SFRS reaffirms commitment to maintaining a fire museum in Edinburgh
10 February 2016
Work continues to source new home in the capital for historic artefacts
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has reaffirmed its commitment to maintain a museum of fire in Edinburgh and gives assurances that the current museum’s assets will remain an important part of both the history of Edinburgh and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Following a strategic review, the SFRS will be moving from its facility at Lauriston, the current location of the museum, to a new purpose-built facility in Newbridge in the West of Edinburgh. This will form a new East division headquarters serving the people of Edinburgh and beyond.
The Museum of Fire tells the story of the oldest municipal fire brigade in the United Kingdom, The Edinburgh Fire Establishment which was formed by James Braidwood in 1824.
Assistant Chief Officer, Lewis Ramsay, chair of the SFRS heritage committee, said: “We are committed to The Museum of Fire and preserving our proud history and heritage.
“As true today as it was in 1824, the primary commitment for the SFRS must be to serve and ensure the safety of the people of Scotland. This commitment is underlined by our move to a new facility in Newbridge which will better support a modern, fit for purpose service.
“We are working closely with Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council to secure a new and prominent location that will enhance the museum’s legacy, and provide visitors with an engaging and enjoyable insight to our Fire Heritage.
“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appreciates the work and dedication of our museum volunteers and we would welcome their involvement as we work towards identifying and developing the future home of the museum.
“The heritage and history of fire and rescue in Scotland is of extreme importance to the Service and we are committed to retain the assets within the city of Edinburgh – the acknowledged birthplace of Scotland’s fire and rescue service.”