Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

The Bulldog 4x4 Extreme Firefighting Brush Truck can carry 2,000 gallons of water or foam way the heck off the beaten path, and then blast it onto a blaze without anybody getting out of the cab. And visually, it’s pretty much the rolling incarnation of your childhood vehicular dreams.

This machine is a Howe & Howe Engineering product. You know, the guys that build luxury tanks you can go hog wild with for $300,000.

The Bulldog isn’t really meant for recreational purposes even though it sort of looks like a toy. It’s made for working in rough and rural areas where such a machine might be needed in disaster relief, heavy rescue, or wildland firefighting.

A 2,000 gallon water capacity isn’t enough to arrest a real forest fire; the big cannon on the top of a regular firetruck could spit all that out in a few short minutes. But even if the Bulldog’s hosing capacities are limited to brush fires, the vehicle’s 25” ground clearance, 4WD, 15,000 pound winch and 80-gallon fuel capacity gives it more flexibility in rescue situations than many other vehicles would have.

The Bulldog can also be set up to pump from a hydrant or another water supply, or just run duty as a heavy utility vehicle. It’s just a beautiful thing to be hold no matter what it’s carrying.

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