1 Pump, Retained.
? to 1963 Premises at a
local hotel. (which hotel?)
29/5/1963 Perth Road, Birnam, DUNKELD PH8 0AA. Photo
1963 Sub Officer John Sinclair
? to Sept. 1990 Sub Officer Sinclair
1999 to 2002
ADO Mick McKay
2002 to 2004
ADO Colin Hannigan
2004 to 2007
ADO Stewart Edgar
|Station Manager Billy McLintock
|Horse Drawn Manual Engine
|Albion Firechief/Carmichael "Vista View"
|Dodge G1313/HCB Angus
|Dodge G13c/Fulton and Wylie
|Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One
|Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One
|Scania 94D-260/Emergency One
|Restricted capacity RP
|Scania 94D/Emergency One
|1941 to 1948
|National Fire Service
|1948 to 1975
|Perth and Kinross Fire Brigade
|1975 to 7/6/2005
|Tayside Fire Brigade
|8/6/2005 to 2013
|Tayside Fire and Rescue (Name change only)
|Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The Perth and Kinross Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948
1 Standard Towing
1 Light Trailer Pump 5 Firemen
The Perth and Kinross Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1952
1 Leading Fireman
1 Water Tender
? Leading Firefighters
This was B05 until 28/6/2004 when it became Station 25 and on ?/12/2015 it became P22 with the introduction of the new National Call Signs.
DUNKELD – New Fire Engine – Our city
was in a state of considerable excitement, on Monday evening, by learning that
the Duke of Atholl, with some friends, was to be at the bridge with a fire
engine, which he had got home lately, for the purpose of testing its powers.
Accordingly, about 8pm, his Grace with his friends came down, sitting on the
engine, which was drawn by a pair of horses at a rapid pace. The engine was
placed at the side of the river, so as to allow the feeder to be laid in the
water; about 200 yards of hose of a new kind were attached to the engine, drawn
up the bridge, and conducted along the footpath to the centre of the bridge. The
engine was then set in motion, being worked by eight men, four at each handle.
The tubes were soon filled up to the bridge and along the footpath; the muzzle
was then fixed to the tube, and the water rushed out with great force, and was
very skillfully directed by the Duke and his friends towards different points,
which fully proved its power, considering that the water had first to be forced
up from the Tay to the bridge, and then a long way by the footpath – an
elevation of fully forty five feet. The results were very satisfactory. The
neighbouring gardens received very refreshing showers, and the numerous
spectators, old and young, were treated by the Duke and his friends with equal
kindness, much to the general amusement of all, and even of the recipients, who,
though often put to the rout, generally returned to the scene of action. We
understand these tubes were procured from Belgium, and are made of strong cloth
rendered waterproof by some peculiar process, and are far better and more
portable than clumsy leather articles that we have seen in Perth and elsewhere.
This is the first fire engine that has been in Dunkeld. May it never be required
but on such occasion as took place on Monday!
(Perthshire Courier, Thursday, June 28, 1855. Page 3.)
Dunkeld’s New Fire Station
To be Opened To-night
Modern in aspect and design,
Dunkeld’s new fire Station which will be opened this evening by the Earl of
Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire, represents another important step
towards the realisation of Perth and Kinross Fire Brigade’s scheme for the
modernisation of all part-time stations.
Flat roofed and built on a single storey level, the new station replaces the existing local headquarters which were rented from a local hotel.
The layout comprises – an appliance room, containing the most up-to-date water tender fitted with radio and modern firefighting equipment; a watch room with calling out arrangements; a lecture room with provision for film shows; kitchen; toilets and showers; a kit drying room; and a station store room.
In addition there is a muster bay with a personal kit locker for each of the part-time firemen. The large outside drill area can be illuminated during the winter months to enable the training programme to continue.
The new station is sited just off the main A9 road through Dunkeld, and opposite the Birnam Hotel.
At tonight’s ceremony, Lord Mansfield will also hand over to three members of the Fire Service, Queen’s fire service, long service and good conduct medals for 20 years’ service.
The recipients will be – Archibald Irvine, 16 Kenmore Street, Aberfeldy, and Peter G. Sheriff, 2 Craigower Crescent, Pitlochry (both part-time firemen); and regular fireman Hector Bennet Aitken, 15 Melville Street, Perth.
<PHOTO> The new fire station at Birnam, Dunkeld, which will be officially opened this evening by the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire.
(Perthshire Advertiser, Wednesday 29 May,1963. Page 1.)
Dunkeld’s New Fire Station
Opened by Lord Mansfield
Opening Dunkeld’s new £8,000 fire station on Wednesday
evening, the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire, spoke of the
large amount of fire damage caused by carelessness.
He went on “Last year there was an increase of 40 per cent, in fire damage in the combined counties, and a large amount of this was due to human carelessness. It seems to be getting worse.”
It was very difficult to know what to do about it, said Lord Mansfield. All that one could do was to keep trying to get the general public to understand what awful risks they exposed themselves and others to by carelessness.
Earlier, Lord Mansfield had spoken of the necessity for each station and the part-time firemen who manned them. No county could afford to have the number of full-time manned stations that they would like, and therefore had to depend largely on retained firemen and volunteers.
“We owe these men a deep debt of gratitude” he continued “Without their efforts serious fires would be more common, damage more than it is, and probably there would be more loss of life.”
Backbone of the Service
Mr. A.D.C.Main, chairman of the
Joint Fire Committee, told the large invited audience that Dunkeld was the
eighth fire station to be constructed by the committee.
There were, he said, 19 units in the area. One was full-time, at Perth Headquarters, three were voluntary and 15 retained.
Mr. Main also paid tribute to the part-time firemen of Dunkeld. He said : “We know that the retained men are the backbone of the fire service. Although referred to as part-time, they are no less effective than their full-time colleagues, with whom they work side by side on many occasions.”
He also had a word of praise for the local employers who, “allowed the men to drop their tools as soon as the siren went.”
Lord Mansfield opened the new station by breaking the glass fronted alarm bell, setting in motion the first “call out” of the ten local firemen. Later he was presented with the miniature axe cum bottle opener with which he had performed the opening ceremony.
In charge of the station is Sub Officer John Sinclair. Also on the strength of the Dunkeld unit are his son Ian, his brother William and his son in law John Young, all firemen.
(Perthshire Advertiser, Saturday 1 June, 1963. Page 8.)
<PHOTO> Two brothers who serve
at Birnam Fire Station, Mr. J. and Mr. W. Sinclair, pictured at Wednesday’s
<PHOTO> Mr. J. Sinclair, Jun, (left), pictured with his brother in law, Mr. H. Young.
<PHOTO> Lord Mansfield opens Dunkeld’s new fire station at Birnam on Wednesday. Looking on are Firemaster A. Masson, and his deputy, Mr. D. McMurtrie
(Perthshire Advertiser, Saturday, 1 June, 1963. Page 20.)
<PHOTO> means there was a photo in the newspaper, the photo is not on this site.
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