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State - Forest Fire District 1 - Mid-1960s Apparatus Shawme Crowell State Forest
1964 FWD/Farrar 250/1000 Truck 6 (1-4), 1950s Dodge PW Truck 3 (1-1),
1967 Dodge PW Truck 4 (1-2), 1965 Rambler Warden Car 2 (1-0)
 

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M - Map
1A  -      - 1907 Extinguisher Wagon
1B  -      - 1922 Ford Model T Patrol
1C  -      - 1920s State Fire Truck
1D  -      - 1935 Ford 75/400 Fire Truck - Shawme & Sand VFD
1E  -       - 1939 Ford 75/280 State Forestry - Vineyard
1F  -       - 1939 Ford 125/280 State Forestry - Shawme & Bourne
1G  -       - 1941 Ford 125/280 State Forestry - Nickerson
1H  - P3  - 1942 Chevy Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
1I    - P3  - 1949 Ford Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
1J   -        - 1950s Dodge PW Forestry
1K  - P3   - 1957 Patrol Truck - Nickerson (1-1)
1L  - B6   - 1964 FWD Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-4)
1M - B5   - 1965 FWD Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-5)
1N  - P4   - 1967 Dodge PW Patrol - Shawme 1-2
1O  - MV - 1968 International/Farrar 250/600 Breaker (1-3)
1P   - P3   - 1970 Dodge PW Patrol
1Q   - P4   - 1975 Dodge PW Patrol
1R   - P3   - 1976 Dodge Patrol
1S   - P3   - 1977 Dodge Patrol
1T   - P4   - 1986 Chevy Patrol
1U   - B6  - 1992 International/EJ Murphy 250/750 (1-4, 1-6) 1992-Present
1V   - P3   - 1996 Ford F250 Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
1W  - B6   - 1998 (72) AM Gen 6x6/VTec 350/750 Brush Breaker (1-6) 1998-2014 (now Dist2)
1X   - P3   - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250 Forestry Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
1Y   - F4   - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250/20 Forestry Patrol - Shawme (1-2) 2007-Present
1Z   - 830  - 2008 Ford F350/Pro-Tech 250/250/20 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3) 2008-2012
1-1  - T7    - 2009 (1991) International 1200 Gal Tanker - Shawme (1-7) 2009-Present
1-2  - 831  - 2010 (2003) International 250/650 Forestry - Vineyard (1-5) 2010-Present
1-3  - 830  - 2012 (2008) Ford F350 110/200 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3) 2012-Present
 

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2A  -       - 1907 Extinguisher Wagon
2B  -       - 1922 Ford Model T Patrol
2C  -       - 1920s State Fire Truck
2D  -       - 1935 Ford 75/400 Fire Truck - Shawme
2E  -       - 1939 Ford State 75/280 Forestry - Vineyard
2F  -       - 1939 Ford State 125/280 Forestry - Shawme
2G  -       - 1941 Ford State 125/280 Forestry - Nickerson
2H - P3  - 1942 Chevy Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
2I  - P3   - 1949 Ford Patrol Nickerson (1-1)
2J  -        - 1950s Dodge PW Forestry
2K - P3   - 1957 Patrol Truck
2L  - B6  - 1964 FWD Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-4)
2M - B5  - 1965 FWD Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-5)
2N  - P4  - 1967 Dodge PW Patrol - Shawme 1-2
2O  - MV - 1968 International/Farrar 250/600 Breaker (1-3)
2P  - P3   - 1970 Dodge PW Patrol
2Q  - P4   - 1975 Dodge PW Patrol
2R  - P3   - 1976 Dodge Patrol
2S  - P3   - 1977 Dodge Patrol
2T  - P4   - 1986 Chevy Patrol
2U  - B6   - 1992 International/EJ Murphy 250/750 (1-4, 1-6) 1992-Present
2V  - P3   - 1996 Ford F250 Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
2W - B6   - 1998 (72) AM Gen 6x6/VTec 350/750 Brush Breaker (1-6) 1998-2014 (now Dist2)
2X  - P3   - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250 Forestry Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
2Y  - F4   - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250/20 Forestry Patrol - Shawme (1-2) 2007-Present
2Z  - 830  - 2008 Ford F350/Pro-Tech 250/250/20 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3) 2008-2012
2-1 - T7    - 2009 (1991) International 1200 Gal Tanker - Shawme (1-7) 2009-Present
2-2 - 831  - 2010 (2003) International 250/650 Forestry - Vineyard (1-5) 2010-Present
2-3 - 830  - 2012 (2008) Ford F350 110/200 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3) 2012-Present
 

