Here is my latest labour of love, the classic Green Goddess fire engine.
My creation is 8-wide and has the following features:
-Removable cab roof
-Opening tool lockers containing a radio, shovel, axe, spanner, oxygen cylinders, hammer and megaphone
-2 hose reels and hose storage on the rear of the vehicle
-Seating for 4 crew
-Spare wheel on roof
-A search light and bell mounted on the cab
A little bit of history about the Green Goddess.
This was built by Bedford between 1953 and 1956 for the Auxiliary Fire Service. It's actual name is the Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump.
It was designed primarily to pump water from rivers and lakes into towns and cities in the event of a nuclear strike on Britain. Multiple Green Goddesses can be linked up in a relay system to pump water over long distances.
It's secondary role was as a Fire Engine. The Auxiliary Fire Service regularly used these to support the regular fire service until 1968 when the AFS was disbanded.
The Green Goddesses were then mothballed but occasionally used by the armed forces. Recently they were used in the fire service strike in 2002/2003 and in the strike in the late 1970s.
Now all the Green Goddesses have been de-commissioned as appliances in the UK.
Quite a few have been auctioned off and some now serve as working fire service appliances in poorer countries.
Hope you enjoy looking at my version.
Please feel free to comment and rate.
Marvellous! I love the detail, hosereels in the right place, lockers too, even the spotlight on the cab roof, I can almost hear the roar of the straight 6 petrol engine!! I'm in the process of doing a c1950's British County Borough brigade, 5 in build at the mo, hopefully finish soon!
Very nice creation, love it I've been in one of these very basic inside but some equipment is still used in modern fire appliances. Also the 4x4 ability is a great thing to have.
And northern Ireland had them painted yellow by the DOE, department of environment in the last firefighter strike.
Andy, this is a beaut! You do such great work. I can tell when something is dear to you when you post it here. You have done your usual wonderful job of packing it with working detail. I like this quite a bit my friend. Keep it up. Regards, Eric.
this is a very interesting rig and a great history lesson! i dont know much about british fire apparatus but this was very interesting and i looked up on google for images of the real rigs and this is really close! great job!