25 years ago: October 1978.(Looking Back)(Brief Article)

* There was a recruiting problem in Scotland which was threatening the adoption of the 42 hour week, being 390 men short. Working on the principle that recruits would be forthcoming, the accommodation at Gullane was to be increased from 100 to 150. The opportunity was taken to publicise the retained fire service at the opening of the new station at Cupar, Fife.

* There were 100 deaths and a further 180 suffered severe burns at a campsite in Spain, when a passing LPG tanker exploded. Whole families perished in moments, leaving rows of tents, caravans, and camping trailers charred and personal possessions strewn about. Unfortunately a main road ran through the middle of the campsite and this road tanker was thought to have been leaking while using it. …

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