R12 GIRVAN

1 Pump Retained

Stations

? to 11/10/1955 Lawson's Garage, Vicarton Street, GIRVAN (there 1950)
10/10/1955 to Piedmont Road,  GIRVAN,  KA26 0DR                         Photo

Official Opening 15/11/1956, occupied 10/10/1955, previous premises vacated 11/10/1955.

Firemasters

 

1956                            Sub Officer J. McEwan

1972                            Sub Officer R. J. E. Browne

2000? to                      Sub Officer Sam Adams

 

Appliances

 

1936?   Fire Barrow and Hand Bell  
1939 ? Self Propelled Fire Engine P
1954 FCS521 Commer QX/Miles WrE
1974 VCS164 Bedford TK/Dennis Miles WrT
1983 KGE454N Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1989 OGD84V Bedford TKEL/HCB Angus/CSV/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1993 E142XDS Scania G82M/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1998 H105YUS Scania 93M-210/Emergency One WrL
2004 P938SGE Scania 93M-220/Emergency One RPL
2013 SF54RRV Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL

 

Notes

 

? Girvan Fire Brigade?
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 South Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Strathclyde Fire Brigade
2005 Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Name change only.)

 

 

The South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

 

 

Equipment

Retained

 

1 Self Propelled Pump

1 Leading Fireman

 

1 Light Trailer Pump

9 Firemen

 

The South Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1957

 

 

 

Equipment

Retained

 

2 Pump Appliances

1 Sub Officer

 

 

1 Leading Fireman

 

 

8 Firemen

 

Establishment 2000

 

 

Equipment

Retained

 

1 Water Tender Ladder

1 Sub Officer

 

 

1 Leading Firefighter

 

 

8 Firefighters

 

Official opening of station 15/11/1956 (occupied 10/10/1955)

 

GIRVAN’S NEW FIRE STATION OPENED 

<PHOTO> of the station.
Although Girvan has had a fire engine since 1939, it has not had a fire station. With the completion of the new building at Piedmont Road this has now been remedied and yesterday the town’s first fire station was opened by Provost S. McCulloch.
The station is constructed of red brick and is modern in design and equipment. With an eye to the future and the needs of an expanding town the station has been so built that an addition may be easily made to it without this being obvious. The station contains a watchroom, muster room, a fire engine bay, a wash room, and an equipment room. Outside there is a large yard for fire drill practice and a hose drying tower.
The building is centrally heated and the floor of the watch room has been carried out in wood blocks. Other floors are of cement. The interior is brightly decorated throughout.
In the muster room with its rows of fireman’s helmets, boots and clothing, there is an air of efficiency. A similar impression is gained in the equipment room where gleaming brass equipment for hoses is neatly arranged on shelves. In the bay stands the pump and escape – better known to the layman as the fire engine – which was new about four years ago and which, until the station was completed, was housed in a local garage. The watchroom contains a very detailed map of the district. Every tiny cot-house has been included.
For the opening ceremony the burgh gardeners had decorated the front of the station with flowers and plant pots.
(The Ayrshire Post, November 16, 1956. Page 11) 

GIRVAN FIREMAN’S PRESENTATION
Mr. R. Mitchell, Piedmont Road, Girvan, who has been a member of Girvan fie brigade for some time and who is leaving the town to make his home in Canada, was presented with a dinner gong bearing an inscription from his fellow firemen at a function held on Thursday last week. Station officer P. Morrison, Ayr, handed over the gift on behalf of the members of the Girvan brigade.
(The Ayrshire Post, November 16, 1956. Page 20)

 

<PHOTO> Provost S. McCulloch, Girvan watched by members of the local brigade and other officials, cuts the ribbon to open the town’s new £7,000 fire station last week.
(The Ayr Advertiser, Thursday, November 22, 1956. Page 13.)

