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Green Goddess
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No: 7480   Contributor: StackoFire   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Green Goddess

I know nothing about it except that it's called green goddess. But to honest it was much better during flood last year than our Volvos.
Picture added on 16 April 2008
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Definitely a Classic; The Green Goddess.
I was under the understanding that they had all
been withdrawn, and sold out of the service;
with a number being refurbished, and shipped
out to African countries.

Added by Pat_R-B on 20 April 2008.
The 'Green Goddess' had a 900 gallon per minute pump as they were primary a pumping appliance..most but not all modern machines only have a 500 gallon per minute pump. They call it progress!!

Added by Malcolm Paul on 10 June 2008.
The Bedford Green Goddess was specially developed in the immediate post war years to form part of integrated mobile fire fighting units to put out fire caused by nuclear attacks.

Originally they were built on Bedford S series 2 wheel drive chassis later ones (like the one shown) were built on 4 wheel drive RL chassis.

The government had about 1000 in storage for civil contingencies most public being the strike in 2002, but also for events like the floods last year where they would indeed have been far more effective than modern Volvos.

It has a high volume low pressure Sigmund pump which delivers 980GPM at 100 psi pumping into 6 inch hose. The government also had 500 miles of 6 inch hose in storage.

Check my videos on you tube to see film of one pumping into 2 ground monitors fitted with 1 1/8 A type Branches. If I can work out how I will post a photo on here.

They passed out of government hands in 2005 and most were simply cut up for the gunmetal pumps and body alloy.

Added by Rhys aka Taliesintraction on 17 June 2008.
Was the Goddess used last year (2007)In private ownership by any chance and the owner assisted (like several others offered to do but were turned down) or did it come through offical lines of supply. lovely picture

Added by Nick Good on 17 June 2008.
Does anyone know why the 4X4 version had the hose reels in the midships side position, instead of in the spaces behind the rear wheel arches, which is where the 2X4 had them, along with most front line Bedford S type front-line pump water tenders at that time?

Added by Rob Johnson on 28 July 2012.
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