Jan 20

Brewster Fire is Hiring

Firefighter/Paramedic
The Town of Brewster seeks qualified applicants for the full-time position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Requirements include Massachusetts Paramedic and FF I/II Pro-Board certification, high school diploma or GED (Associates Degree preferred), and current Massachusetts state driver’s license. Employment hours shall be Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (40 hour work week). The position is funded through a SAFER Firefighters Hiring Grant. The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive medical examination, drug screening, criminal background investigation, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division’s Physical Abilities Test prior to employment. Interested applicants shall send cover letter and resume to Fire Chief Robert Moran Brewster Fire/Rescue Headquarters 1657 Main Street, Brewster MA 02631. Deadline for submissions is Friday February 2, 2018 or until positions are filled. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

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Jan 18

Brewster Fire Department Receives Fire Safety Education Grants

The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded two FY 2018 Fire Safety Education grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first is a Student Awareness of Fire Education or (S.A.F.E) grant in the amount of $3,708.00 that will support costs associated with training and placing firefighters in classrooms to conduct fire safety education in grades Pre-K through 6 while funding other fire safety programs, initiatives, and member training throughout the year. The primary mission of the S.A.F.E. grant is to ensure our local students recognize the dangers of fire and acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to support a fire safe environment throughout their lifetime. Since its inception in 1995 the S.A.F.E. program has reduced the average annual child fire deaths in the Commonwealth by over 70%.

The second grant is a Senior S.A.F.E. grant in the amount of $2,415.00. This funding will provide firefighters the ability to deliver fire and life safety education programs to older adults who are statistically proven to be the most at risk group to become involved in a fatal fire incident. Firefighters will use the opportunity to educate seniors as to the potential fire and life safety hazards they face on a daily basis through already established relationships with community based providers of senior support services such as the Council on Aging, senior housing complexes, and local nursing and assisted living facilities.

Fire Chief Robert Moran stated, “These grant awards will allow our professional staff an outstanding opportunity to provide complimentary high quality fire and life safety education to two of our community’s most significant population groups. We look forward to using these funds to continue our efforts to build accessible public relationships and improve the level of fire safety within our community. We thank Governor Baker, State officials and the Fire Marshal for their sustained support of enhancing the level of fire and life safety within the Commonwealth”.

 

 

Jan 08

Ice Cold Water Safety

Jan 08

Open Burning Safety Tips

Jan 08

Carbon Monoxide Safety Sheets

Jan 08

Open Burning Season Starts January 15

Open burning season begins on January 15, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2018. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department and follow the regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line.

Burn permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application available at brewsterfire.com. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.

You may also visit brewsterfire.com and click on the Fire Prevention link then click on Open Burning Rules & Regulations to obtain further information on the process necessary to obtain a permit and on the method required to utilize the mandatory daily brush fire call in phone line.

The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.

 

Remember, Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!

Jan 06

Squad 241 Delivery Update

On December 18 Fire Department personnel conducted a final inspection of our new Squad 241 at the Ferrara Fire Apparatus plant in Holden, LA.  A number of minor issues were found during the inspection process which included a complete and detailed review of the vehicles specifications and construction from the frame to the finished paint. After making these final adjustments and revisions to the multi-functional apparatus Louisiana it was delivered to Specialty Vehicles Inc, in North Attleboro who is the local Ferrara dealer for final preparation, lettering, and tool mounting. The vehicle is replacing two older fire apparatus (Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233) which will be traded in as part of the contract. Delivery to Brewster is scheduled for February 1.

Jan 04

Brewster Emergency Management Encourages Residents to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

The Brewster Office of Emergency Management wants to ensure that the residents of the Brewster are prepared for severe weather. In Massachusetts, a winter storm may range from a moderate snowfall over several hours to a Nor’easter with blizzard conditions that lasts for days. Severe winter weather may be accompanied by dangerously cold weather, strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow. Residents of Brewster must be prepared for prolonged power outages, difficult to impossible travel, and stores and businesses being closed. As we move into winter we encourage all residents to stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home and car emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take some simple steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather.

Stay Informed – Monitor changing winter weather conditions and receive emergency alerts.
• Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device for weather alerts from the National Weather Service and messages from MEMA. Visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
• Monitor local TV stations for the latest storm updates.
• Sign up for your community’s emergency alerting system by contacting local public safety officials.
• Have a battery operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.

Build an Emergency Kit – Have an emergency kit in your home and car in case you lose power, are isolated in your home, or become stranded in your vehicle during severe winter weather.
• For Your Home – Have enough food, water, batteries, flashlights, medicine and other supplies in an emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours.
• For Your Vehicle – Store emergency supplies in your car’s winter emergency kit in case your vehicle breaks down or you become stranded during cold weather.

Make an Emergency Plan – Make a plan with your family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.
• Identify friends or family that you might stay with if you lose power during cold weather.
• If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time during a winter storm.
• If you have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers and/or disability services (Council-on-Aging) to plan ahead for accessible transportation.
• Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family’s emergency contact.

Steps to Mitigate the Impacts of Severe Weather – Prepare your home by removing dead or rotting trees and branches, check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, insulate your home, and take other actions to prepare your home for winter weather. Additionally, winter storms can cause extended power outages which can be dangerous during extreme cold weather. Have alternate phone charging methods, learn how to use your emergency generator safely, plan for your unique medical needs and take other steps to prepare for power outages.

When driving in winter weather, keep your gas tank at least half full, ensure adequate tire tread and pressure, and check your antifreeze level, battery, defroster, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, and other vehicle equipment. Make every attempt to remain home and off the roadways during major storms.

If possible keep fire hydrants in your vicinity clear of snow and automobiles to ensure the rapid use by the fire department in the event of a fire.

Do not leave unattended candles lit in your home during power outages. The improper use of candles is a significant cause of residential fires.

Clear all exterior furnace vents of snow to eliminate potential build-up carbon monoxide in your home.

In the event of an emergency remember to call 911. All 911 emergency calls in Brewster are answered by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Communication Center where all Police related calls are transferred over to the Brewster Police and all fire and EMS calls are immediately dispatched. Direct calls to fire headquarters during storm events must be avoided due to the fact that all staff members may be responding to incidents which will result in your emergency call going unanswered.

Residents seeking further storm or emergency management information may call Brewster Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jan 04

Important Storm Sheltering Information

Wednesday January 3, 2018 3:20 p.m.

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee has determined that there will be no pre-storm opening of regional shelters on Cape Cod.
Fortunately, in the event prolonged, wide area power outages do occur during tomorrows storm event local, regional, and county volunteers and emergency staff members have pre-staged equipment and resources and are on standby to rapidly open and operate the locations.
If shelters do open tomorrow the Brewster Office of Emergency Management and the Barnstable Regional Emergency Planning Committee will provide updates via local and regional radio, websites, and social media outlets.

Dec 31

Brewster Fire/Rescue Wishes All a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year!