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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 9
1950's - 1960's
BARNSTABLE COUNTY BRUSH BREAKER No.1 - SECOND GENERATION


Maxim delivery photo of the 1957 Ford / Maxim Barnstable County Brush Breaker No.1
(courtesy H.Smith)
 


The Second Generation County Brush Breaker C-15
The first county brush breaker (1939 Ford) was replaced by this 1957 Ford / Maxim
Brush Breaker.  It carried 800 gallons and had a 250 gpm pump.  No.1 (C-15)  was
assigned to the North Falmouth Fire Station from 1957 until 1971



 

This appears to be the 1957 Ford (C-15) after its retirement in 1971.
It appears to be at the Eastham Fire Station.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

The old county brush breaker C-15 (1957 Ford / Maxim) after retirement.
 

The old C15.  The pump was located here on the back step.  This breaker
also carried ladders and supported structural firefighting in North Falmouth.
 

BARNSTABLE COUNTY BRUSH BREAKER No.2 - SECOND GENERATION
 


The Second Generation County Brush Breaker C-14
The second county brush breaker (1942 Ford) was replaced in 1958 by this
Maxim custom 800 gallon brush breaker.  This No.2 (C-14) was assigned to the
West Barnstable Fire Department from 1958 until 1985.


West Barnstable's 1956 Ford/Bean pumper and county brush breaker C-14 extinguished a
grass fire behind this barn.



A County brush breaker (C-14) is refilled by the East Sandwich tanker.  A fire patrol truck is also shown.

 


BARNSTABLE COUNTY BRUSH BREAKER No.4 - SECOND GENERATION


The Maxim Motors  Fire Apparatus Company built this custom brush breaker for
Barnstable County No.4 in 1960.


The Barnstable County Forest Fire Service built this brush breaker in 1960
to replace the 1949 No.4 Ford brush breaker in Dennis.
The custom Maxim brush breaker No.4 was designated C-12.
It served in Dennis from 1960 to the 1980s.


The rear of C-12 in front of the Dennis fire station along with a GMC patrol truck.

 


Former county C-12 then went to the Brewster Fire Department where it was
designated as Breaker 235 for a number of years.


Brewster breaker 235, the 1960 Maxim formerly County C-12.


Brewster retired Breaker 235 in 2001. It is shown here behind the Brewster FD.

 
Breaker 235 retired behind the Brewster Fire Station.
 


BARNSTABLE COUNTY BRUSH BREAKER No.3 - SECOND GENERATION


The Second Generation County Brush Breaker C-13
County brush breaker No.3 (C-13) was assigned to Orleans.  It was a custom 1963 Maxim
800 gallon brush breaker.


Barnstable County brush breaker C-13 at the Orleans fire station in 1960s
along with the 1950s FWD and 1966 Mack.

 


When C-13 retired from the County service in Dennis,
the Eastham Fire Department operated it.  Eastham added
some teeth to the breaker.


Former county C-13 behind the Eastham Fire Station.



The Brewster Fire Department took on the former County C-13 (1963 Maxim) for a number
of years.  It was called Brewster breaker 255.  Brewster had both C-12 and C-13 for years
until they became mechanically unable to be fixed.


Brewster Breaker 255 (Originally C-13) shown in March 2001.

 

 



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
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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