A Special Presentation
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By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated November 25, 2007)

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In 1957 the Mashpee Fire Department built this Brush Breaker on an International chassis.
It had a 750 gallon water tank, 750 gpm front mount centrifugal pump and a separate
motor and fire pump on the rear step. Built by Maynard, it served as a structural apparatus as well
as a brush breaker. This breaker went out of service in 2000.

Mashpee Breaker 353 in 2001.
Faded, retired, and rusting away behind the Mashpee Station.


West Tisbury brush breaker retired behind the old West Tisbury fire station.

West Tisbury FD on the Vineyard still operates this 1959 Ford / Maynard
750 gpm / 750 gallon Brush Breaker.



Patrol trucks served an important role on the Cape for many years.  These small trucks were equipped with
small pumps and water tanks and had radios.  They would respond quickly to reports of smoke
from fire towers or to all sorts of fires assisting area fire departments.  The Town of Barnstable patrol
truck 210 on left and a Barnstable County Patrol truck on right, meet with local fire chiefs and
the pilot of the Barnstable County airplane at the Marstons Mills airport.

Barnstable County patrol truck with severe weather
danger scale displayed on back of the tailgate.


Town of Barnstable Patrol 210.

In addition to fighting fires, the patrolmen would clear the under brush
and maintain fire roads.

Dump fires were also very common.  Open disposal areas often caught fire
and required fire department response.  Patrol trucks and brush breakers
were very useful at these fires.

Patrolmen and firefighters battle a roadside brush fire.

Patrol 210 was assigned to the Osterville Fire Station.

1967 Ford Patrol truck 210.

1960s Ford patrol truck actually served as the Fire Chief's vehicle in Sandwich.

Lower  Cape patrolman Pete Martin with 1960s Dodge State patrol Truck.

1970s State Patrol Truck 3 and former Falmouth Brush Breaker on Naushon Island.
The old brush breaker is the only fire apparatus on the private island.

State patrol truck 3 in 1970s.

Old Plymouth breaker.  Photo Feb 2005.

1950s GMC forestry truck, Marion Fire Department

Dodge Power Wagon brush truck, North Brookfield, MA

DEM Dodge Power Wagon, District 7






More Pages of Brush Breakers

Page 1 - 1920s - 1930s - First Brush Breaker
Page 2 - 1920s - 1930s - Forest Fires / Memorial
Page 3 - 1920s - 1930s - Fire Towers / Patrol Plane
Page 4 - 1930s - Early Brush Trucks / Breakers
Page 5 - 1930s - 1950s - First County Brush Breakers  
Page 6 - 1940s - 1950 - Early Brush Breakers
Page 7 - 1950s - Second Generation Brush Breaker
Page 8 - 1950s - Brush Trucks
Page 9 - 1950s - 1960s - Second County Brush Breakers
Page 10 - 1950s - 1970s - Breakers and Patrol Trucks
Page 11 - 1960s - Brush Trucks and Fires 
Page 12 - 1960s - Fires and Brush Breakers
Page 13 - 1960s - 1970s - Third Generation Breaker
Page 14 - 1970s - County & Town Brush Breakers
Page 15 - 1970s - 1980s - Brush Breakers & Tankers
Page 16 - 1980s - Breakers & Fires
Page 17 - 1990s - Brush and Forestry Trucks
Page 18 - 1990s - Brush and Forestry Trucks
Page 19 - 1990s - State Forest Fire Apparatus
Page 20 - 1990s - 2000s - Brush Breakers
Page 21 - 2000s - Breakers and Tankers
Page 22 - 2000s - Brush Breakers & Tankers
Page 23 - 2000s - Newest Breakers
Page 24 - 2000s - 2005 Brush Season
Page 25 - 2000s - 2006 Brush Breakers
Page 26 - 2000s - 2007 Brush Breaker Training


Related Links

Massachusetts DCR - Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Forest Fire Lookout Association
History Early Fire Towers
Massachusetts Fire Tower Locations - Plymouth Brush Breaker Drill April 2006 - Plymouth-Wareham Brush Fires May 2006 - Sandwich Fire Tower 2006

Photos in this series are from various sources
including fire department and personal collections.