State awards Public Fire Education Grants to 239 fire departments

STOW, MA – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that 239 municipal fire departments will receive nearly $2 million in grants to fund fire education programs for children and older adults across Massachusetts.

Fire departments in 235 communities will receive Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E) and Senior SAFE grants; four communities will receive S.A.F.E. grants only; and three communities will receive Senior SAFE grants only.

On Cape Cod the following departments received awards:
(Department, Safe Award, Senior Safe Award)
Barnstable Fire Department $3,780, $2.180
Bourne Fire Department $5,281, $2,680
Brewster Fire Department $4,692, $2,480
Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire $3,832, $2,880
Chatham Fire Department $4,692, $2,480
Eastham Fire Department $3,794, $2,180
Falmouth Fire-Rescue $6,380, $2,880
Harwich Fire Deparment $4,692, $2,480
Mashpee Fire & Rescue $4,692, $2,480
Orleans Fire Department $4,692, $2,480
Sandwich Fire Department $5,281, $2,680
Wellfleet Fire Department $3,794, $2,180
Yarmouth Fire Department $5,281, $2,680

“Since 1996, the S.A.F.E. program has brought fire education to hundreds of thousands of students in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program allows firefighters and teachers to work together to provide fire and life safety education to young people. This collaboration contributed to a major accomplishment. No children died in fires in Massachusetts last year.”

The average number of children dying in fires annually has dropped by 78% since the S.A.F.E. Program began. The Senior SAFE Program is in its seventh year, providing firefighters with the funding to deliver fire safety education to another vulnerable population – seniors.

“Home visits, smoke and CO alarm installations, and fire safety presentations at senior centers by firefighters with senior agencies help older adults develop strategies to stay safe at home for longer,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

“The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE grants represent a smart investment in fire safety,” said Public Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Thomas Turco. “Youngsters and older adults are historically at greater risk in house fires, but that risk can be reduced through the targeted outreach, education, and awareness programs these grants help to fund,” he added.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Programs are successful because we have trained firefighters who deliver education to children and older adults. The fire departments being supported in these public education efforts are increasing the safety of the people in their communities.”

The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Programs provide $1.9 million through the Executive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The programs are administered by the state Department of Fire Services.

*** WATCH *** Fire rips through Brewster home…

BREWSTER – Officials are investigating the cause of a fire that ripped through a home on Glenwood Road shortly before 5:00 p.m. today. As you will hear in a brief interview with Chief Robert Moran of the Brewster Fire Department, one person was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were described as being non life-threatening. The home was completely destroyed by the blaze. The State Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to help with the investigation.


Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Structure Fire

On Wednesday January 6 at 4:54 p.m. Brewster Fire was dispatched to a structure fire at 81 Glenwood Road. On arrival units found a 2 1/2 story wood frame private dwelling fully involved in fire. Due to the amount of fire on arrival units from Brewster and mutual aid companies from the Harwich and Dennis fire departments initiated exterior suppression operations with large caliber hose streams. The main body of fire was knocked down quickly and the fire was placed under control approximately 30 minutes later. The homeowner was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The fire remains under investigation by officials from Brewster Fire, Brewster Police, and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Open Burning Season Starts January 15

Open burning season in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts begins on January 15, 2021 and ends on May 1, 2021. In order to conduct an open burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department.

Permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters. Due to the COVID pandemic the following process shall be used until further notice.

Permits will be available in the outer front lobby of fire/rescue headquarters located at 1673 Main Street (behind Council-on-Aging)
Residents shall legibly fill out the two part application and leave a copy and the $10.00 permit fee in cash or check made out to the Town of Brewster in the secure lock box located on the table.
When burning residents shall follow all Commonwealth of Massachusetts open burning regulations and the daily call in process identified on the application.

Please be aware that the outer front lobby is under video surveillance 24 hours a day.

The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents 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.

Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!

Happy Thanksgiving

The members of Brewster Fire/Rescue wish all of our residents and friends a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Veterans Day

Fire Officials Ask People to Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms

STOW, MAMost fatal fires occur at night when you are sleeping. Working smoke alarms give us the extra time to get out of a burning house. This weekend, as you change your clocks, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey.

“The pandemic is keeping people at home. Most children are learning at home, people are working from home and doing more cooking. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and working smoke alarms are key to surviving a fire. This weekend is a good time of year to replace regular batteries in your alarms, to test them, and to check for their birthdates. If they are more than 10- years old, replace the entire alarm,” he added.

Replace Aging Smoke Alarms
“Smoke alarms, like other household appliances, don’t last forever,” said Chief Michael Newbury, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. “Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries,” he added. “Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm by regularly replacing batteries and testing the alarms,” said Newbury. Carbon monoxide alarms usually need to be replaced after 5-7 years.

Replacement Alarms Should be Photoelectric With 10-year Sealed Batteries
The State Fire Code requires replacing expired battery-operated smoke alarms in older one- and two-family homes with photoelectric ones that have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries and a hush feature. Ostroskey said, “Fire officials hope that if we make smoke alarms easier for people to maintain, they will take care of them. We see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work.”

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Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire
“Time is your enemy in a fire. Working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible,” said Ostroskey. “Remember: smoke alarms are a sound you can live with.”

Newbury said, “No one expects to be a victim of a fire, but the best way to survive one that does occur is to have working smoke alarms and a practiced home escape plan.” In the average house fire, there are only 1-3 minutes to escape after the smoke alarm sounds. He added, “Take a few minutes to protect those you love by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms this weekend.”

Senior SAFE
Two hundred forty-eight (248) fire departments across the state have grant-funded Senior SAFE Programs. Seniors who need help testing, maintaining or replacing smoke alarms should contact their local fire department or senior center for assistance. Ostroskey said, “Almost half of the people who died in fires last year were over 65. We want our seniors to be safe from fire in their own homes.”

For more information on smoke alarms or the Senior SAFE Program, please go to or contact your local fire department.

Halloween Safety during the Pandemic
Halloween activities can be fun but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading Covid-19. Check with your local government to find out what activities will be allowed and read the advice from the Mass. Department of Public Healthon celebrating Halloween during the pandemic.

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

Brewster Fire Department Community Message

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. On Saturday March 9, we will move our clocks ahead one hour to daylight savings time. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are in proper working order. This is a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and reduce the potential for fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage should a fire occur within your home.


Replace Aging Smoke Alarms


“This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life”. Replacing aging smoke detectors more than 10 years old is required unless they have a 10-year sealed battery. Carbon monoxide detectors have a 5-7 year life expectancy depending on the manufacturer. Please take the time this weekend to check your detectors and either replace the batteries or the unit as required.

Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire


“Time is your enemy in a fire and working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.” said Ostroskey, “Remember: smoke alarms are a sound you can live with.”

Statistically, almost 75% of fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of this fact we urge you to keep your family safe by testing and changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during this week.

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Driver fatigue suspected after truck goes off road into woods in Brewster

BREWSTER – At approximately 2 PM Thursday, a GMC Sierra pickup truck went off Harwich Road (Route 124) and went down an embankment into the woods. The driver reportedly told Brewster Police he did a round trip to New Jersey Wednesday and was returning from Bourne today when the crash happened. Brewster Fire and Rescue was called for an evaluation but the man declined medical attention.