Leaders||14 Firemen|
|1 Towing Vehicle||4 Leading Firemen|
|1 Large Trailer pump||24 Firemen and Watchroom atendants|
|1 Light Trailer pump|
|1 Portable Power Pump|
|1 Salvage Tender|
The South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1957
|1 Turntable Ladder||1 Station Officer||1 Sub Officer|
|5 Pump Appliances||2 Sub Officers||2 Leading Firemen|
|1 Other Operational Vehicle||4 Leading Firemen||13 Firemen|
|24 Firemen and Watchroom Attendants|
|3 Water Tender Ladders||4 Station Officers||1 Sub Officer|
|1 Hydraulic Platform||8 Sub Officers||2 Leading Firefighters|
|1 Road Rescue Unit||12 Leading Firefighters||11 Firefighters|
|1 All Terrain Vehicle||? Firefighters|
Wholetime Firefighters operate a four watch system. (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off. Red, Blue, Green and White.)
|1 Aerial Rescue Pump||5 Watch Commanders||1 Watch Commander|
|2 Rescue Pump Ladders||10 Crew Commanders||1 Crew Commander|
|1 SEV (WRU)||45 Firefighters||8 Firefighters|
Each Group has 1 Watch Commander, 2 Crew Commanders and 9 Firefighters working 2 days, 2 nights and 4 days off for 8 tours then 2 tours off.
NEW AYR FIRE STATION
Plans for a new fire station for Ayr
Corporation, which is estimated to cost £3800, have been passed by the Dean of
(The Scotsman, October 15, 1929, page 7)
AYR’S NEW FIRE STATION OPENS NEXT WEEK
Development Which Cost Nearly £100,000 Will Be Most Modern In Scotland
<PHOTO> of new station.
<PHOTO> Plaque. (Situated on the South Face of the Tower the Badge of the South Western Fire Area is four feet square and is of Scottish Creetown Granite with an insert of Ebony Black Granite.) It was by Hugh McLachlan, Monumental Sculptors, Station Square, Ayr.
After many disappointments and
frustrations extending over a period of years and none more acutely felt than in
recent frosty months, members and officials of the South West of Scotland Joint
Fire Committee will see their new area headquarters on the site of the old
Content House in Ayr officially opened next Thursday (May 31).
The ceremony will be jointly performed by Provost William Cowan, Ayr and Councillor Daniel Sim, Kilmaurs, Convener of Ayrshire. In attendance will be Provosts and Conveners and other representatives of constituent authorities, officials of the Scottish Home and Health Department, the chairman and firemasters of neighbouring fire authorities and contractors.
A decision to have new fire headquarters at Ayr was made as far back as 1952 when it became clear that under post war arrangements and in view of likely developments the old station in Sandgate would become out-moded.
A number of possible sites were inspected and eventually it was concluded that that of the decaying mansion of Content was highly suitable to meet modern conditions.
Its position in relation to the town and approaches to main roads out of town, particularly the Ayr-Prestwick by-pass, finally settled opinion in it’s favour but restrictions on capital expenditure in the interval meant repeated delays.
Not until early 1961 was it possible to get the work started in accordance with plans prepared by Messrs J. and J. A. Carrick, architects, Ayr, in consultation with Firemaster H. R. Mackay.
Ayr now has the most modern fire station in Scotland and it is only the second headquarters to be built under the post war programme, the other being at Inverness. Generally, the buildings are planned to bring a maximum of facility and efficiency to the working of the service and these and these too are considered to include the comfort of the firemen and other personnel.
Cost was estimated to approach £90,000 but with wages and other advances the figure will actually be nearer £100,000.
Area Modernisation Plan
The new station, of course, is part
of a fifteen years programme of modernisation in the area under which new
stations have already been built at Girvan, Dalmellington, Colmonell, Dumfries,
Stranraer, Stewarton and Beith.
There have been improvements and adaptations at Muirkirk, Langholm, Dalbeattie, Newmilns, Largs and Castle Douglas and new stations are pending at Mauchline, Cumnock, New Cumnock and Newton Stewart.
