Educational, Cultural and Commemorative Trust

The Trust was set up in 2016 by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to act as the national body for the Service’s charitable interests which relate to Educational, Cultural and Commemorative activities.

We will work with the Service across Scotland to look after significant heritage assets, and seek to use the Service’s remarkable history to engage with communities and promote a safer community at large.

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We are registered as a charity, are compiling a forward business plan and plan to recruit dedicated staff to support the Trust in the near future.  

Currently we have six Trustees:

Sid Patten

Chair of the ECCT Board, Member of the SFRS Board

Lewis Ramsay Secretary of the ECCT Board; SRFS Assistant Chief Officer; Director of Response and Resilience
John Thomson Treasurer of the ECCT Board; Head of Finance and Procurement for SFRS 

Bob Benson

Member of ECCT Board, SRFS Board Member to October 2018

David McGown

Member of ECCT Board, SFRS Assistant Chief Officer; Director of Prevention and Protection

Ann Marie Knowles

Member of ECCT Board


Once fully established, the Trust will be active on many fronts across Scotland.  We are still in “early days” but will grow step by step with the aim of being as inclusive and responsive as possible.

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The ECCT is a Registered Scottish Charity:  Scottish Charity Number: SC046924