F3 FALKIRK

1 Pump, 1 Aerial, 1 Incident Response Unit, Wholetime, 1 Pump, 1 fire Investigation Unit, Retained.

Stations

1818 Cellar in Back Row (now Manor Street)
1872 to 1922 Shed Market Street
1922 to ? Newmarket Street (Neilson's Auction Mart)
? to 1955 Burnbank, Bainsford, FALKIRK (WT plus RT at Newmarket St and Grangemouth)
3/3/1955 to 1999 Grangemouth Road, FALKIRK (replaced 3 stations) FK2 9AA                      Photo
27/9/1999 Westfield Road, FALKIRK. FK2 9AH.                                                                Photo         

Firemasters

1788 John Bell Wright
1844 John Main in charge
1862 Firemaster Alexander Mitchell
1873 Captain William Stanners
1897/98 Superintendent W W Neilson
1905 to 1919 Firemaster George Summers
1919 to ? Firemaster John Buchanan
? James Marshall
1935 to 1941 Firemaster James Davidson (1/9/1941 became Deputy Fire Force Commander NFS Western No. 1 Area)

 

Appliances

1785   Engine (Manual)  
1844   2 Engines (new one and 1785 one)  
1872   Engine (William Herkless Glasgow,  same as GFB's "City")  
1912   Steam Fire Engine (ex GFB)  Steam Fire Engine (Glasgow)  
1919   Dennis Motor Fire Engine  
  HWG152 Bedford SLZG/HCB MP
  OMS748 Bedford SLZG/HCB WrE
  VMS671 Bedford TKEL/HCB WrT
  VMS882 Bedford TKEL/HCB PE
  BMS229B Bedford TK/Carmichael WrE
  EWG942C Bedford TK/Dennis M ET
  BMS703L Dodge K1050/HCB Angus FoDRU
  OMS312M Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrL
  OMS313M Dodge K850/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1978? DMS643S Dodge K1113/Fulton and Wylie WrT
1979? XLS277T Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrT
1979? XLS279T Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrT
1980? KMS352W Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrT
1980? PMS640W Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrT
1981? VLS629X Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1981? VLS634X Dodge S56/Fulton and Wylie SSU
1984? A261JMS Dodge G08/Fulton and Wylie SSU
1985? B917RLS Dodge G13/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1986? C872XLS Dodge G13/Fulton and Wylie WrL
1986? C873XLS Dodge G13/Fulton and Wylie WrL
  D242FMS Dodge G16/Fulton and Wylie WrC/FoT

 

 

  First Second Retained FoT Support Unit Aerial Control Unit Incident Response Unit FIU
1977 OMS313M OMS312M KWG749 BMS703L EWG942C        
1990 F995CMS E111OLS PMS640W   A261JMS        
1992 J367VLS H703OLS A618HMS   A261JMS        
1998 L803HLS N481VMS E81TLS   D242FMS        
1999 T572JMS T573JMS E81TLS     K456EMS      
2000 T572JMS T573JMS E81TLS     K456EMS N478VMS    
2001 T572JMS T573JMS E81TLS     K456EMS      
2005 SN53LCY T572JMS E81TLS     K456EMS    SN04EBL  
2005 SN05MJU SN53LCY E81TLS     K456EMS   SN04EBL  
2005 SN05MJU SN53LCY G401HLS     K456EMS   SN04EBL S255ULS
2006 SN05MJU SN56DZF G401HLS     K456EMS   SN04EBL S255ULS
2007 SN05MJU no 2nd G401HLS     K456EMS   SN04EBL S255ULS
2010 SN59FAO no 2nd SK02ZFO     K456EMS   SN04EBL  
2011/6/30 SN59FAO no 2nd SK02ZFO     X59UMS   SN04EBL  
2013/4/1 SN59FAO no 2nd SK02ZFO     X59UMS      
2014 SN14BZB no 2nd SK02ZFO     X59UMS      

 

