1 Pump, 1 SEV (Forestry Trailer) Wholetime.


16/10/1970 Kilwinning Road,  Stevenson KA20 3DA                                                                    Photo
Dec 1980 Name changed from Irvine North to Irvine (when Dreghorn opened)
24/11/1995 Name changed to Kilwinning (when Maryhill opened)



See South Western Area Fire Brigade and Strathclyde Fire Brigade Firemasters.



1975   1 WrT/L, 1 L4P, 1 BA/RT  
  SAG983J Bedford TK/HCB Angus WrL
1980 SGE310R Dodge /Fulton & Wylie WrT
1983 UGA400W Bedford KG/HCB Angus CSV/Fulton & Wylie WrL
and FGG121C AEC Mercury/Merryweather/Pyrene FoT
1989 E143XDS Scania 82M/Fulton & Wylie WrL
1994 K373MYS Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
1997 P941SGE Scania G93M-220/Emergency One WrL
1998 R942HYS Scania 94D-220/Emergency One WrL
2004 J167GUS Scania G93M-210/Emergency One WrL
2005 SF54RRO Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL
2010 August SF10EET Scania P280/JDC/Polybilt RPL
2012 Sept SJ12YXL Land Rover (Safari type) Tows Forestry Trailer SEV
2012 Sept ? SF06DTX Mercedes Axor 1840LS tractor unit plus 40' trailer MICU
2017 Aug SN16NZV Scania P280/JDC RPL


Was 2 pumps when they were at the old fire station in Ardeer. They were at Ardeer for about 2 years before D03 opened. When Dreghorn was being built there were 2 pumps at D03.

From 1976 to 1983 there this was a 1 pump and 1 Foam Tender station.

Between Jan 1979 and Dec 1980 there was a second pump here while Dreghorn was being built.

P941SGE had a Darnley pump, Manual gear box and scene lighting.

The ARP from Yorkhill will be transferred here once the station has been refurbished. (August 2010).

The refurbishment has finished and the ARP is no longer coming here, instead they have a Land Rover which will tow a Forestry Trailer. (September 2012).

After the refurbishment of the station The Major Incident Control Unit moved from Dreghorn to Kilwinning and was there by September 2012.

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, Kilwinning was changed from R02 to G04.



1970 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



Establishment 2000






1 Water Tender Ladder

1 Station Officer



1 Sub Officer



5 Firefighters




The Nylon works at Ardeer were constructed between 1965 and 1969. Personnel were recruited for the South Western Area Fire Brigade (ICI) station in June 1968.


County Convener opens new town fire station

The new Irvine North Fire Station on the Kilwinning to Stevenson road was officially opened last Friday (16th October) by Mr William Paterson, convener of Ayr County Council.
Mr Paterson who was introduced by Mr Thomas P. McIntyre, chairman of the South Western Fire Area Joint Board, said that as vice chairman of Irvine Development Corporation, opening the new station gave him great satisfaction because it operated in a place where much of the new town development would take place.
Mr Paterson congratulated the fire board on meeting the needs of industry in the area. He hoped that if a decision on the proposals for industrial development in the Hunterston area was given soon, the fire board would be able to provide a service there, too.


At Irvine, concluded Mr Paterson, they had the ideal situation-a service provided in advance of industrial development in a most practical and ideal location.
Mr Paterson, formally declaring the station open, unveiled a commemorative plaque in the entrance hall.
Mr McIntyre said the new station had not been built to replace an old one. It symbolised the start of new planning and development and the splendid co-operation between local authorities and industry.
Five years ago ICI had told the board they needed a fire service which would be available at their new nylon works at Ardeer within four minutes.
Since then, there had been discussions between ICI, the fire authority, Ayr County Council and the Scottish Development Department, he said.


"All of them demonstrated a great understanding of the problems involved and dealt expeditiously with them to complete the station.
"It is mainly because if ICI's needs that we have got this new station." he said.
During the building of the station, firemen were based at the ICI factory and this had contributed to an excellent understanding in all matters regarding fire safety at the factory.
"The new station cost 128,000, but the expenditure has been amply justified by the excellent layout," said Mr McIntyre.
There were 40,000 people within the new town area at present, he continued, and this would increase to about 100,000. Because of this another fire station would be needed on the south side of the river.


When that happened, the present part time station in Irvine would be closed and the personnel divided between the full time stations, he concluded.
Before the guests were taken on a tour of the station, the firemen demonstrated their ability and speed by a mock turn out.
(Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, Friday, October 23 1970. Page 11)


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