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Brush trucks go where engines fear to tread (more . . .)

One of the unique pieces of fire apparatus you'll see in rural fire stations like Lucketts Fire and Rescue No. 10 is the "brush truck."

The smallest regular full-sized fire engine weighs 48,000 pounds, and is very limited in its off-road capacity.

To fight brush and wild fires that can mean traveling on unpaved roads and trails and across rough fields, without immediate support of water tankers or hydrants, the solution is the brush truck—a specially modified four-wheel-drive jeep or heavy-duty pickup equipped with hose, pump, and a self-contained water tank carrying several hundred gallons of water.

Lucketts Station 10 is equipped with a brush truck alongside an engine, ambulance, and other support vehicles.

Meanwhile the retired Lucketts VFC brush truck (shown above) is housed at the old station where it is used for training purposes to help new firefighters learn the intricacies of pump operations and wildfire suppression techniques.

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