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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY *
By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated November 25, 2007)

Page 11
1990's
1960s BRUSH BREAKERS


The Town of Barnstable Forest Fire Department built this brush breaker (B-212) in 1962.
The 1962 International / Maxim 500 gallon brush breaker was stationed in Centerville.
When the T.O.B.F.F.D. was disbanded in 1975, the Centerville-Osterville
Fire Department took over the breaker.

 


The COMM Fire Department operated the 1962 International breaker until its
retirement in 1995. The medium sized brush breaker had a 500 gallon tank
and gasoline motor.


The COMM FD Breaker 317 at a small brush fire.


Onset F-9 - 1962 Dodge Power Wagon 200 gallon forestry truck

 


Lakeville Engine 4 was a 1964 International / Maxim 250 gpm / 575 gallon
Brush Breaker.


Lakeville's 1964 International / Maxim brush breaker became Forest Fire 2 (64)


1964 International / Maxim 750 gallon brush breaker operated by the
Marion Fire Department in Plymouth County was originally called Engine 5.
It later became Breaker 1.


Marion's Breaker 1 (127) is the 1964 International.


Freetown, MA Brush Breaker





STATE 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.

 
CARVER FIRE 1964


Cape Cod and Plymouth county brush breakers responded to a large
forest fire in Carver in May 1964.  


Carver fire 1964.


Carver fire 1964
Several structures were also destroyed.


Dense smoke from the Carver fire in 1964.


Carver 1964.


1965 TRUCKS

 


1965 Jeep Forestry 8 belonged to the Wareham Fire Department.


Cape Cod National Seashore operates several fire apparatus to protect the seashore.
This  1965 International L-1700 4x4 / Darley tanker has a 250 gpm pump and 1000 gallon tank.
Tanker 279.


Maxim built Falmouth a tank truck in 1965.  The International 4x4 carried 1000 gallons
of water.  Tanker 1 (35) is still in service in Falmouth.

 
Falmouth Tanker 18, 1965 International. Originally Tanker 1 (35).

 


Sandwich replaced its 1939 brush breaker in 1965 with a Dodge brush breaker.


Sandwich Breaker 143 was built in 1965.  The Dodge Power Wagon
built by Maynard had a 600 gallon tank.


Sandwich Fire Department's 1960s Dodge Breaker 142 several years after retirement.

 



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

 

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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