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Fire department gets unique truck for putting out brush fires


A local volunteer fire department has gotten a brand new truck that the chief said is the only one of its kind in the Southeast.

The Windsor Volunteer Fire Department now has a custom built Bulldog 4X4 Brush Truck that is strictly for brush fires in the area, said Fire Chief Ricky Mundy.

“Here in Windsor, 80 percent of our fires are brush fires,” Mundy said. “We got this new truck to increase our firefighter capabilities.”

Image credit: Windsor Volunteer Fire/Rescue Facebook

The truck was built by off-road experts with Howe & Howe Technologies Inc. for extreme situations and absolute reliability, according to the businesses website.

The Bulldog has a 2,000-gallon tank on the back, with a 100-foot hose and a remote control monitor that allows firefighters to just push a button to start spraying the water, Mundy said.

Image credit: Windsor Volunteer Fire/Rescue Facebook

It has a front-mounted nozzle, along with dual front bumper sprayers, he said.

“We decided we needed a new brush truck, because our old one was from the 1980s, and it was beat up,” Mundy said.

The new truck includes a full emergency Hazmat light system, high luminosity work lights, an emergency siren system and a winch that can pull up to 30,000 pounds, the website shows.

Image credit: Windsor Volunteer Fire/Rescue Facebook

Windsor Fire Departments Facebook page states that with the new brush truck, “we can better meet the growing demand of brush fires and help ensure the safety of the people and property we protect. We are so proud of it, especially since it’s the only one in the Southeast.”

For more information about the Bulldog 4X4 Brush Truck, visit www.howeandhowe.com.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.


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