1 Pump W/T 1 Pump R/T.
|to 1906||Grant Street|
|1906 to 7/5/1975||Sinclair Street, HELENSBURGH. Photo|
|7/5/197||5 South King Street, HELENSBURGH, G84 7DX Photo|
1899 - 1913
Captain John Mowat
???? - 1914
1914 - 1922
Captain Francis Cormack
1923 - 1926
Captain William Graham
1928 - 1941
Captain Donald McDonald
|? to ?||David Nicolson|
|? to 1987||Sub Officer George Fraser|
|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)|
|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.)|
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
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.
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.
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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