Vehicle goes off road ends up on side in early morning crash in Brewster

BREWSTER – An early morning crash left a Toyota Camry on its side in Brewster. The crash happened on Route 39 near Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehab. around 5:30 AM Tuesday. The vehicle narrowly missed a trash compactor. The extent of injuries was not immediately clear. Brewster Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


Brewster fire responds to capsized vessels in Cape Cod Bay

BREWSTER – Brewster Fire and Rescue responded to a water rescue around 1 PM Sunday. The initial call was for a capsized sunfish offshore between Brewster and Point of Rocks Beaches. While crews were working to assist the sunfish, a catamaran also overturned. The catamaran was righted and the two aboard were okay. The Coast Guard was responding to the sunfish about 300 yards out. The Eastham Harbormaster also responded to assist. all subjects were brought safely to shore. As the Brewster Fire boat was coming back in they also assisted a paddleboarder  off Foster Road that appeared to be having trouble getting back to shore. That person was evaluated onshore by EMTs for a possible shoulder injury.


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Brewster Fire assists beachgoers as tide comes in

BREWSTER – Brewster Firefighters were called to Breakwater Beach about 6:30 PM Wednesday. Two beachgoers were quite a distance out on the flats when the tide started to come in. Two firefighters waded out to the people who were in water up to their waste and walked them to shore. One person was evaluated for possible hypothermia. Further details were not immediately available.

Sheriff’s Office Technical Services Chief retires after nearly 40 years

BOURNE – The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Ralph Swenson, Chief Deputy of Technical Services, on his retirement from the BCSO! Ralph’s dedication and outstanding service to the BCSO and the Barnstable community spanned 39+ years. They thank you for your service, Ralph, and wish you the very best!

Safety Stand Down 2021: Rebuild Rehab

Firefighting puts intense strain on firefighters, both physically and mentally. It is critical that firefighters receive a comprehensive rehab program after fire incidents or intense training to ensure their physiological and psychological wellbeing. To address this issue, the theme of the 2021 Safety Stand Down campaign is “Rebuild Rehab.”
Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this year’s Safety Stand Down will take place June 20-26 and call attention to the need for physical and psychological rehab.
Rehab frequently does not get the consideration it deserves. Many think simply providing food and beverages to firefighters constitutes a rehab program. The 2021 Safety Stand Down challenges departments to reframe their thinking around rehab to mitigate all of the impacts of firefighting and make sure everyone is ready to respond to the next emergency. Rehab should encompass all areas of post-incident health, including cardiac, nutrition, exposure, mental health, hydration, and heat stress.

Video report: Several trapped after rollover crash on Route 6A in Brewster

BREWSTER – A serious crash was reported in Brewster about 3 PM Wednesday. A Nissan Altima and a Toyota Rav4 collided on Main Street (Route 6A) by Sydenstricker Glass causing the Toyota to roll on its side. Firefighters worked to extricate several people from the Rav4. A level 1 Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was requested due to the number of victims involved. Luckily it did not appear any of the injuries were life-threatening. Route 6A was completely closed between Stony Brook and A.P. Newcomb Roads while the scene was worked. The crash is under investigation by Brewster Police.

SUV slams into building in Orleans

ORLEANS – An SUV reportedly crashed into a building in Orleans sometime before 11 AM Thursday morning. Firefighters were able to remove the driver from the Toyota Venza who was then transported to Cape Cod Hospital. No one in the structure was hurt. There was extensive damage to the structure at 36 Old Colony Way, part of a three story senior housing complex.  A building inspector was called to the scene and fire officials called for a tech rescue response to shore up the building to prevent the possibility of collapse. The Orleans Council on Aging was assisting the displaced residents.

CWN will bring you further details as we get them.

