Thousands of people turned out in Johnstone on Saturday to see fire engines, past and present, showcased in the town centre.

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally 10.8.19-2761

The day kicked off with fire engines parading from Johnstone Fire Station into Houstoun Square, where they remained for the afternoon, giving everyone the chance to climb on board and learn how firefighting has advanced through the years.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service undertook several demonstrations throughout the day, including a demonstration of a chip pan fire.

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally 10.8.19-2761

The event was hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust.

Junior firefighters also had the chance to piece together their own fire engine during the event by taking part in a special themed Town Trail, collecting puzzle pieces from various local shops and businesses.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Fire Engine Rally is always a highlight of our events calendar and I love seeing all the future firefighters out enjoying their day.

“It’s a firm favourite in the town and continues to bring an increased footfall to local traders.

Renfrewshire’s packed events schedule continues for the rest of the year, so make sure you check out what’s coming up!”

The next event is Renfrewshire Doors Open Days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September. For more upcoming events in Renfrewshire visit or


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