Brewster Fire Captain Dan Kimball Deploys to North Carolina with Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team

On Saturday September 15, Brewster Fire Captain Dan Kimball and nine other swift water rescue certified firefighters of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team were deployed to North Carolina as elements of the Southeast Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team to assist with water rescue operations in flood ravaged areas of the state. The team arrived with a variety of water rescue equipment and boats on Sunday September 16 after a seventeen hour drive. They are scheduled to remain in North Carolina for a ten day period. Brewster Fire wishes all members of the team a safe deployment and return trip to the Cape.

 

“May We Never Forget”

On Tuesday September 11, 2018 the Brewster Fire Department hosted our seventh annual 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 seventeen years ago 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, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders.

Brewster Select Board member Dr. Mary Chaffee served as the keynote speaker for the event and Pastor Rodney Dobbs of the Northside United Methodist Church provided the invocation. Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf and Brewster Police Chief also participated in the ceremony.

Inspiring renditions of the National Anthem, Taps, Let There Be Peace on Earth, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America were sung by the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church Choir. Ian McEwen of the Highland Light Bagpipe Band 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, the Brewster Department of Public Works, and all those in attendance.

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.

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Brewster Fire Participates in Airport Rescue Drill

On Wednesday September 5 Brewster firefighters participated in a large scale hands-on training drill at the Barnstable Municipal Airport. The FAA mandates his drill to be held every three years to test the readiness of airport services in the event a plane crash or other disaster occur at the facility.  Multiple local, state and federal agencies were involved in the drill which was made as realistic as possible by airport planners, Hyannis Fire Department personnel, and airport emergency responders. Members of Brewster fire responded to the drill with Squad 241 and participated in simulated extrication scenarios. with the Hyannis and Barnstable Fire Departments.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Receives Two Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Brewster Fire/Rescue has been awarded two Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in the amount of $236,799.00. The first grant is a Fire Prevention grant in the amount of $37,275.00 that will allow the department to purchase a mobile fire safety education trailer to be used to support and improve our efforts to bring dynamic and valuable fire and life safety education training to local and regional schools, assisted living facilities, the local Council-on-Aging, senior housing complexes, and various community events throughout the year. It will also be used to sustain our new innovative “Visit the Neighborhoods” fire and life safety program that we will launch in 2019. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Herrmann who is one of our certified educators assisted in developing and writing this grant application.

 

The second award in the amount of $199,524.00 is an Operations and Safety grant that will allow the department to purchase and equip our three ambulances with new stretchers and power loading devices (see photo). On average our personnel respond to over 2200 annual emergency medical runs resulting in approximately 1700 transports. During these transports stretchers are lifted and lowered an average of seven times producing 11,900 events of this type during which our firefighters can be exposed to potential career ending injuries. Once purchased and installed the state-of-the-art power stretchers and loading devices will significantly reduce the potential for staff injuries and notably improve patient safety while strengthening the level of emergency medical services we provide the community.

Since 2010 the Brewster Fire Department has received approximately 1.2 million dollars in highly competitive FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants to fund the purchase of equipment including portable and mobile radios, pagers, personal protective equipment, firefighter safety equipment, stretchers, and stretcher loading devices. A portion of these monies also funded the wages and benefits for two new firefighter/paramedics for a two year period.  The Brewster Fire Department pledges to continue our proactive efforts to search for and find innovative grant programs and opportunities designed to reduce the level of financial responsibility placed on our local residents and property owners by our organization.

Governor Baker Proclaims “Emergency Preparedness Month” and Encourages Individuals and Families to Prepare

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2018 to be Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage planning for disasters and other types of emergencies. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month through various outreach initiatives. These efforts are part of a month-long nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage residents to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, their homes, their businesses, and their communities.

 

“The destructive storms that impacted the Commonwealth in March and the recent natural disasters across the country are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Preparedness improves public health and safety, can help minimize property damage and the economic impacts of disasters, and can accelerate the disaster recovery process.”

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Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Service

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Tuesday September 11 at 6:00 pm. The service will be held outside of the new fire department facility at 1671 Main Street.

The service is designed to honor first responders, and 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 Rodney Dobbs of the Northside United Methodist Church will offer the memorial invocation. Retired U.S Navy Captain and current Brewster Select Board member Dr. Mary Chaffee will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Musical performances will be provided by the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church Choir.

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

WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11thOF SEPTEMBER

Brew Run Proceeds to Support the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association

On Saturday August 11 the 40th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster. Over 1700 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. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race, race supporters, volunteers, and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.

New Ambulance Placed in Service

The department’s new ambulance which was manufactured by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner, Iowa was recently placed into service. The vehicle was built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis and includes our first automatic stretcher loading device which is intended to significantly reduce the potential for firefighter lifting injuries during patient loading events and improve patient care.

In addition, design revisions and upgrades to the interior of the ambulanceengineered to improve operational efficiency and enhance employee safety levels have also been included. The $302,000 vehicle was purchased on a five-year lease plan and will be subsidized through our Special Revenue Account using ambulance revenue funds. Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA is the local dealer. We would like to thank the Select Board, Finance Committee, and our residents for supporting the purchase of this essential piece of life-saving equipment.    

 

 

 

 

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Two Structure Fires

 

On Thursday August 9 at 11:08 am the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 275 Red Top Road.  On arrival Car 230 Captain Kimball reported heavy smoke from the roof of a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. Car 231 (Chef Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Brewster Engine 239 arrived and stretched approximately 800’ of supply line from the hydrant. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived and began set up of the aerial device for vertical ventilation of the roof. The engine crew stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the second floor of the dwelling where they found heavy smoke and fire in the area of the bathroom ceiling and quickly extinguished the visible fire. Extensive overhaul of the second floor and attic was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire.  The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Yarmouth Fire Department provided coverage to Brewster during the fire.

While units were leaving the scene of this fire at 1:19 pm they were dispatched to a second structure fire at 263 Sea Pines Road. Brewster Ladder 237 under the command of Captain Sturtevant arrived on scene and reported moderate smoke from the eaves and third floor window of a three-story wood frame townhouse. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command. Upon investigation the Captain reported a fire in the third floor bathroom of the dwelling. Brewster Squad 241 arrived and stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the third floor and quickly extinguished the visible fire.  Extensive overhaul of the third floor was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire. The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Harwich Fire Department also provided station coverage during the fire. Two firefighters were injured and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. One suffered a laceration to a hand and the other suffered dehydration and heat exhaustion.

The cause of both fires has been traced to lightning strikes from a line of severe storms that moved through the area during the mid-morning and early afternoon hours. During the 24 hour shift beginning on Thursday the Brewster fire department responded to a total of thirty-six (36) service requests including the two structure fires, numerous activated fire alarms, several flooded basements, and a number of medical runs that included three (3) high priority one critical medical cases.

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Brewster Fire/Rescue Participates in Brewster Whitecaps First Responder Appreciation Night

 

On Friday July 27 the Brewster Fire and Police Departments participated in the annual Brewster Whitecaps First Responder Appreciation ceremony. The Police Department Honor Guard along with members of the Brewster Fire Department and the Truro Police Department started the ceremony with the presentation of the colors for the National Anthem and Fire Chief Robert Moran and Police Chief Heath Eldredge threw out the game’s first pitch.

Chief Moran and all of the members of the Fire Department would like to thank the Whitecaps for recognizing the tremendous work and dedication our community’s first responders demonstrate on a daily basis.