Aug 22

Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team Conducts Training

On Wednesday August 19 approximately 20 members of the Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team conducted their monthly training in Cape Cod Bay approximately 1 mile from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.  During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of underwater searches using a variety of patterns that would be utilized when conducting water based search and rescue operations. In addition, members trained on donning and doffing their newly acquired suits/equipment, water entries, boat operations, and area familiarization. The team, which was funded through a Federal Homeland Security grant, consists of 40 firefighter/divers from a variety of Cape Cod Departments including three members from the Brewster Fire Department. Members train on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the divers along with their response capabilities are maintained at peak operational readiness.

Aug 21

Delivery of New Ambulance Expected in September

The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the final stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. While the interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure familiarity and consistency of the fleet several design upgrades have been made to improve patient care, operational efficiency, and security of controlled medications. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of North Attleboro. We are extremely pleased to have been able to continue this relationship with the nation’s leading ambulance manufacturer. The vehicle is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account which were approved at the November 2013 Special Town Meeting. Total cost with equipment will be $225,000.  Delivery is expected in mid September.

 

Aug 18

Brewster Fire Department Welcomes Eight New Call Firefighter/EMT’s

The Brewster Fire Department welcomes Paul Brazil, Timothy Druckenbrod, Jeffrey Erving, Ron Goguen, Dennis Hall, Robert Hooper, Rastislav Mariak, and William Schneeweiss as the newest additions to our staff of call firefighters. These members have been assigned to their Groups and are currently completing their required EMS ride-a-longs after which they will be provided final approval to respond to both fire and EMS incidents.  We congratulate these individuals for their hard work and determination in completing all of their internal training and certifications and wish them great success in their future careers in our organization.

Aug 18

Brew Run Proceeds to Support the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association

On Saturday August 9 the 36th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster. Over 1700 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. As in past years the proceeds from the race were donated to the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association for their dedicated efforts in supporting the race activities and their dutiful commitment to serving the residents and visitors of the Town with exemplary Fire and EMS services. The group utilizes the funds from this annual event to support member training activities, sponsor community programs, subsidize fire safety education efforts, and fund the purchase of various fire/ems equipment required by the department and the Town of Brewster.

 

In a special presentation prior to the start of this years race the Town of Brewster recognized Henry Sears for his 52 years of service to the community as an employee at the Council-on-Aging and as a Call Fire Captain. His wife Jean who held the position of Director of the Council-on-Aging for many years was also present and recognized. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.

Aug 15

Brewster Fire Department Opens Call Firefighter Recruitment Period

Each October the Brewster Fire Department sponsors a Probationary Firefighter School for prospective call firefighter candidates. The program typically runs one night a week for 4-5 weeks and covers a variety of basic firefighting and EMS skills, introduces the candidates to the policies, procedures, guidelines, and equipment utilized by the department and prepares them for the Firefighter I/II program at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. The following requirements are necessary to participate;

 

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Live within 6 miles of Brewster Fire Headquarters (documentation required)
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts drivers license
  • Possess Massachusetts or National certification as an EMT or Paramedic or be enrolled in a certified program (documentation required)
  • Successfully pass a CORI background check, medical exam, and drug screening.

 

Individuals interested in applying for the program may visit fire headquarters Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to pick up an application. Cut off date for submittal of applications is Tuesday September 23. Questions may be directed to Fire Chief Robert Moran at 508-896-7018 or via email at rmoran@town.brewster.ma.us

Aug 09

Brewster Building and Needs Assessment Committee Requesting Comments on Proposed Fire Station Construction Project

On August 4, 2014 the Board of Selectmen voted to authorize the Building and Needs Assessment Committee (B&NAC) the opportunity to resume work on the proposed construction of a new fire headquarters facility. The committee recognizes that voters rejected our initial plan to demolish the existing facility and construct a new fire headquarters at the 2014 Annual Town Election. The B&NAC is determined to work with the Selectmen, contracted professionals, fire department, and community stakeholders to further engage and take note of our residents concerns and questions as we develop a revised construction and project proposal for submission and approval at a future Town meeting.

