1948 to 1960s

Fire Box at Airds (Centre of the Village) (opposite the bakers)           

1960s to 1996

Wooden Hut at Carradale Pier                             Photo

9/12/1996 to

B842 next to old Primary School                          Photo




1948 to ?                         Volunteer Leader David Oman
? to 1990                         Volunteer Leader Bruce Oman
1990 to 1995                   Volunteer Leader Alan Oman
17/2/1996 to                   Volunteer Leader Robert Strang (there 2014)



1997 to 2001 L165YCS Iveco Turbo Daily/Emergency One VSU
2001 Y626TYS Mercedes 814D/Emergency One VSU




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

Volunteer Fire Garage cost £95,414-89p.

Station went Operational 12/6/1996 with 10 Volunteers and was officially Opened on 9/12/1996. Robert Strange's wife Cheryl baked the cake for the station opening.

2014 this unit now has Hydraulic cutting equipment (Combi Tool). Don't know when received.


Official Opening 




9th December 1996






Vice Convener J. Shaw JP
Strathclyde Fire Board

Command Chaplain Rev. G. McIntyre

John Jameson QFSM, AlFireE, CIMgt

Vice Convener J. Shaw JP
Strathclyde Fire Board




The first volunteer fire unit at Carradale was formed by Western Area Fire Brigade in 1948. The first leader was David Oman, the local harbour master, coal merchant and general haulage contractor. The second leader was his eldest son Bruce Oman who remained as leader until 1990 when the leadership was taken up by his brother Alan Oman. Alan, the third leader, resigned in 1995 prior to the upgrade of the volunteer unit. As well as David, Bruce and Alan, Alex Oman and Kenneth Oman also served in the village giving a total of well in excess of one hundred years service to the Brigade.
The current leader is Robert Strang who has been heavily involved with the move to the new fire station at its present site.
The original fire equipment was stored in a fire box at Airds, in the centre of the village. This was moved during the 1960’s to a hut on Carradale pier where it remained until this year. Over the years Carradale has attended a number of important incidents including fires at Carradale House, Skipness Castle and Torrisdale Castle.
Since the announcement of the upgrade of the unit, personnel have been strenuously involved in a recruitment campaign resulting in a total of eleven volunteer members, six male and five female now forming the complement of the unit.
The new fire station has been designed by the Brigade’s Operations Section together with the Department of Architectural and Related Services. It is a compact self contained 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 firefighting equipment, upgraded personnel protection for the crew and a specifically designed volunteer firefighting vehicle.


Mr McGougan
Glengyle, Campbeltown, Argyll
PA28 6LS

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.

Designed and produced by Strathclyde Fire Brigade (Graphics)



<PHOTO> (Six of the crew alongside appliance outside the station with SDO and DO.) (colour)
The keys to Carradale Fire Station’s new appliance were handed to volunteer leader Robert Strang last Tuesday evening (September 25). Carradale’s firefighters are delighted with the new appliance which is a more up to date improved version of the old engine. It carries more water, has a fixed pump and also carries a spinal board which can be invaluable to victims of accidents. Mr Strang, who is pictured receiving the keys from Senior Divisional Officer, Mr McCaffrey, described the new appliance as smaller, but just as capable as the full sized engines. CC/40/B/8
(Campbeltown Courier, Friday 5 October, 2001. Page1.)

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.)



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