Brewster Fire/Rescue at Work

 

Brewster firefighters provide expert EMS and fire services to the community on a daily basis. While traveling Town roads residents and visitors to the community frequently observe our ambulances and fire apparatus moving through their neighborhoods while responding to these requests. To give you an idea of a typical day in the life of our firefighters let’s focus on the Group 1 (24) hour shift on Saturday July 14.

The first response of the day for a priority two (non-life threatening) emergency medical run was dispatched at 7:33 a.m. This was quickly followed by several additional fire and emergency medical service runs including a mutual aid ambulance request to Harwich and an activated fire alarm at the DPW facility.

From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. members of the department proudly displayed the United States flag and provided free fire prevention literature and souvenirs to numerous attendees at the annual Conservation day event at Drummer Boy Park.

Between 2:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. firefighters responded to several additional medicaland fire incidents including an additional mutual aid request for an ambulance from the Harwich Fire Department.  At 9:17 p.m. the department responded to a brush fire located approximately 25’ from a home on Weathervane Way. This fire was caused by an illegal fireworks display. At 2:52 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Whiffletree Road. On arrival units found a fully involved car in the driveway of a residence. The fire was quickly extinguished before any extension to adjacent vehicles or the home could occur. The fire was deemed suspicious and is under investigation by the Brewster Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

While standing by at the scene of the car fire the department received a request to respond to the Town of Eastham with an engine to cover their community while they battled a house fire on Seaway Road. Units returned to Brewster at 6:30 a.m. The last run of the 24 hour shift was for a Code 99 cardiac arrest on Robbins Hill Road which was dispatched at 7:14 a.m.  

During this 24 hour period Brewster firefighters responded to 13 incidents which isabove our normal daily average. Every 24 hour shift is unique in that our staff members never know what they will be confronted with when they arrive at work and change into their station uniform or respond from their residence to answer your call for assistance.The diversity of responses that occur on a daily basis requires our staff to be expertly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled in the delivery of both fire and EMS services. Our members stand prepared to answer these challenges and provide skilled public safety services to our community in a responsible and proficient manner.          

Busy Month of June for Brewster Fire/Rescue

During the month of June Brewster firefighters responded to 336 runs. Of these “runs” 258 were Emergency Medical service requests which included several high priority cardiac arrest incidents, bicycle and scooter accidents, and motor vehicle collisions. Firefighters also responded to 78 fire related incidents that included structure fires, water rescue incidents, mutual aid fire requests, activated fire alarms, and several brush fires.

Ambulance 242 Delivery Update

The department’s new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is complete (see photos) and will be transported to the local dealer Specialty Vehicles in Plainville (MA) for final preparation and graphics during the week of July 2. 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, and operational efficiency including the addition of a vehicle mounted stretcher loading device. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative. The vehicle, which is expected to be in service late July is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Hosts Grand Opening

On Saturday June 23rd Brewster Fire/Rescue hosted a grand opening event for our new state-of-the-art life safety facility. Approximately 400 residents and visitors attended the three hour event which included several speeches by local officials and members of the construction and design team, superb renditions of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful by Shirley-Ann Bellens, tours of the facility, refreshments, and attractive commemorative giveaways. In addition, members of the Mount Kisco (NY) Fire Department traveled to Brewster to honor the project committees Vice-Chair and former Mount Kisco Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri for his work on the project and his 61 years of service in their department.

Open house new Brewster Fire Rescue station 6/23/18 from Cape Wide News LLC on Vimeo.

Chief Moran and the entire staff of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Department would like to thank all of the individuals who attended the ceremony and supported this project. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing high-quality, professional services to the community from the new facility for many future years.

 

Photos courtesy of Craig S. Chadwick

Please Join Us As We Celebrate the Opening of Our New Facility

Community Celebration!

Brewster Fire/Rescue Headquarters

Grand Opening

Saturday June 23, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.

1671 Main Street

 

 

 

 

 

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Kitchen Fire

 

At 8:19 p.m. on Monday June 18 Brewster firefighters were dispatched to 354 Tubman Road for a reported kitchen fire.  The Dennis and Orleans Fire Departments were also dispatched on a structure fire line box assignment. Brewster Squad 241 under the command of Captain Dan Kimball and Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene. Upon investigation the Captain reported an extinguished grease fire with minor flame extension to the adjacent cabinets. Firefighters used the thermal imaging camera to check for extension and remained on scene for approximately 20 minutes to ventilate the smoke filled residence.

Summer Safety

Brewster Fire Responds to Water Rescue and Serious Motor Vehicle Collision

On Sunday June 10 at 5:30 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported water rescue in Cape Cod Bay off of Saint’s Landing. Two individuals called 911 to report that they had become stranded in neck deep water while fishing off of the landing and needed assistance returning to shore. On the reported water rescue a full department tone was initiated and Car 231 (Chief Moran), Ambulance 243, Squad 241, and Car 230 with the Zodiac rescue boat responded to the adjacent Mant’s Landing to launch the rescue boat. Members rapidly moved the boat over the beach and reached the two individuals who by this time had removed themselves from danger to a safer area. Upon reaching the two men the rescue boat reported both denied needing any assistance and that they would continue walking to shore on their own.

Upon reaching shore with the rescue boat the fire department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision with a car into a tree at the intersection of Slough Road and Derby Lane. Ambulance 243 immediately responded to the MVC while the other members moved the boat off the beach and onto the trailer. On arrival the Ambulance reported a single car into a tree with one occupant still inside the vehicle. Chief Moran and Squad 241 arrived on scene and personnel were assigned to safety the vehicle and check for any fluid leaks. The patient was removed and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the scene was turned over to the Brewster Police who are conducting an investigation of the incident. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Delivery of New Ambulance Expected in July

The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the middle 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, security of controlled medications, and the addition of a vehicle mounted stretcher loading device. 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 Plainville, MA. The vehicle, which is expected to be delivered in July is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.

 

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Dennis Structure Fire

On Saturday June 2 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Brewster Engine 239 under the command of Captain Dan Kimball responded to a structure fire located at 411 Upper County Road in the Town of Dennis. On arrival Dennis firefighters reported a fully involved 40’ x 60’ heavy timber barn building used as a boat repair and storage facility located deep in the rear yard of the address. This location made the stretching of hose lines and apparatus access to the fire extremely difficult and labor intensive. Firefighters immediately stretched large caliber hand lines and master stream devices to protect exposure buildings and knock down the main body of fire which was declared under control approximately 45 minutes later. Brewster Engine 239 was assigned to assist with water supply at the scene. The engine returned to Brewster and was placed back in service at 6:30 p.m. The Dennis Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.