The area covers 3,600 square miles and the population now totals nearly 500,000 people.
For those who may not exactly know the position of the new headquarters at Ayr – the site is in the roundabout facing the Civic Theatre in Craigie Road and also opposite the new technical college (still under construction) and re-modelled Dam Park Hall and Stadium.
It is a four bay station, provided by a pump escape, heavy water tender, a 100 feet mechanically operated turntable ladder and A.F.S. pump appliance, a hose reel tender which tows a light pump, a tipper lorry and a station officer’s radio van.
All of the top floor of the three storey main building has been provided for operational personnel, with sleeping, cooking, dinning room, recreational and study accommodation.
In addition to the rooms of HQ personnel and administrative offices, there is a large lecture room for instruction courses on the first or middle floor.
The control centre which operates the area’s own radio is a feature of the ground floor, entirely used for operational work. One man and eight uniformed women are employed here on shifts. Members of the typing pool upstairs are regarded as civilian staff.
The control room lies directly between the main entrance and the fire station proper and on the glass of the main door is depicted the area crest – designed on a motif depicting flames and thistle. In the entrance hall itself helmets and equipment will be kept at the ready for the fireman as they slide down the two pole drops on receiving calls.
There is direct and short
connection between the hall and the four bay engine room where a coloured
lighting system will indicate immediately to the firemen which machine has to be
manned according to the type of fire to be tackled. Among many new gadgets is an
ingenious pull rope system for instant opening of the appropriate doors.
This rather higher than one storey building housing the fire engines has been erected on a double cantilever principle. One is the main roof support and is joined to the other, the roof support of a shelter to which vehicles return from duty to be washed down and replenished.
Inside at every position there is a trickle charge to keep the batteries topped up and an immerser heater to ensure that in cold weather engines are kept warm for immediate turn out.
There are such general facilities as a hose store and repair workshop and the main store in a separate building adjoining the main administrative block has a unique public viewing point which will be just as useful for visitors to watch activities about the station as it will for training purposes.
The 60 feet high drill and hose drying tower lying between a set of four lockups with inspection pit and the contemporary style firemaster’s house adjoining Station Road and the Victoria Brigade is already a feature of the landscape in Ayr and is especially prominent from the bridges. There are balconies at six different levels to provide a variety of experience for men under training.
Contemporary Style Building
At the rear of the tower is the
entrance to an underground room for training for firefighting under smoke
conditions and in which, for example, a fire in a ship’s hold can be simulated.
Nothing seems to have been forgotten in providing for water and other general
services and for training.
Design and materials used combine to give the various buildings a very modern and pleasing appearance. Outside synthetic granite and toned bricks feature the concrete beamed structures and “curtain walling” has been freely used to provide a maximum of natural light. Inside a variety of woods, tiles and colours maintain the bright modern touch.
In spite of all the emphasis on contemporary ideas in building quite a lot of stones from the demolished Content House form the bulk of the south retaining wall. Here past, present and future are combined as the wall leaves ample space for the much dreamed of riverside walk which may be a pride and joy in Auld Ayr one day.
(Ayrshire Post Friday May 24, 1963. Page 3.)
AYR FIREMEN "FLIT" TO NEW HQ
In preparation for yesterday's official opening of the
new Ayr Fire Station and Headquarters of the South West of Scotland Joint Fire Service at
Station Road, the fire brigade flitted on Tuesday afternoon.
Headquarters' staff, including the control room personnel who govern the movements of units in all stations of the area, moved into their new premises on Wednesday from the old headquarters at Kilmarnock.
The change over had to be treated in the nature of an operation particularly as there was always the possibility of a fire call while it was being carried out.
Radio and Telephone contact was maintained between the old and new stations while the transition was taking place and the changes were completed smoothly.
Representatives of local authorities and neighbouring fire authorities were among the guests when Councillor Daniel Sim, Kilmaurs, Convener of Ayrshire, and Provost William Cowan, Ayr, jointly performed the opening ceremony.
