Ford has turned the Bronco into a firefighting rig

It’s based on the Badlands four-door variant with Sasquatch Package
by Peter Rawlins | Oct 29, 2020
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Meet the Ford Bronco Wildland Fire Rig. Developed in collaboration with Filson, manufacturer of outdoor gear, two of these go-anywhere models, equipped with firefighting equipment, will be donated by Ford to support wildland firefighters and the National Forest Foundation.

Based on the Bronco Badlands four-door SUV with Sasquatch Package, it features Forest Service Green paint—similar to the first-generation US Forest Service Bronco—and a full fire skid with a 50-gallon water tank.

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Additional highlights include a winch and roof rack along with an LED light bar, plus some serious equipment including a Pulaksi, a shovel, axes, a fire hose reel, a high-pressure water pump, a chainsaw, and a high lift jack. Oh, and two hard hats.

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Filson’s contribution comes in the form of the otter-green duck canvas used on the door bolsters, armrests, and seat-trim surrounds, plus quilted black leather seats similar to that found on the lining of Filson jackets, with embossed Bronco logo.

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The grab handles on the instrument panel and the center console are pained in Filson otter green. Fireproof ripstop nylon, similar to that on Filson backpacks and briefcases, is used for the top and rear cargo area divider, which can be opened and rolled back.

Naturally, much like any emergency service vehicle, the Bronco Wildland Fire Rig—which, according to Ford, has been intended as “as a model of future firefighting rigs”—features an all-important CB radio mounted on the instrument panel.

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As part of the collaboration, limited-edition Bronco and Filson gear is also available on the Filson website, to raise further funds for the National Forest Foundation.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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