Oct 12

Fire/Rescue Headquarters Construction Update

To ensure all of our residents are kept advised as to the ongoing Fire/Rescue Headquarters construction project the Committee will be sending out periodic updates to the community via the Fire Department and Town websites, Facebook pages, and local media outlets.

 

Since our last update in May a considerable amount of work has commenced and/or has been completed. The work includes:

  • Installation of all underground duct banks, structures, and conduit pathways for electric and fiber services for the existing cell tower and new fire building
  • Installation of the new septic system, landscaping, curbing, walkways, parking lot, and an outside picnic area for the COA
  • Erection of the pre-fabricated steel structural building components including the beam signed by the community
  • Installation of the exterior walls, interior metal stud framing, HVAC ducts, interior cement floor(s), and structural roof components
  • Completion of the site drainage areas
  • Installation of new irrigation system controls and conduit for the Gages baseball field
  • All furniture, communication equipment, telephones, security and camera devices, and other ancillary building infrastructure have been approved and bidding completed

Over the next few months workers will focus on completing the installation of the roof covering, windows, interior metal stud walls and utilities, utilities and concrete floor in the apparatus bays, site retention walls, interior roadways, mezzanine training and storage area, and the installation of the zip panels and Hardi-board exterior. The goal is to have the structure fully enclosed by mid-November which will allow work to continue throughout the winter months.

The committee continues to monitor the project daily through the Fire Chief, Owners Project Manager (Pomroy Associates), Architect (CDR Maguire), and the General Contractor (Delphi). Project meetings are held every two weeks with the project team and full Fire Station Committee meetings are being held on an as needed basis. To date, the construction cost remains within the budget level set by our residents at Town meeting and the grand opening date continues to be May 15.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

Update on Construction of New Rescue/Pumper

Construction of the department’s new rescue/pumper by Ferrara Fire Apparatus is moving along quickly. The apparatus is a multi-purpose vehicle (MVP Rescue/Pumper) that is being built on an Inferno custom chassis. It includes a Hale 1750 gallon per minute pump, foam system, light tower, 750 gallon water tank, Cummins diesel engine, Allison transmission, vehicle extrication tools, EMS equipment, ground ladders, and other specialized fire suppression related equipment. The vehicle is replacing two older fire apparatus (Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233) that are being traded in to reduce the size of the department’s apparatus fleet and decrease the overall cost of the project. Final inspection of the vehicle is scheduled for early December with a delivery prior to January 1.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

Brewster Fire Department Hosts Fire Prevention Week Open House

On Saturday October 7 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a community Open House to kick off the start of Fire Prevention Week. We use these events as principal instruments to establish and support relationships within the community, showcase our equipment, and deliver important fire safety messages to our residents and visitors.

Some of the highlights of the day included interactive demonstrations on the use of firefighter’s personal protective gear, hands-on application of brush fire attack lines, distribution of fire safety education literature, and displays of EMS life-saving equipment. Hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments were provided free of charge by the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association throughout the day.

Our organization would like to thank all of our residents and visitors who took the time to visit fire headquarters to learn more about the professional services we offer, our equipment, fire safety, and our personnel who provide high quality, efficient services to the community.

Oct 05

Brewster Fire Department to Host Fire Prevention Week Open House

 

To celebrate the start of Fire Prevention Week this year the Brewster Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Saturday October 7 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fire department personnel will distribute fire prevention and fire safety education material and several EMS and fire equipment displays will be set up for viewing. During the day firefighters will be distributing fire safety literature, conducting extinguisher demonstrations using propane fired props from the Barnstable County Fire Academy, showing fire prevention videos, and hosting other interactive events. Please take the time to stop by and learn more about home fire safety and the members of the Brewster fire department who serve you on a daily basis.

 

Oct 02

Brewster Fire Responds to Car into Marsh

At approximately 5:10 PM Sunday October 1, Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to Tubman Road opposite Griffiths Pond Road for a reported motor vehicle crash (MVC) with a car into the marsh and the driver entrapped in the vehicle. On arrival Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant located a vehicle that had plummeted off the road approximately 50’ through heavy brush and trees into a marsh area. A lone female occupant was trapped in the vehicle.

Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene, assumed command and requested a full department dispatch for additional staff due to the known complicated extrication operation. Firefighters made their way down to the vehicle and began evaluation and treatment to the injured driver. Cutting tools and the Jaws of Life were deployed from the Heavy Rescue to cut and remove portions of the vehicle to assist in removing the patient from the damaged vehicle.

After approximately fifteen minutes the female was extricated from the vehicle, placed on a backboard and carried up a steep embankment and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Fire Department units remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by a local towing company. During the incident Tubman Road was shut down in both directions. Brewster Police are investigating the crash.

 

Sep 19

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Service

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Monday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The service is designed to honor first responders, civilian victims and their family members who were impacted by the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Pastor Steven Trudel of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans Fire Department, Eastham Fire Department, Orleans Police Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Musical performances will be provided by the Brewster Baptist Church.

Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.

WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER

 

 

911 Memorial Service 2017 from Town of Brewster, MA on Vimeo.

Sep 18

Hurricane Preparation Tips

Hi Brewster Emergency Management
Hurricane Preparation Tips

The Brewster Office of Emergency Management is advising our residents of the potential for a significant storm to occur in our region Tuesday through Wednesday. In an effort to proactively prepare your family and your property for this possible event we suggest you monitor the approaching storm closely and visit the following websites for storm preparation information.

Our local Emergency Management Group is closely monitoring this situation with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee and will be fully prepared to ensure your safety during the upcoming event.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
www.mass.gov/mema

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
www.fema.gov

Sep 18

May We Never Forget

“May We Never Forget”

On Monday September 11, 2017 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.

The well attended memorial service honored all first responders and civilian victims who perished in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders.

Pastor Steven Trudel of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church provided the invocation for the service while Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geoff Deering, Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf, and former Mount Kisco NY Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri read passages of reflection and prayer.

Inspiring renditions of the National Anthem, On Eagles Wings and God Bless America were sung by the Brewster Baptist Church Chorus. Ian McEwen of the Highland Light Bagpipe Band provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri for their outstanding work on the program, Michael Fitzgerald, Brewster Fire/Rescue Association for their financial support, and the Brewster Department of Public Works.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the members of our community who joined us in remembering the victims of the tragic terrorist events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

“God Bless America”

Sep 07

Governor Baker Proclaims September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month”

Individuals and Families Encouraged to Prepare

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2017 to beEmergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and planning for individuals, families and communities. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month. These efforts are part of a nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, and their friends and families, for emergencies at home, work and school, and in their communities.

 

“Events like Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and the disasters we have experienced here in the Commonwealth over the last decade are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness and public safety,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Preparedness reduces casualties, property damage and the economic impacts of disasters, and helps improve the recovery process for our families and communities.”

 

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and other public safety agencies work with our communities in Massachusetts and partners from all levels of government to strengthen our preparedness for the next emergency,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We encourage residents take steps to prepare their families and homes well in advance to best ensure their safety.”

 

“Emergency Preparedness Month in September is a time to focus on preparedness” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Before the next disaster strikes, individuals and families should ensure that they will receive emergency alerts and information, build emergency plans and kits, and get involved in community efforts to build resilience.”

 

To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA will promote four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop an Emergency Plan, 3) Build an Emergency Kit, and 4) Get Involved in community preparedness and resilience.  MEMA will also stress the importance of considering the unique preparedness needs of children, pets, seniors and people with access and functional needs.

 

MEMA’s website, www.mass.gov/mema, features resources to help prepare for emergencies and information about the hazards common in Massachusetts. MEMA will also share emergency preparedness tips on Twitter and Facebook and will support various emergency preparedness events across the state.

 

 

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 towww.mass.gov/mema.

 

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; YouTube at 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.

Sep 02

New Traffic Pattern at Council-on-Aging Facility

The Council-on-Aging facility at 1673 Main Street will reopen on Tuesday September 5th. With the installation of a new access road and parking area the traffic pattern at the location has changed. The former entrance on the east side of the building is now a two-way access and egress roadway (see photo). Visitors to the location should ensure this new traffic pattern is exercised at all times

 

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