Just twenty nine years ago Ayr Fire Brigade moved into the now vacated fire station in Sandgate but the removal was a much simpler affair then.
The brigade was a local organisation run by Ayr Town Council and the then chief of the brigade, the late Firemaster William B. Galloway, was also responsible for the lighting of the town. Indeed, at one time he had the factorship of council houses as an added responsibility.
Removal then meant a transfer of only a few yards as the fire station of the early thirties was the large building at the rear of the police station yard, now used by the traffic section of Ayr Burgh Police.
(Ayrshire Post May 31, 1963 Page 15.)
The extraordinary fact that the
more money that is spent on fire fighting and the more efficient the service
becomes the more fires take place was commented upon by Mr Daniel Sim, Kilmaurs,
convener of Ayr County Council, when with Provost William Cowan, Ayr, he shared
the opening ceremony at the new Ayr fire station and headquarters of the South
West of Scotland Joint Fire Service on Thursday of last week.
Provost Cowan expressed the view that the standard of efficiency in the area can compare favourably with that of any brigade in the country.
Provost John Richmond, Galston, chairman of the joint committee, presided at the opening ceremony which was attended by a large number of local authority members and officials and representatives of neighbouring fire authorities.
Recalling the great progress made in the build up of firefighting efficiency since the regional scheme came into being shortly after the war, Mr Sim said "Yet the more efficient the fire service becomes, the greater number of fires take place. That is rather curious but nevertheless it happens."
Figures quoted by the county convener to demonstrate this were: 1954 – 1139 fire calls, 1956 – 1449, 1960 – 1532, 1962 – 1798.
Estimated cost for the area this year was over £300,000 and the debt amounted to £9 million.
After complimenting the service for its high standard of efficiency, Provost Cowan said that his own council had been delighted when it was decided that the new headquarters should be established in the town.
The decision was taken as far back as 1952 but there had been delay because of restrictions on capital expenditure. He regarded the situation as first class – accesible to all main roads of the town and also to the new bypass road.
A dedication ceremony conducted by the Rev. A. J. Scruby, Wallacetown Church, Ayr, followed. Then the county convener and the Provost formally opened the station by ringing the alarm bell and unveiling a commemorative plaque.
A tour of the station was organised by Firemaster H. R. McKay.
(Ayrshire Post Friday June 7, 1963. Page 15.)
Mock Alarm Call Launches Most Modern
AREA H.Q. NOW SETTLED IN AYR
Mr. Daniel Sim, Convener Ayr County
Council, and Provost William Cowan, of Ayr, opened the new £100,000 headquarters
station of the South Western Area Fire Brigade in Ayr on Thursday of last week
by ringing the alarm bell and unveiling a commemorative plaque. A crew of
smartly turned out firemen stood by and jumped aboard a scarlet fire engine as
the bell rang. The appliance swung out of the station in record time to start
This new 4-bay station has been provided partly to meet the need for headquarters accommodation suitable to the requirements of this fire area which comprises the Counties of Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Wigtown, including the large burghs of Ayr, Dumfries and Kilmarnock, and partly to replace the existing fire station at Sandgate, Ayr, which, as a result of the development of the Fire Service over the years, has become increasingly unable to provide either the accommodation for men and machines which is essential in a modern fire station or the training facilities which have been made necessary by modern fire fighting techniques.
Speaking at the opening, Mr. Sim
said that statistics showed that the more efficient the fire service became the
greater the number of fires which took place. In 1954 calls dealt with totalled
1139. Two years later the figure was 1449. Then in1960 there were 1532 calls and
last year the total was 1798.
“The people who are responsible for causing the fires,” added Mr. Sim, “are liable to take advantage now that this building is available and we can look forward to an ever increasing number of fires year by year.”
The South Western Fire Area Joint Board estimated that £300,000 would be spent on the Fire Service this year. This was a very considerable amount of money coupled with the fact that they were well over £9 million pounds in debt for the provision of the service in the south western area. They could look forward to paying a heavy rate to maintain the Fire Service.
