Incident directory

1966 - Glaisnock Road, Cumnock

23/03/1966

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

23rd March 1966

Time of event

Unknown at this time (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

Unknown at this time. Building name, vessel name etc.

Location

Unknown at this time. road and town England, Wales or Scotland.

Service area

South West Area Fire Brigade (SWAFB), now The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Nature of incident

Road traffic collision (RTC) appliance vs lorry, en-route to Fire.

Property type

Public highway.

Premises use

Public highway.

Construction type and materials

Assumed asphalt surface.

Occupancy

Highway users.

Fire source and location of fire

Accidental, began in chimney.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

On the 23rd March 1966 a retained duty system (RDS) Sub Officer (SubO) died following a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) involving the appliance collided head on with a lorry. The collision happened a short distance away from Cumnock fire station they had just turned out from, nearly outside The Thistle Inn (Unknown author, 1966 via Kirkwood, 2018).

5 other Firefighters (Ff) were injured as was the lorry driver. The fire engine ‘was almost completely disintegrated in the head on crash’. The fire that the crew had been responding to was ‘only a minor one’ that had started in the boiler house of The Baird Institute and a passer-by had seen flames coming out of a chimney and called the fire brigade. It is understood the appliance had been pulling out into the road to pass a parked vehicle when the collision occurred (Unknown author, 1966 via Kirkwood, 2018).

‘A call to Fire Headquarters at Ayr revealed that, due to New Cumnock being a newly operational station, they were called upon to cover all fires in the Cumnock district along with the Cumnock Fire Brigade “to gain further experience.”’ ‘It was the Cumnock Brigade which actually dealt with the outbreak at the Baird Institute and they had little difficulty in extinguishing the fire’ (Unknown author, 1966 via Kirkwood, 2018).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & 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

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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 & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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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) Reports/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. (1966). Fireman killed – five injured in crash on way to fight chimney blaze. The Cumnock Chronical. (February 25th). Page 3. Via Kirkwood, G. (2018). Strathclyde Memorial Page. [online]. Available at. http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/SFB/Memorial/Rowan.htm [Accessed 7th April 2018].

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Service learning material

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Videos available

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