Edinburgh's Central Fire Station, 1900 - 1988


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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In 1703, Edinburgh saw the first recorded attempt to form a fire-fighting organisation in the city, which makes Edinburgh Fire Brigade the oldest muncipal fire service in the world. In 1703, water was available only from wells and wooden mains, carried to the scene of a fire in leather buckets by the Town Guard: but the fire service also used creels of muck and horse dung. In 1824 the Police Commissioners took over the job of fire protection over, and recruited and trained a body of 80 firemen, with new firefighting appliances bought with £1400 contributed by insurance companies and police funds. This new brigade was known as the Edinburgh Fire Engine Establishment till 1870, and thereafter as the Edinburgh Fire Brigade. Between 1897-1901, the City of Edinburgh built the Central Fire Station at Lauriston Place for the Edinburgh Fire Brigade.
This building remained an operational fire station until 1988, when it was replaced as the Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade Headquarters by a modern fire station in Tollcross. It now houses the Edinburgh Museum of Fire, run by the Brigade’s Community Education Department.

The Museum of Fire has a range of fire engines from 1806 to the present day, as well as the old leather buckets and creels.

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