FIRST ON FOX: The Cape Coral Fire Dept's newest tool in fighting brush fires


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FIRST ON FOX: The Cape Coral Fire Dept's newest tool in fighting brush fires

By Julian Glover. CREATED Nov 14, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Cape Coral Fire Department gives Fox 4's Julian Glover an exclusive first look into their newest and most powerful tool for fighting brush fires in the region.

It's called 'Brush 5' and its the Cape Coral Fire Department's latest tool in its arsenal of brush fire fighting weapons. 

"This is going to allow us to deliver a wide variety of services to a very wide area," said Cape Coral Fire Captain Michael Heeder. 

This full-scale truck is a re-purposed military vehicle and is one of a kind in Southwest Florida.

It's tricked out with all of the bells and whistles needed to put out a brush fire blaze easier than ever before. 

"This particular vehicle holds over 1300 gallons of water," said Captain Heeder, "that's four times the volume of water that is carried on the smaller brush trucks."

The smaller trucks are still in commission, but pale in comparison to what the new truck is capable of. 

"It has the capabilities of being able to move through very rugged terrain, swampy terrain," said Captain Heeder. 

Brush 5 has six massive tires that are more than four-and-a-half feet tall. 

The big wheels give the truck an added advantage to power through previously impassable areas.

A unique pressurization system also allows Brush 5 to travel through waters of up to seven feet deep, making it an additional tool during hurricane system. 

And with several brush fires already popping up within the last week, fire officials say the new truck couldn't have come any sooner.

"It's coming at the perfect time for us because we are expecting a very active brush fire season," said Captain Heeder. 

While the new truck is based in the Cape, crews are ready and able to support any active brush fire fights in our region.

The Cape Coral Fire Department is finishing up last minute training and preparations and the new Brush 5 fire truck will be ready to respond to any brush fires in Southwest Florida by the end of the month.