Aug 21

Brewster Firefighters Experience Busy Weekend

Over this past weekend Brewster firefighters responded to 56 emergency incidents. These “runs” comprised of several priority 1 medical responses, one of which resulted in the use of a Medflight helicopter to transport an 11 year old male fall victim to a Boston trauma center, a serious bike accident on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, numerous storm related flooding and service calls, a structure fire, a lightning strike to a home, several activated fire alarms, and a number of other standard fire and EMS related requests for service. In addition to these responses on Saturday the department assisted with providing EMS services at the Against The Tide Cancer awareness event in Nickerson State Park and the Fire Prevention Bureau conducted several random overcrowding checks at business within Town and also inspected several beach landings for illegal camp fires.

 

The Fire Department would like to thank the Brewster Department of Public Works and Water Department for their assistance with various flooding responses and the Orleans, Dennis, and Harwich Fire Departments for providing mutual aid support at several incidents throughout the weekend.    

 

Aug 16

A Hurricane Preparation Message from the Brewster Office of Emergency Management

Prepare Your Home and Boat Before the Next Storm

FRAMINGHAM, MA – During hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding residents of steps they can take to protect their homes and boats from the damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring.

“There are many steps residents can take before a storm threatens to make our homes and boats more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”

Prepare Your Home for the Hazards of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane
Damaging winds and flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms can damage your home.

•        Learn whether your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane by determining if your home is in a pre-designated hurricane evacuation zone (see Know Your Zone<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html>) and reviewing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood maps.<https://brewmail13.town.brewster.ma.us/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx>

Hurricane Evacuation Zones | MEMA
www.mass.gov
Learn if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone in Massachusetts — Know Your Zone!

•        If your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane, make sure that your furnace, water heater, electric panel and other mechanical components are high enough off the floors to ensure that they are not damaged by flood waters.

•        Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.

•        Elevate items stored in the basement to minimize damage from basement flooding.

•        If the basement or lower level of your property are prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power supplies. If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.

•        Consider installing check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

•        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home.

•        If you don’t have storm shutters, make temporary plywood covers for windows and glass doors and store them in a readily accessible place.

•        If you live in a coastal community, review the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mema/homeowners-handbook-to-prepare-for-coastal-hazards.pdf>.

•        Prepare for possible power outages:

o   Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.

o   Consider purchasing a generator to provide back-up power. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and know how to use it safely before an outage.

Protect Your Property with Insurance
Property insurance can provide you with coverage in case your home or possessions are damaged during an emergency or disaster.

•        Review your insurance policies to see if you have adequate coverage. If you are not sure you have enough coverage, talk to your agent or company.

•        Flood losses typically are not covered under renter and homeowner’s insurance, so consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP)<https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program>. Flood insurance is available whether or not your building is in an identified flood-prone area, and can be purchased through insurance agents in most communities. There is a 30-day waiting period before it takes effect.

•        Maintain a current written inventory of your possessions.  Back up your inventory by videotaping or photographing each room in your house.

•        Keep insurance policies, your household inventory<http://www.naic.org/documents/index_disaster_section_inventory_checklist.pdf> and other important papers together in a safe and secure place. Consider sending copies of these documents to a trusted friend or family member living outside your area, or storing copies at your place of work.

Protect Your Property with Insurance
Boat owners in Massachusetts can reduce the risk or extent of storm damage to their boats:

•        Monitor the weather forecast for your boating area.

•        Have an emergency plan<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/plan/> that includes how, when and where you will move your boat prior to a tropical storm or hurricane to ensure its safety.

•        Take photos or videos of your boat and all valuable items in and on your boat. Store these records in a safe place

•        Review the boat’s insurance policy to determine your coverage and liability.

•        Keep important paperwork in a secure place away from the boat. This can include insurance policies, boat registrations, a recent photograph and description of the vessel, gear inventory, marina or storage lease agreements, and important telephone numbers.

•        Discuss storm plans with your harbormaster or local marina to learn about procedures and resources before a storm approaches.

For more information, see MEMA’s Hurricane Safety<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html> webpage.

About MEMA
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema<http://www.mass.gov/mema>.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA<http://www.twitter.com/MassEMA>; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA<http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA>; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA<http://www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA>.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp<http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp>.

Aug 16

Congrats the Brewster Whitecaps

Brewster Fire Department Congratulates the Brewster Whitecaps on winning the Cape Cod Baseball League 2017 Championship!
 

Aug 11

Brewster Fire Department Supports the Pan- Mass Bike Challenge

On Sunday August 6 the Brewster Fire Department proudly supported the bike riders participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge by the awe-inspiring and popular display of the departments oversized American Flag from Ladder 237 during the challenging fund raising bike race. Many of the riders shouted their thanks and approval as they rode past the flag with a number stopping to take photos in front of this stunning American icon.

