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Officials unveil Staten Island's latest weapon to battle brush fires

Fire Apparatus Journal - The Oceanic Volunteer Fire Company on Staten Island has placed a second brush rig into service. It is a former military six-wheel-drive 1993 AM General. Eastern Surplus modified the apparatus by shortening the chassis and removing one of the rear axles, converting the unit to four-wheel-drive. It is equipped with a skid with a 24-ton winch, 75 GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank and 12-gallon foam tank.

Joseph Ostapiuk for silive.com - Assemblyman Michael Cusick unveiled a new brush fire truck for Oceanic Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 on Friday. Oceanic Hook and Ladder No. 1, located on Victory Boulevard in Travis, is the oldest volunteer fire company in the city of New York and has been in existence for 137 years.

"When I spoke to the folks here at Oceanic a couple years back, they told me, 'Assemblyman, I want you to take a look at our brush truck,'" Cusick (D-Mid-Island) said. The former brush fire truck, which was put into use in 1959, still works and was operational up to the day the newer truck took its place, but lacked newer technology and capabilities.

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