 

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STATE FORESTS - DISTRICT 1 - CAPE & ISLANDS


1911 - Established
The (Commonwealth) State of Massachusetts has provided apparatus and resources for Forest Firefighting since 1911, and perhaps earlier. Various state agencies were responsible for these services over the years.
The Department of Conservation (DOC)
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

The State defines its Forest Fire Control Districts essentially by Counties.
District 1 includes Barnstable County (Cape Cod),
District 1 includes Dukes County (Martha's Vineyard)
District 1 includes Nantucket County (Nantucket Island).
There are two State Forests in Barnstable County
700 Acres - SANDWICH - Shawme Crowell State Forest. District 1 Headquarters.
1,900 Acres - BREWSTER - Roland C Nickerson State Forest
One State Forest in Dukes County
5,300 Acres - MARTHA'S VINEYARD - Manual F Corrullus State Forest. W Tisbury/Edgartown
All three of the District 1 State Forests have had Fire Protection over the years.

District 2 includes Plymouth County
12,000 Acres - PLYMOUTH/CARVER - Myles Standish State Forest - District 2 Headquarters

District 3 includes Bristol County
5,000 Acres - FREETOWN - Freetown State Forest - District 3 Headquarters

Forest Fire Apparatus
Brush Breakers, Forestry Trucks, Tankers, Patrol Trucks, and some additional apparatus have served at the various Districts. Many of them (probably not all) are included within this feature. Historically, when large forest fires have broken out in one district, apparatus from the other districts often responded to assist.

Fire Towers
7 Fire Towers in Barnstable County
1 Fire Tower in Dukes County
6 Fire Towers in Plymouth County
4 Fire Towers in Bristol County

The Massachusetts Forest Fire Control Districts map and Fire Tower locations.

 

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DOC - State Forester - 1907 Horse Drawn Extinguisher Wagon
 

Mass State Forester - District 1 - Extinguisher Wagon - c.1907


There were plenty of fires before there were motor vehicles. This horse drawn wagon is labeled "Mass State Forester." It is unknown if, or where, it may have served in District 1. It is however likely that it represents the equipment that would have been around for firefighting in the late 1800s and early 1900s, prior to the arrival of motor vehicles.

The wagon is loaded with about a dozen "soda-acid" water fire extinguishers. These metal (typically copper) fire extinguishers would carry about 2-1/2 to 3 gallons of water (weighing about 20 to 25 lbs) and would have some soda (bicarbonate) dissolved in the water. When needed, tipping the can, thereby adding a small amount of (Sulphuric) acid to the water, would cause a chemical reaction that would create the pressure (like opening a recently shaken bottle of soda or beer) within the extinguisher needed to discharge a stream of water onto the fire. A wagon carrying a supply of extra soda and acid chemicals could recharge extinguishers that were refilled with water in any remote location. Used with brooms, shovels, and rakes, the extinguishers could contain and extinguish many smaller fires.

Use of "chemical" fire engines in the late 1800s and early 1900s was quite popular because it did not require the power of steam or a motor to create the pressure needed to spray water on a fire.

(Carver FD collection)

 
 

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DOC - District 1 - Patrol - 1922 Ford Model T Patrol Truck
 

State Dept of Conservation - Patrol - 1922 Ford Model T


One of the keys to preventing large fires is to locate and extinguish them when they are still small.

The State Department of Conservation operated Forest Fire Patrol Trucks in many areas, including on Cape Cod. One of the earliest motor vehicle patrol trucks was a 1922 Ford Model T that was located in the Lower Cape (Brewster area). The first State Patrolman on the Cape was Henry Perry who drove several patrol trucks and fought many fires from the early 1920s to the 1950s. His truck appears to carry a number of extinguishers and would have had a variety of tools as well.

 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1920s Forest Fire Truck 
 

State Dept of Conservation - 1920's Forest Fire Truck


Early forestry firefighting apparatus in many cases preceded organized fire departments in some communities. The State organized its Department of Conservation Forest Fire Control Department sometime around 1911 and placed a variety of primitive apparatus around the state. It is unknown if this truck was assigned to, or is operating on Cape Cod, but it probably would have in the early 1920s and 1930s. Equipped with a pump, it could draft water from a pond or other body of water, and supply hose lines used to extinguish fires.
 
