X1 BROUGHTY FERRY
1 Pump Wholetime, 1 Pump Retained.
? to 1982 Brown Street, BROUGHTY FERRY. Photos
? to ? ?
|Fordson 7V/Home Office
|ERF 84PF/HCB Angus
|Dodge K850/HCB Angus
|1941 to 1948
|National Fire Service
|1948 to 1975
|Angus Area Fire Brigade
|1975 to 1982
|Tayside Fire Brigade
The Angus Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1958
Appliances 1 Sub Officer
1 Leading Fireman
Closed along with Monifieth station when the new Monifieth station opened in 1982.
Bigger fires in the old days
Over 100 firemen, past and present,
gathered in Broughty Ferry Fire Station last night to mark the pending closure
of the premises and the transfer of staff to the new fire station at Monifieth.
Firemen and ex-firemen took the opportunity to exchange stories and enjoy the music and dancing.
Several former firemen were over 70, and remembered Broughty Ferry Fire Station when it was organised by Dundee Corporation.
The National Fire Service did not come into being until the second world war. Prior to that individual towns and cities organised their own service.
Retired fireman Mr David Ferrier (80), 38 Holly Road, Broughty Ferry, recalled the early days.
“When I was a boy the firemen used
horses and carts. There weren’t any full-time firemen, they were just
corporation workers who manned the pumps.”
Mr Tom Lorimer (62), Nursery Road, Broughty Ferry, joined Dundee Fire Service in 1939.
“When I started the firemen wore big brass helmets and drove open machines with solid tyres,” he said. “They had a top speed of 35 miles an hour.”
He said that when he was a young fireman, the blazes that he was called out to were a lot bigger than the ones firemen normally have to deal with now.
“In those days, there were a lot of jute mills in the Dundee area, he said. “There were some really big fires when the mills went up.”
George Smith (73), Forthill Drive, took
along an old souvenir of his time with the Overseas Fire Service to show former
He was sent as a fireman to the second front during 1944-45 and still has his copy of a booklet which lists all the men in the Overseas Fire Service. He was the only man from Dundee to serve in it.
Dundee also boasts the oldest living retired fireman in Great Britain.
He is 96-year-old James Robertson who lives in an old people’s home in Menzieshill. Unfortunately, Mr Robertson was not fit enough to attend last night’s celebrations.
Last night also marked the retiral of
leading fireman Douglas Keir, after 21 years in the retained service and the
station cleaner, Mrs Mary MacIntosh, after 10 years.
But though Mr Keir is retiring from Broughty Ferry, he will not be lost to Tayside Fire Brigade.
“I’ve got a full-time job now in the control room at brigade headquarters in Blackness Road,” Mr Keir said.
The move to the custom-built premises in Monifieth and the closure of the fire station at Long Lane/Brown Street Broughty Ferry, does not take place until the end of August.
The transfer was originally scheduled for the end of this week but building operations have delayed this.
(Courier and Advertiser, Tuesday, July 20, 1982.)
If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.
MAIN INDEX 1975 INDEX TAYSIDE INDEX