1 Volunteer Support Unit.


1940 McCallum's Workshop
1951 Red Box on the side of the Lochgoilhead Hotel
  Wooden Hut at the Scout Centre
  Garage on right on way into village, The Steddens                Photo
15/12/1994 Volunteer Fire Garage next to the school                                  Photo


  D330LCS Ford Transit/Fulton and Wylie VSU
  L164YCS Iveco Turbo Daily/Emergency One VSU
2000 W337YDS Mercedes 814/Emergency One VSU


Officers in Charge

  Volunteer Leader Davie MacCallum
  Volunteer Leader John McNeish
  Volunteer Leader Dugald Cameron       (Dougie Rock)
  Volunteer Leader Ian MacInnes
15/2/1994 to ? Volunteer Leader Fraser MacKenzie (M.B.E.)
2014 Volunteer Leader Emma Hayes


J. McNish transferred from the Volunteer Fire Party to Retained Fireman in Charge of unit on 1st March 1968.

Volunteer Leader Fraser MacKenzie was awarded the M.B.E. in the 2005 New Years Honours List.



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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


The Western Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Retained Volunteer
  1 Portable power pump 1 Fireman 6 Firemen
  1 Two men manual pump    



An early Western Area Fire Brigade list shows the address as Viewfield (Tel. 238).

In 1971 it was Volunteer Leader J. McNish, rank Retained Fireman.

1951 A hose box sufficiently large to hold the equipment of the Volunteer Fire Party was erected at a central point in the village.
From 1955 to 1975 there was 1Retained and 6 Volunteer Members.
1993 Received Sabre Centurion BA sets.
The new station was opened in April 1995 replacing a rented Garage/Lock up.
This was the first of twenty five stations of the new standard to be opened.
















Councillor James Jennings JP

Chair, Police and Fire Committee



Firemaster John Jameson FIMgt AIFireE



Leofric Buildings Ltd.


Strathclyde Regional Council

Department of Architectural and Related Services

Director - Mr. D. Gray, Dip. Arch. (Abdn.),

R.I.B.A., A.R.I.A.S., Dip. T.P, F.B.I.M.


Mr. B. Wallace R.I.B.A., A.R.I.A.S.




The first volunteer fire unit at Lochgoilhead was formed by Western Area Fire Brigade in 1941.
The original “Fire Chief’ or as he would be called today “Leader” was a local builder Mr Ian MacCa
llum, a native of the village.
The second leader was a Mr John McNeish who worked for the builder. John served for some twenty six years and is in possession of the Fire Service Long Service Medal. He is a sprightly 76 years of age and still works as a joiner today.
The third leader was Douglas Cameron known locally as Dougie Rock due to the fact that he lives at Rock Cottage. Unfortunately Dougie missed his Long Service Medal by only a few months.
Ian Maclnnes was the fourth leader and he served for almost fifteen years seeing the introduction of a Volunteer Support Unit fully equipped with Breathing Apparatus before retiring early in 1994.
The current leader, Fraser MacKenzie, is tasked with the ongoing training needs of the unit and the move to the first custom built Fire Garage at Lochgoilhead.
The original fire equipment was stored at Ian MacCallum’s yard at the rear of the Scout Centre but was moved in 1950 to a Fire Box adjacent to a garage at the Lochgoilhead Hotel.
In 1989, the unit were provided with a small wooden shed which was situated at the entrance to the Scout Centre.
In 1992 Lochgoilhead Volunteers were issued with their first fire appliance, a were issued with their first fire appliance, a Ford Transit Volunteer Support Vehicle, which was garaged in a building leased from Mr. Douglas Campbell.
Remnants of the original equipment are still in the village today namely, two AFS type helmets, an axe and belt and a canvas type portable dam.
The new Fire Station has been designed by the Brigade’s Operations and Technical Services Section together with the Department of Architectural and Related Services. It is a compact economical unit conceived to satisfy the requirements imposed on the Brigade by the COSHH regulations.
In addition to the building, the Brigade has ensured compliance with the regulations by providing a complete complement of breathing apparatus, additional fire fighting equipment, upgraded personal protection for the crew and a specifically designed Volunteer fire fighting vehicle.

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