May 02

May Is Electrical Safety Month

With May being Electrical Safety Month the Brewster Fire Department advises residents to take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them. Items such as electrical cords under rugs or pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, and laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas can expose you and your family to fire,

Don’t Overload Circuits or Daisy Chain Extension Cords and Power Strips
One way to prevent electrical fires is to practice electrical safety. Fires often start when too many things are plugged into a single outlet or circuit, overloading them. Another frequent cause is using extension cords, especially with appliances that generate heat like space heaters, irons, and toasters. Extension cords are designed for temporary use, but many people leave them in place permanently and forget about them.

Keep Furniture from Pinching Cords; Use Correct Wattage Light Bulbs
A cord can easily become pinched by heavy furniture and over time eventually lead to a fire. Don’t run cords underneath rugs; it’s both a trip and a fire hazard. Unplug appliances by grasping the plug; don’t pull by the cord. Use the correct wattage light bulbs in lamps and fixtures.

Give Electrical Systems a Tune-Up Every 10 Years
The need to plug many things into a single outlet or reliance on extension cords, are signs to have an electrician review your system. Fire officials recommend having a licensed electrician review a home’s electrical system every ten years. Small upgrades and simple safety checks like making sure outdoor grounds and connections are secure can prevent larger problems.

Know the Warning Signs
Call your local fire department immediately if you have warning signs such as arcs, sparks, or short circuits. Other warning signs include hearing a sizzling or buzzing sound or smelling a vague odor of something burning. Immediate attention to these signs can save lives. Firefighters can use thermal imaging technology to see excessive heat inside the walls.

Call a professional electrician soon if you have any of these warning signs:

  • Frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers;
  • Dim or flickering lights, bulbs that wear out too fast;
  • Overheated plugs, cords or switches;
  • Shock or mild tingle – more than normal static electricity;
  • Loose outlets or unusually warm or faulty outlets or switches.

Hire a Licensed Electrician
Hire a licensed electrician who knows the code. Resist doing your own electrical work or hiring a handy neighbor or your brother-in-law unless you or they are licensed electricians,

Don’t Charge Your Cell Phone or Laptop in Bed
There have been a number of fires from cell phones charging underneath pillows and laptops left running on top of the bed covers. Cell phones and laptops are always processing when running or charging. Blocking or covering them can prevent air from cooling the batteries and lead to a fire. Failures of lithium ion batteries are more likely to occur during recharging. These devices should be charged while on a hard surface.

41 Deaths in Electrical Fires 2011-2014
From 2011 to 2015, Massachusetts fire departments responded to 2,730 home fires caused by electrical problems. These fires caused 41 civilian deaths, 111 civilian injuries, 275 fire service injuries and one firefighter death. Electrical fires were the number one or the number two cause of fire deaths from 2011-2014.


May 02

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Beautify Brewster Day

On Saturday April 30 members of the Brewster Fire Department participated in Brewster’s annual Beautify Brewster Day. This popular event is an annual one day community wide clean-up program that is sponsored and managed by the Town’s Conservation Department. During the day volunteers beautify the community by walking throughout certain pre-determined streets and locations collecting hundreds of pounds of trash, recyclables, and other items for disposal at the Towns recycling center.

The fire department route included both sides of Main Street from fire headquarters west to Paine’s Creek. We would like to thank the following community volunteers for their assistance in cleaning our route; Paul Hicks, Janet Hicks, Terry Mannix, and Gerry Mannix.

May 02

Brewster Firefighters Respond to 2.5 Acre Brush Fire on McGuerty Road

On Saturday April 30 at 3:15 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a fast moving 2.5 acre brush fire that threatened several homes in the area of McGuerty Road and Old Long Pond Road. Upon arrival at the scene Car 231 (Chief Moran) established a command post on McGuerty Road and began assigning incoming units to strategic locations in order to stop the fire from spreading to adjacent structures and brush. After approximately 1.5 hours of labor intensive fire suppression operations by numerous engine companies and brush units the fire was brought under control. Mutual aid assistance at the scene was provided by several fire departments including Harwich, Orleans, Chatham, Dennis, and State Forestry personnel. An Eastham engine and Dennis ambulance provided station coverage during the incident. The cause of the fire was traced to a permitted, unattended open burning fire on McGuerty Road.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 5:30 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Craig Chadwick

Aerial video courtesy of Carl Jacobs


May 02

Brewster Fire Department Community CPR Training


The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on Thursday May 12, at 6:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to enhance the Town of Brewster’s standing as a Heart Safe Community, provide vital life saving training to our residents, and increase the number of community members trained to a cardiac arrest.


