Chief Officer leads Kilbirnie Street Fire remembrance ceremony
25 August 2021
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) today marked the loss of seven firefighters on the 49th anniversary of the tragic Kilbirnie Street warehouse fire in Glasgow.
Chief Officer Martin Blunden led the tributes at a remembrance ceremony at the city’s Necropolis. The service was also attended by relatives and friends of those who lost their lives, along with SFRS chaplains and Local Senior Officer for Glasgow City, Roddie Keith.
The Kilbirnie Street tragedy unfolded shortly after 11.20am on Friday, August 25, 1972 when crews from the former Glasgow Fire Service raced to the scene of a ferocious blaze at the Sher Brothers warehouse.
Chief Officer Blunden said: “Our thoughts remain very firmly with the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic event. These seven firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice as they worked to protect their community.
“On behalf of the Service I wish to pay tribute to their bravery and selfless dedication. The actions of these seven individuals epitomises the courage of firefighters who often commit themselves with discipline, bravery and self-sacrifice to environments that some can never even imagine.
“I can say with pride that their spirit lives on in our firefighters of today who approach their role with that same commitment and unwavering dedication to save lives and protect communities.”
The seven who lost their lives in the tragedy were Divisional Officer Andrew Quinn, Leading Firefighter Alistair Crofts, Firefighters Iain R. Bermingham, Allan Finlay, William M. Hooper, Duncan A. M. McMillan and James W. Rook.
Chief Officer Blunden continued: “The lessons of the past shape our present-day actions and values. The sacrifice made by these incredibly brave firefighters at the Kilbirnie Street fire will never be forgotten. Their memory will always be a proud part of our history and will continue to inspire future generations of firefighters."