1st Annual Brush Truck Competition

The Great River Fire Department participated in the 1st Annual Brush Truck Competition on September 14th at Firemen’s Park, Ridge. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/BrushTruckCompetition 

From the Brush Truck Competition Facebook Page:

The Brush Truck Competition is an event conducted by the Patchogue Fire Department, established for the purpose of improving Wildfire response, tactics, training, and interoperability amongst emergency agencies throughout Long Island.

Members of your Great River Fire Department worked hard to prep Brush Truck 3-9-5, a 1953 M35A2 by thoroughly degreasing and cleaning the body, chassis and engine compartment. The members worked to organize and mount brush fire tools and equipment for the most efficient use of the space in the apparatus. A number of repairs and enhancements were also performed. Brush Truck 3-9-5 has been called into service during major events such as the Sunrise Fire of 1995, the Brookhaven Blaze of 2012, the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center brush fire in 2010, the Brentwood mulch fire in 2013 among others. This is in addition to local service protecting Great River and Heckscher State Park.

The members of the Great River Fire Department competed strongly. They learned valuable brush fire skills,  the capabilities of 3-9-5 and their equipment and most importantly about teamwork.

Drafting Drill

Who needs a hydrant? Here’s a short clip of the GRFD drafting water directly from the Great South Bay with engine 3-9-6. The stream from the top of the engine is a “master stream” capable of moving a tremendous volume of water when needed.


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