Bye-Bye Brush Fires

A Brush Truck is a combination of an all terrain vehicle, mini-pumper, and a wilderness rescue vehicle, often used to fight wildfires. This truck is ideal for off-road firefighting or anywhere where rough terrain or small spaces may hinder a larger truck.

Typically, an example of a brush truck would be a heavy duty pickup truck outfitted with a 200+ gallon tank, Indian tanks, chainsaws, picks, fire rakes, and stretchers for rescue operations. Most trucks would have a front mounted secondary pump that can feed its primary outlets, or can provide boost power to supplement a high drawing engine. The role of a Brush truck is simply this: get in where the main apparatus cannot go, such as narrow roads, fields, or mountainous terrain. 

The role of the brush truck has changed over the past few years. As its name indicates, these trucks are used to fight brush fires, but many brush trucks are now used as first responders, because of their ease of maneuverability and operation. They are a critical piece of equipment for a mountain area fire department, and thankfully our local departments have small, heavy-duty trucks like these. The Big Chili Cook-Off is dedicated to raising funds for our volunteer fire departments, to ensure that they are able to purchase and maintain crucial equipment like brush trucks, thereby keeping our mountain communities safe and secure.


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