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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS
"A pictorial history of the unique forest firefighting apparatus"
By Britton Crosby
First Posted January 2001 - Re-released April 2014
(Updated April 2014)
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State Forest Fire Apparatus
1950s - 1960s
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1964 FWD Breakers
State Breaker 5 was a 1964 FWD / Farrar 1000 gallon brush breaker.
It served Cape Cod from Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich.
State Breaker 6 at a July 4th parade in Cotuit in 1980s.
State Breaker 5 & 6 were twin 1964 FWD / Farrar 1000 gallon brush breakers.
Both served the Cape into the 1990s.
Old State FWD Brush Breaker was operated by the Brewster Fire Department for a period of
time during the 1990s after the two old Maxim brush breakers went out of service.
A State fire truck from District 5 along with one of the 1964 FWD State breakers at
a fire on the Cape in the 1960s.
State Breaker 3-7 would have served in Bristol County. A 1960s FWD / Farrar breaker, it
was very similar to the Cape breakers.
Dodge Power Wagon brush truck, North Brookfield, MA
DEM Dodge Power Wagon, District 7
Massachusetts DEM Breaker 5 is a 1968 International / Farrar 600 gallon breaker.
It is assigned to Shawme Crowell State Park, Sandwich.