Main feature … ram protection
In the USA a special and unique type of vehicle, which is perfectly adapted to the numerous conditions of wilderness rural areas, has been established in the field of forest fire fighting.
The countless firehouses were quite creative. For financial reasons they drew on decommissioned, heavy military trucks and gave them a second life as fire trucks. The trucks were converted and equipped with huge hose reels, massive water tanks, powerful cable winches, additional headlights and other necessary tools for their new purpose. But the main features of these trucks were large-dimensioned bull bars, side protection or massive rollover bars around the whole driver’s cab.
Some trucks had safeguards made of stable, welded tubes whereas others were fitted with huge metal plates. Even if the technical implementation of these ram brush protections were different, they all served the same purpose; to enable the passing thru rough forest passages, dense undergrowth and other imponderables without damaging the fire truck. This special kind of safeguard became a thing in the USA and proved successful.
Representative for the generation of the early fire trucks stands the Dodge Power Wagon Brush Breaker that was put into service with a water tank with capacity of 200 gallons in 1946. From 1946 to 1980 it was in use for the city of Falmouth (Barnstable County, Massachusetts). Afterwards it preserved the residents of Naushon Island from fire until 2009.
#12009 resin limited build of 333 1/43 scale