 

To complete the committee’s goal of continued open and transparent discussion regarding this vital project and give residents the opportunity to become more engaged we have set up an email address at firebuilding@brewster-ma.gov as a conduit through which comments, inquiries, or suggestions can be sent to the B&NAC. In addition, if you wish to be included on an email list to be kept informed on the progress of the fire headquarters project please provide the required email information to the address above.

 

The Building and Needs Assessment looks forward to receiving your comments and integrating them into our discussions concerning the development of a revised fire headquarters facility plan that would be embraced and supported by the community.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Members of the Building and Needs Assessment Committee

Aug 07

Reporter learns firsthand the difficult job firefighters face

BREWSTER – Within minutes of starting the course, I knew there was way too much to remember.

Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran invited me to put on an air pack, officially called a self-contained breathing apparatus, and test out the Brewster Fire Department’s recently updated mask-confidence course.

Air masks allow firefighters to breath in toxic or smoke-filled buildings to search for trapped people. The equipment weighs 50 to 60 pounds, including all the tools. And, the turnout gear that saves firefighters from burning is as hot as a snowsuit.

This I knew. But Brewster Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Tucker and Firefighter Bill Kraul then told me an awe-inspiring amount of detail that firefighters must remember in preparation for a huge array of worst-case scenarios.

Given all they must remember, it’s a good thing firefighters are required Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Brewster Firefighter/EMT Jim Clarke Completes the Pan-Mass Challenge

 

On Sunday August 3, Brewster firefighter Jim Clarke completed the grueling Sturbridge to Provincetown route of the Pan-Mass Bike Challenge. It was an emotional and uplifting moment for his father (Captain John Clarke of the Harwich Fire Department) and our members when Jim arrived at Fire Headquarters for a quick photo session with his brother firefighters before heading off to finish the race. The PMC is a popular annual bike challenge that raises money for cancer research. Jim dedicated his ride to several family members who have or are currently battling this acute disease. Our department is honored to have Jim as one of our members and we thank him for his self-less dedication and commitment he displayed in his effort to support cancer research. (Pictured left to right, Brewster FF Gary Stobbart, John Clarke, Jim Clarke, and Brewster FF Kevin Moran).DSCF0975

Jul 31

Brewster Firefighters Conduct Hands-On Fire Training

 

On Thursday July 30 members of the Brewster Fire Department conducted several hands-on training scenarios at a vacant Main Street residence scheduled for demolition as part of the expansion and rebuild of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church which was destroyed in a November 2012 arson fire.  Firefighters practiced various skills such as the use and placement of ground ladders, power saw operations, vertical ventilation techniques, and rapid intervention skills during the evening drill session. The chance to conduct hands-on training of this type and sharpen the skills of our members on a live structure that is typical of the residences within our response area is an exceptional alternative to the classroom based training typically conducted by the department.  Our organization would like to thank the congregation and administrators of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church for providing us with this valuable training opportunity.

 

Jul 31

Brewster Fire Department Accepting Citizens Fire Academy Applications

The Brewster Fire Department is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Citizens Fire Academy beginning Thursday September 18, 2014. The nine week program will meet each Thursday evening at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Academy participants will receive an inside view of the Brewster Fire Department and during each session will study a different aspect of our Department ranging from department organization and operations, emergency medical services, fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication, fire prevention/investigation and technical rescue services. In addition the group will obtain CPR and First Aid certification, visit the Barnstable County Fire Academy for fire extinguisher training, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Communications Center to become more familiar with the 911 and fire dispatch services our community utilizes.

The program is designed to ensure each participant acquires an in-depth understanding of the Brewster Fire Department and the professional emergency services we provide to the community. Each night a new topic will be discussed in classroom sessions and participants will also be involved in performing a series of hands-on activities taught by the experienced men and women of Brewster Fire Department and staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy.

Participants must be 18 years of age, live or work in the Town of Brewster and pass a CORI background check. To graduate attendees must be present at seven of the nine scheduled sessions. There is no program fee.

Applications are available at Fire Headquarters beginning Monday August 4, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 participants and the application deadline is Monday August 25.

Citizens may contact Acting Deputy Chief Kevin Varley, Captain Pete Rubel, or Chief Moran at 508-896-7018 if you have further questions regarding this exciting opportunity.

 

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