2 Rescue Pumps, 1 Environmental Protection Unit Retained.
|? to 1997||Academy Street, FORFAR. Photo|
|28/8/1997||4 Strang Street, FORFAR DD8 2HR. Photo|
|Before war||Firemaster A. Shepherd ?|
|? to 1986||Station Officer Douglas Cownie (Doug) (was Sub in 1978)|
|? to ?||Station Officer John King|
|? to 18/8/2000||Station Officer Alan Hay (Sub for about 10 years)|
|18/8/2000 to July 2005||Station Officer Norman W. Hoy|
|July 2005 to||Station Officer Alan Shepherd|
Austin K2/Home Office
Bedford QL/Home Office
|First||Second||Rescue Unit||Environmental Protection|
|TTS675M||Dodge K850/HCB Angus||WrL|
|TTS676M||Dodge K850/HCB Angus||WrL|
|B805LSM||Dodge G13c/Fulton and Wylie||WrL|
|E356JSN||Dodge G13c/Mountain Range||WrL|
|G823TSP||Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur CBK||WrL|
|G824TSP||Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur CBK||WrL|
|N454ESN||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|N455ESN||Scania 93M-220/Emergency One||WrL|
|S8NWL||Scania (sleeper cab)||Env Protection|
|SP06EGZ||Scania P270/Emergency One||RP|
|? to 1941||Forfar Fire Brigade|
|1941 to 1948||National Fire Service|
|1948 to 1975||Angus Area Fire Brigade|
|1975 to 7/6/2005||Tayside Fire Brigade|
|8/6/2005 to 2013||Tayside Fire and Rescue (Name change only)|
|1/4/2013||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service|
The Angus Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1958
Appliances 1 Station Officer
1 Sub Officer
2 Leading Firemen
Tender Ladders 1 Station Officer
1 Rescue Unit 1 Sub Officer
2 Leading Firefighters
This was A07 until 28/6/2004 when it became Station 7 and on ?/12/2015 it became P07 with the introduction of the new National Call Signs.
SERIOUS FIRE AT FARM NEAR FORFAR
Forfar, Thursday, 2-30 a.m.
Early this morning the greater
portion of the farm steading of Heatherstacks, occupied by Mr Wm. Walker, and
situated about a mile to the north of Forfar, was destroyed by fire. Dr Buttar
and Mr Thomas Craik, The Manor, who were driving from Finavon, observed the fire
while approaching the farm of Quilkoe, and immediately hastened to acquaint Mr
Walker and his servants of what had taken place. About the same time a woman who
resides in one of the cottar houses became aware of the occurrence. Mr Geo.
Ogilvie, the greive, and the whole of the farm servants about the place, on
being apprised of the state of matters, at once drove the horses and cattle to
the fields. Attention was next directed to the burning building, and by the
efforts of those present a number of the roofs connecting different parts of the
steading were cut to prevent the flames from spreading. A messenger conveyed
intelligence of the fire to the Forfar Police Office, and requested that the
fire brigade should be sent to the scene of the conflagration. The members of
the local fire brigade were immediately summoned, and within fifteen minutes of
the time at which they received the information they were on their way to
Heatherstacks, with one of the fire engines, under the captaincy of Mr M’Beth,
and accompanied by Mr Stirling, Superintendent of Police. On reaching the fire
it was seen that no efforts could save any of the part which had already become
ignited, and the firemen mainly directed their efforts to save the adjoining
buildings. This they were successful in doing, and by two o‘clock all danger of
the fire spreading was at an end. The parts destroyed consist of a barn,
containing between 800 and 900 stones of straw, threshing mill and engine mill,
loft, granary, and cart shed. The damage is variously estimated between £1000
and £1500. The origin of the fire is not known. Notwithstanding the lateness of
the outbreak a considerable number of people from Forfar and servants from
adjoining farms were present and rendered assistance.
(The Dundee Advertiser, Thursday, August 2, 1883. Page 5.)
New home for fire-stoppers
Commitment to excellence
<PHOTO> In the presence of
Firemaster Derek Marr, Provost Frances Duncan unveils the plaque to officially
open Forfar’s new fire station in Strang Street.
Forfar’s new £1 million fire station was officially opened on Monday, with a pledge that this move will bring a new commitment to excellence in it’s provision of service to the town and surrounding area.
Angus Provost, Frances Duncan opened the facility watched by Tayside Firemaster Derek Marr, Tayside Chief Constable William Spence, North Tayside MP John Swinney and other local dignitaries.
The retained firefighters and their wives were also present.
Firemaster Marr said the completion of the Forfar station – which includes a three bay appliance hall, associated facilities and an outside drill yard and training tower – meant that it would become one of the busiest stations in the country.
“The range of service Forfar carries out is as varied as you will find anywhere in the UK and, but for the commitment of the retained firefighters, there would be no defence and the community would suffer as a result,” he said.
“This day is very much about the people here and the role they play in Forfar.”
Provost Duncan, a vice convener of the Fire Board, is particularly proud as the new Forfar station was a project which she took up as a former Tayside Regional councillor.
Councillor David Scott, Tayside fire board convener, said he had been convinced of the need for a new Forfar base after seeing the old Academy Street station. However, he praised the retained firefighters for their skill in performing with those premises which were lacking in extra facilities.
“Despite working previously from a converted factory in the town, the skills and dedication of the firefighters have served the town very well indeed,” said Provost Duncan.
“This official opening provides you with a facility that many of your colleges elsewhere have taken for granted for many years.”
Brigade chaplain the Rev Jim Powrie dedicated the new station before guests were given a tour.
To mark the opening, Forfar station officer Alan Hay was presented with a specially mounted fire bell by Fire board vice-convener Fred Walsh.
(Dispatch and Herald, Thursday, August 28,1997. Page 4.)
Forfar Library Photo 466
Forfar Fire Brigade 1934 – 42.
W. Paterson (F.T.C. Water Department), F. Stephen (Garage Manager), H. Gordon (Master Joiner), Urquhart, A.C. Bruce (Master Slater), N. Patter (Master Joiner), W. Morrison (Garage Proprietor), G. Langlands (Master Plumber), A. Shepherd (Slater). Dennis Engine. A. Shepherd has 2 bands on each of his cuffs and a soft hat, the rest are wearing helmets (means he’s O.I.C. ?). W. Paterson has 1 band on each of his cuffs (second in command?)
Forfar Library Photo 128
Forfar NFS 1942
Norman Esplin, Wm. Nicoll, David Petrie and Wm. Birse, to the left of pump. Jimmy Lamb, J. (Peem) Taylor and J. Waddell to the right.
(There are three unnamed men kneeling to the left of the Trailer Pump. It’s a Light Trailer Pump, all look like firemen in front of a school? )
1949/50 Approved or under construction, alterations to frontage and roof of Forfar fire station.
1963 The Sub Officers who were Officers in Charge of Arbroath, Montrose, Brechin and Forfar were upgraded to the rank of Station Officers as provided for in the Brigade Administration Scheme.
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