Employment Announcement

Full Time Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic
Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic positions. Applicants must hold or be able to obtain Massachusetts EMT and/or Massachusetts Paramedic certification prior to hire, maintain a valid driver’s license, be 21 years of age or older, and possess a HS diploma or equivalent (GED). Firefighter I/II Pro-Board certification is preferred but not mandatory. Applicants not holding FF I/II certification will be required to attend the Massachusetts Career Firefighter Training Program. Candidates shall successfully pass the MA Physical Agility Test, background check, and a medical exam prior to hire. If appointed, employees must live within 15 air miles of Brewster Fire Headquarters (1671 Main St.) within 12 months of date of hire. Starting FF/EMT annual salary is $52,132.00. FF/Paramedic is $57,352.00.
Town of Brewster Employment applications are available at Fire Headquarters Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday June 21 or on the Town Website; Returned applications must include certification documents, cover letter, and resume and be submitted to Fire Chief Robert Moran, Brewster Fire Rescue 1671 Main Street Brewster MA 02631 no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday July 2. EOE

Fire Officials Urge People to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

STOW, MA – “Public fireworks displays are back this year, and fire departments across the state are making sure they are safe for spectators and for shooters,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Illegal fireworks are risky, especially around children who will imitate what they see adults do. Let’s keep our children safe.” Children and teens under 15 account for more than one-third of the severe fireworks burn injuries requiring emergency room visits in Massachusetts.

4th of July No Holiday for Firefighters

Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Fire Chief Michael J. Winn, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, said, “The Fourth of July holiday is a busy time for firefighters. We respond to all types of fires and medical emergencies. In fact, the week of July 4 is one of the busiest times of the year for fires. So please leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the many supervised fireworks displays.”

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “Remember, fireworks are illegal to transport into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. The State Police Bomb squad is coordinating enforcement efforts with local fire and police departments to help avoid a repeat of last year, where citizen complaints about the unsafe use of illegal fireworks increased sharply.”


Fireworks Cause Many Dangerous Fires
There were many fires, amputations and burn injuries from illegal fireworks in Massachusetts last year. Dozens were displaced during the pandemic by fires started by fireworks. In the past decade (2011-2020), there have been 941 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). The incidents caused 12 civilian injuries, 42 fire service injuries, and an estimated dollar loss of $2.1 million

  • On May 27, 2020, illegal fireworks ignited the exterior stairs of a 2-family home in New Bedford. Damages from this fire were estimated to be $3,000.
  • On June 14, 2020, the Worcester Fire Department responded to a fire in a 3-decker started by illegal fireworks. A firework set off in the street landed on the roof and ignited it. Eleven people were displaced. Smoke alarms failed to operate and damages were estimated at $145,739.
  • On June 16, 2020, fireworks ignited a fire on the first-floor porch of a 2-family Springfield home. Damages from the fire were estimated at $10,000.
  • On July 16, 2020, the Boston Fire Department responded to a car fire. Someone lit fireworks on top of a Mercedes Benz. Damages were estimated at $8,000.
  • On August 10, 2020, the Orange Fire Department and several surrounding communities responded to a brush fire on Tully Mountain in Orange. It took several days to put the fire out in the rugged terrain and hot and humid weather. Remnants of fireworks and a campfire were found at the seat of the fire.
  • On October 10, 2020, someone set off fireworks in the rear hallway of a 6-unit Boston apartment building. Twenty people were displaced and the fire caused $3,250 in damages.

Burns and Injuries Caused by Fireworks
In the past decade (2011-2020), 32 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns injuries from fireworks (burns covering 5% of more of the body) according to the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS). Fifty-four percent of the victims were people under age 25 who will spend the rest of their lives with these scars.

  • On July 18, 2020, a 13-year old boy visiting Randolph, MA suffered burns to 10% of his body surface area from illegal fireworks.
  • On July 4, 2019, a 29-year old Charlton man received burns to 9% of his body and puncture wounds to his back from a fireworks explosion. State Police confiscated a large cache of illegal fireworks from his home.
  • On July 5, 2019, a 16-year old male from Dartmouth received 1st- & 2nd-degree burns on the lower portions of his body from a fireworks explosion.
  • On July 9, 2019, a 4-year old Boston girl grabbed a burning sparkler that someone else was holding and suffered burns to her left hand.
  • On July 7, 2020, fireworks a young boy was holding went off causing severe injuries to his hand. This happened near Carson Beach in South Boston.
  • On July 20, 2020, a 43-year old Turners Falls man suffered a serious leg injury from illegal fireworks.

All Fireworks Are Illegal in Massachusetts
The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane” fireworks. Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Sparklers burn at 1800ºF or higher. It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks must be confiscated on the spot by law enforcement officials.

For more information on the dangers of fireworks, visit the Department of Fire Services webpage Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals.