1 Pump Retained


to 25/5/1968 Courtyard at head of lane off east side of Argyll Street near
22/5/1968 Campbell Street, Lochgilphead, PA31 8JU                                      Photo


Officers in Charge

? to 1940 Provost Brodie
1940 to Councillor Greenshaws
1971 Sub Officer L. D. McCallum
1994 Sub Officer Murdo MacLennan M.B.E. (Murdie) (Born 22/1/1940 Died 1/9/2013)
1998 to 2013 Sub Officer David Stewart
2013 Watch Manager Duncan Litster




1974 SHS126 Austin FFK/HCB (SHS123?) HrT
1976 LSB149 Austin FFK/HCB P
1980 BMS704L Bedford TK/HCB Angus WrL
1983 GGB126T Dodge K1613/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1990 G795NGD Volvo FL6-17/Fulton and Wylie WrL
2002 M913DDS Scania 93M-220/Emergency One RPL
2003 P934SGE Scania 93M-220/Emergency One RPL
2013 July SF54RMV Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL



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



On the Isle of Jura, a dutch barn containing 120 tons of hay was set alight by a child playing with matches. The fire was discovered at 1030 hours on 16th December 1958 and the Volunteer Fire Party attended with their 2-men manual pump and ancillary equipment. They succeeded in confining the outbreak to the dutch barn. Realising, however, that a considerable time must elapse before a fire of this nature could be extinguished and that further water supplies would be necessary, the leader of the Party sent a message for assistance to the retained Station at Bowmore, Isle of Islay. The Area Control at Paisley, on being informed of this message, turned out the retained unit at Lochgilphead. This unit, complete with featherweight pump and 40 lengths of hose, travelled a distance of 17 miles to Carsaig Bay where the pump and equipment were ferried 4 miles across the Sound of Jura. The Lochgilphead unit arrived at the scene of the fire at 1615 hours and soon got to work with two jets pumping from a stream, a 1/4 mile from the fire. Turning over and damping down continued for a further 16 hours. As a point of interest, this is, as far as is known, the first time that a fire pump has ever been sent from the mainland to the Island of Jura and this was made possible only by weather conditions being favourable and by a farmer putting a private launch at the disposal of the Brigade.


In 1941 the Town Council had a Trailer Pump and a Fire Engine.
1940 to 1941 the Town Council paid Argyll County Council a six monthly service charge of £12-10s, for the Mid Argyll Fire Tender.
There was an agreement between the County Council and the Town Council relative to the Fire Services which was revised 11/3/1940.
8/7/1940 Provost Brodie resigned as Firemaster (due to work commitments) and the Deputy Firemaster Councillor Greenshiels took over as Firemaster, the Provost becoming Deputy.
The Western Area Fire Brigade had a station with the address Burgh Yard, date unknown.



Speaking at the opening of Tarbert’s new Fire Station last week, Provost Daniel McKinven, a member of the Western Fire Area Joint Committee, said that there was now a continuous link straight through Kintyre and Mid Argyll.
The very large forestry area, he added, was now fully protected by an efficient and modern service.
The station, which cost £27,000, was opened by a Tarbert representative on Argyll County Council, Councillor Peter McIntyre. It was designed by Mr W. R. Tocher, Argyll County Architect.
Incorporated in the one storey building are office premises, workshops and a recreation room. Electric storage heaters provide the heating and there’s a 46 feet high hose drying and drill tower.
The station’s one appliance is an Austin self propelled pump with a 500 gallons per minute main pump. It also carries a 250 g.p.m. featherweight pump, a 100 gallon water tank and hose reel gear.
The station is manned by a retained staff of one Sub Officer, one Leading Fireman and eight firemen.
A new Fire Station at Lochgilphead was opened on the same day. This is the first time the Joint Committee have opened two stations in one day. Lochgilphead’s station was the 15th to be opened since the committee was set up 20 years ago.
Campbeltown’s Station Officer, Mr Neil Morrison, accompanied Provost McKinven at the ceremonies.


Lochgilphead Fire Station Re-dedication

Firemaster Jeff Ord paid tribute to the dedication and courage of Mid Argyll firefighters when he visited Lochgilphead Fire Station last week to oversee the re-dedication of the fire station. Councillor Joseph Shaw, Convener of Strathclyde Fire Board unveiled a plaque to mark the ceremony. Pictured with them here are representatives from units all over Mid Argyll. See Page 2 for full story. <PHOTO> AA/A51/7
(Argyllshire Advertiser, Friday 24 December 1999. Page 1).


Move follows £450,000 extension
Lochgilphead retained, station will be fire HQ

A £450,000 extension to Lochgilphead’s retained fire station will become the new headquarters for Argyll and Bute North Fire and Rescue service.
The fire service hopes the refurbishment, which is three weeks ahead of schedule, will be completed in December and fully operational by the end of January.
The extension means that the Argyll and Bute headquarters, previously run from stations in Lochgilphead and Helensburgh, will now be split into two separate departments with Helensburgh covering Argyll and Bute South.
The new location enables the fire and rescue service to take advantage of the proximity to Argyll and Bute council headquarters at Kilmory, as well as other services based in the area. A spokeswoman for Argyll and Bute Council said: ‘There are the council offices and the enterprise offices, as well as the health offices in the new hospital.
‘There is a lot of economic growth in the area. From a logistical point of view it makes a lot of sense, and from the economic view it makes a lot of sense too.’
Group commander Danny Downie said: ‘It will mean there are dedicated officers up there. We have got direct access to people and the service should be a lot quicker.’
As well as area commander John Ironside, the new building will house two group commanders, a community co-ordinator, a community safety officer and administration support workers.
A new conference room and other facilities will also be available for the police, local authority and other community groups.
(Argyllshire Advertiser, 21 November, 2007.)



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