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Green Goddess

The "Green Goddess" is the colloquial name for the Bedford RLHZ self propelled pump, a fire engine used originally by the Auxiliary Fire Service and latterly by the Armed Forces. Built beteween 1953 and 1956 they were based on the Bedford RL Series Army truck.

Prior to disbandment the AFS used the "Green Goddess" extensively in support of local fire services throughout the uk when a Major Incident was to be dealt with. Most UK boroughs had an AFS detachment housed alongside the regular fire service.

After 1968 the vehicles were mothballed, but occassionally used by the armed forces to provide fire cover in a number of fire strikes (notably 1977 and 2002). They were also used to pump water in both floods and droughts. The role of the "Green Goddess" was superceded by new contigency arrangements which made regular fire appliances available during industrial disputes.

In March 2004 the government  announced a test sale of 40 of it's fleet from a total of 900. Most of these vehicles have been sold to developing countries mainly in Africa.