P31 KINROSS

1 Rescue Pump, Retained.

Stations

? to 1967                   The Myre at the foot of Smith Street (Demolished. Now brick changing rooms?)

30/5/1967                  High Street, KINROSS KY13 8AA.                                                                                              Photo

 

Firemasters

1972

Sub Officer Wardrope (oic in 1967)

 

Sub Officer Bobby Campbell

 

Sub Officer James Reid

2000

Sub Officer Boath

 

Appliances

 

1951

DGS121 

Commer QX/McMurray & Archibald

WrT(A)

?

LGS96G 

Commer VA/Carmichael

WrT

?

RES144J

Dodge K850/HCB Angus

WrL

1970

RGS475J

Land Rover 108/Carmichael

RAV

?

 

Dennis (petrol engine)

 

?

 

Albion

 

 

  First Rescue Unit
1973 LGS96G  
1975 LGS96G RGS475J
1990 F273OSP F681MTS
1999 G823TSP F681MTS
2000 M482WTS F681MTS
2002 K41LES F681MTS
2003 V962DSN F681MTS
2005 W637OSP none
2009 SP58CHF none

 

F273OSP Renault G13c/Mountain Range WrL
F681MTS Mercedes 608D/TFB RU
G823TSP Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur WrL
K41LES Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
M482WTS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
V962DSN Scania 94D-260/Emergency One WrL
W637OSP Scania 94D-260/Emergency One RP
SP58CHF Scania P270/JDC RP

 

 

Brigades

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)
1/4/2013 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

 

Notes

 

The Perth and Kinross Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

 

                Equipment                                                                                             Retained

                1 Standard Towing Unit with Light Pump mounted                       1 Leading Fireman
                1 Large Trailer Pump                                                                            9 Firemen

 

 

The Perth and Kinross Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1952

 

                Equipment                                                                                             Retained

                1 Pump Appliance                                                                                2 Leading Firemen
                                                                                                                                8 Firemen

 

Establishment 2000

 

                Equipment                                                                                             Retained

                1 Water Tender Ladder                                                                       1 Sub Officer
                1 Road Rescue Unit                                                                             ? Leading Firefighters
                                                                                                                                ? Firefighters

 

First retained station in Tayside to receive two brand new appliances. (F273OSP and F681MTS)

First station to have two female firefighters.

First station to have husband and wife firefighters.

This was B08 until 28/6/2004 when it became Station 28 and on ?/12/2015 it became P31 with the introduction of the new National Call Signs.

 

New Fire and Police Stations are Opened at Kinross 

<PHOTO> The new fire station at Kinross which, along with a new police station, was opened last night. The ceremony was performed by Lieut. Col. R. C. Stewart, Lord lieutenant of Kinross-shire.
Lt. Col. R. C. Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Kinross-shire, last night performed the opening ceremony of the new fire station and police station completed recently at Kinross.
The Col. Broke the first alarm glass and called out the fire engine to declare the building open.
The two units, built at a cost of £55,777, and started over a year ago, are contained in a cul-de-sac together near the former police buildings.
The fire station, which comes under the county retained scheme and is the eleventh to be completed in Perth and Kinross Fire Department’s plans for modernisation of these stations, is a single storey building, fully equipped with a water tender and emergency components, and comprises lecture room, drying room, kitchen, toilet, and vehicle room. It is manned by retained firemen, employed locally and in the charge of Sub Officer Wardrope, a Kinross butcher, who has been attached to the retained fire service at Kinross for a long number of years.
The Fire Department’s modernisation plan will continue as sites become available and the next project is at Aberfoyle, where work has already started on a new fire station for that area.
The new Kinross police station is a two storey building, the ground floor containing the operations room, general office, inspector’s room, policeman’s room, police woman’s room, muster room, cells and drying room.
It is manned by an inspector, a sergeant, 10 constables, a police woman and a cadet and houses the usual radio and telephone communications.
The second storey of the building is devoted to two houses, one for the station sergeant and the other for a constable. Included in the new police building scheme are three other new houses – a single villa for the inspector and two semi detached houses of villa design for police constables. These are situated behind the new station.
The history of the Kinross police force dates back to 1836 when a scheme to introduce four constables to the area was implemented. They were posted in Kinross, at Orwell, Arngask, and Fossoway and at that time there was no such thing as rank.
Until the amalgamation with Perth in 1930, Kinross police were attached to the Fife Constabulary and were supervised by the Fife Chief Constable. On amalgamation, one inspector and seven constables were stationed at Kinross to take control of the area.
Three years ago the City of Perth Constabulary was included to form the present force.
At last night’s opening ceremony, the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire and chairman of the Joint Police Committee, presented long service and good conduct medals to five retained firemen.
The recipients of the awards were Station Officer Robertson, officer in charge of Auchterarder; Sub Officer McFarlane, officer in charge of Coupar Angus; Sub Officer Watters, deputy officer in charge of Crieff; Leading fireman McNaughton, of Crieff; and Fireman J. Witten, of Pitlochry.
Among the guests at the ceremony were Perth and Kinross Firemaster, Mr A. Masson; the Chief Constable of Perth and Kinross Constabulary, Mr D. A. MacInnes; the Provost of Kinross, Mrs D. Beveridge; Hon. Treasurer W. M. S. Wood, Perth; and Major D. C. Bowser, Perth County Convener, who proposed a vote of thanks.
(Perthshire Advertiser, May 31, 1967. Page 14.)

 

 

 

Lord Lieutenant of Kinross Opens New Fire and Police Stations. 

