Green Goddess

RedHillDigital

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Green Goddess

Number of views as of 4th July 2017 = 1700.

The Green Goddess was the colloquial name for the Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump, a fire fighting appliance used by the Auxiliary Fire Service and by the British Armed Forces during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Auxiliary Fire Service was first formed in 1938 as part of Civil Defence Air raid precautions. Manned by volunteers, its role was to supplement the work of fire brigades at a local level.

Later, in the 1950s, the threat of nuclear attack on Great Britain led to the production of about 1000 of these vehicles for use by the AFS.

Not primarily a fire engine, the main purpose of the vehicle was to pump large quantities of water, from lakes, rivers, canals and other sources, into densely populated areas in the event of a nuclear attack.

Prior to the abolition of the AFS in 1968, the Green Goddess was often called upon to support regular fire brigades at major fires and other incidents.

Date: 20th June 2010.

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