Jul 28

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham Structure Fire

On Thursday July 28 at 4:25 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham on a second alarm structure fire request with Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau, Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Brush Unit 240. Due to the lack of operating hydrants in the area of the fire at 30 Governor Brewster Road Engine 239 was assigned as the drafting pumper at Great Pond and was used to fill several tankers that shuttled water to supply an additional drafting operation at the scene. Car 232 was assigned to supervise this operation as the water supply officer. Brush Unit 240 was utilized to extinguish several small brush fires caused by embers from the original fire.

The fire originated in a first floor bedroom of a two-story wood frame private dwelling located several hundred feet from a main road. Due to several challenging factors present on arrival of the fire department including limited apparatus access, a lack of operating fire hydrants in the area, and a delayed notification to dispatch the home was totally gutted by the fire. Fortunately, two occupants living in the residence were awakened by the fire and were able to escape prior to the arrival of the fire department. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Jul 23

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Water Rescue

On Friday July 22 at 12:35 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to Cape Cod Bay in the area of Linnel landing for an overturned Sunfish sailboat with 4 victims in the water. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Ambulance 244, Ambulance 243, and Car 230 with the inflatable boat responded on the request. In addition, the Dennis and Eastham Fire Departments were requested to launch their boats from Sesuit Harbor (Dennis) and Rock Harbor (Eastham) to assist with the rescue. On arrival at the landing Deputy Chief Varley assumed command of the operation and directed Chief Moran to respond to Seaway Road to meet the reporting party in an attempt to obtain a last known location. All other resources were directed to the landing. Upon confirming the location of the overturned boat and the victims in the water the fire department immediately launched their inflatable boat.

Upon arrival at the sailboat firefighters found two victims who had been thrown into the water after a mechanical issue occurred with their boat. The victims were placed into the fire department boat and taken to shore. High winds and rough water conditions present in the bay may have also contributed to the capsizing of the boat. The rescued individuals refused medical attention and all Brewster units were placed back in service by 1:30 p.m.

Jul 23

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire

or072316bOn Saturday July 23 at 3:10 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to assist the Orleans Fire Department at a structure fire located at 8 Boulder Lane. Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. On their arrival Orleans and Harwich firefighters reported the roof and several roof joists of a two story wood frame private residence on fire with all occupants evacuated. Units on scene immediately stretched attack lines into the structure for extinguishment and placed personnel on the roof to open up the area on fire. These aggressive and professional fire suppression efforts completed by the firefighters on scene including Brewster personnel were directly responsible for saving the property from being a total loss. The cause of the fire was determined to be from a lightning strike from one of several intense storms that passed through the region just prior to the incident. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 5:15 a.m.

Jul 22

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Orleans Structure Fire

On Thursday July 21 at approximately 12:45 p.m. Ladder 237 under the direction of Captain Daniel Kimball, Ambulance 243, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded on a line box assignment to a structure fire at 64 Tides End Lane in Orleans. On the arrival of the incident commander (Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geof Deering) heavy smoke and flames were present in the kitchen and living room area of a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. The Deputy immediately requested a working fire assignment which brought an engine from Chatham to the scene and coverage to Orleans Fire Headquarters. Multiple hose lines were stretched into the structure by Orleans and Harwich firefighters during the early stages of the fire while the Brewster crew conducted a primary search of the second floor under heavy smoke and high heat conditions. As a result of this coordinated fire attack, the fire on the first floor was quickly knocked down and the search of the building completed. The residence suffered significant heat and smoke damage throughout and severe damage to several structural roof components. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Jul 21

Brewster Firefighters Battle House Fire


At 4:10 a.m. on Thursday July 21 the Brewster Fire Department received numerous 911 calls reporting a house fire at 33 Old Long Pond Road. Brewster Engine 234 under the command of Firefighter Kirk Rounseville, Ladder 237, Engine 233, Car 232 (Deputy Varley), and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. Orleans Tower 176 and Harwich Engine 68 were also dispatched on the structure fire line box assignment.

On arrival Chief Moran reported a vacant, fully involved 1 ½ story wood frame private dwelling with extension to brush on all four sides of the home. The Chief assumed command and requested the working fire assignment bringing an additional engine from Chatham and an Eastham ambulance to the scene. The crew from Engine 234 and Ladder 237 immediately stretched two 2 ½ inch pre-connected attack lines and initiated an exterior attack on the well involved structure. Orleans and Harwich firefighters arrived and were assigned to stretch additional attack lines from Engine 234 and also back-up to the operating Brewster personnel. Orleans also provided a rapid intervention crew at the scene. Due to the major fire damage to the structure and potential for further collapse firefighters were unable to enter the building after knocking down the main body of fire. Personnel remained on scene wetting down hot spots and overhauling the fire area for several hours.

