Aug 27

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Responds to Brewster

 

On Wednesday August 26 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Brewster Police Department received a call reporting a 65 year old male who had been missing from his residence adjacent to Nickerson State Park for approximately 12 hours. Brewster Police immediately initiated their missing person protocols which include the response of assets from the Brewster Fire Department.

 

To ensure proper command and control of the incident and coordination of resources Police and Fire commanders established a unified command post in the parks Administrative building.  State, County, and local police assets including a State Police helicopter, K-9 units, ATV’s, off road motorcycles, and patrol vehicles were quickly deployed throughout the area.

 

After several hours of intensive searching of areas and roads accessible to the off road and K-9 units the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team was requested to the scene to conduct a ground based wide area search of the park. Twenty members of the rescue team along with several Chief officers, DCR staff, and the Barnstable County Incident Management Team operated at the scene. The Red Cross canteen unit and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services rehabilitation unit also responded to the incident.

 

A plan dividing the search area into four sectors was developed and one Technical Rescue Squad consisting of five personnel with GPS equipment was assigned to each. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the missing individual was found and brought to the command post where he was evaluated by EMS personnel and returned to his family.

 

This response of the Technical Rescue Team highlights the type of resources and services the unit is able to offer local police and fire departments. The team is trained to respond to and operate at building collapses, trench rescues, confined space rescues, high angle rope rescues, and wide area searches such as the incident identified above. The regional team consists of 50 highly trained firefighters from a number of participating Cape Cod fire departments.

 

Aug 23

9/11 Memorial Service

“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”

 

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Friday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The service is designed to honor first responders, 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 William Kaliyadan of Our Lady of The Cape Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department, Harwich Fire Department, Orleans Police Department, Orleans Fire Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. The Nauset Regional Middle School Chorus led by Beverly DiPaolo will provide musical performances.

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

“May We Never Forget”

 

 

Aug 19

MEMA ISSUES POWER OUTAGE SAFETY TIPS

Extended Loss of Power, During and After a Hurricane, Is a Real Possibility

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Throughout this hurricane season the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges residents to prepare for the possible impacts of a hurricane or tropical storm. These storms can bring strong winds that cause widespread power outages.

 

“As we have experienced in recent years with a variety of storms, strong winds have the capability to topple utility poles and trees, as well as snap tree limbs causing them to fall on power lines and disrupt electrical service” warns Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is important to plan for prolonged power outages and learn the practical steps you can take to keep your family safe.”

 

While power is often restored in a reasonably short time, history has shown that more destructive hurricanes and tropical storms can cause prolonged power outages because restoration is hindered by  multiple downed trees and wires, debris blocking roads, and flooding that limits the utility companies’ ability to address issues. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) offers the following tips for preparing for, and dealing with a longer term power outage:

 

  •   Check flashlights and portable radios to ensure that they are working.
    • A radio is an important source of weather and emergency information during a storm.
    • Use flashlights for lighting, not candles which can be a fire hazard.
  • Fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices before the storm.
  • Ensure that you have extra batteries as part of your Emergency Kit .
  • If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger so that you can charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
  • Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to your smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.
  • Consider purchasing a generator to provide power during an outage.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using a generator.
    • Always use outdoors, away from windows and doors. Carbon Monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly accumulate indoors.
    • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator directly into household wiring, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.
  • Don’t get overheated. If the power goes out when it is hot outside, stay in the lowest level of your home where it will be coolest, put on light-weight, light-colored clothing, and drink lots of water. Remember to give your pets and/or service animals fresh, cool water; and if you need it, see if your community has “cooling centers” or shelters open.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 to report your power outage or to ask for information; use 9-1-1 only for emergencies. Contact your utility company to report the outage and get restoration information.
  •   Check in on friends, family, and neighbors, particularly those most susceptible to extreme temperatures and power outages such as seniors and those with access and functional needs.

 

FOOD AND WATER PREPARATION

  •   If you have a water supply that could be affected by a power outage, such as a well-water pump system, fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.
    • Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water.
    • Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.
  •   Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings (remember to reset them back to normal once power is restored). During an outage, minimize the number of times you open the refrigerator or freezer door.
  • Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed).

 

MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Find out about individual assistance that may be available in your community if you need it.
    • Register in advance with the local emergency management agency, the local fire department, other government agencies or non-profit groups.
  •  If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
  •  If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your health care provider about how you can prepare for its use during a power outage. Ensure you have extra batteries for medical equipment and assistive devices.
  • If you have life-support devices that depend on electricity, contact your local electric company about your power needs for life-support devices (home dialysis, suction, breathing machines, etc.) in advance of an emergency. Some utility companies will put you on a “priority reconnection service” list.
    • Talk to your equipment suppliers about your power options.
    • Let the fire department know that you are dependent on life-support devices.

 

TRAVELING DURING A POWEROUTAGE

  • Keep the gas tank in your car at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • Know where the manual release lever for your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so you might need help to lift it.
  • If a traffic light is out, treat it as a four-way stop.

