The Firefighters' Heritage Trail
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A SPECIAL PAGE ON THE FIREFIGHTERS' HERITAGE TRAIL IN GLASGOW
Many towns and cities have heritage trails. They are often marked by plaques, either on buildings or on the ground, and offer an ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike to become familiar with an area and learn a little history along the way. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland, is special. It marks locations in the city where firemen lost their lives. It therefore not only provides a means of exploring a big bustling city,  but also a chance to pause amidst the crowds, to stop for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to save property and the lives of others.
As well as many of Glasgow's fire stations, past and present, the trail takes you to the site of many of Glasgow's fire disasters, like that at Cheapside Street in 1960 when fourteen firefighters and five Glasgow Salvage Corps men were killed.
Not all the locations on The Firefighters' Heritage Trail have memorial plaques in the pavement. As you will see when you download the trail leaflet and map, twelve of the thirty-six sites have plaques. Given that the stone plaques are built into the pavement and not on the side of a building, they can be a little difficult to locate. As such, I have visited each plaque site, and below you will find the exact location of each one in Glasgow city centre.
Most of the information here has been taken from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service's own website, and I highly recommend that you visit it for other information. CLICK HERE.
QUEENS COURT - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner of Queen Street and Ingram Street, opposite the Gallery of Modern Art.
Queens Court memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Exchange Square memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE - This memorial plaque can be found on the south side of the Gallery of Modern Art, in front of one of the entrances to Royal Exchange Court.
Renfield Street memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
RENFIELD STREET - This memorial plaque can be found right at the northern top of Renfield Street, just down from The Herald/Evening Times building, in the pavement on the west side of the street.
Hunter Street memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
HUNTER STREET - This memorial plaque can be found on the west side of Hunter Street, near the junction with Barrack Street.
Miller Street Argyle Street memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Prince's Dock memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Hope Street memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Kilbirnie Street memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
MILLER STREET/ARGYLE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found on Argyle Street, at its junction with Miller Street.
PRINCE'S DOCK - This memorial plaque can be found on the south side of the River Clyde, between the Science Centre and the BBC building.
HOPE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found at the northern top of Hope Street, right outside the Theatre Royal.
KILBIRNIE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner of Kilbirnie Street and Francis Street, almost under the M74 flyover.
Graham Square, Gallowgate memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Cumberland Place memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Deanston Drive memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
Maryhill Road memorial plaque. The Firefighters' Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland
GRAHAM SQUARE, GALLOWGATE - This memorial plaque can be found on the Gallowgate, at its junction with Graham Square, right beside a public house.
CUMBERLAND PLACE -  This memorial plaque can be found at the junction of Cumberland Place and Cumberland Street in the Gorbals area.
DEANSTON DRIVE - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner of Deanston Drive and Strathyre Street.
MARYHILL ROAD - This memorial plaque can be found at the very end of Maryhill Road, at the corner of Clarendon Place and St George's Place, where they both meet with St George's Road.
'Citizen Firefighter' statue at Glasgow Central Railway Station - location 19 of The Firefighters' Heritage Trail
'CITIZEN FIREFIGHTER' SCULPTURE (A TRIBUTE TO ALL FIREFIGHTERS, PAST AND PRESENT) OUTSIDE GLASGOW CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION - LOCATION 19 ON THE FIREFIGHTERS' HERITAGE TRAIL.
Firefighters at Steiner School in Yorkhill, Glasgow, 2013
School fire at Yorkhill, Glasgow in March 2013
TODAY'S FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE A MAJOR BLAZE AT STEINER SCHOOL IN YORKHILL, GLASGOW, IN MARCH 2013.
FIRE INVESTIGATION OFFICERS LOOK ON AS FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT A FIRE AT STEINER SCHOOL IN YORKHILL, GLASGOW, IN MARCH 2013.
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TO HONOUR FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY IN GLASGOW
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