Oct 30

Brewster Fire Department Supports “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town and the surrounding communities. In the next several days we will be changing our clocks for daylight-savings time. Our department is requesting a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and assist us in reducing fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage from occurring within your homes. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as we move into the colder winter months which is typically a peak period for fire incidents. Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of these known facts we urge you to keep your family safe by changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries when you change your clocks.

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Oct 30

Brewster Fire Department Halloween Safety Tips

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Oct 27

Brewster and Eastham Fire Departments Receive Shared EMS Grant

The Brewster Fire Department, in partnership with the Eastham Fire Department, was recently awarded a grant for the purchase of new emergency medical equipment.

The grant was awarded from the MCY-BCHEO EMS Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation in the amount of $2,425.00. The fund was established upon the closure of the MediCenter Five, Inc. facility in Harwich, in order to support emergency projects or equipment for emergency medical service which are not funded through town budgets.

The departments plan to purchase advanced airway equipment, known as the QuickTrach needle, which allows for safe access for ventilation in the presence of acute respiratory distress with upper airway obstruction. In addition to this equipment, the departments also plan on purchasing copies of the new Commonwealth of Massachusetts treatment protocols, which are color-coded based on training level, to better provide accurate care and treatment for patients.

Captain Lisa Albino and Firefighter Ryan Van Buskirk from the Eastham Fire Department wrote the grant application with assistance from Brewster Captain Don LaBonte.

Both departments wish to thank the Cape Cod Foundation for their continued support of our regional emergency medical services through the MCV-BCEHO EMS Fund.

Oct 21

Brewster Fire Department Accepts Delivery of New Ambulance

On Friday October 17 the Brewster Fire Department accepted delivery of a 2015 Ford F550 “Superliner” Type 1 Ambulance. The vehicle was built by Life Line Emergency Vehicles of Sumner, Iowa and purchased through the manufacturer’s local dealer Specialty Vehicles Inc (SVI) of North Attleboro. This is the first department ambulance built on a Ford “F” series chassis which became necessary when Ford discontinued manufacturing the shorter “E” series chassis common to our department. Final cost to manufacture and outfit the vehicle with all equipment including radios was $225,000. The ambulance revenue account is funding the purchase through a five year lease program with annual payments in the amount of $50,000. Department personnel would like to thank the Selectmen and the residents of the community for supporting the purchase of this life saving equipment. Citizens interested in getting a first hand look at the ambulance may visit Fire Headquarters at your convenience.

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Oct 10

Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on Tuesday October 28 at 6:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to enhance the Town of Brewster’s standing as a Heart Safe Community, provide vital life saving training to our residents, and increase the number of community members trained to a cardiac arrest. Here are some interesting facts:

 

  • 385,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur on an annual basis.
  • 88% of these occur at home where limited emergency medical treatment may not be readily available.
  • Typically, only 8% of these victims survive
  • Immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate.
  • Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival
    • Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
    • Early CPR
    • Early Defibrillation
    • Early advanced care

Attendees at this three (3) hour training session will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

There will be a ten dollar ($10.00) charge for processing of the CPR certification cards.

The program will be held at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street.

Individuals interested in completing this life saving training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm attendance.

 

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR!

 

 

Oct 08

Brewster Fire Department Employment Announcement

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The Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill 1 full time Firefighter/Paramedic position. Applicants must hold Firefighter I/II certification from the Massachusetts State Fire Academy or equivalent, be Massachusetts Paramedic certified or capable of obtaining Massachusetts Paramedic certification within three months of hire. Finalist(s) shall be required to successfully pass the Massachusetts Physical Agility Test and a Town sponsored medical and psychological exam prior to hire.

 

Applicants must possess a valid Mass. driver’s license, be 21 yrs of age or older, possess a HS Diploma or equivalent (GED) prior to application deadline. Associates Degree/Bachelors Degree in a fire service or medical/health related field is preferred. Hired employees must live within 6 air miles of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Station (1657 Main St.) within 6 months of date of hire. Starting salary is $48,548.00/yr.

 

Applications may be picked up at Fire Headquarters (1657 Main Street Brewster MA, 02631) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, beginning Tuesday 10/7/14. Applications must be accompanied by certification documents, a resume and be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Tuesday 10/21/14. EOE

Oct 06

Brewster Fire Department Supports 2014 Fire Prevention Week “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!”

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Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Brewster Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during this years Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local and regional residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” says Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert occupants to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

 

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week and smoke detector usage contact the Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 or visit our website at brewsterfire.com.

 

Sep 24

Brewster Fire Department Receives Wildfire Training Grant

The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded a 2014 Barnstable County Wildfire Grant through a competitive application process administered through the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Brewster grant award in the amount of $5,700.00 will fund the salary costs for department members to attend and an 8 hour basic wildfire training course to be instructed through the State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) regional Fire Warden Josh Nigro and his staff.

The Brewster Fire Department is responsible to provide wildfire suppression resources to over 2,500 acres of property within the Town including approximately 1,000 acres in Nickerson State Park, 1,000 acres in the Punkhorn Conservation Area, and a number of other large conservation zones located within the community. Fire Chief Robert Moran stated, “This grant award will present our professional fire suppression staff with an outstanding program designed to educate our firefighters in modern wildfire strategies and tactics in both classroom and hands-on training environments. Our organization and the residents of Brewster would like to thank the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for this grant award and for their sustained support of wildfire training, wildfire prevention, and community wildfire planning efforts throughout Barnstable County”.

 

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Sep 23

Brewster Fire Dept. 9/11 Memorial 2014

The fourth annual 9/11 Memorial observed by the Brewster, MA Fire Department. Click on the title above to see the video.

Sep 23

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham Structure Fire

On Thursday September 18 at 5:16 pm the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham with Engine 233 to provide fire and EMS coverage for their community while the Fire Department battled a structure fire with several other mutual aid companies at 20 Great Pond Place. The fire, which originated in the kitchen area of the vacant summer vacation home, was quickly extinguished by responding firefighters and damage was limited to the 1st floor kitchen and roof area above. Later that night at 2:00 am a rekindle of the original fire occurred requiring an additional response of the Brewster Fire Department and other mutual aid companies to Eastham. During this request Engine 233 was assigned to respond to Great Pond to supply the tanker task force and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded as the Water Supply Officer. In addition to these units, Ambulance 243 also responded to Eastham Fire Headquarters to provide EMS coverage for the Town. All Brewster apparatus were released and returned to service at 5:53 am.        

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