1 Pump Retained.
|?||The Newton (road to Lochgilphead, Renault Garage, Lorona B&B 1st big shed) Photo|
|1959||Oban Road, INVERARAY, PA32 8XD. Photo|
|Sub Officer Peter Munro|
|there 1971||Sub Officer Danny Kennedy|
|to 1989||Sub Officer Frank Clark|
|1989 to 9/4/1999||Sub Officer Colin J C Clerk|
|1999 to 6/11/2012||Sub Officer Jock Munro|
|7/11/2012 to||Watch Commander John T Munro (still there 2017)|
1922 January Horse Drawn Engine
|2010 Feb 7||SF54RMV|
|2013 June 1||SF06GBZ|
|GGB122T||Dodge K1613/HCB Angus||WrL|
|SGE392W||Bedford KG/HCB Angus CSV/Fulton & Wylie||WrL|
|C434KDS||Dodge G13T/Fulton & Wylie Fire Warrior 3||WrL|
|G839DCS||Ford Transit/Strathclyde Fire Brigade||RRU|
|L716UGA||Scania 93M-210/Emergency One||WrL|
|M909DDS||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|P737WGG||Mercedes 412D Sprinter||RRU|
|P939SGE||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||RPL|
Plans were submitted from the Western Area Fire Service for permission to erect a new
fire station adjoining the Argyll Hotel garages on the Dalmally Road. Permission was
(The Buteman and Rothesay Express, 24th April, 1955. Page 6)
5/5/2001 Inveraray won The Strathclyde Fire Brigade RTA Competition for the second year running.
In 2004, 3 of
the team members retired from the team which
left only the Leading Firefighter and the team leader as the only members. They
managed to persuade 3 of their younger crew to join the team. With only 1 week
before the 2004 competition to train the new members, they entered their team in
There were 4 trophies up for grabs and guess what ?. They won all four. Best team, best team leader, best medic and best technical rescue. After that they entered the British challenge in Reading in which 54 teams competed and they managed a very credible 24th place
On the 14th May
2005, the Inveraray team attended a new version of the challenge at HQ in
Hamilton. There was an intra competition for only Strathclyde Teams and then a
Scottish Challenge with 22 teams from all over Scotland attending. In their own
challenge they finished 2nd and their medic got the best medic award. In the
Scottish Challenge they finished 2nd and again the medic won the best medic
They left Inveraray with 4 trophies and returned again with 4 different one's.
This years British Challenge is in Belfast on August 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Both Inveraray and Ayr teams are going over to Belfast.
This years Strathclyde and Scottish Challenges were won by Ayr Fire Station. They also won Best Team Leader in both.
The RRU went off the run on Tuesday 22nd February 2005. The Establishment will be reduced to 10 through natural wastage.
|1922||Inveraray Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||Western Area Fire Brigade|
|1975 to 2005||Strathclyde Fire Brigade|
|2005 to 2013||Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Name change only.)|
|1/4/2013||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
Fire Argyll Arms Hotel 21/10/1959
The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
|1 Light Trailer Pump||1 Leading Fireman|
|1 Standard Towing Vehicle||5 Firemen|
|1 Water Tender Ladder||1 Sub Officer|
|1 Road Rescue Unit||2 Leading Firefighters|
INVERARAY CASTLE INVERARAY ARGYLL
5th November 1975
Last year's fire at Inveraray Castle, the stately home of the Duke of
Argyll, attracted a considerable amount of publicity in the press and on television. The
castle housed a unique collection of priceless art treasures and a feature of the incident
was the manner in which local villagers rushed to the scene to assist in salvage
operations. As a result of the combined efforts of firemen, villagers and the Glasgow
Salvage Corps, the collection was saved from damage. It is not possible to accurately
estimate the cost of the fire, but a figure of £2 million has been quoted.
This report, kindly supplied by the Firemaster and Divisional Commander 'F' Division, Strathclyde Fire Brigade, outlines operations and shows the considerable distances which attending appliances had to travel. Distances between the castle and the stations attending are shown in brackets.
Time of call: 1757 By exchange telephone
Attendance: Hose Reel Tender Inveraray (1m)
WrT Arrochar (24m)
Hose Reel Tender Lochgilphead (25m)
WrT Dunoon (38m)
Pump Oban (39m)
ERT Dumbarton (45m)
1821 Informative: BA in use.
1855 Assistance: ET requested for BA purposes.
ET Clydebank (54m) sent on.
1938 Informative: Top floor and roof well alight, six jets and eight BA sets in use.
1951 Assistance: TL requested.
TL Clydebank sent on.
2014 Assistant Firemaster and Divisional Commander mobile.
2202 Informative: Top floor and roof space severely damaged by fire, seven jets and one TL monitor in use.
2326 Request attendance of Fire Prevention Officer on fireground.
2359 Stop: Building approx. 200'x200' consisting of 3 floors and attic, upper floor and roof completely destroyed by fire. Remainder of building severely damaged by heat, smoke and water, six jets in use.
The fire originated in a first floor wardrobe and would appear to have been started by a dropped light setting fire to a carpet. From the wardrobe the fire spread via pipe ducting into the attic and roof space. Floor and partition construction at second floor level greatly assisted fire spread, which was even more alarming in the undivided roof space where timbers had recently been treated against dry rot. A great deal of water damage was caused by fractured pipes left by collapsing tanks in the roof space. Difficulty was experienced in locating a control valve and it is likely that the collapse of valuable ceilings was averted by turning on basement taps. That only limited damage was sustained at first floor level can, to some extent, be attributed to the fire resisting qualities of the thick timber attic floor. This allowed firemen to establish a bridgehead and in all probability saved the building.
Fireman dies at hotel blaze
One fireman collapsed and died and a second was injured
yesterday at a fire which badly damaged Crinan Hotel in Argyll.
Fireman Sandy Drummond, of Inveraray, died of a heart attack. He was not fighting the fire at the time but was standing near a tender when he took ill.
Seven years ago the hotel was destroyed by fire and later rebuilt.
(The Glasgow Herald, Monday, October 30, 1978. Page 1.)
September 2009 at the Annual United Kingdom Firefighters Service of Remembrance
held at 12.00 in the Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield in the
City of London, Alexander (Sandy) Drummond's name was added to the national
memorial outside St Paul's Cathedral.
A wreath was laid by a contingent from Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and relatives of Sandy's.
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
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