A few weeks ago, Ford dropped yet another Bronco concept on us, in the form of the Filson Fire Rig. Made in collaboration with the Seattle based clothing and outwear brand, the Filson Bronco is designed to get firefighters deeper into the wilderness than other vehicles can go. Wildfires are currently raging our nation and threatening our beautiful national parks and forests, and Ford is helping protect them with the Bronco Wild Fund and these two donated Broncos. Now, thanks to a video by Bronco Nation, we have a closer look at all of the firefighting functionality and Filson touches that make this SUV special.
First and foremost, the Ford Bronco Filson Fire Rig is designed to combat wildfires. To house all of the equipment, the rear seats were removed and a glass partition separates the front seats from the rest of the Bronco. In reality, Ford has turned it into a bit of a pickup with an extended roof. A hint at a future Bronco truck? It could very well be coming.
In the rear area, Ford has fitted a 50 gallon high pressure water tank, Hannay Reels fire hose reel and a Davey high-pressure water pump. There’s also a STIHL chainsaw, hard hats and a high lift jack. All of that sits on a Kimtek FIRELITE Fire/Rescue Transport skid, specially designed to fit the back of the Bronco.
The roof isn’t actually your typical Bronco soft top. Instead, it uses Filson’s flameproof, ripstop nylon, and can be rolled up for a more open air experience, but also provide extreme protection if worst comes to worst. On the roof, Ford and Filson fitted a axe, shovel, jerry can and storage box. There are also some RIGID lights to provide additional visibility.
Inside, Filson has turned this into one of the nicest Bronco interiors we’ve seen. There are special seats with black diamond stitched leather, accented by Otter Green canvas on the seats, armrest and center console. While the dashboard is still the easy to clean rubberized material of other Broncos, it’s the same bespoke green color. There are also some bronze touches on the Bronco logo and GOAT mode selector.
The Bronco itself is based on the Badlands model with the Sasquatch package, giving 35 inch tires and deadlock capable wheels. There are also limb risers on the hood, and a Ford Performance modular front bumper with a Warren winch. The minty green paint is inspired by past forest service vehicles, and has some nice Bronco graphics.
While the Ford Bronco Filson Fire Rig is certainly cool, there are only two being built. What we’d love to see come from this project is a Ford Bronco Filson Edition, with all of the unique green canvas, bronze and leather accents found in this Bronco. Off-road SUVs love a special edition, and a Filson Edition sounds like a great idea to us.