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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY *
By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated March 23, 2010)

Page 4
1930's - 1940's
EARLY BRUSH TRUCKS
 

Before brush breakers, pumpers and patrol trucks would make a stand along
a road or field to try to stop oncoming fires.  Here, Hyannis's 1927 Ahrens
Fox and 1930 GMC wait, along with the 1938 Town patrol truck.
 

Fire crosses Great Western Road in Dennis c.1930s.
 

Early fire apparatus was equipped to battle brush and forest fires.
This Dennis fire truck has a large reel of forestry hose.
 

This fire truck served Yarmouth.
 


Town of Barnstable 1938 Ford Fire Patrol Truck.
The patrol truck was usually first to respond to brush and grass fires.
This had a 185 gallon water tank and 300' of 3/4" hose.
It is reported to have been one of the first apparatus with a two way radio.


Forest Fire Patrol truck Orleans Fire Dept.


1930 patrol truck in Bourne
 


Supporting any brush fire operation would require a tanker.  Falmouth operated this
1935 Ford 800 gallon tanker as Tank 35. It served until 1965.
 


Some departments built engines that could also serve as tankers and be able to
battle grass and brush fires.  Maxim built this large pumper for Falmouth in 1938.
 

Falmouth Engine 5 had a 500 gpm pump and 1000 gallon tank.
It was assigned to East Falmouth from 1938 to 1963
 

Falmouth Engine 5 was mostly water tank.  Upon retirement from Falmouth it served
another 7 years as Mashpee's Engine 5.  
 
 
 

1938 SANDWICH BRUSH BREAKER


The first Sandwich brush breaker was this 1938 Ford cab over built by
Buffalo Fire Apparatus.  It had an 85 hp V8 motor and carried 1000 gallons of water.
The Sandwich breaker had only rear wheel drive and was somewhat under powered
according to sources. It served Sandwich until 1965.


The 1938 Ford brush breaker was replaced in 1965 by a Dodge brush breaker.


The Sandwich 1938 Ford brush breaker is shown in front of the Sandwich Volunteer
Fire Station (behind the Daniel Webster Inn) in 1954.  Another Sandwich brush truck
is shown to the right of the breaker.

 




 

 



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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
Page 27 - 2000s - 2008 Tankers & Forestry Units
Page 28 - 2000s - 2009 Breakers
Page 29 - 2010s - 2010 Brush & Forestry Units

 

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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