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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 15
1970's
1970'S TANKERS AND BRUSH BREAKERS


West Barnstable put the "Super Tanker" in service in the early 1970s.  An International tractor
pulled the 5000 gallon tanker with a 1000 gpm pump.   West Barnstable had no water system
so this greatly improved the water supply in that village as well as across the Cape.  It was an
important unit for large brush fires supplying breakers
 


West Barnstable's "Super Tanker" was a valuable asset at all major forest fires
on the Cape during the 1970's and 1980's.  Its 1000 gpm pump and 5000 gallon tank
was welcomed and found regularly at refilling sites for breakers.

West Barnstable's Super Tanker in parade.


Another common site at major upper Cape brush fires was this 5000 gallon tanker
from Otis (Mass Military Reservation) fire department. 1968 / 1980


This 1976 Ford / Farrar 600 gallon brush breaker serves the town of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard.


Barnstable Fire District placed this 1000 gallon breaker in service in the 1970's.
It was on a 1952 Reo Military chassis. It was the only lime Barnstable apparatus.


 


Upon retirement from the Barnstable Fire District, this 1952 Reo now calls Nantucket home.

 


Dennis also utilized this 1976 Dodge 350 gallon forestry truck at Dennis Headquarters.


Plymouth Breaker 171 - 1976 International / Farrar 250 / 600 brush breaker



Plymouth's 1976 Breaker 171.


2006 photo of Plymouth Breaker 171 now serving as a spare at Station 2.



 


Wareham Fire Department's 1978 Ford / Farrar 750 gallon brush breaker.


1978 Ford / Farrar 250 gpm / 750 gallon brush breaker. Wareham


 


Plymouth Fire Department's Forest Fire 176 is a 1979 International / Farrar 600 gallon brush breaker.

 

1980s BRUSH BREAKERS


Sandwich Fire Department Breaker 142 (B 442) is a 1000 gallon breaker.
Placed in service in 1980, it is built on a 1967 5 ton Kaiser Military chassis.


The 1967 Sandwich Breaker renumbered as Breaker 461 in 2000.
(Note - reassigned as B462 in 2002)





 


Marion Breaker 2 (124) is a 1000 gallon monster built on a military chassis.


Marion B-124
Photo in 2009

 


Raynham's Brush Breaker 1 is built on a 1968 Jeep 5 ton chassis.
It carries 1000 gallons of water.


Photo in 2010

 

 



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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