KWG749 Bedford S/HCB WrT
EWG942C Bedford TK/HCB Angus ET
BMS703L Bedford/HCB Angus Fo/Dry Powder
OMS312M Dodge K850/Carmichael WrT
OMS313M Dodge K850/Carmichael PL
PMS640W Dodge G1313/Fulton and Wylie WrT
A261JMS Dodge G75/Fulton and Wylie SSU
A618HMS Dodge G13c/Fulton and Wylie WrT
D242FMS Dodge G16/Heggies of Cupar OSU
E81TLS Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie WrT
E111OLS Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie WrT
F995CMS Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie/Mountain Range WrL
G401HLS Volvo FL6-14/Fulton and Wylie WrL
H703OLS Volvo FL6-14/Mountain Range WrT
J367VLS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
K456EMS Volvo FL10/Bronto 28-2TI/Angloco ALP
L803HLS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
N478VMS Volvo FL6-14/Heggies CU
N481VMS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrT
S255ULS Fiat Ducato 2.8TDS/Strathaven FIU
T572EMS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
T573EMS Volvo FL6-14/Emergency One WrL
X59UMS Volvo FM12/Angloco/Bronto HDT32 ALP
SK02ZFO Volvo FM7/Excalibur WrL
SN53LCY Volvo FM9/Excalibur WrL
SN04EBL Volvo FM9/Ceobotec IRU
SN05MJU Volvo FLH/Saxon/TVAC WrL
SN56DZF Volvo FM9/TVAC WrL
SN59FAO Volvo FLL/ISS/Emergency One WrL
SN14BZB Volvo FL.Emergency One WrL

The Incident Response Unit carries equipment supplied by the Scottish Executive under the New Dimension Scheme. It carries twelve wheeled trolleys, removed via the tailgate lift, which contain Mass Decontamination Equipment capable of decontaminating 200 people per hour. The crew at Falkirk designed the stowage of the equipment and have "got to work" and had it up and ready to start decontaminating in just nineteen minutes. At a recent joint exercise it was ready to decontaminate much quicker than the curtain sided motors with Moffat Mounty for removing pallets the other brigades.

On Monday 9th July 2007, a wholetime pump and crew were move to Larbert Fire Station, so there is now no 2nd appliance at Falkirk.

30/6/2011 ALP K456EMS was withdrawn from service and replaced with Stirling's ALP X59UMS.

 

Brigades

1785 to 1941 Falkirk Fire Brigade
1941 to 1948 National Fire Service
1948 to 1975 Central Area Fire Brigade
1975 to 1996 Central Region Fire Brigade
1996 to 2004 Central Scotland Fire Brigade
17/9/2004 to Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service

 

Notes

 

The Central Fire Area Administration Scheme Order, 1948

  Equipment Wholetime
  1 Pump Escape 2 Company Officers
  1 Turntable Ladder with Pump 2 Section Leaders
  1 Water Tender 4 Leading Firemen

 

1 Emergency Tender

24 Firemen and Watchroom Attendants

 

Establishment 2000

                                                            Equipment                                             Wholetime                                             Retained

                                                            3 Water Tender Ladders                     4 Station Officers                                 1 Sub Officer
                                                            1 Aerial Ladder Platform                     4 Sub Officers                                       2 Leading Firefighters
                                                            1 Control Unit                                       8 Leading Firefighters                         7 Firefighters
                                                                                                                          46 Firefighters

 The Wholetime Establishment is split over 4 watches of 1 Station Officer, 1 Sub Officer, 2 Leading Firefighters and 11 Firefighters (Red, White, Blue and Green) working a 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off rota which gives an average of 40 hours per week. And 2 other firefighters somewhere.

 

 

FIRE STATION OPENED

A new fire station to serve Falkirk and Grangemouth and the eastern district of Stirlingshire was officially opened at Falkirk yesterday by Mr George McLaren, chairman of the Central Fire Area Joint Committee. The station which cost 32,000 to build, will be known as the east fire station. It displaces two existing stations in Falkirk and Grangemouth, concentrating under one roof the three separate detachments of the service. Mr McLaren said that it was proposed to continue the building programme by erecting new stations at Kirkintilloch, Dumbarton, Larbert, Clydebank and Alloa.
(The Glasgow Herald, 4th March, 1955. Page 9.)

FALKIRK’S 32,000 FIRE STATION

Mr. George McLaren, C.B.E., County Convener and Chairman of the Central Joint Area Fire Committee yesterday afternoon officially opened the new Fire Station in Grangemouth Road which will serve both Grangemouth and Falkirk. The new premises have been built at an estimated cost of 32,000 and are among the first in Scotland to be authorised since pre-war days.
One of the main factors in securing this priority was the very large risk which is experienced in Grangemouth with so many industries dealing with highly inflamable materials.