 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1935 Ford 75/400 "Breaker" Sandwich  
 

State Dept of Conservation - Forest Fire Patrol - 1935 Ford 75/400 - Shawme Crowell


This 1935 Ford fire truck says "Shawme Forest" (Sandwich) on its doors and "Forest Fire Patrol" over the windshield. The truck is equipped with some steel bars and basic protection, making it one of the earliest apparatus, if not the first, that could be defined as a "Brush Breaker" on Cape Cod. It was equipped with a small 75 gpm pump and about 400 gallons of water.

Based on its lettering, it is believed this truck may have initially been a State truck. It later photos, it can be found lettered and operated by the Sandwich Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1939 Ford 280 Gal - Vineyard
 

State DOC - 1939 Ford Forestry - District 1 - Martha's Vineyard


The State DOC operated a 1939 Ford Forestry Fire Truck on Martha's Vineyard. It would have had about a 280 gallon tank, small pump, and load of hose and tools. The truck was assigned to District 1 and was assigned to the Dukes County, Martha's Vineyard duty.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1939 Ford COE 100/280 - Sandwich
 

State DOC - 1939 Ford COE 1-1/2 ton - 100/280 gallon Forestry Truck 
Shawme Crowell Park - Sandwich


In about 1939, Massachusetts had a significant number of forestry fire trucks built for the Department of Conservation  (DOC). Some of the first fire trucks equipped with two way radios, these trucks carried a large amount of hose, approx 2000', extinguishers, and tools, with about a 100 gpm pump and 280 gallons of water. At least two of these were assigned to Cape Cod. One in the Upper Cape, based at Shawme Crowell State Forest, although stationed at and operated by the Bourne Fire Department at times. This truck likely served until the early to mid 1960s.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1941 Ford COE 100/280 - Brewster
 

State DOC - 1941 Ford COE 1-1/2 ton - 100/280 gallon Forestry 
Roland C Nickerson State Park - Brewster


The second State Forestry Truck on the Cape was a 1941 Ford COE of similar style, with a slightly different radiator grill style. These trucks had small 100 gpm pumps and carried about 280 gallons of water in their tanks. It was assigned to the Lower Cape operating at the Nickerson State Park in Brewster. It would have served at Nickerson from about 1941 to 1965. After its fire service, it remained at Nickerson serving as a utility vehicle.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Patrol - 1942 Chevy Patrol Truck - Brewster
 

State DOC - Patrol - 1942 Chevy Patrol Truck - Henry Perry


State Forest Fire Patrolman Henry Perry started out with the 1922 Ford Model T. In 1942 he was driving a 1942 Chevy Patrol Truck with a small pump and probably 100 gallon water tank. Most of his time was in the Lower Cape / Brewster area.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Patrol - 1949 Ford Patrol Truck - Brewster
 

State DOC - District 1 - 1949 Ford Patrol Truck - Henry Perry - Brewster
 

State patrolman Henry Perry finished out his career with this 1949 Ford labeled as Barnstable County Patrol Truck in Brewster.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Forestry - 1950s Dodge PW Forestry -
 

State DOC - District 1 - 1950s Dodge Power Wagon Forestry Truck


The 1940s and 1950s Dodge 4x4 Power Wagons were commonly used for firefighting. At least one was operated by DOC District 1 on Cape Cod into the 1960s. It is unclear if this photo is of a truck assigned to Barnstable County or if it came during a fire, but another similar unit can be seen in additional photos of the District 1 apparatus in the 1960s.
 

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DOC - District 1 - Patrol - 1957 Ford F100 Patrol Truck
 

State DOC - District 1 - Approx 1957 Ford F100 Patrol Truck


This State DOC Patrol Truck appears to be about a 1957 Ford F100. At least one, and often two State patrol trucks were staffed and patrolling Cape Cod for many years.
 
 

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DEM - District 1 - B6 - 1964 FWD 6x6/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-4)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Truck 6 - 1964 FWD/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-4)


Starting in 1964, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) designed and built (4) identical Brush Breakers. The 6x6 FWD chassis Brush Breakers were built in Marshfield, Mass. by Farrar. They had 250 gpm pumps and carried 1000 gallons of water. One of the first two trucks was State Truck 1-4, known as Car 6 on Barnstable County Fire Radio. It was assigned to Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich. This truck served from 1964 until about 1988, when it is believed to have been reassigned to District 3 in Freetown, operating as Breaker 3-7 for some years.
 

