Incident directory

1963 - Fatima House

08/08/1963

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UK

  • Illness

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Description

Date and event

8th August 1963.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premise

Roman Catholic Retreat, Fatima House.

Location

Kilmarnock.

Service area

South Western (Scotland) now Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).  

Nature of incident

Illness on duty.

Property type

Fire appliance on public highway.

Premise use

Roman Catholic Retreat

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief synopsis

On the 8th August 1963 a Station Officer (StnO) suffered from a heart attack whilst directing firefighting operations. He died en-route to Kilmarnock Infirmary (House & Settle et al, 2017).

The StnO collapsed and two other Firefighters (Ffs) were injured while attending a fire at the Roman Catholic Retreat, Fatima House, and four miles from Kilmarnock on the road to Ayr. The StnO was directing operations when he collapsed. He was found to be dead on arrival at Kilmarnock Infirmary (Unknown author/s, 1963. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

‘The fire, which broke out about 5:30 am was confined to staff quarters and administration block’. ‘Molten lead from the roof burned two firemen’. ‘Both received attention at the infirmary’. ‘Brigades from Kilmarnock, Irvine, Ayr and Troon attended the blaze’. ‘Seven ambulances were called out but none of the residents or guests in the house were injured’. ‘The fire was brought under control just as it reached the main doorway leading into the main building’ (Unknown author/s, 1963. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire and Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s

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Police Scotland Incident Report/s

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Scottish Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Report/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2017). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance. [Online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler  [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note; with the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Unknown author. (1962). The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald. (10th August). Page 5. Via Kirkwood, G. (unknown date). Kilmarnock fireman dies. two others injured. [Online]. Available here; http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/SFB/Memorial/Muir.htm [Accessed 26th November 2017].

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Service learning material

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Videos available

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