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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 19
2000's
1998 STATE BRUSH BREAKER


Massachusetts DEM District 1 covers Cape Cod with Breaker 6, one of the newest breakers on Cape.


DEM Breaker 6 was built on a 1972 AM Genral 2.5 ton military chassis with bodywork built in Vermont by V-TEC in 1998.
It has a 350 gpm pump and 750 gallon tank. It has a Class A foam pro injection system and 20K lb winch.

 


DEM Breaker 6 rear view.


DEM Breaker 6 with Patrolman Robert Crocker.


A unique fire station sign at the DEM District 1 Forest Fire Control
headquarters at Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich.


State DEM District 1 Fire Patrol Truck 3
1996 Ford F250 4x4 Forestry Patrol Truck
45 gpm - 200 gal
(gas / automatic)
Class A foam


Patrol 3 at the Nickerson State Park "fire house" shown in Sept 2002.


Peter Martin has been the Lower Cape Patrolman for many years.
Shown with his truck Sept 2002.

 


State DEM District 1 Fire Patrol Truck 4
1986 Chevy K-30 4x4 Forestry Patrol Truck
54 gpm - 200 gal
(diesel / automatic)


State DEM District 1 Shawme Crowell State Park
has this RAT (Remote Area Trailer) in service equipped with
portable pumps and hose for areas that are difficult to access.


The RAT pack.




District 1 Forest Warden Clyde Tripp was a
leader in forest fire fighting on the Cape during
the 1960s, 70s and 80s.


Smokey Bear


DEM logo.

1990s & 2000s BRUSH BREAKERS
 

811 is the Forest fire patrol truck on Martha's Vineyard.



 
 

STATE FIRE DISTRICT 2 - MYLES STANDISH


Car 2-0  -  District 2 (Plymouth County) forest warden vehicle.



Breaker 18 (2-4) 1964 FWD / Farrar brush breaker - Myles Standish State Forest.



Breaker 19 - Retired 1966 FWD / Farrar. In reserve at Myles Standish.
 
 
 

1998 V-Tech brush breaker 19 built on a 1975 AM General military chassis.
Assigned to District 2, Myles Standish, is a 325/800 brush breaker.



Breaker 19 (also known as 2-5)

Myles Standish is also home to Tanker 1.
 

DEM District 2, Tanker 1, is a 2002 tanker built on a 1982 Mack / Kovatch former
fuel truck. 500 gpm / 5000 gallons.
 
 




 

DEM District 2 - Tanker 2 - 1999 Tanker on a 1975 AM General chassis.
100 gpm / 1200 gallons.
 
 

 



DEM District 2 patrol truck - 1985 Chevy 100/200/10 patrol truck.
Unit 16 also known as 2-1



1984 Chevy Patrol at Myles Standish.
Unit 17 also known as 2-2



Dozer 1 - 2000 John Deer dozer used for making fire breakers.





Myles Standish - District 2 - Forest fire headquarters.

 


 

 



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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