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DEM - District 1 - B5 - 1965 FWD 6x6/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-5)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Truck 5 - 1965 FWD/Farrar 250/1000 Brush Breaker (1-5)


The third of the State DEM Brush Breakers was built in 1965. The 6x6 FWD/Farrar 250 gpm, 1000 gallon Brush Breaker was State 1-5, and known as Truck 5 on the radio. It was initially assigned to the Nickerson State Park in Brewster, but did plenty of duty elsewhere. It is believed this truck was sent to Martha's Vineyard from 1988 to about 1998. It then went back to Nickerson in Brewster for a year or two, and ultimately finished out serving as the Brewster Fire Department's Breaker 235 from 2001-2002.

The 1968 International/Farrar 250 gpm, 600 gallon Breaker, that had been on the Vineyard, came back to Shawme as Breaker 6 in 1988, when the 1964 FWD Breaker 6 went to District 3.

The two other FWD/Farrar Breakers, the 1964 State 2-4 (Truck 18) and 1966 State 2-5 (Truck 19) bother served District 2 at Myles Standish State Forest in the Plymouth/Carver area.

 
 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - 1967 Dodge PW  - Shawme (1-2)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - Approx 1967 Dodge Power Wagon (1-2)
Upper Cape Patrol - Sandwich


The State Patrol 4 (1-2) Assigned to Upper Cape Patrol at Shawme Crowell State Forest, Sandwich.
 

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DEM - District 1 - BB - 1968 Inter 4x4/Farrar 250/600 - Vineyard (1-3)
 

State DEM - District 1 - 1968 International/Farrar 4x4 250/600 Breaker - Vineyard (1-3)
April 1988 photo as Breaker 6


In 1968, the State DEM built another Brush Breaker. It was a 1968 International/Farrar 4x4 truck with a gas engine and manual transmission. It had a 250 gpm pump and carried 600 gallons of water. The truck was designed for operating on Martha's Vineyard and was assigned to protect the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest on the Island. It was designated State Truck 1-3, but did not initially have a Barnstable County radio ID. It went by "M-63" on the Vineyard radio, but was simply known as the "Vineyard Truck" at District 1 HQ at Shawme.

In about 1988, when the 1964 FWD/Farrar Truck 6 at Shawme was reassigned to Freetown State Forest in District 3, the 1968 International/Farrar came off the Island and became Truck 6 at Shawme Crowell. The 1965 FWD/Farrar Truck 5 from Nickerson was reassigned to the Vineyard, leaving only a State Patrol truck at Nickerson Park in Brewster.

The Brewster Fire Department had acquired the 1963 Maxim former Barnstable County Breaker No.4 (C12) from Dennis in about 1982, protecting the Lower Cape. Brewster later added the 1960 Maxim former County No.3 (C-13) from Orleans/Eastham in about 1988 for a few years.

In 1992, the State built a new Brush Breaker for District 1. Truck 1-4, was known as Truck 6 on the radio. It was a 1992 International/EJ Murphy 4x4 250/750 that served at Shawme Crowell. The 1968 International was renumbered from Truck 6 to Truck 5. It continued to serve at Shawme. The 1968 Breaker was refurbished in 2007, getting a new poly 300/650 skid tank and pump. Unfortunately, mechanical problems put the truck out of service finally in 2010 after about 42 years of service.

 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - 1970 Dodge PW 65/200 - Nickerson (1-1)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - Approx 1970 Dodge Power Wagon 65/200 (1-1)
With 1965 FWD 6x6/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker 5 (1-5) at Nickerson


One of many Patrol Trucks to serve the Cape, was this approximately 1970 Dodge Power Wagon that was assigned to the Lower Cape as State 1-1, Patrol 3.  June 1986 photo.
 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - 1975 GMC 65/200 - Shawme (1-2)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - Approx 1975 GMC 4x4 65/200 Patrol (1-2)
Oct 1981 photo


State DEM Patrol Truck 1-2, known as Patrol 4, was assigned to Shawme Crowell in Sandwich and was the Upper Cape Patrol for many years. Shown at 1981 Muster.
 

 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol - 1976 Dodge 65/200 - Shawme
 

DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - Approx 1976 Dodge 4x4 65/200 (1-1?)
Served 1976-?    Mar 1999 photo

 
 
 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - 1977 Dodge 4x4 - Nickerson (1-1)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - Approx 1977 Dodge 4x4 54/200 Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
Went to Naushon Island in 1980s.

