29 June 2012
Convener opens SFR Museum & Heritage Centre
'Fitting look back at our proud heritage.'
THE Convener of the Board of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue,
Jow Lowe, has officially opened the Service's new Museum and
The centre, based in Greenock's original Victorian fire station,
features a range of exhibits - from hand-drawn pumps and the first
breathing apparatus sets to today's state-of-the-art safety
There are also displays on major incidents tackled by
firefighters over the years, including the Cheapside, Kilbirnie
Street and Stockline disasters and the attack on Glasgow
The museum is the result of a partnership between SFR,
Inverclyde Council and the SFR Preservation Group.
Chief Officer Brian Sweeney said:
"The opening of this museum could not have come at a more
appropriate moment - as we move towards a single Scottish Fire
Service, which will herald the end of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue
as a separate entity, it is fitting that we look back and celebrate
the region's proud firefighting history and heritage.
"Thanks to the work of the Preservation Group, the equipment and
vehicles in the museum have been lovingly restored and are in
working order, ensuring these exhibits will be preserved for
generations to come.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the work of our partners in
Inverclyde Council, who have been ardent supporters throughout and
made this building available to us - I can think of no more fitting
home for this museum than in a former fire station at the heart of
"Along with the Preservation Group and our own Head of Corporate
Support, Iain Morris, they have delivered a museum which I am sure
will quickly become a highlight of the Scottish tourist trail.
"As we face the dawn of a new era in firefighting, it is
more important than ever that we remember these firefighters and
honour the courage and dedication they have shown - qualities
displayed by firefighters today which will continue to be
exemplified by the firefighters of tomorrow."
You can read more about the opening in today's Evening Times, and browse
pictures of the event on our