<PHOTO> Lt-Col R. C. Stewart speaking at the opening of the new Police headquarters and Fire Station at Kinross. Others on the platform are l. to r. – Major D. C. Bowser, Provost Mrs R. Beveridge the Earl of Mansfield, Hon. Treasurer W. M. S. Wood, and Councillor J. Kidd.
Speaking of an inevitable change in local government, Lt Col. R. C. Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Kinross-shire, said on Tuesday night that he wanted to see the control, organisation and administration of Kinross looked after as carefully as it had been throughout the years, particularly since 1929, when the amalgamation with Perthshire took place.
Lt. Col. Stewart, who is also Kinross County Convener, was performing the opening of Kinross’s new fire and police stations.
Looking into the future to see how local affairs would develop, he said “We have built up with Perthshire a very fine common link. Major Bowser, the County Convener of Perthshire, has been a tremendous support to me in establishing and keeping this link and he is supporting us now.
“There are going to be changes in local government. We of Kinross cannot possibly remain as we are. We understand that. There are bound to be changes.
“We do not want to fight with anybody. We are not prepared to fight with Fife County Council or any other county council, but we want to see the control, the organisation and the administration of this county looked after as carefully as they have been throughout the years, particularly since 1929. We don’t want to let what we have developed go overnight.
“We want to see good local government. We are not fighting with other authorities. We are fighting to get the right control. We want to stop people controlling us from a head office, who do not understand the problem.
“We want to see this control right and I look to all of you and all out superiors to help me in the struggle to get the right answer.”

“Monumental” Effort

In an earlier part of his address, Lt. Col. Stewart said that Kinross would have been most happy to have been able to declare open one station, either police or fire.
“It is a very proud moment for me to be able to declare this compound officially open. It is a most impressive little compound.”
He expressed thanks to the Joint County Council for having the achievement carried out and made particular mention of the “monumental” effort of Kinross Town and County Councils.
Looking into the past, Lt. Col. Stewart spoke first of the police. The first date recorded in the county, he said, was 1836, when the then Lord Lieutenant ordered the County Convener to call a meeting of the justices and commissioners of supply with the job of creating a preventive force to look after the county.
The force gradually developed and by 1860 a police station was built for £329 7s.
Perth and Kinross Police Forces amalgamated in 1930 and Perth City joined them in 1964. Lt. Col. Stewart spoke of tremendous co-operation in the force today.
“We give you this building,” he said, “in the knowledge that you will use it well, because without good equipment, good building, good contact, through radio communication back to headquarters in Perth, you will never succeed. We have great confidence in you.”
Referring to the fire service, he said that the first known recording of a fire service in the county was in 1865. He spoke also of an old horse drawn machine which was used. Round about the time of the war a trailer pump towed by a Daimler car was the next important development.

“Territorial Army” Spirit

In 1947 came the Fire Service Act and the Joint Fire Authority, again with Perth.
Lt. Col. Stewart said the spirit of the part time firemen who served in Kinross was similar to that of the men of the Territorial Army.
He also had a word of praise for the employers of the men in the service, for releasing them to help with the force.
Lt. Col. Stewart declared both stations officially open, inaugurating the fire station by smashing a glass with a silver axe and setting off an alarm which sent the engine roaring out of its bay.
Before the opening, the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire and chairman of the Joint Police Committee, presented long service and good conduct medals to the following: - Sub Officer G. McFarlane, Coupar Angus; Sub Officer G. Watters, Crieff; leading fireman D. McNaughton, Crieff; and fireman J. Whitton, Pitlochrie.
Lord Mansfield and Lt. Col. Stewart had previously inspected the Kinross firemen along with Major Bowser, and Provost Mrs R. Beveridge of Kinross.
Hon. Treasurer W. M. S. Wood of Perth presented Lt. Col. Stewart and Councillor J. Kidd, Kinross, with miniature silver axes.
Major Bowser proposed votes of thanks. Referring to Lt. Col. Stewart’s remarks, he said: “I have never thought that there was anything other than a complete, wholehearted and equal partnership in the work we all undertake on the Joint County Council.”

Cost of £55,777

The two units, which are contained in a cul-de-sac near the former police buildings, have been erected at a cost of £55,777.
The fire station is a single storey building, fully equipped with a water tender and emergency components, and comprises lecture room, drying room, kitchen, toilet, and vehicle room. It is manned by retained firemen, employed locally and in the charge of Sub Officer Wardrope, a Kinross butcher, who had been attached to the retained fire service at Kinross for a long number of years.
The new Kinross police station is a two storey building, the ground floor containing the operations room, policeman’s room, police general office, inspector’s room, woman’s room, muster room, cells and drying room.
It is manned by an inspector, a sergeant, 10 constables, a police woman and a cadet and houses the usual radio and telephone communications.
The second storey of the building is devoted to two houses, one for the station sergeant and the other for a constable. Included in the new police building scheme are three other new houses – a single villa for the inspector and two semi detached houses of villa design for police constables. These are situated behind the new station.
<PHOTO> Firemen who were presented with long service and good conduct medals by the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire, at the opening of the new fire station at Kinross. l. to r. – Sub Officer G. McFarlane, Coupar Angus; Sub Officer G. Watters Crieff; Leading fireman D. McNaughton, Crieff; Fireman J. Whitton, Pitlochrie.
<PHOTO> A view of the compound in which both the new Police headquarters and fire station at Kinross are located. The two units were built at a cost of over £55,000.
(Perthshire Advertiser, June 3, 1967. Page 9.)

 

<PHOTO> means there was a photo in the newspaper article, the photo is not on the site.

 

 

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