Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust was formed in 2013 with the formation of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The SFRS Heritage Trust was formally Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service Preservation Group, who can trace their origins back to 1995.
The SFRS Heritage Trust comprises of a group of dedicated volunteers who are pro active in the restoration, conservation and preservation of vintage fire engines, firefighting equipment and uniforms, as well as upholding the history and traditions of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
The SFRS Heritage Trust, which is proudly affiliated to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and is a registered Scottish Charity (SCO43929), operates a preservation through operation policy, whereby our fleet of historical fire engines is kept in a mechanically sound and roadworthy condition. This allows the Trust to provide a living museum facility where we take our vehicles and other exhibits to the public. It is the policy of the Trust to support events in the community, especially those with a charitable cause. The Firefighters’ Charity and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust, are the two main recipients of the SFRS Heritage Trust’s efforts. Throughout the past year, as well as staging our own Fire Engine Rally and other events, the Trust attended over two hundred events, including Fire Station Open Days, gala days, fetes and public displays.
The Trust proudly supports the tremendous work of the SFRS Family Support Charity (established 1923) which is the oldest Fire and Rescue Charity in the United Kingdom. The Family Support Charity exists to provide financial and other support services to serving and retired Fire Service Personnel and their families who may require assistance in times of need.
In addition to supporting events and charitable causes the SFRS Heritage Trust works closely with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Prevention and Protection teams and many of the events we attend are referrals from this department. There is always enormous interest shown in our vehicles and equipment and we endeavor to channel this interest to promote the fire safety message, especially to the vulnerable and difficult sectors of the community to reach, by using in part the history of the fire service.
In conjunction with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Inverclyde Council, the SFRS Heritage Trust manages the Greenock Fire Museum and Heritage Centre. The Museum, which is located in The Old Victorian Fire Station in Dalrymple Street in Greenock, opened in 2012 and allows the Trust to showcase its collection of vintage fire engines, uniforms and equipment, and brings to life the stories of the firemen and their families who lived and worked there. It has already received a 4-star Visit Scotland rating, and is the Greenock Chambers of Commerce, Bees Knees Inverclyde Ambassadors, Award winner 2014.
The Greenock Fire Museum and Heritage Centre complements the long established Fire Museum at Lauriston Edinburgh. Together these visitor attractions maintain the heritage and rich history of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
With the formation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust in 2013, we are now able to expand our membership and take our community involvement work across the whole of Scotland.
The Chairman of the SFRS Heritage Trust is Dave Adam and the Secretary is John Cairns.