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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 25
2000's

BRUSH BREAKERS IN ACTION 2006 PLYMOUTH COUNTY DRILL


The power of the brush breaker was demonstrated during a county wide training exercise
in Plymouth in April 2006. Personnel from several departments got valuable experience
on a "breaker trail" circuit that provided driving experience, officer experience, and additional
experience in use of chainsaws, winches, etc. 

MORE FROM THE DRILL


BRUSH APPARATUS 2006

NEW PLYMOUTH BREAKER 175


Plymouth Breaker 175
Plymouth built this brush breaker in 2006.  The Freightliner FL80 chassis was acquired in 2005 and EJ Murphy
built the brush breaker in 2006. It has a 200 gpm pump, 650 gallon tank, and a 25 gallon class A foam system.
It went in service July 2006 at Station 5.


The new Breaker 175 replaced this 1991 International / Murphy
brush breaker which was reassigned as Breaker 375 serving
as a spare breaker.

 PLYMOUTH BREAKER 375


The 1991 International / EJ Murphy brush breaker, formerly 175, was reassigned as Breaker 375
at Station 5 serving as a spare brush breaker.

 
HARWICH FORESTRY 67


Harwich Forestry 67
2006 Ford F350 with 250 gpm / 200 gals
replaced older forestry truck.

 

 WEST TISBURY BREAKER 732


West Tisbury Breaker 732
This 2006 Sterling / EJ Murphy brush breaker went in service in Oct 2006.
It has a 300 gpm pump, 650 gallon tank, and has a 20 gallon class A foam
system.  The impressive new breaker replaced the 1959 Ford / Maynard
brush breaker.
(W.Tisbury FD photo)


2007 photos of West Tisbury Breaker 732


West Tisbury Breaker 732


West Tisbury Fire Department Breaker 731
1972 AM General 2.5 Ton 6x6 / 1998 V-TEC Brush Breaker
350 gpm - 750 gal - 15 Class A
Formerly State Breaker 6
Turned over to W Tisbury in 2007
 


West Tisbury Breaker 731

 


Old West Tisbury brush breaker 732.
1959 Ford / Maynard 750 / 750 brush breaker.

 

 ONSET BREAKER 147


Onset Breaker 147 in 2004.


Onset fire department members rebuilt their brush breaker in 2006.
The old tank was removed.  All the iron bar work was redone. The basic design was tweaked.

 


Onset Breaker 147
The refurbished brush breaker is a 1974 Military chassis.
The truck was completely refurbished and now has a poly 750 gallon tank.
Photos Feb 2007


Onset renumbered the Breaker as 148 in 2009

 

 

 Myles Standish - District 2 Headquarters


Myles Standish apparatus April 2007

 

 

 



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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