But Mr. Sim stressed that the Fire
Service was absolutely essential. They had to pay tribute to the men in the Fire
Brigade in the various parts of the area which the Board covered.
“They do an excellent job,” added Mr. Sim, “and on very many occasions do it at the risk of their own lives. They always leave a job well done. It is very necessary that there should be good relations between the Board and the firemen and I think I can say at the moment there are quite good relations between the Board and the firemen.”
The Fire Service had moved forward in the post war years. In his village, (Kilmaurs) they once had a brigade which was a box built on wheels. It was drawn by a pony. And Mr. Sim added with a smile: “I believe that in the earlier stages the firemen were summoned by post card.
Provost Cowan said that the standard
of efficiency of the South Western Brigade had been built up to a level which
would compare favourably with that of any brigade in the country.
“I hope I don’t offend my Kilmarnock friends, but it is my personal opinion that Ayr is the most suitable geographical location for the headquarters station. It is an attractive area readily accessible to all the main traffic routes. When the Town Council’s plan for a ring road are completed the place will occupy a position which must, be as near perfect as one could wish.”
The Provost thanked the Joint Committee for all that they had done in pressing for completion of the building.
Mr. W. Thrower, Scottish Home and Health Department, offered congratulations from his department on completion of the job. It was a credit to the Board. The facilities at the new headquarters were really first class.
He had a special word of thanks for
the Firemaster of the South Western Area, Mr. H R. McKay. “He gives a lot of
help to our department. We do appreciate what Mr. Mackay does for us.”
Later Mr. Thrower said: “I hope the Ayr firemen won’t regret the changeover from their old station to this place where they have the Firemaster to keep his eye on them. But perhaps your loss is Kilmarnock’s gain.”
Provost John Richmond, Galston, chairman of the Board, who presided, said that the station had had two calls since it opened at 8 a.m. on Wednesday of last week. The first one was a call to Prestwick and the second was to a house in George Street, Ayr, where firemen rescued two people from the roof.
A short dedication service was conducted by the Rev. A. J. Scruby, Wallacetown Parish Church.
After the opening ceremony guests toured the premises and had a buffet tea in the firemen’s recreation room. Police Judge H. Jamieson, Dumfries, vice chairman of the Board, proposed a vote of thanks.
The site of the new premises is in the roundabout facing the Civic Theatre in Craigie Road and also opposite the new technical college (still under construction) and remodelled Darn Park Hall and stadium.
It is a 4 bay station, provided with a pump escape, heavy water tender, a 100 feet mechanically operated turntable ladder and A.F.S. pump appliances, a hoes reel tender which tows a light pump, a tipper lorry and a station officer’s radio van.
The top floor of the three storey
building is used by operational personnel, with sleeping, cooking, dining room,
recreational and study accommodation.
The drill yard has a drill and hose drying tower and hose target, and is flanked by lock up garages, smoke chamber, stores, cycle shed, electricity sub station and a separate dwelling house overlooking the river embankment.
The area control room is located immediately alongside the appliance room and adjoining the entrance hall to the administration b1ock. It is the control centre for 36 stations, including this headquarters station. It has a console controlling radio, DX, fire bells, loud speakers, emergency lighting, G.P.O. and internal telephones. The south western fire area is shown on a magnetised map on one wall of the control room and a recording board is positioned on one side. The console is linked with the automatic fire alarm system in operation throughout the town.
It is the most modern fire station in Scotland and is only the second headquarters to be built under the post war programme, the other being at Inverness.
(Kilmarnock Standard, Saturday, June 8, 1963. Page 7)
Ayr & District Directory Fire Station 13, Sandgate, Firemaster 15, Sandgate.
1975 Ayr was also the Divisional Headquarters of D division.
The risk of
fire, which these Town Acts recognised, persuaded the council to make special
provision. Something had obviously been attempted before 1796 when it was noted
that ‘the fire engines’ were insufficient, and it was decided to purchase a new
one from London, similar to that which the army had in the new barracks, and
which had efficiently extinguished a recent conflagration in the town.