  • 385,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur on an annual basis.
  • 88% of these occur at home where limited emergency medical treatment may not be readily available.
  • Typically, only 8% of these victims survive
  • Immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate.
  • Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival
    • Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
    • Early CPR
    • Early Defibrillation
    • Early advanced care


Attendees at this three (3) hour training session will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)


There will be a ten dollar ($10.00) charge for processing of the CPR certification cards.


The program will be held at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street.


Individuals interested in completing this life saving training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm attendance.



Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 



May 02

Brewster Fire Department to Host Open House

As part of the Brewster in Bloom weekend celebration the Fire Department and Brewster Fire Association will be hosting an Open House on Saturday May 7 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Fire department personnel will distribute fire prevention and fire safety education material and several EMS and fire equipment displays will be set up for viewing. Please take the time to stop by and meet your fire department staff while enjoying light refreshments.Picture1





Apr 28

Pump School Graduates


The Brewster Fire Department is pleased to announce that FF/EMT Timothy Druckenbrod, FF/EMT Joseph Battista, FF/EMT Bretten Johnson, and FF/EMT Jordan Shaw have successfully completed an intense 8 week engine company pump operations course that included classroom and hands-on practical evolutions ranging from the basic construction and operation of fire apparatus pumps to water supply practices, master stream and attack line operations, drafting procedures, and large diameter hose evolutions.  FF/EMT Will Romme expertly guided the group as the lead instructor for the course during which he received skilled assistance from FF/EMT Scott Romer.


Congratulations to these members for their commitment to complete this training program and become certified to drive and operate the various apparatus within our vehicle inventory.

Apr 28

Brewster Firefighters Participate in Oil Spill Response Drill


On Tuesday April 26, firefighters from Brewster, Orleans, and Eastham exercised their ability to respond to and mitigate potential water borne oil and hazardous material spills with a drill at Rock Harbor.

Oil spill response is a critical activity for Cape and Island fire departments.  An oil spill in a harbor can endanger human health and safety as well critical natural resources including birds, fish, and shellfish.

The drill scenario involved a spill that threatened Rock Harbor, Rock Harbor Creek and Cape Cod Bay. The drill participants used a Geographic Response Plan (GRP) to guide the deployment of booms to protect sensitive resources.

A GRP is tailored to protect a specific sensitive area from impacts following a spill. The response plan is a map-based strategy that can save time during the critical first few hours of an oil spill response. It shows responders where sensitive areas are located and where to place oil spill protection resources. The GRPs are periodically tested and may be updated to reflect lessons learned during deployment exercises.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has funded the creation of GRPs for numerous locations along the Massachusetts coast including the Cape and Islands. This drill was a chance to exercise the plan specific to the Rock Harbor area.

Orleans Fire Chief Tony Pike said, “Given the number of agencies involved, the exercise went particularly well. The interagency cooperation was fantastic.” Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Deering organized the training exercise and, according to Chief Pike, “did a superlative job in the organization and execution of the training.” Chief Pike emphasized the necessity of the training: “It is of tremendous importance to protect our coastal resources, which in most cases, are the economic drivers of the towns we protect.”


In addition to the actual deployment of oil spill equipment from the MassDEP pre-positioned oil spill response trailers, the exercise had two other objectives. The first was to show the ability to assemble a spill-response organization and implement on-site incident management and tactical operations. The second was to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate between multiple local, state and federal agencies using both UHF and VHF communications.

In addition to the Brewster, Orleans, and Eastham fire departments and harbormasters, the drill was supported by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team, the MassDEP, the US Coast Guard and private consulting firms.

