Apr 15

Brewster Call Firefighter Trainees in Action

On Saturday April 5 Chief Moran visited the Barnstable County Fire Academy to view the progress of and show support to the nine call firefighter trainees the department is currently sponsoring at the academy. As you can see from the photos the class of candidates was being guided through their first hands-on live burn scenarios by the fire academy instructor staff during Chief Moran’s visit. The group’s graduation is scheduled for Saturday May 31.

 

Apr 04

Brewster Firefighters Travel to Boston for Firefighter Michael Kennedy’s Funeral

On Thursday April 3, a contingent of Brewster Firefighters accompanied by former Mount Kisco (NY) Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri traveled to Boston to attend the funeral services for Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy who died on March 26 along with Lieutenant Edward Walsh while operating at a structure fire at 298 Beacon Street in the City of Boston. As you can see from the photos the brotherhood of the fire service is unlike any other profession. This special bond that most individuals not affiliated with the fire service will never experience brought firefighters together from every region of the United States and beyond its borders. The members of the Brewster Fire Department feel privileged to be considered a part of the greatest profession in the world and to have been able to offer our condolences and respect to a true American hero. May Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy rest in peace and may God bless their families.

Apr 04

Brewster Fire Chief Moran Completes International Chief Fire Officer Re-designation Process

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Robert Moran has successfully completed a certification process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO).  The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on February 4, 2014 to officially confer the re-designation upon Chief Moran who is one of only 956 CFO’s worldwide.

The Chief Fire Officer Designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including; Experience, Education, Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Association Membership, Community Involvement, and Technical Competencies.  Chief Moran received his original designation in November of 2007.  To maintain the designation, individuals need to show they have continued to develop as a CFO in four areas: Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Active Association membership, and Community Involvement.

A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia, and municipal agencies review each application and recommends successful candidates for re-designation. Chief Moran has served as Chief of the Brewster Fire Department since October of 2010.

Mar 27

Remembering Boston Firefighters

Please take a minute of your day to recognize the ultimate sacrifice made by two members of the Boston Fire Department while operating yesterday Mar 26, 2014 at BOX 9-1579

Rest in Peace
Lt. Ed Walsh & FF Michael Kennedy

Mar 18

BFD Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision on Harwich Road

At approximately 11:10 pm on Monday Brewster Fire Department was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Harwich Road (RT 124) and Crowell’s Bog Road. Upon arrival, the crew of Ambulance 242 discovered a compact car that appeared to have hit a tree snapping it off at the top. The vehicle ended up in the front yard of a home in close proximity to the tree. The driver was found inside the vehicle suffering from possible serious injuries. Under command of Acting Deputy Chief Dalmau and with the assistance of the crew of Heavy Rescue 241, the vehicle was stabilized, placed on a backboard, extricated from the vehicle and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. After initial evaluation and treatment at the hospital the patient was flown via Medflight to a Boston area hospital. RT 124 was shut down in both directions for a short time. The accident is under the investigation of the Brewster Police Dept.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRAIG CHADWICK

Feb 27

Community CPR Training

cprThe Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on April 8 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.  Here are some interesting facts:

 

  • 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.

 

Individuals interested in attending this training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm your attendance. 

 

 

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 

 

 

Feb 19

Brewster Firefighters Busy During February 16th Blizzard

 

On February 15th and 16th a blizzard with heavy, wet snow and high winds moved across Cape Cod. Based on the impending severe weather forecast facing the community Fire Chief Robert Moran who is also the Towns Emergency Management Director called in additional fire department staff to assist the on-duty firefighters with emergency responses during what was projected to be a severe weather event. During a 24 hour period beginning at approximately 6:00 pm on Feb 15th that stretched across both days the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to over 55 storm related fire incidents and several EMS runs. These requests for fire department services caused by the high winds and heavy snow included fallen trees, downed primary electric wires, removal of downed trees from roadways, electric panel fires, smoke investigations, and transformer explosions. At one point 1,200 customers in the community including Town Hall and the Department of Public Works facility were without power. The members of the Brewster Fire Department working during this event should be commended for once again succeeding in meeting the challenges of providing safe and effective emergency services during yet another crippling winter storm.

 

 

Feb 19

Brewster Fire Department to Host Citizen Forum on Fire Station Project

On Saturday March 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department will host an informational session for Brewster residents concerning the proposed Fire Station construction project.  During this event, which will be held at the Fire Station located at 1657 Main Street, members of the Building Needs & Assessment Committee, Brewster Fire Department, Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and other Town Department Heads will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed project and provide personal tours of the current facility. In addition to these Town representatives the Owner Project Manager and the design team from CDR Maguire will be present to discuss their project responsibilities, tasks, and update residents on their work.

 

From the beginning of this most recent attempt to move the construction of a new fire station forward the Building Needs & Assessment Committee and the Fire Department have developed and implemented a stakeholder based, transparent approach designed to keep our residents informed and involved in this proposal.  In keeping with this tradition we are hopeful residents of the community who have questions or require further information will stop by during this event. We look forward to seeing our residents on March 1.

Feb 03

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire in Harwich

On Saturday February 1, at 10:56 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded with Heavy Rescue 241, Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to 40 Hillcrest Road in the Town of Harwich on an automatic line box assignment for a working structure fire. On arrival, the Harwich Fire Department found a heavy volume of fire emanating from a large two story car garage impinging on a semi-attached 2 story wood-frame private residential dwelling.  Harwich firefighters initiated an aggressive exterior and interior attack using multiple pre-connected hand lines in an attempt to confine the fire to the garage and prevent extension into the residence and the adjacent homes. Brewster firefighters were assigned to the interior division 2 (second floor) of the structure to search for fire that may have extended into the area and into the attic above. Chief Moran was assigned as the Sector “C” or rear side Chief Officer and Deputy Chief Harrison was assigned as the Sector “A” of front side Chief Officer.

 

After approximately 15 minutes of aggressive and coordinated fire suppression activities the Incident Commander declared the fire under control. Major overhaul of the structure and detailed searches of numerous interior areas for hidden fire were then completed by the units on scene. In addition to the response to the scene Brewster Engine 239 and Ambulance 242 were assigned to cover Harwich Fire Headquarters during the incident. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 1:15 a.m.

Feb 03

Open Burning Season Starts January 15

 

Open burning season begins January 15, 2014 and ends on May 1, 2014. 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.  Please visit brewsterfire.com click on the attached 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.  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. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.

 

The Brewster Fire Department requests all of our residents to 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 and Responsibly!

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