(The History of Ayr, Royal Burgh and County Town by John Strawhorn. Page 85.)
first motor fire engine purchased in 1914 was supplemented by two others,
acquired in 1921 and 1927.
(The History of Ayr, Royal Burgh and County Town by John Strawhorn. Page 229.)
SANDGATE FIRE STATION – The Fire Station at 13 Sandgate was opened in 1930, at a
cost of £8,074, designed by T. O’Beirne. This picture shows the firemen around
that time. Back left to right: T. Dunn, F. Hastings, P. Tierney, Ross, P.
Duncan, M. Ivory. Middle: A. MacEwen, H. Dunn, T. Ivory, J. Morrison, J. Cooper,
J. Neil, I. MacGregor, A. Dalton, T. Bruce. Front: Deputy Convener Bowie,
Firemaster Galloway, T. Murray and Provost James Gould. Previously the station
was located in the close behind the house. The first motorised engine had been
purchased in 1914, followed by others in 1921 and 1927.
(Pictorial History of Ayr. Page 91.)
FIRE STATION – The present fire station is located at the junction of John
Street and Station Road, previously the site of Content House. It was erected in
1963, the tall tower used for both practising and for the drying of hosepipes.
Stone from Content House was used in the construction of some of the walls. The
architects of the fire station were J & JA Carrick. The South Western Area Fire
Brigade, which covered the four counties of south west Scotland, was instituted
(Pictorial History of Ayr. Page 99.)
FIGHTING – The South Western Area Headquarters and Fire Station was opened on 10th
May, 1963 (Don’t know where that date came from!) jointly by Daniel Sim,
Convenor of Ayr County Council, and William Cowan, Provost of Ayr. Built on the
site of Content House, the station replaced the old one in the Sandgate. The
photograph shows firemen at work tackling a blaze in the High Street on the 29th
June, 1977. An electrical fault in the basement of Greenlees’ shop caused a fire
which spread into neighbouring cellars and up into “Tramps”.
(Pictorial History of Ayr. Page 99.)
AYR FIRE STATION
22nd September 2004
ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS
PLATFORM PARTY ASSEMBLES
Assistant Firemaster K. Small
(Commander West Command)
FIREMASTER’S OPENINGS REMARKS
Firemaster B. P Sweeney MA, DipEFEng, MiFireE
Councillor J. Lowe
Convener, Strathclyde Fire Board
RE-DEDICATION OF STATION
Reverend A. Goss
Father J. Thomson
FIREMASTER’S CLOSING REMARKS
Firemaster B. P Sweeney MA, DipEFEng, MIFireE
Councillor Daniel Sim, Kilmaurs,
Convener of Ayrshire, and Provost William Cowan, Ayr, jointly performed the
opening ceremony in 1963 of Ayr Fire Station and Headquarters of the South West
of Scotland Joint Fire Service at Station Road. This new station replaced the
Sandgate Station which has served the people of Ayr since 1930.
Headquarters’ staff, including the control room personnel who govern the movement of units in all stations of the area, also moved into the new premises from the old headquarters at Kilmarnock.
Representatives of local authorities and neighbouring fire authorities were among the guests.
Ayr fire station is the second station to undergo major refurbishment as part of the Brigades station upgrading programme.
The consultation process involved all the relevant stakeholders including Command HQ, Station personnel, and representative bodies.
The refurbishment work included the following provision - electrical rewire, new boiler plant and heating, new plumbing, double glazed windows and curtain walling, dignified facilities, disabled access, kitchen, toilet and shower facilities upgrade, fire and security alarm installation, powered rear bay doors, internal and external redecoration, furniture replacement and ancillary works.
The contract was awarded to D. Campbell & Co Ltd, Rutherglen who commenced the refurbishment works in November 2001 with completion in early July 2002. The station had to remain operational at all times during the contract, with operational personnel being housed in temporary accommodation units within the rear station yard.
Tonight’s ceremony represents the completion of another major project demonstrating the commitment of the Strathclyde Fire Board to the local community.
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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