Ford is in a Bronco high, and they couldn't stop modifying it in different ways. Recently, they transformed the all-new Bronco into the ultimate glamping machine with the OG Concept a few weeks ago. With built-in food storage and dining area at the back, along with mounting points for putting up a tent, Ford wants to show that not only can it tackle any terrain, but it can also be your home away from home in the great outdoors.
Now, Ford has built another specialized Bronco, only this time it's to help firefighters put out forest fires. With help from outdoor outfitter Filson, the Blue Oval recently released the Bronco Wildland Fire Rig concept. Built to help support the National Forest Foundation, the fire-fighting Bronco is based on the Badlands version with the Sasquatch package and fitted with a wide array of upgrades.
Allowing this unique Bronco to put out fires comes courtesy of a high-pressure water pump, a 50-gallon (189-liter) water tank, and a built-in fire hose. It also gets a modular steel bumper that with a power winch, and a heavy-duty custom roof rack with a built-in LED lightbar for carrying additional gear.
Speaking of firefighting gear, this Bronco also comes with various equipment like shovels, axes, a chainsaw to cut through debris/lumber, a high-lift jack, and hard hats to protect the head of firefighters.
The headliner, cargo area divider, and bimini-style soft-top of this particular Bronco also get a unique upgrade by way of fireproof nylon. These keep the firefighters well-protected while navigating the Bronco through forest fires. Other key upgrades that make their way onto the 4x4 are ceramic coating on the alloy wheels, custom fabricated roof rack and front grille, a modified center console, and instrument panel trim.
“Ford and Filson share a unique history of helping protect our nation’s wildfire crews for more than a century and helping them access rugged areas of forests,” said Dave Rivers, Bronco marketing manager. “Today, we’re combining those strengths to support those who protect our natural resources as well as helping preserve our nation’s forests for future generations.”
Now while this may say concept, Ford will donate two specially-modified Broncos that come with the same features as the Wildland Fire Rig concept. Moreover, Ford and Filson say the design study will serve as a model of future firefighting rigs based on all the new four-door Bronco.
With the U.S. experiencing one of the worst forest fires in history (7.5 million acres already being ravaged by fire), Ford and Filson hope that their new firefighting rig will help federal, state, local, and private fire teams to control the blaze.