 

GIRVAN’S NEW FIRE STATION IS OPENED 

Girvan's first fire station was opened by Provost S. McCulloch on Thursday, when he cut the white ribbon across doors of the town's £7,000 building at Piedmont Road.
Provost McCulloch said: “Let us cast our minds back some 20 years to the days when Girvan had only a fire barrow and a hand bell to cope with any outbreak of fire. Now, all that is left of that equipment, is the bell. In its place we have an efficient fire engine and now, this handsome station, which cost £7,000 to build.”
Provost McCulloch said that without the efficient members of the fire brigade such equipment and such a station would be useless. He was happy to have an opportunity to express his thanks and admiration for these men who, apart from their own work, found time to do this grand job. After Provost McCulloch had cut the ribbon with scissors, handed to him by Ex Provost A. M. Clarke, O.B.E., chairman of the South West Scotland Fire Area, joint committee, he was given the scissors as a memento of the occasion. He then sounded the fire alarm and members of the brigade gave a demonstration of their various fire drills.
Present at the opening ceremony were Firemaster H. R. McKay, Kilmarnock; depute firemaster J. Stewart, Kilmarnock; Station Officer P. Morrison, Ayr; H.M. Inspector of Fire Services, Mr Wilson, members of Girvan Town Council and burgh officials accompanied by their wives.

Much delay

After the opening two year old Gilbert Browne, son of Leading Fireman Dick Browne, Girvan, who wore a diminutive fireman’s suit, handed over a box of chocolates to Mrs McCulloch, wife of the Provost.
Following the ceremony the entire company were entertained to tea at the King's Arms Hotel, where Ex Provost Clarke gave a resume of the events which led to the opening of the station.
The new station although only partly completed, he said, had been occupied since October 11, 1955. Before that date the fire station at Girvan was located in a sectioned off portion of a garage at Vicarton Street which was held on requisition. This arrangement had been unsatisfactory for two reasons – accommodation was too limited with no training facilities whatsoever; and secondly, the owner required the premises to be vacated since he desired to use the accommodation in connection with his business.
“After much delay, particularly in connection with procuring a suitable site, it was agreed in consultation with the County Planning Officer and Mr Greig, burgh surveyor, to obtain ground at Piedmont Road.
When the Joint Committee decided to go ahead with the fire station, a recommendation had been made at the same time by the Firemaster that the existing self propelled fire engine which was purchased by the burgh in 1939, should be replaced by a modern appliance with fixed and dismountable pumps and carrying 400 gallons of water in addition to a wheeled escape.
“Bearing in mind the needs of this district from an operational point of view, the Committee agreed to the proposal and delivery was taken of the present dual purpose fire appliance in January, 1954.
The approximate expenditure on the fire station premises and the new fire appliance and equipment was in the region of £10,000, said the speaker. He explained that the officer in charge of the station was Sub Officer J. McEwan and, in addition there were one Leading Fireman and eight firemen. All personnel he said, operated on a part time basis.
Expressing his satisfaction with the efficiency of the Girvan brigade, Mr Wilson, H.M. Inspector of Fire Services, said that Girvan was fortunate in having new fire station since they were few and between.” He would like to point out that remuneration to members the brigade was small but in spite of this, these men took a wholehearted interest in what they had taken upon themselves and he felt sure that the people of the town would appreciate their fine work to the full.
Firemaster H. R. McKay, Kilmarnock, said that he wished to thank the public for their co-operation and also the police during emergencies. “I would like to thank in particular Inspector James Pearson of Girvan for the action he took when the Alloa? Hotel went on fire. I am convinced that due to his organisation he was responsible for saving lives.” Firemaster McKay went on “To the firemen I offer my sincere admiration for the way they deal with outbreaks and I mention in particular their action during the forest fire at Barr recently. It was one of several forest fires that the country has known. Their work then did not go unnoticed.
Provost McCulloch after thanking the speakers handed over two pots of chrysanthemums to Ex Provost Clarke to be given to Mrs Clarke who was unable to attend the opening, because of illness.
(The Ayr Advertiser, November 22, 1956. Page 20)

 

 

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