Ready or not: toasty temperatures, lemonade sipping, vacation time, and yes, brush fire and wildfire season are all coming upon us quickly. Is your department armed with the rig for the job?
The wide-spanning wildland fires that are now commonplace on the nightly news may come to mind when you think of brush fires or wildfires. However, according to reports by the NFPA, brush, grass and forest fires account for nearly one-quarter (23%) of fires handled by both city and county fire departments. A vast majority of these are human-initiated fires with leading causes including intentional fire setting, open burning of waste, smoking materials, and electrical power or utility lines. When it comes to these off-road and out of the way fires, most tankers, pumpers, and tanker-pumpers are simply too bulky to reach them before the fire gets out of hand, if at all.
Enter the Brush Truck: rugged, compact, and up to the task. They may be small as far as firefighting vehicles are concerned, but that is precisely why they’re so effective. Brush Trucks have the quickness and agility to quench off-road fires that their bigger counterparts just can’t match.
So, how prepared is your department for potential brush and wildfires around