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

Aug 01

Brewster FD & PD Cornhole Tournament

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Aug 01

PREPARING TO EVACUATE COASTAL AREAS IN ADVANCE OF A HURRICANE

MEMA Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips

FRAMINGHAM, MA – As part of its hurricane preparedness initiative, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is urging residents who live or work in one of the state’s coastal communities, or near a river or other waterway that is connected to the ocean, to develop home and business evacuation plans and be prepared to evacuate areas that may be inundated with flood waters as a result of an approaching hurricane or tropical storm.

Storm surge and large battering waves generated by tropical storms and hurricanes often pose a greater threat than wind to life and property during tropical storms and hurricanes. In areas at risk of storm surge flooding, evacuation to high ground in advance of a powerful storm making landfall may be the only way to avoid injury or death from storm surge.

“If evacuation is necessary because of an approaching hurricane or tropical storm, residents and workers in an evacuation zone must respond quickly, responsibly and safely,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Public safety officials closely monitor these storms as they move towards New England, and evacuation decisions will be announced well in advance of landfall so that people have sufficient time to move to safety.”

Keys to successful evacuations include ensuring that residents of, and workers in coastal communities monitor approaching storms, receive evacuation orders in a timely manner, have home and business evacuation plans, and follow those plans when evacuation orders are issued.

Plan Ahead for an Evacuation
· If you reside or work in a coastal community, contact your municipal emergency management agency or other local officials to learn about the risks of coastal flooding in your community and neighborhood. To learn whether you live, work or will be vacationing in a designated hurricane evacuation zone, use the ‘Know Your Evacuation Zone’ interactive map which is located on MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html.
· If you are located in a designated evacuation zone, you should be prepared to evacuate well before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall.
· Know how to receive emergency information, including recommendations or orders to evacuate.
Sign up for your community’s emergency alerting system.
Monitor news broadcasts.
Download Massachusetts Alerts to your smartphone. This is a free app from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Follow MEMA on Twitter or Facebook.
Follow your local emergency management agency, and other local public safety agencies on social media.
Make a Family Emergency Plan. . If you must evacuate, know where you will go, how you will get there, what you will bring. Make sure that your plan includes provisions for children, seniors, and family members with disabilities or medical issues. Include your pets in your Family Emergency Plan. While service animals will be allowed inside shelters, household pets are not allowed in all shelters. Go to MEMA’s Pets and Animals in Emergencies webpage at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/pets for additional tips. Remember: “If you go, they go!
Assemble an emergency kit. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry kit that you can take with you in case you must evacuate.
If you or a family member may require special assistance to evacuate, ask local officials about special assistance programs or registries.
If you undergo routine medical treatments or receive home health services, work with your service providers in advance to understand their emergency plans and to find backup providers that you might use in an emergency.
Keep your car fueled if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during an emergency, or unable to pump gas during power outages.
If you do not have personal transportation or a way to evacuate (such as public transportation), make transportation arrangements with family, friends or your local government.
If Asked to Evacuate
Listen carefully to instructions and information from public safety officials and evacuate immediately.
Gather only essential items and remember to take your emergency kit. Remember you may be away from home for up to a few days.
Tell your family emergency contact where you are going.
Advise family members who are outside the area not to return home.
Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
If you go to a shelter, notify staff of any special needs you or your family may have.
If designated evacuation routes are established, follow the routes; other routes might be blocked. Expect heavy traffic.
Do not return to the evacuation area until the evacuation order is lifted.
Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency. Call your local non-emergency number, or 2-1-1 for non-emergency information or questions.

If you have enough time before you leave
· Elevate valuable items to higher points within your home in case of flooding.
· Secure outdoor items (lawn furniture, grills, hanging plants, trashcans, awnings, toys, etc.) or move them indoors.
· Close and lock windows and doors.
· Turn off lights and appliances.
· Turn off water, electricity, and gas (if instructed to do so).
· Check with neighbors to see if they need assistance.

Visit www.mass.gov/ready for comprehensive preparedness tips and information.

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 to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at 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: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

Peter W. Judge
Public Information Officer
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702-5399

Direct: 508.820.2002
24 hr.: 508.820.2000
Fax: 508.820.2030
peter.judge@state.ma.us

Jul 28

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham Structure Fire

On Thursday July 28 at 4:25 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham on a second alarm structure fire request with Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau, Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Brush Unit 240. Due to the lack of operating hydrants in the area of the fire at 30 Governor Brewster Road Engine 239 was assigned as the drafting pumper at Great Pond and was used to fill several tankers that shuttled water to supply an additional drafting operation at the scene. Car 232 was assigned to supervise this operation as the water supply officer. Brush Unit 240 was utilized to extinguish several small brush fires caused by embers from the original fire.

The fire originated in a first floor bedroom of a two-story wood frame private dwelling located several hundred feet from a main road. Due to several challenging factors present on arrival of the fire department including limited apparatus access, a lack of operating fire hydrants in the area, and a delayed notification to dispatch the home was totally gutted by the fire. Fortunately, two occupants living in the residence were awakened by the fire and were able to escape prior to the arrival of the fire department. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Jul 23

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Water Rescue

On Friday July 22 at 12:35 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to Cape Cod Bay in the area of Linnel landing for an overturned Sunfish sailboat with 4 victims in the water. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Ambulance 244, Ambulance 243, and Car 230 with the inflatable boat responded on the request. In addition, the Dennis and Eastham Fire Departments were requested to launch their boats from Sesuit Harbor (Dennis) and Rock Harbor (Eastham) to assist with the rescue. On arrival at the landing Deputy Chief Varley assumed command of the operation and directed Chief Moran to respond to Seaway Road to meet the reporting party in an attempt to obtain a last known location. All other resources were directed to the landing. Upon confirming the location of the overturned boat and the victims in the water the fire department immediately launched their inflatable boat.

Upon arrival at the sailboat firefighters found two victims who had been thrown into the water after a mechanical issue occurred with their boat. The victims were placed into the fire department boat and taken to shore. High winds and rough water conditions present in the bay may have also contributed to the capsizing of the boat. The rescued individuals refused medical attention and all Brewster units were placed back in service by 1:30 p.m.

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