Rescue Pump Ladder


  Box at Telephone Kiosk at the Shop in the village (Hose and a Stand pipe)  then they got a 2 man manual pump.               Photo
1965 to ? THS825 was kept in the Lochranza Hotel's garage.
1995 Building to west of ferry slip (Old Coast Guard station?) and lean to to east of slipway for vehicle. *                                    Photo        Photo
1999 to 2003 Transit kept at side of Norman Bond's house at Catacol (Transit too big for garage)
26/11/2003 New Station, A841 opposite Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza                                                                                                      Photo

* This building is now The Sandwich Station (January 2007).

Officers in Charge

1962 to 1984 Volunteer Leader Ian MacMillan
1984 to 1994 Volunteer Leader Peter Marshall
1994 to 30/6/2011 Volunteer Leader Norman Bond
1/7/2011 to 5/1/2012 Temp Volunteer Leader Fiona Laing
6/1/2012 to August 2012 Temp Volunteer Leader Jamie Logan
August 2012 to Volunteer Leader Jamie Logan



1965 to 1984 THS825 Austin Gypsy/HCB L4P
1984 to 1998 TSJ134Y Ford P100/SFB L2P
1998 to ? D330LCS Ford Transit/SFB VSU
? to 2004 G839DCS Ford Transit/SFB Temp VSU (Ex RRU)
5/9/2004 SF04YEY MAN LE10-225F 4x4/Emergency One VSU
2011 Dec SF53PNE Scania 94D-260?Saxon RPL
2013? V756NGD Scania 94D-220/Emergency One RPL
2018 April SF04YEY MAN LE10-225F 4x4/Emergency One VSU



Establishment 2000





1 Volunteer Support Unit

1 Volunteer Leader



1 Firefighter with additional responsibilities



8 Firefighters

After Rank to Role there is still a Volunteer Leader (with rank of Crew Commander) and a Deputy Volunteer Leader.


For a 4x4 capability at Cumnock the MAN SF04YEY was swapped with Cumnock's Scania Rescue Pump Ladder SF53PNE in December 2011. This made Lochranza the first Volunteer Unit in Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to get a full size machine and also the first to have a 13.5 ladder. They were able to get this machine as an HGV licence was needed to drive the  the MANs.

Crew Commander Norman Bond took a years leave of absence to go to New Zealand on the 30th June 2011. Deputy Leader Fiona Laing was promoted to Temporary Crew Commander for 6 months and Temporary Deputy Leader Jamie Logan was promoted to Temporary Crew Commander for 6 months with Fiona reverting to her Deputy post. This was to give both experience as Leader.

? to 1975 Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 Strathclyde Fire Brigade

At some point Finlay Murchie( an ex-fireman from Ardrossan?) got a trailer, suction and hose provided.
No unit in 1953
In 1955 there were 7 volunteers rising to 10 from 1965 to 1975.
Austin Gypsy arrived in 1965.
1993 Received Sabre Centurion BA sets.
Strathclyde Fireman No.25 June 1984:-Ian MacMillan retires article & photo and photo of THS825.


Fire Sirens in two villages sent volunteer firemen racing on Saturday night. The fire at The Bakery, Lochranza, was started by an electric fire which ignited the wooden walls of the shop. The alarm was raised by a small unknown boy who ran to Lochranza Hotel, where Mr Ian Macmillan, who leads the Lochranza volunteer fire party, was serving behind his bar. Within seconds the bar was cleared and Mr Macmillan called out the Brodick Brigade who, with a police car going ahead to clear traffic, raced fifteen miles to the scene. The blaze was brought under control by the Lochranza unit and damage was confined to the walls of the shop, although a quantity of groceries was destroyed.
A brigade spokesman said later that but for the quick action of the boy the fire "could have been very serious indeed".
(The Buteman Friday, 16th July, 1965 Page 6.)

The unit used to be called out by a hand siren operated by the Volunteer Leader (who received a phone call) before an electric siren was installed on the Hotel roof.

