Jan 19


Shortly after 3pm Brewster Police and Fire-Rescue were dispatched to the area of Slough Rd and Old Red Top Rd for a 2 car motor vehicle accident with possible injuries. Rescuers found a Dodge Caravan and a Plymouth Breeze had sideswiped each other on a curve causing moderate to severe damage to both vehicles with air bag deployment. Medics from Brewster Fire evaluated both driver/sole occupants and while shaken up by the ordeal, both refused further treatment and transport. Traffic on Slough Rd was initially blocked in both directions and then opened to one alternating lane while the scene was worked. Both vehicles had to be towed. The accident is under investigation by the Brewster Police.

Story and Photos by Craig Chadwick, CWN

Jan 19

Man injured in fall at Brewster construction site

BREWSTER – A construction worker was injured in Brewster Tuesday morning after falling about 10 feet and hitting his head.

The accident happened around 10:30 on Winstead Road where a house is being built.

Brewster Fire and Rescue transported the man to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries.

Brewster Police also assisted at the scene.

Jan 19

Open Burning Season Starts January 15

Open burning season begins on January 15, 2017 and ends on May 1, 2016. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department and follow the regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line.

Burn permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application available at brewsterfire.com. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.

You may also visit brewsterfire.com and click on the Fire Prevention link then click on Open Burning Rules & Regulations to obtain further information on the process necessary to obtain a permit and on the method required to utilize the mandatory daily brush fire call in phone line.

The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.

Remember, Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!

Dec 24

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Fatal Structure Fire

On Friday December 23 at 5:31 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 21 Barons Way. The report originated from a UPS deliveryman working in the area who reported smoke and flames coming from the dwelling.

On arrival fire department units found heavy fire coming from the rear of a 1 ½ story wood frame residential structure extending throughout the entire first floor. Fire Department crews immediately initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire using two 1 ¾ handlines. This attack coupled with the rapid and coordinated ventilation of the dwelling allowed for a quick knockdown of the heavy fire within the home.

After extinguishing the bulk of the fire a secondary search of the home was conducted and a deceased victim was found in the room of origin on the first floor in the rear of the residence. The Harwich, Orleans, and Eastham Fire Departments assisted at the scene of the fire and the Dennis and Yarmouth Fire Department covered Brewster Headquarters during the incident. All Brewster personnel were released from the scene at approximately 11:00 p.m.

The origin and cause of the fire is under joint investigation by the Brewster Fire and Police Departments and by State Police Assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney.

The Brewster Fire Department offers our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victim.

Dec 20

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Reported Structure Fire with Fire Safety Message

On December 15, 2016 at 9:55AM, the Brewster Fire Department along with the Harwich and Dennis fire departments were dispatched for a possible structure fire at the Brewster Council on Aging Thrift Store, located at 66 Harwich Road.  A volunteer worker had arrived for work and found that the building was filled with smoke, she immediately called 911.  After activating the 911 system, the worker discovered a coat that was burning on a clothes rack. She removed the coat and placed it in the parking lot.

First arriving fire department units found a smoke filled building with the article of clothing smoldering in the parking lot.  Positive pressure fans were utilized to remove the smoke from the building while the coat was being extinguished in the parking lot. 

An investigation into the cause of this fire revealed that a magnifying mirror had been left on a counter near a window.  When the sunlight shined through the window and onto the mirror, the concentrated and magnified light was reflected onto the coat which then caused the coat to catch fire.

Fires of this type are not uncommon and several have occurred within our region during 2016. Homeowners should be extremely mindful of the placement of magnifying mirrors when they are used in outdoor showers or in the area of windows as the reflected light will eventually produce a level of concentrated heat capable of igniting combustible and flammable materials.


Dec 16

Brewster Firefighters Conduct Hands-on Group Training


On Wednesday December 14 members of Group 3 conducted a hands-on engine company and search and rescue training event in the old water department building slated for demolition as part of the upcoming fire department construction project.

Deputy Chief Kevin Varley and Captain Chris Flavell supervised the drill which included hoseline management and search and rescue operations under simulated smoke conditions designed to replicate the blinding environment firefighters operate in during interior fire suppression operations.


Deploying and managing fire attack hoselines and conducting effective search operations are two of the more critical tasks firefighters must conduct during every structure fire. Maintaining a high level of competency in these areas through hands-on training events such as this is a principal component of ensuring our department is readily prepared to safely and effectively operate at structure fires and other fire related incidents.

Dec 16

Brewster Fire Department Homeless for the Holidays and Toys for Tots Collection a Huge Success

he Brewster Fire Department would like to thank our residents and visitors to the community for the tremendous support we received during our first “homeless for the Holidays” event which was held from December 7 through 11. During the program members of the department manned an encampment at the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street on a 24 hour basis for the entire four day period. Coupled with our Toys for Tots program the generous donations allowed us to collect over 1,000 toys, 600 pounds of non-perishable food, gift cards, and $1,800 in monetary donations that will assist individuals and families in need throughout the area and brighten the faces of numerous children during this Holiday season.

The department appreciates those that supported our efforts including the residents who donated to the cause and/or provided food to the firefighters during the four day period. In addition, we would also like to thank several area businesses who supported our members by providing daily food and refreshments including Ardeos Restaurant, Laurinos Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, and Eat Cake for Breakfast.

Dec 04

Brewster Fire Department Assists Lower Cape Outreach Council Food Collection

On Friday November 25th several members of the Brewster Fire Department volunteered their time to assist staff and volunteers at the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans unload a truck full of non-perishable food items collected for their food pantry during the Chatham Turkey Trot Road Race on Thanksgiving Day.


The members of the Brewster Fire Department who contributed to this event recognize the importance of becoming involved in such an impactful community based program created to assist our neighbors in need in Brewster and the surrounding region. We are hopeful that our organizations efforts and those of the Lower Cape Outreach Council will make the Holidays more enjoyable for families in need.

Dec 04

Brewster Firefighters to Participate in “Homeless for the Holidays”



Beginning Wednesday December 7th through Sunday December 10th members of the Brewster Fire Department will be establishing a “Homeless for the Holidays” encampment at the Immaculate Conception Church located at 2580 Main Street. The program in Brewster is one of many that are being held by firefighters across Cape Cod during this time frame to raise awareness of the growing homeless population and the many individuals and families in need of assistance throughout the region.


Personnel will remain at the location on a 24/7 basis for a total of 103 hours collecting non-perishable foodstuffs that will be donated to local food banks serving Brewster and the surrounding area. In addition to the food we will be collecting unwrapped toys for our annual Toys for Tots program that will be distributed to families across Cape Cod.  We are hopeful you will find the time to stop by and visit with our members during this event and assist us in bringing a joyous Holiday season to those in need through your generous donations.

Dec 04

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Community Service Work Crew Assists Brewster Fire Department

On Tuesday November 22 and Wednesday November 23 detainees of the Barnstable County Sherriff’s Community Service Work Crew assisted members of the Brewster Fire Department with the construction of a temporary military tent that will be used to store several pieces of equipment operated by the department during the construction of the Towns new Fire Headquarters.


The selected site is adjacent to a State owned garage that will also store several pieces of department equipment making this a very convenient and accessible location in the event these resources are required.  The Department would like to thank the Barnstable County Sheriff, Brewster Department of Public Works, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the regional State Building Inspector for their assistance in making this project possible.





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