Brewster Fire Responds to Structure Fire

On Monday November 5th at 2:02 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 12 McGuerty Way. The Harwich and Orleans Fire Departments were also dispatched on an automatic line box response. While responding units received information reporting a fire in a dryer with extension to the basement of the dwelling. Due to the proximity of the fire to Harwich Station 2 Engine 69 arrived first due and reported a moderate smoke condition with a fire in the basement.  Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident and Brewster Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) was assigned operations. The Harwich engine company along with off duty Brewster firefighters stretched a 1 ¾ attack line through the front door into the basement and quickly knocked down the main body of fire.  Brewster Squad 241 arrived on scene and laid a 5” supply line from the hydrant to Harwich Engine 69 and assisted with Rapid Intervention. Orleans Ladder 176 arrived and was assigned to ventilate the dwelling. All occupants were out of the residence on arrival of fire department units. During the incident the Dennis Fire Department provided coverage at Brewster Headquarters. The home sustained moderate smoke damage throughout and damage to the basement in the area of the dryer which was severely damaged and removed by fire department personnel. National Grid cut gas service to the home and Red Cross assisted the residents with relocation services. No injuries to firefighters or occupants were reported. All Brewster units were placed back into service at 3:45 pm.


VIDEO CREDIT: CRAIG CHADWICK

Barnstable County Technical Rescue and Dive Teams Participate in Statewide Homeland Security Drill

Members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue and Dive Teams are participating in Vigilant Guard 19-1, which is a full-scale civil-military training exercise, hosted by the Massachusetts National Guard with 46 federal, state, local and civilian organizations, November 5-9, 2018, held at various locations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Technical Rescue Team was assigned to Joint Base Cape Cod and performed breaching and breaking, EMS and mass casualty exercises, and shoring operations at a simulated explosion and building collapse with a group of firefighters from the Boston metro area. 16 members of the Dive Team were deployed to northwest Massachusetts and are participating in a variety of swift water rescue exercises with other water rescue trained first responder resources.

Vigilant Guard is an exercise sponsored by US Northern Command that provides local, state, and federal agencies, National Guard units, and private sector partners to cooperatively work together under real-life scenarios to improve emergency response plans, inter-agency relationships, communication capabilities, field operations, and interoperability.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Headquarters Construction Project Presented with Station Design Award

The Brewster Fire/Rescue Department is pleased to announce receipt of the distinguished Career Category 1 Silver Award in the 2018 Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards competition (see press release below).

Fort Atkinson, WI, November 1, 2018 — Firehouse Magazine has announced the winners of its fifth annual Station Design Awards program, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards have been distributed across six categories in this prestigious competition: Career 1 and 2 departments, Satellite stations, Volunteer/Combination departments, Training facilities and renovated fire stations. (see page #70 of PDF for Brewster Fire)

Janet Wilmoth, special projects director to Firehouse, noted that the typical fire station has changed significantly over the past 25 years due to the increased responsibilities picked up by fire departments across North America: “The judging of this year’s 37 entries was very difficult for the judges because the commitment to safety and health in the station is obvious. Fire departments are more proactive in designing healthier environments and restricting toxins and carcinogens returning on firefighters in the stations. Every one of this year’s entries is a winner for its personnel and community they serve.”

 

Winners were selected by a panel of five judges, including a deputy chief, fire marshal, two architects, and a fire engineer/architect with experience in fire station designs.

 

Project Architect:                CDR Maguire/Saccoccio Associates

Owners Project Manager:   Pomroy Associates

Contractor:                          Delphi Construction

Project Committee:             Robert Miller, Ralph Ingegneri, Herb Montgomery,

Charles Sumner, Hayley Winfield

 

Congratulations to our residents, Select Board, Station Committee, and a great team of professionals who worked diligently to produce an award winning prestigious project that our community can be proud of.   All of the members of Brewster Fire/Rescue thank you for your time and effort.

Brewster Fire Department Supports “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. On Saturday November 3 we will move our clocks back one hour to standard 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips

 

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers safety tips for celebrating Halloween, “Use battery-operated tea lights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles.” More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety. He said, “Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them. Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.”

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating
• Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles.
• Switch to battery operated candles.
• Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
• Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
• If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
• Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
• Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early.
•If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.
• Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.
• Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers,cherry bombs and party poppers.

For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at www.mass.gov/dfs, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.

 

Brewster Fire Presents United Laboratories (UL) Life Saving Fire Safety Video “Close Before You Doze”

See the dramatic difference keeping a door closed can make during a fire in your home. This video is among one of the most effective fire safety messages we have seen. Please take a few minutes to watch this life saving video and share with friends and family!

Brewster Structure Fire Highlights the Benefits of Working Smoke Detectors

 On Thursday October 11 at 5:56 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in a private dwelling located at 162 Underpass Road. On arrival Car 231 (Chief Moran) assumed command and Squad 241 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell initiated an investigation of the residence and discovered a fire on the exterior front side of the buildingwith extension to the interior living room area.  

A 1 ¾ attack line was stretched and used to extinguish all visible fire. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived on scene and the crew was utilized to conduct a primary search of the residence and assist in overhaul and extinguishment operations. In addition to Brewster units Harwich Engine 65 along with Orleans Ladder 176 responded on the line box assignment to assist with suppression and rapid intervention responsibilities. Eversource responded to the scene to disconnect power to the structure. The Brewster Building Commissioner and Electrical Inspector responded and posted the building as uninhabitable due to the fire damage. The Brewster Police also responded and assisted with resident accountability and street closing duties. Upon arrival of fire department the Brewster Police confirmed all residents had self-evacuated from the dwelling. Further discussion with the four individuals revealed they were alerted to the fire by the homes smoke detectors which gave them time to safely evacuate to the exterior through heavy smoke.

This week is National Fire Prevention Week when all fire departments across the United States are attempting to educate the public on the advantages of practicing fire safety in their homes on a daily basis. This fire specifically highlights the benefits of having working smoke detectors inapproved locations throughout a residence.  If working smoke detectors were not present in this dwelling the tenants could have easily been overcome by smoke resulting in a loss of life.  

The Brewster Fire Department is urging all residents on Cape Cod to take this opportunity to ensure their homes are protected by working smoke detectors and to adopt an approach of practicing fire safety with your children and others within your residences on a daily basis.          

     

Lower Cape TV to Host 5K Road Race

On October 21st, Lower Cape TV will host a 5K costume run at the Nauset Regional High School.

5K Reel Run Promo from Lower Cape TV on Vimeo.

Fire Prevention Week Open House

Brewster Fire/Rescue

Fire Prevention Week Open House

Saturday October 6

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stop By to Celebrate Fire Prevention Week With Brewster Firefighters!

Brewster Fire/Rescue Training

On Thursday September 27 members of the Brewster Fire Department performed on-duty training utilizing the department’s new training tower. Firefighters deployed attack lines from the internal standpipe system to suppress a simulated fire in the second floor smoke room of the tower while other members utilized the aerial ladder to practice vent/enter/isolate/search techniques that are used to quickly enter a burning structure to search for and rescue trapped occupants. Department members are extremely excited and look forward to improving their hands-on firefighting knowledge and skills and their ability to serve the community through the use of this new state-of-the-art training facility. Thank you residents of Brewster!