The PMC Challenge is an athletic event started in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. The race has a number of routes for bikers to ride including the most popular which is a two-day event starting in Wellsley and ending in Provincetown which runs through 46 Massachusetts communities. This year the Owners Project Managers for the Fire Department construction project Rick Pomroy and Taylor MacDonald participated in the race and took the time to stop by for a photo with their team members and fire department personnel (see photos).

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the riders for the determination and dedication they displayed in completing the challenge and their admirable support of cancer research.

Aug 04

Brewster Fire Department Schedules Beam Signing

 
The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a beam signing event at the current fire station on Saturday August 12, Sunday August 13, and Monday August 14 between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Members of the community, Town officials, and supporters of the fire department will have the opportunity to sign one of the main structural beams that will be placed inside the apparatus bay section of the new fire facility currently under construction. These signatures will remain viewable from the apparatus bay and will become permanent images within the new facility.  
Please take the time to visit headquarters during one of these two days to sign the beam, show your support of the fire department, and become a permanent part of the history of our great community!  

Aug 03

New Fire Headquarters Takes Shape

On Wednesday August 2, MAS Building & Bridge began setting the steel structural components of the Administrative portion of the Towns new fire headquarters and masonry, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and foundation production continues as scheduled. Work that will establish a new parking lot, interior roadways, a new water line, and a new septic system for the Council on Aging was in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by September. Project committee meetings continue to be held every two weeks to ensure constant oversight of the project by the Fire Station Building Committee is maintained and the Fire Chiefs office continues to maintain daily contact with the contractor (Delphi), owner’s project manager (Pomroy Associates), and architect (CDR Maguire) to track and verify all design elements are followed.

Jul 28

Brewster Fire Department Conducts Monthly Fire Based Training

 
On Thursday July 27 the Brewster Fire Department conducted their monthly fire based training which focused on the review of the equipment, response capabilities, and incident operations of the Barnstable County Regional Technical Rescue and Dive Team. This highly trained and well equipped team is a regional asset that responds to a variety of technical rescue incidents across Cape Cod including water rescue and recovery, building collapse, trench rescue, high/low angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and search for missing person events.
When the team is requested to respond to incidents it is critical that members of local fire departments are familiar with the operations and equipment of the team since they may be working in unison as a group to mitigate the incident at hand.  During this training event Brewster firefighters were afforded the opportunity to review the team’s equipment, discuss response protocols with team members, and proactively identify what they may be tasked with during a technical rescue incident.
We would like to thank technical rescue team members; Brewster Captain Dan Kimball, Harwich firefighters Eric Elliot, Josh Ford, and Ryan Avery, and Harwich Fire Chief Clarke and Deputy Fire Chief LeBlanc for providing the staffing and expertise that assisted us in completing this training.  
 
 

Jul 28

Brewster Firefighters Complete Probationary Phase

 
Fire Chief Robert Moran is pleased to announce that Career Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Hogg, Call FF/Paramedic Carrie McEnaney, and Call FF/EMT’s Dean Smith and Richard Bunker successfully completed their one-year probationary period during the month of June and have become permanent members of the department.  
Before taken off of probation a review of each firefighters work and response record is undertaken by the Chiefs office. This includes a written assessment from their Group Captain, evaluation of their attendance at training events and responses, and an individual interview with each member.  
We congratulate these firefighters for their dedication and effort to become permanent members of the department and for their service to the community.

Jul 21

Brewster and Orleans Fire Departments Participate in “Playing Above the Influence” Event

On Saturday July 18 the Brewster and Orleans Fire Departments participated in the Cape Cod Baseball League and Gosnold on Cape Cod’s “Playing Above the Influence event at Eldredge Park in Orleans.
During the well-attended event Gosnold, who is the leading provider of addiction and mental health services on Cape Cod, presented former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren as the special guest speaker. After completing intensive rehabilitation programs, Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since 2008, and speaks to groups throughout the nation about his battle with drug abuse and how he is overcoming it.
During the program the Brewster Fire Department proudly displayed their oversized American Flag from Ladder 237 and the Orleans Fire Department provided a slip-n-slide for all those willing to cool off from the afternoon heat. Other public safety organizations present included the Orleans, Brewster and Wellfleet police departments and a representative from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Whitecaps. Gosnold, and the Cape Cod Baseball League or providing us the opportunity to participate in this great community event!

Jul 10

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Conservation Day

 

On Saturday July 8 the Brewster Fire Department participated in the Towns annual Conservation Day.  During the event many Town Departments, Committees, and outside agencies set up displays, distributed literature, and conducted demonstrations related to their organizations ongoing conservation efforts while providing quality information on the vital roles their respective groups play in enhancing our community’s daily life environment.  

 

During the program the department’s large American flag was proudly displayed from Ladder 237 while members distributed fire prevention literature, coloring books, helmets, water bottles, and Frisbees to the attendees. The fire department would like to thank the Natural Resources Department for sponsoring another great Conservation Day and for giving us the opportunity to participate!

 

   

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