The Charity was founded in 1923 by members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps with the principle objective being to support widows and children of Corpsmen who had died in service and also those who had been killed whilst serving their country during the First World War.
Shortly after being founded, the Charity invited firemen from Glasgow Fire Brigade to join its Membership. The Charity was known as the Glasgow Fire Brigade and Glasgow Salvage Corps Widows and Orphans Fund.
Following regionalisation of local authority fire brigades in 1975, Glasgow along with Lanarkshire Fire Brigade, part of South Western Area Fire Brigade and part of Western Area Fire Brigade merged to form Strathclyde Fire Brigade. To reflect this change, the Charity adopted the name of Strathclyde Fire Brigade and Glasgow Salvage Corps Widows and Orphans Fund and provided support to the widows and children of firemen of the new service.
New Era, New Names
In 1984, Glasgow Salvage Corps was disbanded and whilst the charity continued to provide support to the widows and children of members of the Corps, the Charity became known as Strathclyde Fire Brigade Widows and Orphans Fund.
In the years that followed, the fund continued to widen its beneficiary base to embrace and provide support to all uniformed and non- uniformed employees of Strathclyde Fire Brigade and in 2005 the name was changed to Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Family Support Trust.
In 2013, the Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland moved to a single service with the amalgamation of the previous eight local authority Fire and Rescue Services.
With the approval of the Charity’s Membership, Family Support Trust echoed this change, opening up its support and resources to all employees of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and changed name, once again, to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust SCIO, alongside the adoption of a new legal status.
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
In 2023 our charity reached the 100 year milestone!
The oldest Fire & Rescue Service Charity in the United Kingdom, we continue to provide charitable services to the whole of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Family.
“Nobody goes through life completely avoiding traumatic events. It’s great to know that the Family Support Trust is there for you, when times are difficult”
Retired Watch Manager Allan Mitchell
“Many, many thanks for our wonderful summer outing. The firefighters, on and off duty, couldn’t do enough for us. We all had a brilliant day, well done and thanks again.”
Kathleen (Registered Beneficiary)
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SFRS Family Support Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No. SC0 43924