Apr 18

Brewster Fire Firefighters Respond to Harwich Structure Fires

In addition to daily responses to emergency incidents in town during this past weekend Brewster firefighters also responded on automatic mutual aid to two house fires in the Town of Harwich.

On Friday April 14 at 5:46 p.m. Engine 234 responded to Harwich Station 2 to provide station coverage while Harwich firefighters and other mutual aid units extinguished a structure fire at 74 Queen Anne Road that severely damaged the rear exterior, first floor and attic of the home which was unoccupied at the time.

The second automatic mutual aid response to Harwich occurred on Saturday April 15 at 3:34 p.m. At this second alarm fire located at 16 Standish Woods Circle numerous Brewster units including Car 231 (Chief Moran), Engine 234, Engine 239, and Ambulance 242 were requested to the scene. On arrival Brewster firefighters were assigned to assist with interior fire operations, extinguish a brush fire that had extended from the house fire, and rapid intervention (firefighter safety) functions. This fire originated in the rear of the home on a wooden deck and like the earlier fire on Friday extended into the first floor and attic area of the structure causing heavy damage to these interior locations. During the fire Harwich firefighters rescued a dog from the unoccupied home.

 

Apr 12

Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on Monday April 17 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.

• 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
o Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
o Early CPR
o Early Defibrillation
o 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!

Mar 30

Construction Update Brewster Fire Station

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Mar 11

Chimney Fire 465 Baker’s Pond Road

On Friday, March 10, 2017 at approximately 10:48 AM, the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported chimney fire at 465 Baker’s Pond Road.  On arrival to this address, fire department personnel found a two story wood-framed residential structure with heavy smoke coming from the chimney.  Fire suppression crews utilized thermal imaging cameras to confirm that the fire was contained in the chimney and that fire had not extended elsewhere in the structure.  Ultimately, the fire was extinguished by fire department personnel using Brewster Engine 234 and Ladder Truck 237.  Due to the design and location of this residence, the entire length of the Brewster Ladder Truck’s 109 foot aerial ladder was required to reach and extinguish this fire.   Due to the home owner’s rapid identification of a potential fire and immediate notification to the fire department, this fire was confined to the chimney and quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the home.  The Brewster Fire Department encourages all residents and visitors of the Town of Brewster to rapidly activate the 911 system anytime an emergency situation is identified.

Mar 10

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

 

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. 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 and test them to ensure they are in proper working order.

Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of this fact we urge you to keep your family safe by changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries this weekend.

Change-Your-Clock-Change-Your-Battery-Logo

Mar 07

Weekend Fire Fatalities Highlight Need to Check Your Smoke Detectors

Over this past weekend seven residents of Massachusetts were killed in residential fire incidents. Four children and their mother were trapped in their home during a fire in Warwick and two men were killed in a fire in Milton.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to remind our residents that the most effective method of safeguarding your family from a tragic incident of this type is to ensure your smoke detectors are in proper working order. We urge you to follow the simple, yet potentially life-saving guidelines below:
• Smoke detectors should be installed in all bedrooms and in hallways outside of bedrooms
• At least one smoke detector should be installed on each level of your home
• Smoke detectors should be less than ten (10) years old
• Batteries should be changed twice a year (Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries)
• Families should develop and practice a home fire escape plan

National statistics reveal that over 85% of annual fire fatalities occur in private dwellings. Our department urges our residents to take the time to assess the operation and age of your smoke detectors to ensure they are installed in the correct locations and in proper working order.

Mar 03

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.

As of Friday March 3 the site contractor (GFM) has demolished the former water department building and natural resources storage facility. Required silt fencing has been installed and approved by the Conservation Officer. All trees have been removed from the property, pavement has been removed from the rear of the existing fire station, and the temporary construction road has been installed (see photos).

Over the next several weeks additional site work including installation of the underground electric and fiber duct banks, installation of new electric poles, construction of the new septic system and leach field, and the trucking of fill into and from the site will take place.

The committee continues to monitor the project daily through the Fire Chief, Owners Project Manager (Pomroy Associates) and the General Contractor (Delphi).

 

 

 

Feb 24

Hazardous Waste Waste Collection

ast year,  over 376k lbs of hazardous waste was collected on Cape Cod through the HHW program. This protects our unconfined, sole-source aquifer; our environment; first responders; and the rest of us.
Enclosed, find for posting on your website and social media: 1.) 2017 BCH HHW brochure, poster, and map; and 2.) VSQG form for small business use.
Feel free to distribute to other departments, private and public schools, environmental and social groups, friends, family, small businesses, neighborhood and condo associations, and such-like.
Small quantities of posters and brochures will be delivered soon to town Health/DPW.
Municipal officials: I have an LED road sign to promote the collections, please let me know if you want to borrow it.
Interested groups: Want some free www.loveyourlocalwater.org stickers for waste and recycling bins? Email me if you want some!
Thank you!

2017 Hazardous Waste Collections for Small Businesses “VSQG” Very Small Quantity Generator

Feb 17

Fire Headquarters Construction Update  

Delphi Contractors has recently contracted with GFM Enterprises of Truro to conduct all of the required site work for the Fire Headquarters construction project. GFM will be responsible for all site work including excavation, demolition, drainage and utility installation, silt fencing, foundation, curbing, and paving services.

Demolition of the former water department facility and the natural resources storage building started on Monday February 13 (see attached pictures). Silt fencing and runoff containment systems have also been installed. The demolition is scheduled to be complete by the week of February 20th after which the temporary construction entrance, tree pruning and removal, and new utility pole installation will take place.

Feb 11

A Day In The Life At Brewster Fire

 

All members of the Brewster Fire Department have diverse emergency medical and fire suppression related responsibilities and duties that vary not only day-to-day, but sometimes minute-by-minute. This group of dedicated employees consists of a career staff divided as follows; 4 Shift/Group Captains, 8 shift firefighters, 1 Fire Prevention Captain, and 3 daytime firefighters. In addition, to the career staff our 20 call firefighters are uniformly assigned to one of the four career groups to ensure a consistent number of personnel are available for emergency incidents.  The department is a combination type “all hazards” response organization that prides itself on its ability to effectively prepare for and efficiently respond to a diverse variety of emergencies and requests for assistance from the community.

 

In FY 2016, the Brewster Fire Department responded to and mitigated 2914 total incidents, which included 2257 Emergency Medical Service requests. The remaining 657 incidents were fire related responses. Of the 2914 “runs” 859 or 29.4% were overlapping incidents whose response required Read the rest of this entry »

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