09/05/13 168 W, 2 I - + 3 - 3 Meet Brustus

Also photographed by Lee Wilson this week is "Brustus," a five-ton M35 (?) military truck converted to a brush truck by the North Carolina Forestry Service. The truck's motor and the pump are dated circa mid-1980s. Same was received by the New Hope Fire Department in 2010, and was last photographed by Lee in November 2012. The thing's been since painted more thoroughly. See a couple more photos.

The apparatus was obtained through a program where excess military property is provided to fire department through the forestry service. Here's a federal web site about the program. (There's also this state web site, which isn't just short 'n' sweet.) Recently the Apex Fire Department also received such a truck. What other departments in our area are operating such vehicles? Military conversions have a long history in Wake County, as they served as the first units and first tankers for most or maybe all of the rural-serving fire departments in our county. 

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