AUXILIARY FIRE SERVICE APPLIANCES:  United Kingdom, 1949-1968.  With the reorganization of the Auxiliary Fire Service came a realization that employment of surplus World War II vintage equipment (Leyland, Sulzer, and Tangye Units, trailer pumps, and Bedford and  Fordson Auxiliary Towing Vehicles) was inadequate to meet the challenges of firefighting in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.  As a result, starting in the early 1950s, the Auxiliary Fire Service was equipped with a variety of specialized vehicles designed to support the wartime Mobile Fire Column role.  These included:

Other equipment mentioned in reports, but not identified includes Field Telephone Units, Telephone Cable Layers, and Raft Carriers.

Although most of these vehicles were stored in depots, a number of vehicles were deployed to fire stations for the training of Auxiliary Fire Service crews and employed as backup equipment on routine fire operations.  For example, the Scottish West Zone returns for the 1960s show a range of equipment on hand (see Table 1).

Table 75-1. Scottish West Zone Auxiliary Fire Service Equipment

Year Appliances
1960

2 Self-Propelled Pumps

1 Raft Carrier (on loan for training - returned 1961)

1 Pipe Laying Lorry (on loan for training - returned 1961)

3 Portable Pumps (on loan for training - returned 1961)

3 Motorcycles

1961-1962

2 Self-Propelled Pumps

3 Motorcycles

1963-1966

2 Self-Propelled Pumps

1 Land Rover

1 Telephone Cable Layer

1 Personnel Carrier

3 Motorcycles

1967-1968

3 Self-Propelled Pumps

1 Land Rover

1 Telephone Cable Layer

1 Personnel Carrier

3 Motorcycles

All Auxiliary Fire Service appliances were painted a dark green to distinguish them from the red fire appliances under the control of the local authority fire brigades.

Sources: Mardon, Roger C., "Green Goddess," in Roger C. Mardon, location http://www.romar.org.uk/page31GG.html, accessed 27 July 2003. Mardon, Roger C., "Appliances of the post-war Auxiliary Fire Service - 1950s," in Roger C. Mardon, location http://www.romar.org.uk/page9gal5.html, accessed 27 July 2003. "'Green Goddesses' Stand By," Heritage Commercials Magazine, Issue Number 155, location http://www.heritagecommercials.com/nov02/feature2.htm, November 2003.  Kirkwood, Graeme, The History of Scottish Fire Brigades, location http://www.graeme.kirkwood.btinternet.co.uk/index.htm, accessed 28 July 2003.

Entry 0375 - posted 29 July 2003