Fire and Rescue Heritage Scotland

The heritage acts as the national body for the our charitable interests in relation to educational, cultural and commemorative activities

Who we are

We are a group of individuals with a passion for the heritage of Scottish fire and rescue. 

We 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.

  • Robert Benson - Chair and Trustee, FRHS, SFRS Board Member to October 2018
  • Richard Whetton - Treasurer and Board Secretary, FRHS; SFRS Head of Corporate Governance
  • John Thomson - Treasurer and Trustee, FRHS; SFRS Head of Finance and Procurement
  • Mark McAteer - Trustee, FRHS; SFRS Director of Strategic Planning, Performance and Communications
  • Ann Marie Knowles - Trustee, FRHS
  • Iain Morris Trustee, FRHS; SFRS Interim Director of Asset Management
  • David Lockhart Trustee, FRHS; SFRS Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for East Service Delivery Area
  • Cathy Barlow - Trustee, FRHS; Deputy Head of P&P – Prevention Portfolio Manager

What we do

We're passionate about the heritage of the fire and rescue service in Scotland. We want to share this unique heritage far and wide.

This includes:

  • acts of heroism
  • the stories of the individuals who have committed their lives to it
  • cultural and commemorative activities
  • engaging with the public to improve fire safety to help create more resilient communities

We work with groups what operated under the eight legacy services in Scotland. We learn from each other, share ideas and work together to make best use of what we have.


Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage

Located in Edinburgh City, the museum tells the story of Scottish firefighting from its inception to present day. Explore antique fire engines, engaging interactives artefacts, try on real firefighting uniforms, and more.

Visitors to the museum will be able to experience a range of topics including:

  • what day to day life on shift at a station is like
  • what it takes to become a firefighter
  • how firefighting kit has improved over the years
  • the roles of fire service dogs in our specialist teams
  • firefighters on the Homefront along with artworks created by volunteer firefighters during WW2
  • how safety messaging has changed over the years and also how to stay safe at home

The museum hosts a full program of events year-round. It is opened Tuesday to Saturday, 10am till 4pm. There is a seasonal closure mid December to the end January.

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two very old fire engines painted bright red

Registered Scottish Charity

Fire and Rescue Heritage Scotland is a registered Scottish charity. Scottish Charity Number: SC046924

Until 2021, the Fire and Rescue Heritage Scotland was the Educational, Cultural and Commemorative Trust.