Story courtesy of Kevin Morley


Apr 20

Boston Marathon Tribute Group Presents Sculptures Honoring Bombing Victims


By K.C. Myers

Posted Apr. 16, 2016 at 2:00 AM
Updated Apr 16, 2016 at 7:01 AM

DEDHAM — A trans-Atlantic connection between a Brewster couple and a crystal engraver from Waterford, Ireland, culminated Friday night with the presentation of sparkling memorials to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accepted the two crystal sculptures on behalf of the city during a gathering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Endicott House on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack, calling the work by master engraver Sean Egan “displays of heartbreak and resilience.”
Ralph and Rose Ingegneri, of Brewster, met Egan on their 50th wedding anniversary when their bus tour took them to Egan’s studio in Waterford. The results of the meeting are now part of Boston Strong’s history.
“This is a perfect example of how a personal sentiment can turn into something much larger,” said John McDonald, director of DSL Business Services at MIT.
– View a photo gallery from Friday’s special event in Dedham
Egan had been laid off along with 1,000 employees of the Waterford Crystal factory when it closed in 2009.
By the time the Ingegneris walked into his studio in 2011, Egan had struck out on his own and was working on a sketch of a memorial tribute for the police and firefighters lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rose Ingegneri said. Egan had been in Manhattan after the 2001 attack and was moved to donate a memorial to Engine Company 1, Ladder 24, he said.
When Egan discovered Ralph Ingegneri had been a fire chief in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., he asked him if he could help him get a remnant of the World Trade Center to use in this sculpture.
Ralph went home and asked Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran, a former Englewood, N.J., fire chief, who spent many days at ground zero following the terrorist attacks. Moran, through a series of connections, procured two small pieces of steel from the World Trade Center through the office of the New York City fire commissioner, Moran said.
– Video of Waterford engraver Sean Egan talking about his glass engraving
Of all the hundreds of tourists who offered something, the Ingegneris came through, the engraver said.
“I was very blessed and honored to get it,” Egan said.
Their friendship prompted plans for another tribute in 2015, after Ralph and Rose watched the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on television. They were sickened by the details, particularly of the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard.
“I said, ‘We have to do something, Rose,’ and she said, ‘You’re right,’” Ralph said Friday.
In just 14 months, the couple, who are both in their late 70s, formed a committee, got a meeting with Walsh’s staff, and raised $31,000 in donations. The money was used to buy the engravings materials and help the family of bombing victims.
Without the Ingegneris’ perseverance and passion, “We wouldn’t be here today,” said state Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster.
Egan donated his time and created two sculptures: One honors Sean Collier, the 27-year-old M.I.T. police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The other memorializes the broader tragedy, depicting a skyline of Boston, and the five deceased victims as doves. On the base of the second sculpture are the words written in chalk by the hundreds of people who scratched their condolences near the marathon finish line:
“May we never forget.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”
“Boston, I love you forever.”
MIT will exhibit the sculpture made for Collier at the campus police station on Vassar Street, said Michael Fitzgerald, who is chairman of the 2013 Marathon Tribute Memorial Group, a Brewster resident and an MIT employee.
Walsh said he’s still trying to find the best place for the other engraving.
“We have a great history of glass-making stretching to the 18th century,” said John Cummins, the 28-year-old mayor of Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland.
American tourists always compliment the Irish when they come to his studio, Egan said.
And he compliments them back.
“Look at how people rushed to help after the Boston Marathon bombing,” Egan said. “And at 9/11, the firefighters and police went up those stairs not knowing if they’d ever come back.”
— Follow K.C. Myers on Twitter: @kcmyerscct.

Apr 20

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dumpster Fire

On Friday April 15, 2016 at approximately 4:50 p.m. Brewster firefighters were dispatched to a dumpster fire located in the driveway of 38 Captain Baker Road.  On arrival Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell and Car 231found a well involved trash dumpster in close proximity to the residence. Firefighters quickly stretched an 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the fire and prevent it from extending to the home.

Regardless of their size dumpster fires can be extremely dangerous for firefighters.  Many times unknown materials such as flammable and combustible liquids, small propane cylinders, furniture, and many other dangerous hazardous materials that can adversely  impact the health and safety of firefighters can be found illegally discarded.

Due to the potential dangers associated with these responses it is important that firefighters use full personal protective equipment including self- contained breathing apparatus while operating in or around the fire as can be seen in the attached photos.

Apr 14

Cancer and Firefighter Health and Safety

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