Glasgow firefighters honoured with trail

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FIREFIGHTERS who died in the line of duty have been honoured with a memorial.

The Firefighters’ Heritage Trail in Glasgow, which is made up of a series of commemorative stones placed at the sites of fires where crew lost their lives, was officially launched at the City Chambers yesterday.

There are 12 incidents featured as part of the city trail, stretching back to the fire at Queens Court in 1832 where volunteer firefighter James Bruce of the Glasgow Fire Brigade was killed.

The most recent fatalities to be memorialised are from Kilbirnie Street in 1972 when six crewmen lost their lives as they went to rescue a trapped colleague, who also died.

“Glasgow has a distinguished and dramatic firefighting history. Over the years, as a major port and industrial and commercial centre, the city has seen devastating and tragic fires,” said Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, who chairs the Firefighters’ Heritage Committee.

He added: “Some of these fires claimed the lives of firefighters who fought gallantly to contain the destruction and save lives. We are very conscious of the sacrifice made by those who gave their lives and their loved ones, who suffered horrendous tragedy with the loss of husbands, fathers, brothers and sons.”

Brian Sweeney, chief officer of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, also paid tribute to those who died.

He said: “The desire to give all of these incidents their fit and proper place in the story of Glasgow is what prompted Strathclyde Fire & Rescue to create the Firefighters’ Heritage Trail.”