Chief Officers from Harwich, Orleans, and Eastham responded to the scene and were assigned specific command duties by the Incident Commander. During the fire a Dennis Engine and Yarmouth Ambulance provided coverage at Brewster Fire Headquarters.

Eversource responded to the scene to confirm that all electric to the building was secured. The Brewster Building Official also responded to assist in assessing damage to the home and post the structure as uninhabitable. Due to the building being vacant at the time of the fire and the fact that a prior fire had occurred in the home in 2007 the State Fire Marshals officer responded to the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 12:13 p.m.

Video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

Jul 19

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Motorcycle Collision

At 11:58 a.m. on Tuesday July 19 the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a motorcycle collision with injuries at the intersection of Freeman’s Way and Long Pond Road.  Ambulance 243, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded on the initial request. On arrival units found a 22 year old male who had been ejected from his motorcycle lying in the roadway with severe traumatic injuries. After a rapid assessment of the patients injuries by Brewster paramedics and EMT’s a request for a Med Flight helicopter intercept at the Barnstable County Airport was made through Barnstable County Dispatch. The patient was quickly packaged and loaded onto the ambulance for immediate transport to the airport and a Boston area trauma center.

Our department would like to thank the off duty firefighters from surrounding communities who stopped to provide medical treatment to the victim prior to the arrival of Brewster personnel.  The accident remains under investigation by the Brewster Police Department.

Jul 18



FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 17-23, 2016 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mema/hurricane-preparedness-week-2016.pdf) to promote the importance of preparing for the potential impacts hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the Commonwealth’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.  In addition to preparing for the strong and damaging winds that are associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, the Commonwealth’s residents must also prepare for destructive and potentially deadly coastal flooding from storm surge and inland flooding from torrential rainfall.  Indeed, flooding accounts for the majority of storm-related deaths during tropical storms and hurricanes.

“The Commonwealth needs to prepare for tropical storms as well as hurricanes. Although it has been 25 years since a hurricane has made landfall in Massachusetts, history has illustrated that tropical storms can also produce devastating impacts, including heavy rainfall, deadly storm surge, and flooding, even when they do not make direct landfall in the Commonwealth” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Kurt Schwartz. “More often than not, water – not wind – poses the greatest risk to life and property. We experienced firsthand significant coastal and inland flooding in Massachusetts related to storms that made landfall elsewhere: Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.”

Although the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th, the vast majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region have occurred during the months of August and September. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook forecasts a near-normal number of hurricanes this season, it is important to remember that it only takes one storm to severely impact an area. For this reason, it is important for Massachusetts residents to begin preparing for the possibility of a hurricane or tropical storm now, and be prepared for this season.

The first step to preparing yourself, family, home and business is to learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, including storm surge, heavy rain, coastal erosion, inland flooding, and widespread power outages. For detailed information on these hazards, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/.


Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the Commonwealth at risk for storm surge flooding. If evacuations are necessary because of an oncoming tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. To find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone, visit the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map which is located on MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html.


Build an Emergency Kit

Building an emergency kit is an important component of personal preparedness. Emergency kits should include items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. An emergency kit is particularly important during hurricane season; hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms pose the potential for extended power outages, as well as flooding and debris-covered roads which could make accessing stores difficult during the initial days after a storm.

While some items, such as bottled water, food, flashlight, radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, sanitation items and clothing should be in everyone’s kit, it is important to customize the kit to meet your needs and the needs of your family. Consider adding medications, extra eyeglasses, contact lenses and solution, dentures, extra batteries for hearing aids or wheelchairs, and other medical information and supplies such as oxygen tanks, lists of allergies, medications and dosages, medical insurance information, and medical records.  Additionally, your emergency kit should include supplies for your pet, such as food, pet carriers and other supplies, medications, and vaccination and medical records. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/kit/.

You should also consider making a mobile “go-bag” version of your emergency kit in case you need to evacuate to a shelter or other location. At least annually, check your kit for any food, water, batteries, or other items that may need to be replaced or have expired.

Create a Family Emergency Communications Plan

Families should develop a Family Emergency Communications Plan in case family members are separated from one another during a hurricane or other emergencies. A Family Communications Plan can help family members more readily learn the location and status of their loved ones by identifying how family members will communicate and reunite after an emergency once the immediate crisis passes.

