May 21

Brewster Fire Department Participates in DUI Re-enactment

On Monday May 18 the Brewster Fire Department participated in Nauset Regional High Schools annual DUI Awareness Day. The program included a real time re-enactment of a head on motor vehicle crash that results in multiple severe traumatic injuries, a fatality, and the DUI arrest of one of the vehicles drivers. Members of the senior class participated as victims and drivers of the vehicles.

The goals of the annual re-enactment are to provide the senior class with a better understanding of the consequences that may occur when driving while distracted by texting or while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs and to aid in preventing these tragic events from occurring within our region.

Public Safety agencies participating in the exercise included the Eastham Fire and Police Departments, Orleans Fire Department, Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments, and the Brewster Fire Department. All involved departments wish the graduating senior class a safe summer season and successful future careers!

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May 21

Brewster Fire Department Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on Monday June 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.

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 which is limited to the first 20 requests.

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 

May 21

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Nauset High School Freshman Class Food Drive

IMG_2044On Saturday May 16 the Nauset High School freshman class held their annual “Nauset Cares” food collection drive to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Councils Food Pantry.  The Brewster Fire Department supported the event held at the Orleans Stop & Shop by supplying an ambulance and personnel to assist in transporting the collected items to the pantry.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Nauset freshman class for their dedicated efforts to provide assistance to families in need that are serviced by the Lower Cape Outreach Council and for allowing our organization to participate in such a significant community outreach program.

May 18

Brewster Fire Department Conducts Personal Escape System Training

During this past weekend the Brewster Fire Department conducted training on their new firefighter personal escape systems. The cost for the systems, training, and associated wages was funded through a 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $42,700.00 which was awarded to the department in late 2014.

The personal escape systems will 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 environments in which they operate in during a structure fire can become rapidly untenable. When this occurs firefighters must be able to immediately leave the interior of the building and when normal egress routes are blocked these escape systems become critical to their safe removal from the structure.

The individual units and requisite training was provided by Rescue Products International the inventor of the devices and a nationally recognized industry leader in firefighter rescue systems. In order to receive certification on the system each firefighter was required to complete a three hour classroom session and a practical evolution that required seven “bail out” scenarios from a two-story mobile training prop. The Brewster Fire Department is the first department on Cape Cod to provide their firefighters with this life-saving equipment.

Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran stated “the purchase of these personal escape systems has allowed our organization to significantly enhance the safety of our firefighters conducting interior fire suppression operations. Moving forward we pledge to continue to research and implement cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of our members and our ability to provide professional, expert fire and emergency medical services to our residents.

May 18

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Building Collapse

On Thursday May 14 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Heavy Rescue 241 and Car 231 (Chief Moran) were special called to 7 Nells Way in Orleans to provide shoring equipment at a reported collapse of an overhang onto a vehicle with a victim trapped. On arrival Orleans fire units found that the involved vehicle had crashed through the supports of an overhang at the Orleans Car Wash causing a major collapse.

Upon further investigation it was found that the driver had self-extricated from the vehicle prior to their arrival and did not require any medical intervention. The crew from Heavy Rescue was placed in staging until a vehicle removal plan was developed. After speaking to a local towing company to confirm their ability to remove the vehicle the Orleans incident commander (Chief Pike) made the decision to release Heavy Rescue 241 and Car 231. Both units returned to service at approximately 1:40 p.m.

May 12

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis Brush Fire

 

On Sunday May 10 at 3:07 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Flax Pond Conservation Area in the Town of Dennis on a mutual aid request to assist at the scene of a large brush fire.  A Brewster brush unit (240) with three personnel responded to the fire scene and worked with several mutual aid departments to quickly control the fast moving fire. Engine 234 responded to Dennis Station 2 to provide coverage. The Brewster units returned to fire headquarters at approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

May 11

Brewster Fire Department Hosts Successful Open House

 

On Saturday May 2 the Brewster Fire Department hosted our annual Brewster in Bloom open house for our residents and visitors to the community.  During the event fire department members provided attendees with tours of our fire and EMS apparatus while providing free Fire Safety education literature, goodie bags, and various refreshments. Highlights of the day included a motor vehicle extrication demonstration, brush unit demonstrations, and several emergency medical and personal protective equipment displays. The members of the Brewster Fire Department would like to thank those individuals who visited us during the open house and shared in another beautiful Brewster in Bloom weekend!

Apr 30

Electrical Safety Month

May is Electrical Safety Month – Leading Cause of Fire Deaths in 2014

“In 2014, electrical fires were the leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, “There were eight fatal fires that took the lives of 15 people in 2014; the most tragic fire was on July 10 in Lowell where four adults and three children died in an electrical fire.

“May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them,” said State Fire Marshal Coan. “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,” he added.

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. A cord can easily become pinched by furniture and over time eventually lead to a fire. 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,” advises State Fire Marshal Coan. “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,” he added. 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,” said Coan.

 

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Apr 24

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 2 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. Weather permitting; firefighters will conduct a motor vehicle extrication demonstration using the “Jaws of Life” and other specialized equipment beginning at 12:00 noon. Please take the time to stop by and meet your fire department staff and enjoy a hot dog!

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Apr 24

Brewster Fire Department Receives 2014 Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant

On Thursday April 23, 2015 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Brewster Fire Department a $55,000 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant that will be utilized to purchase 22 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) for selected members of the department who are currently wearing non-compliant firefighting gear.

While conducting research to determine the type of equipment that would be requested in the 2014 application the department performed a review of the PPE or “turnout gear” being worn by firefighters and found that a number of members were wearing non-compliant, poor fitting, and obsolete equipment. Based on these findings the department submitted an application to fund the purchase of this equipment through the highly competitive federal AFG program. The application scored high enough in the review process to be funded in the first round of 2014 award announcements made this week.

“The Brewster Fire Department is extremely pleased to receive this funding to purchase individual personal protective equipment that will deliver maximum levels of protection to our firefighters operating in hazardous environments, said Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran. I would like to thank all the members of the fire department staff who assisted with the grant process along with Senator Warren and Congressman Keating for their valued support of our department and the services we provide”.

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