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What happens to fire engines when they are past their prime? Well, for a lucky few, they end up at Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Preservation Group’s depot where they are lovingly restored to their original condition and will soon take pride of place in a new museum.
More than 20 fire engines dating from as far back as the 1900s have now been cared for in this way, including one used during the Second World War. For David Adams, who chairs the group, this is very important.
“The history of the fire service is a very rich tapestry,” he told The Hour. “There’s been a lot of tragedies involving fire all throughout the history of Scotland, and we think that preserving the history of that is very important because once it’s gone and lost, we’ll never see them again.
“Fire has played an important part in the history of Britain and you’ve got to remember these serious fires were put out by firemen, and these firemen put in a lot of hard work, put their lives at risk, and some made the ultimate sacrifice for that.
“We feel that shouldn’t be forgotten.”
Thanks to the hard work of the Preservation Group the history of the fire service will soon be easier to explore, with the opening of a new museum later this year.
Located in the old Victorian fire station in Greenock, the new museum will offer enthusiasts the chance to see these remarkable machines and learn about their incredible history.
HISTORY OF SCOTLAND