P24 BLAIRGOWRIE

2 Pumps, Retained.

Stations

 

1941                                        Council building, Upper John Street, BLAIRGOWRIE.

2/5/1958                                 West George Street, BLAIRGOWRIE.          Photo

 

Firemasters

1921 to 1948

Firemaster S. B. Edwards

1948 to Sub Officer James McKenzie B.E.M.

1958

Station Officer James McKenzie (Sub O above promoted?)

? to ?

Station Officer Jock Nellis

? to ?

Station Officer Joe Assentie

? to ?

Station Officer Jimmy Leith

? to ?

Station Officer Bill Beedie

2006 to 2016?

Station Officer David Penny (there 2012 Feb)

2016 June Watch Manager Alan Smith

 

Appliances

 

1921   Barrow
1939   Motor Lorry and Small Trailer Pump TrP
1939?   Motor Car and Large Trailer Pump TrP

?

?

Bedford QL 4x4/Home Office     

WrT(A)

1956

KES317

Commer 86A/HCB               

WrT

?

UES692

Commer 86A/HCB               

WrE

1971

TES539K

Dodge K850/HCB Angus        

WrL

1972

VGS632L

Dodge K850/HCB Angus           

WrL

 

 

  First Second
1973 VGS632L UES692
1990 XSP679T TTS573S
1992 G821TSP G822TSP
2000 P645KSP P646KSP
2006 SP51MZL P646KSP
2010 Dec SP07HMZ SP51MZL
2011 Feb SP07HMZ N455ESN
2013 May SP07HMZ V963DSN
2014 SP07HMZ SP05BXW

On 2/2/2011 SP51MZL rolled over down an embankment beside the River Ericht after being parked on ice during a search for a suspected missing youngster.

 

TTS573S Dodge K1113/HCB Angus WrL
XSP679T Dodge K1113/HCB Angus WrL
G821TSP Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur WrL
G822TSP Volvo FL6-14/Excalibur WrL
N455ESN Scania 93M-220/Emergency One WrL
P645KSP Volvo FL6-18/Emergency One WrL
P646KSP Volvo FL6-18/Emergency One WrL
V963DSN Scania P94-260/Emergency One RP
SP51MZL Scania 94D-260/Excalibur RP    (RTC Write off)
SP05BXW Scania 94-260/Emergency One RP
SP07HMZ 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

 

At some point an extension has been built to the rear of the block on the left of the bays.

 

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
                1 Water Tender with Light Pump mounted

 

The Perth and Kinross Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1952

 

                Equipment                                                                                             Retained

                2 Pump Appliances                                                                              1 Section Leader
                                                                                                                                1 Leading Fireman
                                                                                                                                9 Firemen

 

Establishment 2000

 

                Equipment                                                                                             Retained

                2 Water Tender Ladders                                                                     ? Station Officer
                                                                                                                                ? Sub Officer
                                                                                                                                ? Leading Firefighters
                                                                                                                                ? Firefighters

 

This was B10 until 28/6/2004 when it became Station 30 and on ?/12/2015 it became P24 with the introduction of the new National Call Signs.

B.E.M. FOR FIRE SERVICE OFFICER 

<PHOTO> Lord Kinnaird presents the B.E.M. to Sub Officer James M’Kenzie, Blairgowrie, at Perth City Chambers on Monday. Looking on are Firemaster A. Masson and Mr A. D. C. Main, chairman of the Perth and Kinross Joint Fire Board.
On behalf of the Queen, Lord Kinnaird, Lord Lieutenant of Perthshire, on Monday presented the B.E.M. to Sub Officer James McKenzie, Dunkeld Place, Blairgowrie, at the City Chambers, Perth.
Mr McKenzie, a plumber to trade, was awarded the B.E.M. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Continuously connected with the fire service in Blairgowrie for 34 years, Mr McKenzie has been in charge of the local detachment since 1948. He received the Fire Brigade’s long service and good conduct medal in September of last year.
(Perth Advertiser, October 31, 1956. Page 7)

 

BLAIRGOWRIE’S NEW FIRE STATION

Blairgowrie’s new fire station is to be officially opened by Bailie S. B. Edwards, a former firemaster and local representative of the Perth and Kinross Joint Fire Committee on Friday, May 2nd.
Provost Robert G. McLean of Blairgowrie will preside at the ceremony, which will be attended by members of the committee under their chairman, Mr. A. D. C. Main, Windyedge, Perth.
The new buildings situated at the junction of West George Street and Lochay Street, accommodates two vehicles, one of them a new standard type water tender. There is also a muster bay, and lecture, locker and drying rooms, as well as showers and storage space. A yard behind the single storey building is to be used for training purposes and for housing a tank for testing pumps.
The present unit consists of eleven part time firemen, under Station Officer James McKenzie.
Bailie Edwards, who was firemaster for 27 years until his appointment to the committee, will review the history of the brigade from 1921 to 1948.
(Perthshire Advertiser, Saturday, April 19, 1958. Page 14.)

 

Blairgowries New Fire Station Opened

Early fire fighting days in Blairgowrie were recalled last night by Bailie S. B. Edwards, a former firemaster for 27 years, when he officially opened the new station in the burgh.
“In 1921 when I was first asked to take charge of the fire brigade.”, he said, “the only equipment we had was six lengths of leather hose, one standpipe and a nozzle, and a barrow. Of course, we did not go out of the burgh to any fires. When the alarm was raised the police telephoned my office and the town’s workmen and myself pulled the barrow to wherever the fire was to the accompaniment of cat calls and whistling from the younger generation.
“The auxiliary fire service came into being in 1939 and we were issued with a motor lorry, a small trailer pump and a good supply of canvas hose. Then, on completion of training, we received a motor car and major trailer pump.

A Dream Come True

“When the fire service was nationalised in 1941 appliances and equipment were steadily brought up to date. But we lacked proper premises to house the machines, the fire station being for many years in part of an old building belonging to the town Council in Upper John St.
“This station,” Bailie Edwards continued, “besides being quite unsuitable for the accommodation of fire fighting vehicles, was inadequate for training purposes, and during the years of my service I always had visions of a proper station within the burgh. The only way that I I felt I could help in this matter was to join the Town Council and to represent them on the County Council and the Joint Fire Committee. When I look at this station I feel my dream has come true.
“In Blairgowrie,” he concluded, “ we have a modern fire station, equipment and a first class crew of well trained men.”
Prior to the opening Provost Robert G. M’Lean, of Blairgowrie, accompanied by the Fire Committee chairman, Mr. A. D. C. Main, Windyedge, Perth, and Bailie Edwards inspected the men.
The new buildings situated at the junction of West George Street and Lochay Street, accommodate two vehicles, one of them a new standard type water tender. There is also a muster bay, and lecture, locker and drying rooms, as well as showers and storage space. There is a yard behind the single storey building for training purposes and for a pump testing tank.
The present unit consists of eleven part time firemen, under Station Officer James McKenzie.
(Perthshire Advertiser, May 3, 1958. Page 10.)

 

 

 

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