 
 

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DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - 1986 Chevy 54/200 - Shawme (1-2)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 4 - Approx 1986 Chevy 4x4 54/200 Patrol (1-2)
Served 1986-2007    1998 Photo


 
 

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DEM - District 1 - B6 - 1992 Inter 4x4/EJ Murphy 250/750  (1-4, 1-6)
 
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DCR - District 1 - Breaker 6 - 1992 International 4x4/EJ Murphy 250/750 (1-4, 1-6)
Sept 1992 photo


In 1992, the State DCR bought a new brush breaker for District 1. The 1992 International 4x4 breaker was built by EJ Murphy. It came with a 250 gpm pump and 750 gallon tank. The truck was assigned as the District 1, Truck 4, or 1-4. It was assigned as Breaker 6 on the radio. The truck was stationed at the Shawme Crowell headquarters from 1992-1998. It was eventually reassigned as State 1-6 and Breaker 6 on the radio.

In 1998, the truck was sent to Martha's Vineyard. It is believed that it replaced the 1965 FWD that had been at Manual F Corrullus Forest since about 1988. The 1965 FWD went back to Nickerson in Brewster briefly, while the 1992 International went to the recently expanded West Tisbury Station 2 on Edgartown Road. It was staffed by the West Tisbury FD and called Breaker 731 on the Vineyard radio.

In about June 2007, the 1992 truck came back to Shawme Crowell where it continues to serve as Breaker 6.

District 1 moved the 1998 (1972) AM General/V-Tec Breaker 6 to the Vineyard in 2007, where it operated with the West Tisbury FD until 2013 when it came back to the Cape and then was transferred to District 2.

 

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DCR - District 1 - Patrol 3 - 1996 Ford F250 125/200 - Nickerson (1-1)
 

DCR - District 1 - Patrol 3 - 1996 Ford F250 4x4 125/200 Patrol - Nickerson (1-1)
Photo Sept 2002


State Patrol 3 (1-1) was assigned to the Lower Cape. In 1996 a new Ford F250 replaced the older patrol truck. This truck would serve until about 2007.

 

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DCR - District 1 - Breaker 6 - 1998 (1972) AM Gen/VTec Breaker (1-6)
 

DCR - District 1 - Breaker 6 - 1998 (1972) AM Gen 6x6/V-Tec 350/750/15 (1-6)


In 1998, District 1 took delivery of a newly built Brush Breaker. It was built on a 1972 AM General 6x6 former military chassis. V-Tec in Vermont built the truck with a 350 gpm pump and 750 gallon tank. It also was equipped with about 15 gallons of Class a foam. The new truck was assigned to Shawme Crowell as Breaker 6 (1-6), taking the place of the 1992 International that was then sent to the Vineyard.

In about 2007, this truck was sent to the Vineyard and swapped with the 1992 Breaker that returned to the Cape. The 1998 was assigned to the West Tisbury FD and operated as Breaker 731 on the Vineyard radio.

In about 2013, West Tisbury placed a new Breaker in service and no longer had the room or need to house the State breaker. The 1998 Breaker returned to Shawme Crowell and in 2014 was transferred to District 2 where it would become and continues to serve as State Breaker 18 (2-4) at Myles Standish.

 
 

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DCR - District 1 - Tender 7 - 2007 (1991) International 1200 Tanker (1-7)
 

DCR - District 1 - 2007 (1991) International 1200 Tanker
Aug 2010 photo


Historically, State District 1 never operated a tanker. In 2007 it built a new Tanker (Tender) on a 1991 International former military fuel truck. It became a 1200 gallon tanker with a small auxiliary pump. The truck became Tender 7 (1-7) assigned to Shawme Crowell.
 
 

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DCR - District 1 - Forestry 3 - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250 Forestry (1-1)
 

State DCR - District 1 - Patrol 3 - 2007 (1999) Chevy flatbed
 

This truck replaced the 1996 Ford F25o Patrol Truck 3 (1-1). It was the first of a different style of patrol type vehicles with the flatbed/skid unit.
 