Family Emergency Communications Plans should detail the name of a relative or friend who has agreed to serve as the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person.  Ideally, this person should reside out-of-state to increase the likelihood that they are not impacted by the same event. As part of your Family Emergency Communications Plan, you should create a personal support network and a list of contacts that include caregivers, friends, neighbors, service/care providers, and others who might be able to assist during an emergency. In addition to electronic copies, keep a hard copy of your list of contacts in a safe, accessible place and make sure everyone within your family knows the name, address and telephone number of the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person.

You should also designate two meeting areas for family members – one within your community (your primary location), and one outside of your community (your alternate location). An emergency may impact your neighborhood or small section of your community, so a second location outside of your community may be more accessible to all family members.

Remember, if cellular service is interrupted during an emergency, texting services may remain available.  For more information on Family Emergency Communications Plan, please visit MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/plan/.


Stay Informed

It is important to identify ways to obtain information before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm.  You should consider all the ways you might get information during an incident (radio, TV, social media, Internet, cell phone, landline, etc.) in case one or more of those systems stops working.

Contact your local officials to learn what communications and alerting tools are used in your community to warn individuals of a pending storm, evacuation or shelter in place requirements, or any other emergency information. Additionally, MEMA utilizes Massachusetts Alerts to disseminate critical information to the public through smartphones. Massachusetts Alerts is powered by a free downloadable application that is available for Android and iPhone devices.  Learn more about Massachusetts Alerts at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

When a storm is approaching, closely monitor media reports and promptly follow instructions from public safety officials. Information on severe weather watches and warnings will be available from media sources, the National Weather Service, a NOAA all-hazards radio, and on your cell phone. These warnings can provide valuable and timely information.

In addition, you may call 2-1-1 if you have questions or need information on emergency resources. Mass 2-1-1 is the Commonwealth’s primary non-emergency telephone call center during times of disasters and emergencies. 2-1-1 is multilingual, TTY compatible, free to the public, and available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management.  By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – – individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses – – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

For additional information about MEMA, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also, follow MEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.hurricane-preparedness-week-2016





400 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01702-5399


Charles D. Baker



Karyn E. Polito

Lieutenant Governor


Daniel Bennett



Kurt N. Schwartz


Tel: 508-820-2000   Fax: 508-820-2030

Website: www.mass.gov/mema

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    CONTACT: Peter Judge, MEMA PIO

July 18, 2016                                                                                                                                     (508) 820-2002



Jul 14

Brewster Fire Department Accepts Delivery of New Ambulance

In late June the Brewster Fire Department accepted delivery of a 2016 Ford F550 “Superliner” Type 1 Ambulance. The vehicle was built by Life Line Emergency Vehicles of Sumner, Iowa and purchased through the manufacturer’s local dealer Specialty Vehicles Inc (SVI) of North Attleboro. This is the second department ambulance built on a Ford “F” series chassis which became necessary when Ford discontinued manufacturing the shorter “E” series chassis common to our department. Final cost to manufacture and outfit the vehicle with all equipment including radios was $242,000. The ambulance revenue account is funding the purchase through a five year lease program with annual payments in the amount of $50,000. Department personnel would like to thank the Selectmen and the residents of the community for supporting the purchase of this life saving equipment.


Jul 11

Swearing in Ceremony

On Thursday July 7, the Brewster Fire Department conducted a swearing in and promotion ceremony in front of a large crowd of department members, families, and Town officials including the Board of Selectmen. During the program Call Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Herrmann and Call Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Hogg were sworn in as new career members of the department. In addition, Career Firefighter/EMT Daniel Kimball was promoted to Captain/EMT and Captain/Paramedic Kevin Varley was sworn in as the departments first full-time Career Deputy Fire Chief.

Brewster Fire & Rescue Swearing in Ceremony from Town of Brewster, MA on Vimeo.

Jul 11

Brewster Fire Department Responds Motor Vehicle Collision

On Saturday July 9 at 3:15 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a head-on motor vehicle collision in front of 3799 Main Street (Route 6A).  Brewster Heavy Rescue 241 and Ambulance 243 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant responded from headquarters along with Deputy Chief Kevin Varley (Car 232) and Chief Moran (Car 231). On arrival Chief Moran found two vehicles involved in a head on collision with major front end damage and air bag deployment. Initial patient assessment revealed non-life threatening injuries to both occupants of the vehicles. Firefighters immediately initiated patient treatment protocols while other personnel assigned to Heavy Rescue 241 mitigated a minor fluid spill and secured the involved vehicles. An additional ambulance from Brewster (Ambulance 244) responded to the scene with recall personnel to transport the second patient to Cape Cod Hospital. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 5:13 p.m. The accident is being investigated by the Brewster Police Department.



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