Brush 710 Out of Service

Brush 710 provides protection at the U.S. Open in 2011
Brush 710 provides protection at the U.S. Open in 2011

An end to an era has come at Station 10. Brush 710, a Ford Super Duty with custom bed equipped with forest fire equipment, was recently taken out of service. This was a decision made by Montgomery County after evaluating the cost of maintaining a brush unit at station 10 versus how many calls it had been used on. The growth seen in Montgomery County has resulted in Station 10’s area evolve from a combination of open land and neighborhoods to mostly subdivisions further reducing the need for a unit designed to handle small fires in remote locations. Brush 710 was by no means a busy unit in at 10, in fact, when it went out of service there were just over 25,000 miles on the clock – on a unit that is about two decades old!

“Dirty Rat” as it was known is being re-purposed in Montgomery County and will continue to provide additional support where needed. This is not the end of brush truck services at Cabin John Park VFD as Station 30 still houses a brush unit. While we are sad to see a unit with our white and blue striped scheme leave, we know that ultimately it will be put to better use in other roles, and will free up some much needed space for the River RATS team.