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DCR - District 1 - Forestry 4 - 2007 (1999) Chevy 250/250 Forestry (1-2)
 

DCR - District 1 - Forestry 4 (1-2) - 2007 (1999) Chevy 3500 250/250/20 Forestry


This truck was put in service in 2007 to replace the 1986 Chevy Patrol 4 (1-2). The 1999 Chevy 4x4 flatbed came with 259 gpm pump, 250 gallon tank, and 20 gals of Class A foam. It was originally a District 14 patrol truck, coming to the Cape in 2007. It was assigned to Shawme Crowell as Forestry 4 from 2007 to about...
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - F830 - 2008 Ford F350 4x4/Pro-Tech Forestry - Vineyard (1-3)
 

DCR - District 1 - 830 (1-3) - 2008 Ford F350 4x4/Pro-Tech 250/250/20A Patrol Truck
June 2009 photo


In 2008, DCR District 1 put a 2008 Ford F350 4x4/Pro-Tech in service as a Patrol Truck. It had a 250 gpm pump, 250 gallon tank, and 20 gallons of Class A foam. The truck was assigned to Martha's Vineyard. It served on the Vineyard 2008 until about 2012. In 2012 it was traded to District 3 for a 2008 Ford F350 more conventional pickup style Patrol Truck.
 

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DCR - District 1 - F831 - 2010 (2003) Int 250/800 Forestry - Vineyard (1-5)
 

DCR District 1 - Forestry 5 (1-5) - 2010 (2003) International 250/650 Forestry (Dukes 831)
June 2012 Photo


The 2010 Forestry 5 (1-5) was built on a 2003 International flatbed chassis. The 2007 250/650 poly skid unit that was originally put on the 1968 International/Farrar Breaker 5 when rehabbed in 2007. When that truck went out of service with mechanical issues, the skid unit was placed on the 2003 International. Forestry 5 was then moved to Martha's Vineyard using the "831" designation on the Vineyard network.
 

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DCR - District 1 - 830 - (2012) 2008 Ford F350 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3)
 

DCR - District 1 - F830 - 2012 (2008) Ford F350 4x4 110/200 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3)
June 2021 Photo


In 2012, District 1 traded its 2008 Ford F-350/Pro-Tech 250/250/20 Forestry Truck (1-3) to District 3. In return, District 1 got the District 3 Patrol Truck 3-1. This 2008 Ford F350 4x4 traditional style pickup included the 110/200 Skid tank and pump. This truck became State 1-3, Forestry 3 on Barnstable County, and "Forestry 830" on the Vineyard radio. It has been housed at the Manual F Corrullus State Forest fire barn since 2012.
 
 
 
 
 

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DOC - District 1 - 1907 Fire Extinguishers Wagon
 

Filling soda-acid extinguishers in the field.

 

 

 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1922 Ford Model T Patrol Truck
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1920s Forestry Fire Truck
 

DOC - 1920s State Forestry Fire Truck


Old state truck on a bridge.
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1935 Ford 75/400 Forestry Patrol "Breaker" Sandwich
 

1935 Ford early State brush breaker


Photo of 1935 Ford forestry patrol truck from Shawme State Park and then Sandwich Volunteer Fire Department.
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1939 Ford Forestry - Martha's Vineyard
 

No additional Photo

 
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1939 Ford COE 100/280 Forestry - Sandwich
 

State DOC - 1939 Ford COE 1-1/2 ton - 100/280 gallon Forestry Truck 
Shawme Crowell Park - Sandwich
 

 

Newspaper clipping showing a fleet of 1939 Ford COE Forestry Fire Trucks ready for delivery to various Districts around Massachusetts.
(Carver FD collection)

 

The 1939 Ford COE 100/280 Forestry Truck assigned to Shawme Crowell was housed and staffed by the Bourne Fire Department at some point (second from left) shown in front of the Buzzards Bay Fire Station along with some of Bourne's apparatus.

The 1939 Ford State Truck shown inside the Bourne Station 4 in Pocasset next to the 1934 Bourne Buffalo Engine 5.

The 1939 State Truck visited Mashpee in the mid 1940s. Future Mashpee Fire Chief (c.1950) Pete Peters and young son Gordon Peters.

In the 1990s, one of the old 1939 Fords was found and brought back to Shawme Crowell with the hopes of refurbishing it. The truck was never fixed up and its ultimate status is unknown.

 

 

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DOC - Dist 1 - Forestry - 1941 Ford COE 100/280 Forestry - Brewster
 

STATE FIRE TRUCK
One of the 1939 era Massachusetts Department of Conservation fire trucks
at the Roland C. Nickerson State Forest in Brewster.
 

