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CAPE COD BRUSH BREAKERS

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY *
By Britton Crosby
January 2001
(Updated March 23, 2010)

Page 12
1960's - 1970's

FOREST FIRE MAY 1965


May 1, 1965
 75 degrees - wind Sw @35 mph
1254 Hours - Brush fire is reported near Forestdale Road & Pocasset Road in Otis.
1301 hours - Bourne fire tower reports the fire is moving fast.  Otis had 2 breakers responding.
1303 hrs - Bourne fire tower reports a lot of fire there.
1306 hrs - Bourne fire tower updating looks real bad. State Car 2 requests 7 or 8 breakers
and 4-5 tank trucks. Responding apparatus includes C-15, T-35, B-142, B-143, T-148
C-14, B-250, B-254, B-130, B-128, and B-216.
1312 hrs - Cat 251 (Mashpee Chief) on location requests 8-10 more breakers "Now!"
1312 hrs - P18 reports 40-50 acres burning and spreading fast.
1315 hrs - Fire now are Wood Road spreading very fast.
1315 hrs - Bourne fire tower requested additional trucks. 
C-12, B64, B204, B217
1320 hrs - Request made to Plymouth County for 15 more breakers and
10 tank trucks, plus all equipment from State District 2
1325 hrs - Fire crossed Jefferson Road, headed for Gibbs Road.  Plan to make a stand
on Route 6.  State police closed Route 6.  Request for all available pumpers
and tank trucks to Route 6 and Route 130.  Also requested Plymouth County
pumpers to stage at the Sandwich / Bourne town line.
1330 hrs - Fire crossed Gibbs Road. "Doubt it can be stopped at Route 6"
1345 hrs - Fire is past Gibbs Road and heading for Mid Cape.
1420 hrs - Fire jumps Route 6 with many trucks on the road.
1440 hrs - Orders to send all pumps and tankers to Route 6A Sandwich village.
1530 hrs - Fire is finally stopped at Sandwich village.
2230 hrs - Apparatus is released from mutual aid.
Several thousand acres blackened by the fire.


Fire burns along power lines.


Fire over a hundred feet in the air viewed from Route 6.

 


Fire begins to jump Route 6, May 1, 1965.  It continues to burn towards Sandwich village.


Route 6 May 1, 1965.


The Otis brush breaker B-14 on Route 6 as fire jumps the highway.


Otis brush breaker 14

1967 MASHPEE BRUSH BREAKER
 

Mashpee Firefighters in front of the old fire station on Route 130
with the 1957 and 1967 International brush breakers 253 and 254.



The Mashpee Fire Station with the 1967 Brush Breaker Engine 4 (254), a Pontiac ambulance,
and the 1970 Ward LaFrance Engine 5.

 


Mashpee Breaker 354.
This 1967 International / Thibault 1000 gallon brush breaker was originally
designated as Engine 4.  Its county number was first 254 and then 354.
One of the most reliable breakers at many fires across the Cape.


1967 International Mashpee Breaker 354.


Mashpee Breaker 354 before repainting in 2003.
 


Rear of Mashpee Breaker 354.


2003 MASHPEE BREAKER REFUB


Mashpee Fire Department did some body work and repainted the 1967 brush breaker
in 2003.  Breaker 354.


Mashpee Brush Breaker 354.


1960s International brush breaker from Duxbury.


Middleboro Forest Fire 2
1967 Jeep brush truck.

 

 



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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