Brewster Firefighters Respond to Deck Fire 

On Monday April 12 at 1:35 a.m. Brewster Fire was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Tubman Road. On arrival Engine 234 and Ladder 237 under the direction of Captain Chad Foakes found a smoldering 12’ x 12’ section of a wooden deck attached to the rear of the dwelling. Fortunately, the fire had been partially extinguished by the homeowner and members of the Brewster Police Department prior to arrival of the fire department. To fully extinguish the fire, firefighters stretched a 1 ¾ attack line from Engine 234 to wet down the charred areas of the deck and a large charcoal smoker that was found to be the cause of the blaze. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) also responded to the scene and several off-duty Brewster firefighters returned to headquarters on the full department recall to cover additional responses. 

Here is a fire safety tip related to this incident. Please make every attempt to use your outdoor cooking device at least ten feet away from your residence and if possible on a non-combustible surface. Also, when finished using these devices please take the time to ensure the fire is completely extinguished and the unit made safe.

Brewster Firefighters Assist with Homebound COVID Vaccination Program

On Thursday April 1 and Friday April 2, Captain/Paramedic Chad Foakes, FF/Paramedic Matt Lavasseur, FF/EMT Alex McHugh, FF/EMT Matt DePippo, and FF/EMT Jordan Shaw assisted the Brewster Health Department with their homebound COVID 19 vaccination event. Assigned to one of several “vaccination teams” the firefighters used their emergency medical skills to monitor those receiving the inoculations for any adverse effects during the required fifteen minute post injection time frame. The firefighters also provided the senior residents with pleasant conversation and goodie bags that included files of life, pill boxes, and emergency planning information.  Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank the Brewster Health Department for including us in this important community based event. 

Brewster Fire/Rescue Receives $12,500 State Fire Equipment Grant

On Friday April 1, Brewster Fire/Rescue received notification from State Representative Timothy Whelan and the State Fire Marshal’s office that the department had been awarded $12,500.00 via the Commonwealth of Massachusetts FY21 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program. The department will use these funds to purchase communication equipment that will enhance the safety and communication capabilities of our firefighters working at emergency events. Brewster Fire/Rescue was one of almost 300 departments across Massachusetts to receive funding for safety equipment in the latest round of grants, where $4 million were provided.

“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.

BREWSTER TOWN OFFICES AND LADIES LIBRARY TO REOPEN TO PUBLIC & RECYCLING CENTER TO ACCEPT FEE ITEMS 

Beginning Tuesday March 9, 2021, Town offices will re-open to the public.  Town offices at Town Hall, the Department of Natural Resources, the Water Department, and Department of Public Works, will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal hours of operation.  Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to continue to access services remotely as they have for much of the past year.  Routine payments and applications can continue to be left in the dropboxes at building entrances.  When Town offices are closed, phone messages and email correspondence will be answered promptly by Town staff.   

 

Consistent with past Town protocols and current State directives, all people entering Town offices to conduct business must wear a mask or face covering, unless under the age of 5 or unable to due to a medical condition.  Only one person will be allowed in each office at a time.  People who are waiting to be served must maintain a distance of 6’ from the person in front of them.  Before entering an office, you must sign-in for contact tracing purposes. If you have a specific issue or concern, please call ahead and make an appointment with the appropriate department.  If you are looking to review plans or files, you must make an appointment and you will be provided a separate space. 

 

Starting Thursday March 11, the Recycling Center will once again accept fee items such as yard waste, electronics, construction debris, scrap metal, mattresses, etc. 

 

The Brewster Ladies Library plans to reopen for limited Grab & Go service starting Tuesday March 23.  More details to follow.

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.

Remember!
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!