The DOC Forestry Truck at Nickerson State Forest was a 1941, with a slightly different front radiator grill. That truck served from about 1941 to 1965. It then went on to serve as a utility truck at the park for a period of time.

Info

 

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DOC - Dist 1 - Patrol - 1942 Chevy Patrol Truck - Nickerson
 

No additional Photos

 
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1949 Ford Patrol Truck - Nickerson
 

No additional Photos

 
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - 1950s Dodge PW Forestry - Shawme Crowell
 

The Dodge Power Wagon style State Forestry-Patrol Trucks were very popular.
This one shown with District 1 c.1965

 
 

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DOC - Dist 1 - Patrol - 1957 Ford Patrol Truck - Nickerson
 

DOC District 1 - 1957 Ford Patrol Truck.
May have been at Shawme, but also could have served at Nickerson.

 

The 1957 Ford State Patrol on right and Town of Barnstable 1958 Ford Patrol Trucks at the Cape Cod Airport in Marstons Mills with the Barnstable County Fire Patrol Plane P-18 and two fire chief vehicles.

The State Patrol truck with the Forest Fire Danger sign on the back. Since the State truck was also assigned to District 1 it says Barnstable County across the rear of the roof. Not to be confused as a Barnstable County Forest Fire Service vehicle, since the County did not operate patrol trucks.

Forest Fire Danger sign indicating an "Extreme" Class 5 warning on this day.

 

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DEM - Dist 1 - B6 - 1964 FWD/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-4)
 

Massachusetts built (4) of the large FWD/Farrar 1000 gallon Brush Breakers.
The first two were built in 1964. One went to District 1 (1-4) known as Truck 6
and the other to District 2 (2-4) known as Truck 18. It is unclear where or when this
photo was taken. It appears to be a "4" painted on the breaker roof (1-4?).
The number on the Power Wagon roof is "5-5" so a truck from District 5, which
is the Essex County area. So this was likely a large fire somewhere in SE Mass
that called for Paul's Lunch truck and a couple other interesting loking vehicles.

DEM District 1 State Breakers. 1964 FWD/Farrar Truck 6 and 1965 FWD/Farrar Truck 5 at an Otis fire in 1980s.

One of the FWD/Farrar breakers, believed to be the 1964 Truck 6, ended up
in State District 3 (Bristol County) around 1988 and was assigned as "3-7". 
It is unclear how long it served in District 3.
Shown here in a fire prevention parade in Hyannis.

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - B5 - 1965 FWD/Farrar 250/1000 Breaker (1-5)
 

The 1965 FWD/Farrar 1000 gallon brush breaker Truck 5 (1-5) had been assigned
to Nickerson State Park in Brewster from about 1965 to about 1988. It is believed that
it then went to Martha's Vineyard until about 1998 when it returned to Nickerson in
Brewster briefly. From about 2000 to 2002, it served the Brewster Fire Department
after the old County Brush Breakers C12 and C13 finished their service as B235 and B255.
Once Brewster's new Breaker 235 came in 2002, the old FWD was retired.

Shown at 1981 Cape Cod Muster.

Breaker 5 at March 1986 Otis Fire

State Breaker 5 in the woods at Otis April 1986

Breaker 5 ahead of COMM Breaker 316 in the burn. Day after mop up.

April 1988 at Otis

Old Breaker 5 in semi-retirement at Shawme March 1999 before going to Brewster.

 

The 1965 FWD/Farrar 1000 gallon breaker 5 served at Brewster Fire Department briefly from about 2000-2002 as Breaker 235. April 2001 photos

 

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P4 - 1967 Dodge PW Patrol Truck (1-2)
 

The DEM 1967 or 1968 Dodge Patrol 4 (1-2) next to Warden's car.

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - BB - 1968 Int/Farrar 250/600 Breaker - Vineyard (1-3)
 

State DEM - District 1 - 1968 International/Farrar 4x4 250/600 Breaker - Vineyard (1-3)
April 1988 photo at Otis as Breaker 6

Breaker 6 at Shawme Crowell
May 89

 

The 1968 International/Farrar was reassigned as Breaker 5 in 1992, when the new District 1 Breaker 6 arrived. It remained at Shawme Crowell.
Sept 1992 photo

 

State Breaker 5 at Otis
May 97

State Breaker 5 in June 2006 at Onset

The 1968 International got a little makeover in 2007 when a new poly skid unit was placed in the truck to replace the original rusty water tank.
May 2007

 

Breaker 6 & Breaker 5 at Otis Drill
Mar 2008

 

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P3 - 1970 Dodge PW Patrol Truck - Nickerson (1-1)
 

State DEM - District 1 - Patrol 3 - Approx 1970 Dodge Power Wagon 65/200 (1-1)
About 1986 photo
 

Patrolman Peter Martin served as the Lower Cape Patrolman for many years with Patrol 3 in Brewster.

