Paisley’s first Fire Engine Rally


A 119 year-old Victorian Steam Engine is heading to Paisley this Saturday (18th July 2009) as the town centre hosts its first Fire Engine Rally, as part of the Festival of Fire.

Organised by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Preservation Society and also Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, a fleet of engines dating from the 19th century to present day will proceed from the Fire Station in Canal Street, ending at County Square.

The fun and educational family day out will have a mixture of activities ranging from fire and chip pan safety demonstrations, giveaways and more. Youngsters and adults will be given the opportunity to sit in one of the engines and learn about the history of the fire service.

Amanda Moulson, Town Centre Manager and member of the Paisley Vision Board, said:

“This is the first time the town centre has hosted a fire engine rally and we’re looking forward to seeing as many families as possible join us to celebrate the past and present work of the fire service.

“There will be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy throughout the day, as well as demonstrations on fire safety.”

Area Commander Simon Hunt, of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said:

“Protecting the life and property of our community is of great importance to the fire service. This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to see what changes the fire service have made over the years to make sure they are safe in their own homes and on the road.

“I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines, and also to allow us to engage with the communities which we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

The Fire Engine Rally, which is a free event, will kick off at 11am from the Fire Station in Canal Street, leading through Causeyside Street, St Mirren Brae and ending on County Square.