Sep 16

“May We Never Forget”

On Thursday September 11, 2014 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 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 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, Orleans Fire Department Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders. Pastor Doug Scalise of the Brewster Baptist Church provided the invocation for the service and Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geof Deering and Brewster Police Captain Heath Eldredge read passages of reflection and prayer.

Superb renditions of the National Anthem, Let There Be Peace on Earth, and God Bless America were sung by the Eddy School Chorus lead by Stacy Faris and Beverly DiPaola. Sergeant Jim Rosato of the Orleans Police Department provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri and Michaeland Laura Fitzgerald for donating the flowers for the event and for their assistance in developing the memorial program.

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.

“God Bless America”

Sep 16

September is Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Month

September has been designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as “Emergency Preparedness Month”. The Brewster Fire Department is asking our residents to take several simple steps to better prepare for emergencies at home, work, and school. This year four critical concepts titled “Be Informed”, “Develop a Plan”, “Build a Kit”, and “Get Involved” are being highlighted as the foundation from which families can develop safety plans to proactively improve their daily life safety while protecting themselves and their property against possible damage from severe storms and other natural disasters. Based on last years severe winter weather local, State, and national Emergency Management officials and other weather experts suggest families should be equipped to be self-reliant for a post storm time frame of at least 72 hours.

In order to ensure our residents practice general life safety on a daily basis and are prepared to protect their homes during the upcoming winter season the Brewster Fire Department encourages the community to visit the following websites to review critical safety information that will assist you in preparing your family’s safety plan.

Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed!

Sep 08

Brewster Firefighters Participate in Annual Muscular Dystrophy “Fill the Boot” Drive

During the Labor Day weekend Brewster Firefighters set up a collection point at the Brewster Recycling Center to collect monies for the National Muscular Dystrophy fundraising campaign. Over the two day period the group raised approximately $1,800 that will be directly forwarded to MDA personnel. Our organization would like to thank all of the Brewster residents who generously donated monies to this valuable and worthy cause.

Sep 08

9/11 Memorial Service

Thursday September 11 – 6:00 p.m.WorldTradeCenter(2) 1531

“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Thursday 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 Doug Scalise of the Brewster Baptist Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans Fire Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Tributes to the victims of these tragic events will be shared by 9/11 committee members, the Nauset Regional Middle School Chorus led by Beverly DiPaolo, and select members of the Eddy Elementary School Chorus led by Stacy Faris.

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

“May We Never Forget”

Sep 02

Watch Brewster Firefighters in Action Conducting Thermal Imaging Camera Training

This dynamic and fascinating video shot by James Paul Ludwig (Town Videographer) gives our residents an in-depth and up close look at Brewster firefighters in action during a recent day of thermal imaging camera training. It is designed to provide viewers with a real-life image of the dangerous environment and hazards faced by firefighters when operating on the inside of structure fire while highlighting the use and benefits of the department’s inventory of thermal imaging cameras. The film was shot at the live burn building at the Barnstable County Fire Academy and is narrated by Fire Chief Robert Moran who explains a variety of fire suppression methods, tactics, and theories to the viewers. This is a video you do not want to miss!

Sep 02

Brewster Department Responds to Motor Vehicle Accident with Rollover

DSCF1002 copyOn Saturday August 30 at 11:55 am the Brewster Fire Department responded to a three car motor vehicle collision with rollover at the intersection of Stony Brook Road and Run Hill Road. Upon arrival at the scene Chief Moran conducted a rapid size-up and found one vehicle on its roof and two other vehicles with moderate damage off to the side of the road. All occupants of the vehicles had self-extricated prior to the arrival of fire department units. A fire hydrant was also found to be knocked over during the accident. Due to multiple calls ongoing in Brewster the Dennis Fire Department was requested for an ambulance to transport one victim and Chief Moran requested the response of an engine company from the Harwich Fire Department to secure the vehicles and assist with patient care. Additional off-duty career and call Brewster firefighters also responded to the scene. A total of two patients were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Brewster Police Department.

Sep 01

Update on Delivery of New Ambulance

Shown below are updated photos of the new Ford F550 ambulance that is expected to be delivered in mid September.  As you can see when comparing prior photos it is now possible to see exactly what the new ambulance will look like. The manufacturer (Life Line) is working diligently to ensure the unit is delivered and placed into service on schedule.

 

Sep 01

Brewster Fire Department Receives Federal Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant

On Friday August 29, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Brewster Fire Department an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant in the amount of $42,710.00 to purchase personal escape devices for each member of the fire suppression staff and provide the requisite training on the use and care of the equipment. The grant will also fund a full day of training for all firefighters on the use and care of the departments thermal imaging cameras.

The personal escape device is designed to provide each firefighter with the ability to self exit from the upper floors of a building should they become trapped or disoriented while conducting interior fire operations. While Brewster firefighters train annually on the skills and techniques required to avoid these situations, the dangerous and dynamic environment in which they operate inside a structure can become rapidly untenable. When this occurs firefighters must be able to immediately leave the interior of the building. The purchase of these devices and the mandatory training will provide them with the equipment and skills necessary to conduct a self-exit from any potentially dangerous and life-threatening situation that may develop while operating inside a structure fire.

Brewster Fire Chief Moran stated “The personal escape devices and associated training that is being funded through the AFG Grant will significantly enhance the safety of each of our firefighters operating on the fireground and will complete our goal of providing our fire suppression staff with the highest quality, state-of-the-art personal protective equipment available in today’s market. Our organization and the residents of our community would like to thank FEMA for funding this project and Senator Warren and Congressman Keating for their unwavering support of our application”.

Aug 22

Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team Conducts Training

On Wednesday August 19 approximately 20 members of the Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team conducted their monthly training in Cape Cod Bay approximately 1 mile from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.  During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of underwater searches using a variety of patterns that would be utilized when conducting water based search and rescue operations. In addition, members trained on donning and doffing their newly acquired suits/equipment, water entries, boat operations, and area familiarization. The team, which was funded through a Federal Homeland Security grant, consists of 40 firefighter/divers from a variety of Cape Cod Departments including three members from the Brewster Fire Department. Members train on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the divers along with their response capabilities are maintained at peak operational readiness.

Aug 21

Delivery of New Ambulance Expected in September

The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the final stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. While the interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure familiarity and consistency of the fleet several design upgrades have been made to improve patient care, operational efficiency, and security of controlled medications. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of North Attleboro. We are extremely pleased to have been able to continue this relationship with the nation’s leading ambulance manufacturer. The vehicle is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account which were approved at the November 2013 Special Town Meeting. Total cost with equipment will be $225,000.  Delivery is expected in mid September.

 

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