 

SAFE RESTORATION OF POWER AND RECOVERY

  • In order to protect against possible voltage irregularities that can occur when power is restored, you should unplug all sensitive electronic equipment, including TVs, stereos, VCRs, microwave ovens, computers, cordless telephones, answering machines and garage door openers.
  • Leave one light on so that you will know when your power returns.
  • Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by trees or debris. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Keep children and pets away from them.
    • Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem such as downed wires.
  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 or more hours or if it has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!

 

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.

 

MassAlerts: 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 MassAlerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

 

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Aug 11

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Motor Vehicle Accident

On Monday August 10 at 5:37 p.m. Ambulance 242, 243, 244, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to a two car motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Thad Ellis Road and Main Street (6A). Upon arrival the crew from Ambulance 242 found a three car collision with air bag deployment, fluid leaks, and three injuries. During this incident a report of a bike accident on the Cape Cod Rail Trail was also received by Dispatch. Due to all Brewster units and personnel being used at the accident scene the Incident Commander Captain Anthony Dalmau requested the response of an Orleans Fire Department ambulance to the bike trail.

As patients were being assessed and packaged for transport to Cape Cod Hospital Brewster Police reported the individual involved in the reported bike accident was actually fleeing from the accident scene and not involved in a bike accident. Police made contact with the person who despite being injured refused medical treatment.

Brewster personnel deployed absorbents to the fluid leaks and secured the vehicles. Apparatus remained on scene as a precaution until the vehicles were removed by the towing company. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 7:55 p.m.

Aug 05

Brush fire at Crosby Landing in Brewster.

Brush fire at Crosby Landing in Brewster. See story at www.capewidenews.net. Aerial footage courtesy of Carl Jacobs.

Aug 05

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Orleans Structure Fire

On Saturday August 2, 2015 at 8:25 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7 Hayward Lane in Orleans. On arrival, Orleans firefighters found a rapidly advancing fire on a second floor deck and exterior siding at the rear of a 3 story wood frame private residence. The Incident Commander called for a working structure fire assignment and the first due engine crew began advancing an 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the growing fire which had now moved to the interior of the building.

The working structure fire assignment brought an additional engine from Harwich and an Engine and Ambulance from Brewster directly to the scene.  Additional mutual aid units provided coverage to the Town of Orleans.

Due to the very narrow streets in the area and severely limited access to house, it was not possible to get a ladder truck into the location, so crews were forced to use ground ladders to access the roof and interior of the building. Due to the rapid and professional work of personnel at the scene all visible fire was quickly knocked down with two attack lines. Firefighters then conducted extensive overhaul of the fire area to check for hidden fire and prevent extension to other locations in the building.

The fire’s cause and origin remains under investigation. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 10:39 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Aug 05

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Harwich Brush Fire

On Saturday August 2, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. Brewster firefighters responded to Harwich with Brush Unit 240 to assist crews in battling a large brush fire in a remote section of Hawksnest State Park. In addition to Brewster apparatus a tanker from the Eastham Fire Department and units from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) responded to assist in extinguishing the blaze. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 8:44 p.m.

Jul 28

Brewster Fire Department Accepting Citizens Fire Academy Applications

citacad1412The Brewster Fire Department is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Citizens Fire Academy beginning Wednesday September 16, 2015. The nine week program will meet each Wednesday evening at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Academy participants will receive an inside view of the Brewster Fire Department and during each session will study a different aspect of our Department ranging from department organization and operations, emergency medical services, fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication, fire prevention/investigation and technical rescue services. In addition the group will obtain CPR and First Aid certification, visit the Barnstable County Fire Academy for fire extinguisher training, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Communications Center to become more familiar with the 911 and fire dispatch services our community utilizes.

The program is designed to ensure each participant acquires an in-depth understanding of the Brewster Fire Department and the professional emergency services we provide to the community. Each week a new topic will be discussed in classroom settings and participants will also be involved in performing a series of hands-on activities taught by the experienced men and women of Brewster Fire Department and staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy.

Participants must be 18 years of age, live or work in the Town of Brewster and pass a CORI background check. To graduate attendees must be present at seven of the nine scheduled sessions. There is no program fee.

Applications are available at Fire Headquarters beginning Monday August 3, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 participants and the application deadline is Monday August 24.

Citizens may contact Captain Kevin Varley, Captain Pete Rubel, or Chief Moran at 508-896-7018 if you have further questions regarding this exciting opportunity.

Jul 28

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis Structure Fire

 

On Sunday July 26 at 5:10 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to 171 Sea Street in the Town of Dennis on a mutual aid request for personnel and apparatus to assist at the scene of a working structure fire. Brewster Engine 239 under the command of Captain Anthony Dalmau was directed to cover Dennis Station 2 and Ambulance 244 was requested to the scene to transport an injured resident to Cape Cod Hospital. Additional responding Brewster personnel were utilized to provide coverage in Town while the fire and EMS units assisted in Dennis. All Brewster units returned to quarters and were placed back in service at 7:35 a.m.

Jul 21

Summer Safety Tips

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