In this example ‘3YE’ indicates that foam should be used (3), breathing apparatus should be worn, any spillage to be contained and that a violent reaction could occur (Y), the area should also be evacuated (E). The four figure number (2460) specifies the actual substance being carried or stored.
With the threat of the Cold War, the LFB formed an emergency planning department to make plans for terrorist attacks, bombing and flooding.
The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) started recruiting again to provide assistance to the Brigade in case of war. In the early 1950s purpose built vehicles came into service for the AFS, with the most popular being the ‘Green Goddess’. The AFS was disbanded in 1968.
In the 1970s, new legislation for hazardous chemicals was introduced, called the Hazchem Code, and all buildings, vehicles and storage areas containing hazardous chemicals had to have a coded sign. The simple code told firefighters the immediate steps they needed to take to protect themselves and the public if these areas were involved in a fire.