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Page Updated August 21, 2020 

 
 

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SANDWICH - 1932 Ford Brush Truck

     The Sandwich Volunteer Fire Department, operating out of an ivy covered garage behind the Daniel Webster Inn, had several apparatus. Among them, is a 1932 Ford fire engine identified on door as "Forest Fire Dept." This truck also has some bars protecting it while operating at brush and woods fires. This could be one of the first trucks built in the brush breaker era to be so designed.

     In the middle, is the 1938 Ford / Buffalo brush breaker 3 that would be known as 143. To the left is the Sandwich Engine 2 1947 Diamond T pumper. Below is also the 1931 Ahrens Fox mid mount pumper Engine 1.

 

SANDWICH - 1938 Ford / Buffalo Brush Breaker 3 (143)



     The 1938 Ford brush breaker built by Buffalo was powered by a V8 85 hp. It had only rear wheel drive. The tank carried about 1000 gallons. The truck was somewhat under powered, but performed at many fires over about 27 years.

 

     The 1938 brush breaker was replaced by the 1965 Dodge power wagon / Maynard brush breaker 3 (143).

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
1938 SANDWICH BRUSH BREAKER


The first Sandwich brush breaker was this 1938 Ford cab over built by
Buffalo Fire Apparatus.  It had an 85 hp V8 motor and carried 1000 gallons of water.
The Sandwich breaker had only rear wheel drive and was somewhat under powered
according to sources. It served Sandwich until 1965.


The 1938 Ford brush breaker was replaced in 1965 by a Dodge brush breaker.


The Sandwich 1938 Ford brush breaker is shown in front of the Sandwich Volunteer
Fire Station (behind the Daniel Webster Inn) in 1954.  Another Sandwich brush truck
is shown to the right of the breaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1935 Ford Brush Truck with bars

 
1938 Ford / Buffalo Brush Breaker 143

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

The Sandwich E3, radio 143, 1965 Dodge 4x4. 250 gpm and 600 gals

The  Sandwich 142 Breaker ws 1958 Dodge 4x4. 250 gpm & 500 gallons.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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