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Engine 5371

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The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department currently utilizes a 2003 Pierce Contender Pumper built on a 4-door Kenworth T300 chassis. It's power by a 330hp Cummins ISC and a Allison 3000EVS Transmission. This unit features a 145" Aluminum body, Top mount Control Zone pump house with stainless steel plumbing, Waterous 1500 gpm pump,900 gallon UPF poly-tank, (2) 1.5" crosslays, Code3 lighting and siren package and Safe-T-Lite scene lights.

Engine 5372

The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department currently utilizes a 1996 Pierce Contender Pumper built on a 4-door Freighliner chassis. It's power by a 330hp Cummins ISC and a Allison 3000EVS Transmission. This unit features a 145" Aluminum body, Side mount Control Zone with stainless steel plumbing, Waterous 1500 gpm pump,900 gallon UPF poly-tank, (2) 1.5" crosslays, Code3 lighting and siren package and Safe-T-Lite scene lights.

Pumper/Tanker 5373

As a pumper/tanker truck The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department uses a 1980 Welch Fire Equipment Body built on a 2-door Ford chassis. This unit features a 145" Steele Body, Side Mount Control Zone with steel plumbing, Waterous 1500 gpm pump,1600 gallon water tank, (2) 1.5" crosslays, 10' Rear Discharge, Code 3 Rotator lighting and Federal siren package.

Tanker 5374

The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department currently utilizes a 1997 Ford F-800 Heavy Duty Tanker converted to haul 1,300 gallons of water with a 10' rear discharge, Code 3 siren and light package.

Tanker 5375

As a Primary Tanker The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department currently utilizes a 1985 Tanker with a 10' rear discharge. The tank is built on a 2-door Chevrolet chassis. Federal Rotator lighting and siren package

Truck 5376

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The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department recently put into service a 1994 Ford F-350 with four-wheel drive equipped with a small pump, water tank, hose reel, and various hand tools to fight brush or forest fires. Code3 lighting and siren package. This truck was aquired through the MN Department of Natural Resources.

Truck 5377

The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department recently put into service a 1993 Ford F-350 with four-wheel drive equipped with a small pump, water tank, hose reel, and various hand tools to fight brush or forest fires. Code3 lighting and siren package. This truck was aquired through the MN Department of Natural Resources.

Rapid Response 5391

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The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department currently utilizes a 1995 GMC Suburban Incident Command Vehicle. This unit is also used a a medical first responder unit. It contains the departments medical supplies including an Automatic External Defribulator. Code3 lighting and siren package

Skid 5379

We have been awarded a skid steer loader from the DNR to be used for snow removal, wildland firefighting and many other functions

We continue to maintain and improve our equipment and were able to make some purchases of some needed equipment. 


The first of these is an updated AED to be used on patients in cardiac arrest. 

As you will see we had some success with our grant writing this year.  We received funds from Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services for one new set of turnout gear.  This continues to be part of our long-term goal of a scheduled replacement of three sets of turnout gear per year to replace the gear purchased in 2003. 


We were also awarded a grant from the MN Department of Natural Resources for the purchase of water handling and grass fire equipment.  This equipment will be added to our inventory and will replace some older equipment.  We also were awarded a skid steer loader from the DNR to be used for snow removal, wildland firefighting and many other functions. 


There was numerous other grant applications submitted that were not funded such as the 2015 FEMA Grant for new Jaws of Life.  Recognizing the importance of these tools we opted to dedicate funds from our reserves to purchase the new “Jaws System”. 


Additionally, we have made some purchases and repairs from our general fund to maintain our equipment and building.