2 Rescue Pumps, 1 Environmental Protection Unit Retained.


? to 1997 Academy Street, FORFAR.                       Photo
28/8/1997 4 Strang Street, FORFAR DD8 2HR.        Photo


1883 Captain M'Beth
Before war Firemaster A. Shepherd ?
? to 30/10/1986 Station Officer Douglas Cownie (Doug)  (was Sub in 1978)
1986 to 1993 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
2015 to March 2023 Watch Manager Roy King (there August 2017)
March 2023 to Watch Commander Mark Wilson






Dennis Ace




Austin K2/Home Office




Bedford QL/Home Office




Commer QX/Carmichael




Commer QX/Carmichael




Karrier Gamecock/Carmichael




  First Second Rescue Unit Environmental Protection Unit
1973 TTS675M TTS676M    
1990 E356JSN B805LSM G432RTS  
1998 G823TSP G824TSP G432RTS  
1999 N454ESN N455ESN G432RTS  
2006 N455ESN N454ESN F681MTS  
2006 ST52GYF N455ESN    
2008 ST52GYF N455ESN   S8NWL
2010 SP06EGZ ST52GYF   S8NWL
2015 KN64RVW KN64RVV   S8NWL
2020 Feb SY19BUO SY19BUU   S8NWL


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
F681MTS Mercedes 608D/TFB RU
G432RTS Mercedes 608D/TFB RU
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 94D-230 (sleeper cab) Env Protection Unit
ST52GYF Scania 94D-260/Excalibur RP
SP06EGZ Scania P270/Emergency One RP
KN64RVV Volvo/Emergency One RP
KN64RVW Volvo/Emergency One RP
SY19BUO Scania P280/Emergency One RP
SY19BUU Scania P280/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

                                                 Equipment                                                             Retained

                                                3 Pump Appliances                                              1 Station Officer
                                                                                                                                1 Sub Officer
                                                                                                                                2 Leading Firemen
                                                                                                                                16 Firemen


Establishment 2000

                                                Equipment                                                             Retained

                                                2 Water Tender Ladders                                     1 Station Officer
                                                1 Rescue Unit                                                        1 Sub Officer
                                                                                                                                2 Leading Firefighters
                                                                                                                                18 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.



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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