Dec 09

Brewster Fire/Rescue Supporters Provide Holiday Lunch

On Thursday December 7, 2017 Ralph and Rose Ingegneri delivered their annual Holiday lunch to the on duty fire and administrative staff.  We are extremely grateful for the daily committed and continued support they donate to our organization and their exceptional generosity and great food!

Nov 26

Brewster Firefighters Assist Lower Cape Outreach Council

On Friday November 23rd members of the Brewster Fire Department assisted volunteers and staff of the Lower Cape Outreach Council unpack a truckload of non-perishable food collected at the annual Chatham Turkey Trot road race on Thanksgiving day.

Coupled with a group of community volunteers, the firefighters donated their time to assist in unloading the truck, separating the items, and stocking the shelves of the food pantry located at the Lower Cape facility in Orleans. The members contributing that day are grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist Lower Cape in their efforts to ensure members of our community and other individuals and families from the region are provided support during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Nov 26

Brewster Firefighter Respond to Chatham Structure Fire

On Friday November 24 at 2:26 a.m. Ambulance 243 and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to 340 Shore Road in Chatham on a mutual aid “working fire” assignment. On arrival Chatham firefighters were confronted with a fire on the second floor and porch of a two-story wood frame building housing Chatham Bars Inn rental units. Chatham firefighters stretched attack lines into the building and quickly extinguished the small fire prior to it extending into the attic space. Brewster Ambulance 243 provided emergency medical services at the scene during the incident. Other responding fire departments included Harwich, Orleans, and Eastham.

Nov 22

Brewster Firefighters Attend Health/Wellness and Leadership Training Conference

On Friday November 17, ten Brewster firefighters attended a one-day fire service conference hosted by the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association titled “Firefighter Health/Wellness and Leadership” at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster. The speakers for this dynamic training program included Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Denis O’Nieal, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn, and members of the firefighter Health & Wellness group O2X.

During the program which attracted 90 firefighters from across Cape Cod and the region Commissioner Finn spoke on firefighter cancer awareness, proper use of PPE, and the current and future efforts the Boston Fire Department has and will undertake to prevent this disease from further affecting their own members and all firefighters throughout the nation. The O2X group spoke on a variety of firefighter health and wellness related subjects including proper diet, exercise, stress, PTSD, annual medical exams, and their industry leading health and wellness course scheduled to be offered in the spring of 2018 to Cape Cod fire departments. Dr. O’Nieal closed the day by speaking on developing and implementing highly effective leadership qualities on both personal and organizational levels, the benefits of formal and informal education and training, and the future of the United States fire service.

It is extremely rare to have two fire service leaders of Commissioner Finn and Dr. O’Nieal’s caliber speak at a regional based conference such as this. All of the members of the Brewster Fire Department who attended the conference are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from these fire service legends.

Nov 22

Hoops and Heroes Basketball Challenge

On Friday November 17 the Brewster Fire and Police Departments participated in the inaugural Hoops and Heroes basketball challenge at the Eddy Elementary School. The event, which was sponsored as a fundraiser by the Brewster (PTO) included raffles, a halftime show by the Bayside Skippers, and a one-on-one competition. Approximately 200 parents, supporters, teachers, and students attended the game.

After a hard fought battle the Brewster Police won the contest by a score of 62-32.  A fun time was had by all in attendance. Our members would like to thank all of those who helped put the event together and the opportunity to be a partner in the fundraising effort. We look forward to next year’s game and an opportunity to settle the score!

Nov 22

Happy Thanksgiving

The Members of Brewster Fire Department wish all of our residents a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Nov 19

State Fire Marshal Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving #1 Day for Home Fires in Massachusetts

There are more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other single day in Massachusetts, twice as many as December 25 which ranks second. “Thanksgiving is a wonderful family holiday, but the day can be ruined with a cooking or candle fire, a burn injury or a carbon monoxide incident from long-term use of the oven,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. Remember, to keep your family safe, every home should have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Cooking Safety Tips:

Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and the leading cause of fire injuries, so it is not surprising that 86% of Thanksgiving Day fires were caused by cooking. Here are some cooking fire safety tips:

▪ Remember to “stand by your pan” and stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying or broiling.

