Jun 24

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Orleans Structure Fire

On Tuesday June 21 at approximately 6:20 a.m. Ladder 237 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded on a line box assignment to a reported structure fire at 161 Monument Road in Orleans. On their arrival Orleans firefighters found heavy smoke and flames emanating from a 1 ½ story detached garage with a second floor office. Multiple hose lines were stretched into the garage by firefighters to extinguish the fire which was caused by a lightning strike from a passing storm. In addition to Brewster, an engine from Eastham was utilized at the scene while an engine from the Harwich Fire Department covered Orleans headquarters. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Jun 21

Coast Guard recovers body of missing fisherman

Barnstable County dive team divers depart with the Coast Guard from Saquatucket Harbor to search for a missing fisherman

Barnstable County dive team divers depart with the Coast Guard from Saquatucket Harbor to search for a missing fisherman

NANTUCKET – Coast Guard crews have recovered the body of a person in the water Monday about 1 p.m., about 4 hours after receiving a report of a fisherman being entangled in a net near Nantucket.

At about 9:15 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report that a fisherman aboard the 42-foot fishing vessel, No Regrets, became entangled in the vessel’s nets as they were being deployed and was swept over the side approximately one-quarter mile west of Great Point on Nantucket.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod were launched as well as a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot response boat crew from Station Brant Point to search the Great Point area.

The Nantucket Harbormaster, Chatham Harbormaster, Barnstable County dive team divers, and other local government agencies also responded.  Multiple good Samaritan vessels were also in the area assisting with the search.

 

Jun 19

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Orleans Structure Fire

 

On Saturday June 18 at 1:43 p.m. Brewster Ladder 237 responded on a line box response to a reported structure fire at 16 Megs Lane in Orleans. The fire originated on an exterior deck and extended to the exterior wood siding of the home prior to extinguishment. A civilian used a garden hose to contain the fire until firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photos courtesy of Craig Chadwick

Jun 19

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Head-On Crash in Harwich

On Saturday June 18 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Heavy Rescue 241 and Ambulance 244 responded on a line box response to Route 6 in the area of Exit 11 to assist the Harwich Fire Department at a two vehicle crash was reported on. The head-on impact caused one vehicle to burst into flames. Initial attempts by first-arriving Harwich Police and State Police to extinguish the flames with fire extinguishers were unsuccessful due to the severity of the fire which was eventually extinguished by Harwich firefighters on their arrival. All occupants of the two vehicles had self-extricated prior to arrival of fire department units. They were evaluated and treated by Harwich and Brewster medics and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Massachusetts State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Photos courtesy of Craig Chadwick

Jun 16

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire

On Wednesday June 15th at 10:29 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a residence on Red Top Road for a reported structure fire. A small fire had been located in the attic of the residence by the owner upon his return. He was able to confine the fire to the attic with a garden hose. Firefighters were able to completely extinguish the fire and limit any extension to other areas of the home.Picture1  Photos courtesy of Craig Chadwick

Jun 13

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Wellfleet Structure Fire

On Sunday June 12 at 4:52 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was requested to respond with multiple fire apparatus to a structure fire located at 41 9th Street (Lieutenants Island) in the Town of Wellfleet.  Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded on the initial request.

Upon the arrival of Wellfleet firefighters the home was found fully involved. Fire suppression operations were hampered by high winds which caused extensive exposure problems, an inadequate water supply caused by the lack of fire hydrants on the island, and limited access and egress to the home. Due to these challenges the incident commander (Wellfleet Fire Chief Pauley) utilized full second alarm and tanker task force assignments which brought mutual aid from much of the Cape to the scene or to cover empty fire stations. A drafting operation using engines and tankers was utilized at the fire scene to provide adequate water for suppression activities. This water had to be shuttled from a hydrant at the Marconi drafting site some distance away. Firefighters were also hampered by the rising tide which made it impossible to cross the bridge to the island for an approximate two hour period during the fire.

One firefighter was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries. Three dogs perished in the blaze which is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office, Wellfleet Fire Department, and Wellfleet Police.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Jun 12

Brewster Firefighter Chad Foakes Participates in Special Olympics Torch Run

The 10th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was held on Thursday June 9. During the run local police officers take turns carrying the torch from Provincetown to Bourne. The event typically starts at 5 a.m. and travels mostly along Route 6A through a number of Cape communities before reaching Bourne at approximately 5 p.m. This year Brewster Firefighter/Paramedic Chad Foakes was one of the runners who carried the Torch through our community. Our department commends members of the Brewster Police for running in this event every year and thanks them for providing our personnel the opportunity to participate in this very important fund raising partnership.

Jun 07

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR BEACH FIRE PERMITS

  1. According to Laws governing the use of State property enacted in 2015 beach fires shall not be permitted on Crosby
    Beach. Additionally the Town of Brewster does not permit beach fires on any town-owned public beaches.
  2. Owners and/or renters of properties with private beach access are permitted to conduct beach fires following the
    protocol below:

    1. The requesting parties must visit the Brewster Fire Department located at 1657 Main Street Monday
      through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. to obtain a permit. There is no fee.
    2. Proof of property ownership, rental agreement, a letter from the owner, or a letter from the property association permitting beach fires at t he location must be displayed when applying for a permit.
  3. The person obtaining the permit must be in attendance with the permit at all times.
  4. The fire shall be burned between 6:00pm and 10:00pm
  5. The fire is to be built on the beach below the mean high-tide line. No fires are allowed in
    the dunes.
  6. The fire is not to be left un-attended at any time.
  7. The fire is for cooking only, not meant to be a bonfire.
  8. The fire is to be completely extinguished when finished. Do not cover with sand to
    extinguish.
  9. All remains of the fire and any trash or personal articles must be completely removed
    from the beach.

May 26

Brewster Fire Department Participates in DUI Crash Re-enactment  

On Tuesday May 24, the Brewster Fire Department participated in Nauset Regional High Schools annual DUI Awareness Day. The program included a real time re-enactment of a head on motor vehicle crash that results in multiple severe traumatic injuries, a fatality, and the DUI arrest of one of the vehicles drivers. Members of the senior class participated as victims and drivers of the vehicles.

National statistics provide evidence that teenage drunk driving accidents spike during prom season. With that said, the annual re-enactment is designed to provide the senior class with a better understanding of the consequences that may occur when driving while distracted by texting or while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs prior to their prom night with the ultimate goal being the delivery of an impactful safety message that will remain with the students during their entire lifetime.

Public Safety agencies participating in the exercise included the Eastham Fire and Police Departments, Orleans Fire Department, Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments, and the Brewster Fire Department. All involved departments wish the graduating senior class a safe summer season and successful future careers!


Video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

May 24

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Lower Cape Outreach Council Food Drive

 

On Saturday May 21 the Brewster Fire Department assisted students from Nauset Regional High School collect food for the food pantry at Lower Cape Outreach Council.  Brewster firefighters Scott Romer and Carrie Luhmann staffed one of the department’s ambulances at the event that was held outside of the Stop & Shop in Orleans. During the day the firefighters also took advantage of the opportunity to interact with and discuss fire safety education information with the general public including the distribution of life safety literature and “red” fire helmets to shoppers of all ages.

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