MOST MODERN

The Depot is a great improvement on the previous accommodation which the Fire Brigade have had to use and the most modern improvements of design are incorporated. The four main exit doors can be opened within three seconds of a button being pressed at the telephone switchboard. This board is a masterpiece of skill and ingenuity and incorporates several ideas of the Firemaster, Mr. J. T. Davidson, O.B.E.
Where premises have automatic alarms installed these alarms also set a bell ringing in the switchboard and an indicator shows which firm is affected. A further indicator shows if the alarm is due to a line fault or an actual fire. The possibility of human error is eliminated.
There are 32 men on the strength working a 10 hour day shift and a fourteen hour night shift. The men’s dormitories are on the top floor and combine comfort with utility in a most satisfying fashion.

IN SIXTY SECONDS

Deputy Firemaster J. D. McNicol, M.B.E. told a Falkirk Mail reporter this week that on an alarm being given the men can dress and man the appliance within sixty seconds using the traditional pole to reach the garage.
An up to date kitchen (including a refrigerator), an attractive dining room and a spacious recreation room with all the usual facilities are also provided. Drying rooms and lockers also provide amenities which the men have not been enjoying before and the general feeling among them is that a great improvement has been effected.
A high standard of workmanship has been shown in the construction and local contractors taking part were George Campbell and Son, Falkirk (plumbing) and The Falkirk Glazing Co., Ltd. (glazing).
Among those present at yesterday’s ceremony were Sir Charles Cunningham, Secretary to the Scottish Home Department; H. M. Inspector of Fire Services, Mr. A.D. Wilson; Provosts R. H. Watson and J. J. S. Binnie; Bailie J. Middlemass and representatives of other local authorities in the Committee’s area.
(The Falkirk Mail, Friday, 4th March 1955. Page 2.)

FIRED UP ON VISIT TO OPEN STATION

Falkirk’s impressive new fire station was given the royal seal of approval this week when Princess Anne was guest of honour at the official unveiling of the 2.4 million facility.
Central Scotland Fire Brigade’s station at Westfield became operational just days before the Princess Royal’s visit on Monday.
But she must have left suitably impressed after a whistle stop tour of the plush new premises conducted by Firemaster Ian Adam.
The Princess, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant, Lt. Col. James Stirling, was greeted by Falkirk Provost Dennis Goldie, Falkirk Council chief executive Mary Pitcaithly and George Matchett, chief superintendent at Central Scotland Police, as well as a proud Mr Adam.
Her Royal Highness, wearing a dark navy coat and gloves to protect her from the biting cold and rain, met guests, including councillors serving on Central Scotland Fire Board, the architects and contractors behind the station, firefighters and station personnel.
She braved a brief downpour for an inspection of new and old fire engines. The brigade has a preservation society which collects and maintains veteran appliances, some dating back as far as pre-war.
The Princess was shown the station’s state of the art training facilities before unveiling a commemorative plaque in the appliance room.
The Princess told the audience of invited guests she hoped the station would serve the community for many years to come and paid tribute to the work of the fire service locally.
Mr Adam presented her with a bronze statue of a Victorian firefighter saving a young female life, before Graeme High School’s head girl Erin Lee handed over a bouquet.
Outside, the Princess met three of Erin’s schoolmates, alongside children from nearby Victoria Primary.
Erin said the Princess had expressed an interest in what the teenagers were planning to do when they left school next year.
Before leaving the station, the Princess spoke to part time firefighter Katrina Syed, a local stonemason responsible for designing and producing the commemorative cover for a time capsule.
Both schools will be making contributions to the capsule which is to be buried outside the station in the near future.
The brigade has moved to the new two storey building from its previous base in Grangemouth Road, Falkirk, which is now up for sale.
Mr Adam said later: "We were pleased that the Princess, who is held in such high affection and respect for her work in the Falkirk area, honoured us by agreeing to carry out the opening ceremony.
"Her visit was a great occasion for the brigade."
<PHOTO> A historic day for Firemaster Ian Adam as Princess Anne opens Central Scotland Fire Brigade’s station in Falkirk.
<PHOTO> NOW OPEN: Princess Anne admires the plaque marking the official opening ceremony at Westfield.
There were other photos of people being introduced to the Princess.
(Falkirk Herald, Thursday September 30, 1999. Page 2)

 

1897/98 1 Superintendent, 1 Captain and 9 Firemen. Station in Newmarket Street.

1913 1 Firemaster, 1 Captain and 9 Firemen. Station in Newmarket Street.

 

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