▪ Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house with the oven running.

▪ The best way to respond to a stovetop fire is to “put a lid on it” and turn off the heat.

▪ The best way to respond to an oven or broiler fire is to keep the doors closed and turn off the heat.

▪ If the fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call the fire department.

▪ Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.

▪ Keep children 3-feet away from the stove for safety to prevent burns.

▪ Turn pot handles inward over the stove.

▪ Run cool water on burns; call 9-1-1 for more serious burn injuries.

Gas Ovens: A Source of CO

Generally, the confined space of a closed gas oven used for cooking does not produce enough carbon monoxide (CO) to be of concern, unless you are using it for several hours like when roasting a turkey. If you have a kitchen exhaust fan, use it; if not, crack a window for fresh air when using the gas oven for an extended period of time.

Candles:

Candles make any holiday table festive, but it is important to follow some safety tips when using candles.

▪ Use them inside a 1-foot circle of safety free of anything that can burn.

▪ Think twice about lighting the candles on that lovely centerpiece if it means you can’t follow the 1-foot circle of safety rule.

▪ Use extra care with candles when children and pets are around.

▪ Consider using flameless, battery-operated candles instead.

▪ Blow out candles when leaving the room; don’t leave candles burning unattended.

▪ Use non-combustibles holders or saucers.

▪ Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.

▪ Remember to stop, drop, cover and roll if clothing ignites.

Heating #2 Cause of Fires on Thanksgiving

Especially if you don’t regularly use your fireplace, be sure to have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional, before lighting that first fire on the holiday. Everyone who heats with wood should have their chimney cleaned and flue inspected at the start of the heating season.

Nov 17

Brewster Fire Department Toys for Tots Drop Off

Brewster Fire Department is serving as a drop off spot for the annual Toys for Tots program. Interested individuals may drop off an unwrapped toy at the Fire Station at your convenience. As a reminder, it is best to drop off your donated toy during office hours Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to ensure our personnel will be available to assist you.

Let’s all work to ensure that every family has a safe, enjoyable, and fun filled Holiday Season!

Nov 06

Extinguisher Recall

More than 40 million fire extinguishers sold over a four-decade period have been recalled because they may not work to put out fires, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The extinguishers, sold by Kidde, can become clogged or “require excessive force to discharge,” and fail to work during a fire emergency, the CPSC said. In addition, the nozzles on some of the extinguishers can detach with enough force to potentially injure someone.

So far, the CPSC has received nearly 400 reports of cases in which the recalled fire extinguishers failed to work properly. These included 91 reports of property damage, 16 reports of injuries (such as smoke inhalation and minor burns) and one death. The death, which occurred in 2014, happened when emergency responders tried to put out a car fire with a Kidde fire extinguisher, but could not get the extinguisher to work, CPSC said.

The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: those with plastic handles and those with a push-button on top. In total, 40.5 million fire extinguishers manufactured from 1973 to 2017 are being recalled.

Customers with the recalled fire extinguishers should contact Kidde to request a free replacement extinguisher. More information is available on Kidde’s website.

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer |

Original article on Live Science.

Nov 06

Brewster and Surrounding Fire Departments Conduct Annual Hose Testing

During the week of October 16 the Brewster Fire Department along with the Harwich, Orleans, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown Fire Departments conducted their annual hose testing as mandated in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.

Fail Safe, which is a nationally recognized hose testing company was hired to conduct this regional testing program. Offering this program in a regional format with the one vendor allowed each of the involved communities to significantly reduce the cost of completing this mandated testing. Fail Safe employees completed testing on over 40,000 feet of fire hose during the week long program.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Director of the Captain’s Golf Course Mark O’Brien for allowing these fire departments the opportunity to utilize the course parking lot for these tests.