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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 14
1970's
1971 BARNSTABLE COUNTY BRUSH BREAKER No.1


Barnstable County Forest Fire Department built the third breaker No.1 (C-15)
in 1971.  Built on a large International chassis by Thibault in Canada
the new breaker carries 800 gallons.


The third and final Barnstable County Brush Breaker No.1 (C-15) was stationed in North Falmouth
from 1971 until about 2000 when it was reassigned to East Falmouth.  When the County disbanded
its Forest Fire Service in 1985, it became Falmouth Fire Department Breaker 15.

 


Falmouth Breaker 15 at East Falmouth station 5.


The rear of Falmouth's Breaker 15.


Otis Breaker 9 coming out of the woods. This was a 1972 Gibson military chassis with a 1000 gallon tank.

 


Hyannis Fire Department operated this 1970s Dodge Power Wagon combination brush breaker / rescue truck
for a number of years.  This unit also carried Hyannis's first Jaws of Life.  It was replaced by a large heavy rescue
truck in 1985.  Hyannis did not have a "brush truck" after the retirement of Engine 4 (84).


1970'S SANDWICH BREAKER


Sandwich Breaker 153 is a 1953 Studebaker Military Chassis with
barwork built by Ted Young of Sandwich built in 1973. It has an 800 gallon tank.


The 1953 Studebaker was renumbered Breaker 453.


Sandwich Breaker 453 shown in fall of 2001.
This view show how the bars and steel plating protect the front of
the breaker and enable it to push trees and drive over them.  Additionally,
the winch is an important feature for those times when the breaker gets
hung up in the woods and needs to winch off a root ball or other
obstruction hazard.


Sandwich Breaker 453 in fall of 2001.
This truck gets a major refurbishing in 2002.













 


1970S BOURNE BREAKERS


Bourne built this 1500 gallon breaker on a 1967 Kaiser Military chassis in 1975.


Bourne Breaker 128 in 2001.


Breaker 10 1977

 


Bourne turned this 1953 International military chassis into a 1000 gallon breaker in the 1977.
Breaker 10 / 130 served into the 1980's.


Falmouth Breaker 20
1976 Dodge / Continental


Falmouth Fire Department called this unit Breaker 20 until recently changing it to B-17.
It is a 300 gallon 1976 Dodge Power Wagon built by Continental.


Abington, Mass brush 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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