Sep 13

“May We Never Forget”

On Sunday September 11, 2016 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, Orleans Fire Department, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders. Reverend William Kaliyadan of Our Lady of the Cape Church provided the invocation for the service while Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geof Deering and Board of Selectmen Chairman John Dickson read passages of reflection and prayer. The keynote speaker was Honorary FDNY Battalion Chief and nationally recognized fire service author and instructor Jack Murphy who spoke on his involvement in both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 

Superb renditions of the National Anthem, On Eagles Wings,and God Bless America were sung by the Brewster Baptist Church Chorus. Roger Gamache 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, Brewster Fire/Rescue Association for their financial support, Brewster Department of Public Works, and Michael Fitzgerald for his support.

 

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 06

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Storm Damage

n Monday September 5 at 1:53 p.m. Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau responded to a reported tree into a residence with structural damage at 66 Gould Road. On arrival units found a large branch from a storm damaged tree had fallen and penetrated the roof and interior ceiling of the home. The Captain immediately requested additional assistance to the scene and to cover headquarters in the event of additional responses. Crews quickly secured the utilities, cut and removed the large section of tree from the home, and covered the opening to reduce any further water damage. Car 231 (Chief Moran), the Towns Emergency Management Director also responded to the scene and assisted the homeowner with locating a restoration company to provide an immediate temporary repair to the damaged roof.

Sep 02

Emergency Preparedness Month

Governor Baker Proclaims September

‘Emergency Preparedness Month’

Individuals & Families Urged to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In an effort to enhance awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September to be ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’ in the Commonwealth. Working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will promote public preparedness and safety throughout the month. These efforts are in conjunction with a nationwide effort to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies at home, work and school.

 

“During the month of September, individuals and families are urged to better prepare themselves and their communities for disasters and other types of emergencies.  Before the next disaster strikes, learn how to receive emergency alerts and critical information, take time to build emergency plans and kits, and get involved in community efforts to build resilience,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.“Preparedness reduces casualties, property damage and the economic impact of disasters, and speeds up recovery.”

 

To help the public better prepare themselves and their families, MEMA will promote four preparedness messages during Emergency Preparedness Month: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop a Plan, 3) Build a Kit, and 4) Get Involved. Throughout the month, MEMA will encourage all residents of the Commonwealth to: learn the hazards and risks that may affect their communities; find out how to receive emergency warnings and critical information from local and state emergency managers and public safety officials; prepare comprehensive family emergency plans; build emergency kits that are stocked with supplies that will help sustain individuals and families during disasters; and become involved in community efforts to build resilience.

 

Governor Baker’s Proclamation states, “Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every resident of the Commonwealth, and families and individuals are urged to make preparedness a priority…” All residents of the Commonwealth are encouraged to participate in citizen preparedness activities and to enhance preparedness by using the  resources at http://www.mass.gov/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 Hurricane Preparedness, go tohttp://www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at 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 Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

Sep 02

15th Year Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

 

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Press Release

 

For Immediate Distribution:

 

15th Year Anniversary of the September 11Terrorist Attacks

 

“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”

 

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Sunday September 11 beginning at 1:00 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 William Kaliyadan of Our Lady of The Cape Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans 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. The guest speaker will be FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief and national fire service icon John “Jack” Murphy.

 

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

 

 

 

“May We Never Forget”

 

 

Aug 19

Brewster Fire Department Receives $284,000 Federal Firefighter Staffing Grant

 

On Friday August 19 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified the Brewster Fire Department that they have been awarded $284,000 in Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) funding to hire two additional career firefighter/paramedics.

 

The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) were created by the Federal government to provide direct funding to career, combination, and volunteer fire departments to assist them in increasing, maintaining, and/or recruiting the requisite number of front-line firefighters required to safely and effectively deliver all hazard emergency response services to their respective communities and meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing standards.

 

Fire Chief Robert Moran stated “our organization is extremely pleased to have been awarded these funds through such a competitive national grant process and for the support of our application we received from the Board of Selectmen. While we continue to employ a combination type fire department that currently fits the needs of the community the steady influx of new housing, nursing and assisted living facilities, medical facilities, and an aging population does significantly strain our ability to deliver effective all hazard response services on a daily basis. If approved, the hiring of these new firefighter/paramedics will significantly enhance our response capabilities and provide a great benefit to the entire community”.

 

The grant program is designed to fund the salaries and benefits for two new firefighter/paramedics for a two-year period beginning in January of 2017. There is no match required from the Town. The grant guidelines allow the Board of Selectmen 30 days to approve or reject the funding.

 

This grant is the second award received by the Brewster Fire Department during the 2015 program period. Last month the department accepted a $370,000 award for new portable and mobile radios that was funded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Together the two awards total $655,000 in project funding that will provide direct relief to Brewster taxpayers and the Towns future operating and capital budgets.

Aug 14

Brew Run Proceeds to Support the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association

On Saturday August 13 the 38th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster.  Over 1600 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. The profits from the race will be donated to the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association for their dedicated efforts in supporting the race activities and their dutiful commitment to serving the residents and visitors of the Town with exemplary Fire and EMS services. The Association uses the proceeds to support member training activities, sponsor community programs, subsidize fire safety education efforts, and fund the purchase of various fire/ems equipment required by the department and the Town of Brewster.

 

In a special presentation prior to the start of this years event Race Director Thomas Meagher presented Brewster residents Ralph and Rose Ingegneri with a plaque for their dedicated work on several 9/11 and Boston Marathon bombing projects and for their devoted commitment to the Brewster community and it’s residents. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race, race supporters, and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.

Aug 13

Brewster Fire Department Supports the Pan- Mass Bike Challenge

On Sunday August 7, 2016 the Brewster Fire Department proudly supported the bike riders participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge through the awe-inspiring display of an American Flag from the department’s aerial ladder in front of Fire Headquarters during the popular fund raising bike race. Many of the riders shouted their thanks 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.

 

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. A special shout out goes to the team from Pomroy Associates who is the owner’s project manager for the current fire station construction project.

 

 

 

Aug 13

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Route 6 Motor Vehicle Collision

On Wednesday August 11 at 1:20 p.m. Brewster Ambulance 244, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to a motor vehicle collision at mile marker 88 on Route 6 eastbound. The Orleans and Harwich Fire Departments were also dispatched on the automatic aid line box assignment. Upon arrival Orleans Deputy Chief Geoff Deering reported a three car accident with air bag deployment, 4 patients, and a minor fluid spill. After a rapid assessment of the patients three refused medical treatment and one was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Brewster Ambulance 244. The Harwich and Orleans crews assisted with providing patient triage, securing the vehicles electrical systems, and applying speedy dry to contain the minor fluid spill. Route 6 was closed in both directions during the incident which caused major traffic delays throughout the entire region. The Massachusetts State are investigating the incident. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Aug 08

MEMA OFFERS TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM HURRICANES

Important Information for Homeowners and Boat Owners 

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Throughout this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding homeowners of steps they can take to protect their property from the strong winds, damaging rains, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring to New England.

“There are steps we all can take to make our homes and property more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Early planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and the extent of property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”

Developing a plan to protect your property during a tropical storm or hurricane starts with understanding the hurricane risks for your area.  If you reside in or near a coastal community, determine whether Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Day Camp Students Visit Brewster Fire

On Thursday August 4, students and counselors from the Brewster Day Camp visited fire headquarters to learn more about the daily work completed by our staff of professional firefighters. The students were given a tour of the facility and also received lectures on the various apparatus and specialized equipment carried and used by the fire department at emergency responses. Based on comments and the smiling faces of the attendees a great time was had by all!IMG_2610

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