L01 HELENSBURGH

1 Pump W/T 1 Pump R/T.

Stations

to 1906 Grant Street
1906 to 7/5/1975 Sinclair Street, HELENSBURGH.                                       Photo
7/5/197 5 South King Street, HELENSBURGH, G84 7DX            Photo

Firemasters

1899 - 1913

Captain John Mowat

???? - 1914

Duncan McFarlane

1914 - 1922

Captain Francis Cormack

1923 - 1926

Captain William Graham

1928 - 1941

Captain Donald McDonald

? to ? David Nicolson
? to 1987 Sub Officer George Fraser

 

Appliances

1907   Hand Cart  
1920 SN1549 Dennis Pump  
  SN5967 Dennis Limosine MP
  DWG977 Bedford SL/Miles DP/PE
  KWG748 Bedford SLZG/HCB DP/WrE
  VMS673 Bedford TKEL/HCB WrT

 

  Wholetime Retained
  EGD277X GMS630N
  G537PGE A31ASJ
  M909DDS G537PGE
1998 R945HYS G537PGE
2002 Y547TNS G537PGE
2005 Y547TNS S266TSU
2005 S263TSU S266TSU
2006 SF06GBV S266TSU
2010 SF06GBV SF03OMZ
22/10/2011 SF11EER SF06GBV

 

GMS630N Dodge K850/Carmichael WrL
EGD277X Bedford /CFE WrL
A31ASJ Bedford TKG/Fulton and Wylie Fire Warrior 2 WrL
G537PGE Scania G93M-210/Fulton and Wylie WrL
M909DDS Scania G93M-220/Emergency One WrL
R945HYS Scania 94D-220/Emergency One WrL
S263TSU Scania 94D-220/Emergency One RPL (retro fit)
S266TSU Scania 94D-220/Emergency One WrL (retro fit running as WrL)
Y547TNS Scania 94D-260/Emergency One RPL  (RTA write off)
SF03OMZ Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL
SF06GBV Scania P270/JDC RPL
SF11EER Scania P280/JDC/Polybilt RPL

 

1899? to 1941 Helensburgh Fire Brigade
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Central Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Strathclyde Fire Brigade
2005 Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Name change only.)

 

Notes

 

The Fire Station was built in 1906 as part of the Sinclair Street extension to the Municipal Buildings. It was a single bay station at the north end next to the Police Station.
In 1920 Helensburgh acquired its first motor fire engine, a Dennis, and this photograph presumably dates from that time and shows the Firemaster, his team of part-time firemen and two members of the Town Council. The Councillor on the right of the illustration is John Somerville who became Provost in 1941-44 and again in 1945.
The setting for the photograph is of course the Victoria Halls on Sinclair Street. These Halls were built in 1888 by funds raised by public subscription. Before that time public meetings in the town were usually held in the large King Street Hall of the United Presbyterian Church (now St. Columba's Parish Church).
(Helensburgh in Old Photos or similar title)

THE NEW FIRE STATION OPENS WITH A WARNING

If the giant Strathclyde Region does not "play the game" local government will be a "fiasco", the guests at the opening of Helensburgh's new fire station heard on Wednesday.
Councillor Michael Kelly, O.B.E., J.P., chairman of the Central Fire Joint Committee told the audience at the official opening: "It will be a sad loss to the fire service that the Central Area will be enveloped by big brother."
"I would hope that the new regions will play the game with the smaller Burghs and treat them as partners and not serfs. Unless they do local government will be a complete fiasco."
But Councillor Kelly was not the only one who had a bad word for local government re-organisation. Central Area Firemaster Sam Park said: "I would be wrong if I said I was looking forward to regionalisation."
"I am not. I do not think it is a good thing for the fire service which was already partially regionalised. There were only 11 brigades in Scotland and I personally think they could have left us alone."
He added: "I am convinced that the Central Area Fire Service joint committee is handing over to two regions, Strathclyde and Central, a very efficient and well stocked brigade.
"I took over in 1962 and I have cost the ratepayers an awful lot of money. But I believe they have been given a good return. A fire brigade is only as good as the men in it, and Dunbartonshire is served by the finest bunch of men in Britain."
Mr Park, in formally accepting the new fire station told the audience that it would be in his charge for only a week and would then be handed over.
The formal opening was performed by Councillor Kelly, who served on the joint committee for some 40 years, and he unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.
Councillor Kelly was presented with a miniature fire master's hat as a souvenir, as was Dr Bill Irving, the fire brigade's doctor. Mr John Haughey of the Scottish Home and Health Department paid tribute to the committee and told the audience that many of the suggestions made by the committee over the years were still being heeded.
Mr Donald Jamieson of the Station Bar was presented with a Fire Service National Benevolent Fund certificate for outstanding effort for the fund. The Queen's Long Service and Good Conduct medals were presented to sub officer Ian Pollock and retired fireman Andy Finlay by Mr Park, who congratulated the men.
When the ceremony was over the guests, who included County Convener Billy Petrie and his wife and Commodore Clyde, Commodore Tony Cook were conducted round the new building before tea was served. The Chairman for the day was Councillor Edward Denny, vice chairman of the joint fire committee.
(Helensburgh Advertiser 9/5/1975)

PIER DESTROYED BY MYSTERY BLAZE
THE END OF AN ERA AT CRAIGENDORAN

Craigendoran Pier was a blaze of red and yellow flames on Saturday evening as fire gutted the former British Rail offices of the now defunct steamer services.
Fishermen standing on the platform at Craigendoran Railway Station watched in amazement as the old buildings caught fire. They ran to the senior railwayman, Mr Eddie Graham, who telephone the police.
"Five minutes later I phoned the fire brigade myself," Mr Graham told the "Times." "They said they were on their way."
But by the time the Brigade reached the pier, the timber building was firmly in the grip of the fire.

Three Pumps

Strathclyde Fire Brigade fought the blaze until after 11p.m. with three pumps and four jets, but the 60ft. x 20ft. single storey building was completely gutted.
They made a further check on Sunday morning to make sure there were no smouldering timbers and found everything to be in order, although the electricity board were called in and warning signs put up.

Full Report

As the "Times" was going to Press, the cause of the fire was still unknown.
"I haven't a clue how it started." said Mr Graham. "You can never tell if it is boys or not. The place is empty and should have been locked so no one should have got in."
The Fire Brigade said they would not have details of how the blaze started until a full report was completed.
The buildings and the pier are owned by Caledonian MacBrayne and were originally used by British Rail when the steamer services operated to and from Craigendoran.
Lately the buildings have been used as a degaussing range by the Navy. It is believe that the buildings were not in use when the fire started.
(Helensburgh Times 13/10/1976)

 

 

Extracts from Helensburgh Town Council Minutes 1887 to 1931.  (70 KB)

 

1908 there was a Helensburgh Fire Brigade and an Alexandria Works Fire Brigade.
1914 Helensburgh Fire Brigade disbanded and immediately a new one was formed.

 

 

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