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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 17
2000's

1990'S BRUSH AND FORESTRY TRUCKS


EJ Murphy built this brush breaker for Carver Fire Department in 1991.
It is an International / Murphy 250 /750 breaker assigned to Carver Station 1.
(2002 photo)


This 1991 International / Metal Masters forestry truck is assigned to the Cape Cod National Seashore.
F-277 has a 500 gallon tank, 175 gpm pump, and Class A foam.


The CCNS Forestry 277 in Sept 2002.


This is what the rear of CCNS Forestry 277 looks like.
Sept 2002.


The Seashore station at Marconi in South Wellfleet.


This brush breaker was built for the Rochester Fire Department. It is a 1984 Chevy 4x4,
with bar work and bodywork built in 1990. Breaker 194 carries 800 gallons and has (2) 250 fire pumps.


Kingston Fire Department's 1992 International / EJ Murphy Brush Breaker
with 350 gpm pump and 750 gallon tank also served as a rescue truck
carrying the Jaws for a time.
 


Brewster Fire Department received this 1994 Ford F350 Forestry truck built by EJ Murphy.
It has a 300 gallon tank, 300 gpm pump, Class A foam and a host of rescue and other equipment.

 


Otis Breaker 8 (408) was built in 1995 by the Otis Firefighters on a 1983 AM General
military 5 ton chassis. It carried 950 gallons of water.


Otis Breaker 9 (409) was also built in 1995 by Otis Firefighters. It is on a 1976 Gibson
military chassis. This also has a 950 gallon tank.

 


Otis Brush Breaker door.


COMM Fire Department placed this GMC / Fire One forestry truck in service
in 1995.  It has a 250 gpm pump and 200 gallon tank, as well as 20 gallons of 
Class A foam.  Forestry 317 replaced Breaker 317's 1962 International.

 


Chatham Fire Department placed this 300 gallon Ford forestry truck in service in 1996.


Chatham Forestry 187.

 

 



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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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