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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 24
2000's

2005 BRUSH SEASON

PLYMOUTH FOREST FIRE APRIL 18, 2005


Looking across Cape Cod Bay from Sandy Neck, West Barnstable at the Clark Estates
forest fire in Plymouth on April 18, 2005.


The first major forest fire in southeastern Massachusetts in 2005 put up a large column of
smoke visible for miles.


All of Plymouth's brush breakers and a Plymouth County Task Force responded to the fire
as well as a structural Task Force.


The fire quickly consumed approximately 30 acres before being brought under control.


A Barnstable County breaker task force was mobilized but cancelled before going to the fire.


BARNSTABLE FIRE

BARNSTABLE BRUSH FIRE OFF MARY DUNN ROAD NEAR FLINTROCK ROAD APRIL 20, 2005


Barnstable Engine 202 operated at a brush fire on April 20, 2005 off Mary Dunn Road.


Barnstable Engine 205, first due, laid a 4" supply line up an access
 


COMM Breaker 316 was put back in service just minutes before responding to the Barnstable
fire.  It had been out of service for more than a year.


Barnstable fire fighters dragging 1-3/4" hose into the fire.


The fire burned towards route 6.


COMM Breaker 316 on an access road.


The fire burned approximately 4 acres of woodland.


 


Breaker 316 has two 500' coils of forestry hose.'


Breaker 316 making its way out of the woods.


B316 is a 1967 Maxim brush breaker.


Barnstable's Engine 205 was first due and operated on this road, keeping the fire
from jumping the access road.


WEST BARNSTABLE TANKER 298


Tanker 298
West Barnstable Fire Department acquired this 1975 Dodge 3500 gallon tanker
that had become surplus from Lanesborough, MA.  This tanker was needed to
provide the needed water in West Barnstable while the 1985 Tanker 296 was
being refurbished in the spring of 2005.

WEST BARNSTABLE TANKER 296


Engine Tanker 2968
West Barnstable Fire Department refurbished their 1985 Pierce 2000gpm/3000gallon Engine Tanker 296
between Jan and May 2006.  It was completely refurbished and repainted.

 

 



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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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