 

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P4 - 1975 GMC Patrol Truck - Shawme (1-2)
 

About 1975 GMC Patrol Truck 4 at Cape Cod Muster in 1981.

 

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P4 - 1976 Dodge Patrol Truck
 

About 1976 Dodge Patrol 4 top view

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P3  - 1977 Dodge Patrol Truck
 

DEM District 1 1977 Dodge Patrol Truck served as Patrol 3

 
 

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DEM - Dist 1 - P4 - 1986 Chevy Patrol Truck (1-2)
 

State District 1 Patrol 4 (1-2) at a Bourne incident.
Apr 1998

 

District 1 Patrolman Robert Crocker in Patrol 4 May 1999

DEM District 1 Patrol 4 (1-2) - 1986 Chevy
Oct 2000 photo

Patrol 4 in May 2001

May 2001

May 2007

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - B6 - 1992 Inter/EJ Murphy 250/750 Breaker (1-4, 1-6)
 

The new District 1 Breaker 6 (1-4) soon after arriving.
Sept 1992

 

1992 Breaker 6 renumbered without the (1-4)
Sept 1993

Breaker 6 back on the Cape since 1998 with an upgrade paint job and reflective striping.
Oct 2007

Breaker 6 at Drill in Otis Mar 2008

 

 

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - P3 - 1996 Ford F250 Patrol Truck (1-1)
 

1996 Ford F250 Patrol 3 (1-1) at Fire Prevention Parade, Hyannis
Oct 2000

Patrol 3 at the Nickerson State Park Station
Sept 2002

Patrolman Peter Martin with Patrol 3
Sept 2002

 

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - B6 - 1998 (1972) AM Gen/V-Tec 250/750 Breaker (1-6)
 

The new District 1 Breaker 6
March 1999

Breaker 6 in the woods.

Breaker 6 at Hyannis Fire Prevention Parade
Oct 2000

May 2001

 

In 2007, the State Breaker was sent to Martha's Vineyard. It replaced the 1992 International, that returned to District 1 Shawme Crowell as Breaker 6. The truck on the Vineyard was stationed in West Tisbury and went by Breaker 731. The truck served on the Vineyard from 2007 to 2013.

 

 

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - T7 - 2007 (1991) International 1200 Gal Tanker (1-7)
 

District 1 Tanker 7
Photo July 2009

 

DCR Tanker 7
Photo August 2010

 
 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - P3 - 2007 (1999) Chevy Forestry (1-1)
 

2007 (1999) Chevy 3500 Patrol 3 (1-1)
March 2007

April 2007

 

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - Forestry 4 - 2007 (1999) Chevy Forestry (1-2)
 

Forestry 4 (1-2) 2007 (1999) Chevy 2500 250/250/20 (2007-Present)
Orig Dist 14, Shawme Patrol 4 (1-2)

 

 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - F830 - 2008 Ford F350/Protech Forestry - Vineyard (1-3)
 

DCR District 1 (1-3) - 2008 Ford F350/Pro-Tech 250/250/20A Forestry
Martha's Vineyard F830
Served until 2012. Then traded to District 3 for a different style vehicle.
June 2009
 

 

 

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DCR - Dist 1 - F831 - 2010 (2003) International Forestry - Vineyard (1-5)
 

DCR District 1 - Forestry 5 (1-5) - 2010 (2003) International 250/650 Forestry
March 2010 Photo

Mar 2010 new

 
 
 

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DCR - Dist 1 - F830 - 2012 (2008) Ford F350 Forestry - Vineyard (1-3)
 

DCR District 1 - 2012 (2008) Ford F350 Forestry Truck - Vineyard (1-3)
Taken in trade with District 3, in exchange for 2008 Ford/Pro-Tech truck.
New March 2012
 

April 2016 photos

District 1 - Forestry 830  (1-3) - On the Vineyard
June 2021

 

 
 
 
 
 

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