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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY *
By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated November 25, 2007)

Page 21
2000's
2001 COTUIT BRUSH BREAKER 267


Cotuit's New Breaker 267
The newest Brush Breaker on Cape Cod is this 2001 International / EJ Murphy
250 gpm / 750 gallon Brush Breaker. 


Cotuit's Breaker 267 was designed around Carver's specs.


 


Breaker 267 off road driving.


Breaker 267 is the newest brush breaker on Cape Cod and the first
in many years to be built on a brand new chassis with a diesel engine and 
automatic transmission.


Cotuit Fire Department replaced its 1969 Dodge Power Wagon in 2001.





FORESTRY TRUCKS


The Truro Fire Department put this 2001 Ford F350 4x4 in service as 
Forestry 480 with a 200 gpm / 200 gallon Fire One skid tank.


Orleans Fire Department has been building Forestry 169
on a
1978 Dodge Power Wagon 4x4 former military pickup.
It has a 50 gpm pump & 225 gallon tank.
Custom built from assorted parts of other former vehicles, it even has a small deckgun.
(gas / automatic)
 Nov, 2001.


Orleans Forestry 169 in 2002.


The Cape Cod National Seashore put this 1984 AM General Jeep 5 ton Military
chassis in service as a water tender in 2001. It has a 250 gpm pump and 1000 gal
tank.  It is used during controlled burns in the seashore.


Kingston Fire Department Forest Fire 2 (75) is a 2001 Ford F550 / Greenwood
200 / 400 brush breaker.  


2001 BOURNE BREAKER 127


Bourne Fire Department put Breaker 127 in service in December 2001.
This breaker, built on a 1974 military 2.5 ton chassis has a 150 gpm pump and
400 gallon tank.  It was under construction on and off for several years.
This additional breaker brings Bourne back up to 3 breakers.


Bourne B127 stationed at Pocasset Station 4.



 


2002 BREWSTER BREAKER - TANKER 235


Brewster Fire Department acquired this 5 ton military chassis in late '90's with intentions
for making a brush breaker or tanker.  The 1959 Kaiser military chassis had been
completely rebuilt in 1991.


In winter 2002, the 1959 Kaiser Military chassis was prepared for construction
as a brush breaker.


Brewster FD's new Brush Breaker - Tanker 235 was delivered in August 2002.
It was built by Greenwood Fire Apparatus in Attleboro MA.


The new B235 has a 250 gpm pump and 1100 gallon tank with a 20 gallon class A
foam tank.  Serving also as a tanker, it has quick dump capability on both sides
and the rear.


B-T 235 also carries a 1500 gallon portable tank and a variety of equipment.

 

 
 



CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS


 

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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
CCFD.com - Plymouth Brush Breaker Drill April 2006
CCFD.com - Plymouth-Wareham Brush Fires May 2006
CCFD.com - Sandwich Fire Tower 2006


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

 

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