2 Pump Retained.



1948 Lochhead Distillery
to July 1961? Lady Mary Row (opposite present station)
July 1961? Lady Mary Row, CAMPBELTOWN, PA28 6HS.       Photo

Officer In Charge


? to ? Station Officer Neil Morrison
? to 30/6/1987 Station Officer J. Martin     there 1971
1987 to ? Station Officer Pete Simpson
<1998 to 16/5/2001 Station Officer J. Armour
June 2001 to Station Officer Ronald Souden (Ronnie) (now called Watch Commander) (there 8/5/2023)



1887                 Manual Pump Horse drawn.

  First Second
1976 RHS537 OHS970 (SHS970?)
1980 RHS537 KVD598L
1983 KGE453N KVD598L
1989 OYS145Y OYS146Y
1992 K667OSU EGD277X
1994 K667OSU G536PGE
1998 N832JSU G536PGE
2002 P940SGE G536PGE
2003 P940SGE K664OSU
2010 P940SGE K662OSU (Spare) (664 main pump not worth repairing)
2010 Nov 9th SF53YMA P940SGE
2013 June SF57JCY SF53YMA
2017 Oct SF10GVZ SF53YMA
2020 Dec SF10GVZ SF60DHK


SHS970 Dennis F26/Dennis WrT
RHS537 Dennis F26/Dennis PE
KVD598L Dennis D/Dennis WrT
KGE453N Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrL
OYS145Y Bedford KD/Fulton and Wylie Midi (Fire Witch) WrL
OYS146Y Bedford KD/Fulton and Wylie Midi (Fire Witch) WrL
EGD277X Bedford KG/CFE WrL
G536PGE Scania 93M-210/Fulton and Wylie WrL
K664OSU Volvo FL6-18/Emergency One WrL
K667OSU Volvo FL6-18/Emergency One WrL
N832JSU Scania 93M-220/Emergency One WrL
P940SGE Scania 93M-220/Emergency One RPL
SF53YMA Scania 94D-260/Saxon RPL
SF57JCY Scania P270/JDC RPL
SF10GVZ Scania P280/JDC/Polybilt RPL
SF60DHK Scania P280/JDC/Polybilt RP




1886 to 1941 Campbeltown Fire Brigade
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Western Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 2005 Strathclyde Fire Brigade
2005 to 31/3/2013 Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (Name change only)
1/4/2013 to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service




When the new call signs were being implemented in the WEST SDA over a 7 week period beginning 31/8/2020 doing 1 LSO Area per week, Campbeltown was changed from L16 to E29.


In November 1886 Campbeltown Town Council first recruited men to form a Volunteer Fire Brigade to serve the town. They recruited seven tradesmen, 3 joiners, 2 blacksmiths, 1 coppersmith and 1 slater. No mention in the records about equipment.
The Council then wrote to the Officer commanding 1st Argyll Highland Rifle Volunteers asking if Sergeant Instructor David Moore would be allowed to drill and train the Volunteer Firemen. Permission was given.
Next available records show that on Wednesday 22nd June 1887 the steamer Kinloch delivered a horse drawn hand fire pump to Campbeltown. This pump with all its necessary equipment cost 35.00 a bargain. It was bought from Greenock Town Council who had used it for several years for their own Fire Brigade. The pump was accompanied on ferry by Superintendent Taylor of the Greenock Fire Brigade. A demonstration of the appliance was given on the Quay by Mr Taylor. The results seemed to be more than satisfactory to the assembled Town Officials. It was stated at the time that the Fire Pump could also be used to fill the town Water Carts with sea water in the Summer when fresh water was "in short supply". This was at a time when Campbeltown had a thriving Whisky industry more than 30 stills in operation. The present Fire Station is built on the site of one of these old distilleries (no samples left). The volunteer firemen of those days were paid the sum of three shillings on each occasion they turned out for training.
In 1939 Campbeltown became part of the National Fire Service and so remained until 1948. From 1948 until the formation of Strathclyde, they were part of the Western Area Fire Brigade.
F20. is at present a two pump retained station. With a Station Officer in charge, a Sub Officer, 2 Leading Firemen and 16 men as the compliment. The next nearest appliance is from Tarbert, 38 miles away and again retained. The nearest wholetime appliance is Belfast N.I.
The retained members come from a variety of occupations; Drivers, mechanics, builders, painters, electricians, clerks, gas fitters, regional employees, agricultural etc. They take their Brigade duties seriously and keep a sense of humour and fun. They are the 1986-87 Scottish Fire Drill Champions.
Earlier this year in March a function was held to celebrate the Centenary. Serving members, former members and special guests attending. Among the invited guests that attended were from Brigade H.Q. Mr & Mrs Halliday and from 'F' Division Headquarters Mr & Mrs Miller and Mr & Mrs Smart. The social evening was organised by Neil McLennan and David Anderson. Celebrations went on until the "wee small hours".
There was a photo showing Serving Members and Senior Officers posing during the celebrations.
(Aye Ready Issue 1, August 1987. Page 25)

During 1959 a HrT was sold by auction.


The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained
  1 Self Propelled Pump 1 Section Leader
  1 Large Trailer Pump 2 Leading Firemen
  1 Standard Towing Vehicle 13 Firemen
  1 Light Trailer Pump *  

* These appliances are for alternative manning only.


1949 Order placed for two 1 hour Compressed BA sets for this station.

2012 Campbeltown became one of three station to receive equipment for Animal Rescue, the other two being  Maybole and Lesmahagow, when the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was formed the equipment was withdrawn. Animal Rescue Unit.



Firefighters present 870 to Benevolent Fund

<PHOTO>(group of fourteen outside Carradale Station) (Black & white)
Last Tuesday evening (September 25) both the Carradale and Campbeltown fire stations handed over cheques for the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.
The cheque given by Campbeltown was to the brilliant value of 650, of which 550 was raised through a street collection. The other 100 was raised through firefighter John Wareham’s sponsored moustache shave.
Carradale’s cheque was an amazing sum of 220. Both fire stations are very grateful to all those who donated to both of these collections.
Senior Divisional Officer Mr McCaffrey is pictured along with Campbeltown Station Officer Ronnie Souden, Carradale Volunteer Leader Robert Strang, Divisional Officer for Argyll Bill Grant and firefighters from both stations.
(Campbeltown Courier, Friday 5 October, 2001. Page2.)

On the 15th June 2013 Crew Manager Paul Souden was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.


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