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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY *
By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated August 8, 2010)

Page 6
1940's - 1950's
EARLY BRUSH BREAKERS


Bourne Engine 7, Breaker 127 was a former military 1944 Chevy chassis.
It had a 600 gallon water tank and a front mount pump as well as an auxiliary pump.
 
 

Bourne Breaker 127 1944 Chevy.
 

 
 
 

Bourne Breaker 7, (127) served into the 1970s.
 
 

1949 former military truck converted to brush breaker in Bourne.
Bourne Breaker 8 a 1949 Ford brush breaker and the 1940s breaker 9

1949 Ford Brush Breaker 8 in Bourne
 

Bourne Engine 11 was built on a 1940s military Scout Car.
These type vehicles had half tracks before being refitted.
This breaker is shown along the canal.

 

Falmouth Fire Department operated this military scout car as a brush truck.



The Town of Barnstable Forest Fire Department had several vehicles.
This brush breaker was built on a 1947 Dodge Power Wagon chassis.
It served in Cotuit as Breaker 217 until 1969. 
It later saw duty in Hyannis and finally in West Barnstable.


The Town of Barnstable breaker 217 at  Cotuit.
 

The 1947 Cotuit brush breaker 217.
 
 

The brush breaker is on the left in front of the Cotuit fire station.
 

Centerville-Osterville built this truck in 1942 as Engine 4.
It had the capacity for several forestry lines.
 
 

This 1940s Chevy patrol truck served in Dennis.
 

Falmouth Dodge Power Wagon brush truck from 1940s.
 
1946 Dodge Power Wagon brush breaker
Originally Falmouth Car 30 had about a 200 gallon tank.
It was "retired" around 1980 and had a second career
protecting Naushon Island.
 
 
 
1946 Dodge Power Wagon
Upon its final retirement in 2009 from Naushon,
the old breaker was purchased privately and restored
to beautiful and near original condition.
It is currently (2010)  kept in Bourne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Otis built its first brush breaker on this 1944 Diamond T chassis with a 1000 gallon tank.
 



BRUSH TRUCKS AND BREAKERS


1951 Chevy patrol truck in town of Bourne.
 


Town of Barnstable Forest Fire patrolmen stand with their 1950 patrol truck.
Patrol trucks were typically the only manned apparatus in town and were often first to arrive at
incidents of any type. When not fighting fires, they maintained fire roads and equipment.


Harwich Fire Department operated this large brush breaker built on a 1950 Ford chassis
by Robinson.  It carried 1500 gallons of water.


Harwich Engine 5, 1950 brush breaker in front of the East Harwich Fire Station
that opened in 1976. 


The Harwich Brush Breaker, designated Engine 5, was dubbed
the "White Elephant" It retired in the 1970's.

 
This 1930 Ford Model A with a 75 gpm pump and 200 gallon tank was originally
Centerville-Osterville Engine 3.  It was bought by Mashpee in 1943 and was the
first fire truck in Mashpee operated by the forest warden even before the fire
department organized in 1950.  It then became Mashpee Engine 1 and served
until 1958.


This 1950 Dodge 800 gallon pumper served as Mashpee Engine 2. 



 

 



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
Page 27 - 2000s - 2008 Tankers & Forestry Units
Page 28 - 2000s - 2009 Breakers
Page 29 - 2010s - 2010 Brush & Forestry Units

 

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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