Strathclyde are trying to obtain land from Arran estates and hope to build a new station to open in about 2 years time along with one at Blackwaterfoot. (15/3/2000)

Station occupied 24/9/2003 and officially opened 26/11/2003.

<PHOTO> Fireman Bill Hay raises a toast to the new fire station in Lochranza last Wednesday. See Page 7.
(The Arran Banner, Saturday 6 December, 2003. Front Page.)

Crew Photo 2003

New fire stations stand to

Official opening at Blackwaterfoot and Lochranza


Two brand new fire stations were opened on the Island last week.
On Tuesday night there was an official opening ceremony in the custom made new building next to the garage in Blackwaterfoot.
As well as fire Brigade and Council dignitaries, some of the original 1970ís crew of Donnie Campbell, John Robertson, John Murchie, Charles Murchie, Alistair Bannatyne, Angus Campbell and Ronnie Haggarty were present.
West Command Assistant Firemaster Phil Robertson welcomed the assembled company and told them that 30 years ago the equipment was very basic being just hand pumps, hose and hydrant standpipes. In those days they had a brigade Land Rover and often used their own vehicles to carry equipment. The fire station has been based in a shed at the Kinloch hotel since 1988 but now they have a state of the art building and equipment.
Firemaster Jeff Ord added that the Fire Boardís commitment would continue with issue of new fire fighting protective clothing.
After a brief dedication by the Reverend Barry Knight the Blackwaterfoot station officially opened followed by an informal social celebration.
The same group of dignitaries gathered together again on the following evening to mark the official opening of a new Lochranza Fire Station.
As on the previous night, Councillor Jane Gorman stood in for Strathclyde Fire Board Convenor Alex McGuire who had taken ill. Among the guests were some of the original crew from 30 years ago of Neil Fox, Clive Bowd, Peter Marshall, Phil Price and Joe Trickett.
Firemaster Jeff Ord outlined the improvements that the new station would offer. Just 10 years ago the appliance was a Ford pick-up which barely managed to carry the equipment.
As in Blackwaterfoot, there will be a programme of continued improvement with the forthcoming issue of a new appliance and replacement protective clothing.
These two new fire stations are a most positive step in bringing fire fighting abilities on Arran into the 21st century.
<PHOTO> The Blackwaterfoot crew and their guests.
<PHOTO> The Lochranza fire crew and guests.
<PHOTO> Right: At Lochranza station, Firemaster J Ord, Mrs Jean Hunter, reader, Cllr Jane Gorman and Provost Drew Duncan.
(The Arran Banner, Saturday 6 December, 2003. Page 7.)
Correction West Commander is Phil Robinson.

 None of the above mentioned photos are on this site.



Official Opening




 Wednesday 26th November 2003



Order of Proceedings



Assistant Firemaster Phil Robinson
Commander, West Command


Councillor Alex McGuire
Convenor, Strathclyde Fire Board


Attached Reader
Mrs Jean Hunter BD


Provost Drew Duncan
North Ayrshire Council


Firemaster J Ord OstJ, QFSM, GIFireE






The first Volunteer Unit at Lochranza was formed by the Western Area Fire Brigade in the early 1970ís, and consisted of basic firefighting equipment which was carried on a Land Rover vehicle.

Some of the original crew consisted of:-
Peter Marshal
Phil Price
Joe Trickett
Neil Fox
Clive Bowd

As recently as 10 years ago the appliance was a Ford P100 pickup, which only just managed to carry all the equipment and which now included breathing apparatus. At this time the appliance was stored on the drive of Norman Bond, the current Volunteer Leader.

The Fire Boardís commitment to improved conditions for Volunteer Firefighters has continued with the building of Lochranza Fire Station and the supply of next generation breathing apparatus sets. This will shortly be followed by a replacement fire appliance and replacement state of the art firefighting protective clothing.


Norman Bond (Leader)                                                        Fiona Laing (Deputy)
Bill Hay                                                                                  Chris Traill
Dan Goronwy                                                                       Jamie Logan
Chris Gillson


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