Sep 19

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Service

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Monday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The service is designed to honor first responders, civilian victims and their family members who were impacted by the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Pastor Steven Trudel of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans Fire Department, Eastham Fire Department, Orleans Police Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Musical performances will be provided by the Brewster Baptist Church.

Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.

WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER

 

 

911 Memorial Service 2017 from Town of Brewster, MA on Vimeo.

Sep 18

Hurricane Preparation Tips

Hi Brewster Emergency Management
Hurricane Preparation Tips

The Brewster Office of Emergency Management is advising our residents of the potential for a significant storm to occur in our region Tuesday through Wednesday. In an effort to proactively prepare your family and your property for this possible event we suggest you monitor the approaching storm closely and visit the following websites for storm preparation information.

Our local Emergency Management Group is closely monitoring this situation with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee and will be fully prepared to ensure your safety during the upcoming event.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
www.mass.gov/mema

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
www.fema.gov

Sep 18

May We Never Forget

“May We Never Forget”

On Monday September 11, 2017 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.

The well attended memorial service honored all first responders and civilian victims who perished in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders.

Pastor Steven Trudel of the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church provided the invocation for the service while Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geoff Deering, Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf, and former Mount Kisco NY Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri read passages of reflection and prayer.

Inspiring renditions of the National Anthem, On Eagles Wings and God Bless America were sung by the Brewster Baptist Church Chorus. Ian McEwen of the Highland Light Bagpipe Band provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri for their outstanding work on the program, Michael Fitzgerald, Brewster Fire/Rescue Association for their financial support, and the Brewster Department of Public Works.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the members of our community who joined us in remembering the victims of the tragic terrorist events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

“God Bless America”

Sep 07

Governor Baker Proclaims September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month”

Individuals and Families Encouraged to Prepare

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2017 to beEmergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and planning for individuals, families and communities. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month. These efforts are part of a nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, and their friends and families, for emergencies at home, work and school, and in their communities.

 

“Events like Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and the disasters we have experienced here in the Commonwealth over the last decade are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness and public safety,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Preparedness reduces casualties, property damage and the economic impacts of disasters, and helps improve the recovery process for our families and communities.”

 

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and other public safety agencies work with our communities in Massachusetts and partners from all levels of government to strengthen our preparedness for the next emergency,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We encourage residents take steps to prepare their families and homes well in advance to best ensure their safety.”

 

“Emergency Preparedness Month in September is a time to focus on preparedness” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Before the next disaster strikes, individuals and families should ensure that they will receive emergency alerts and information, build emergency plans and kits, and get involved in community efforts to build resilience.”

 

To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA will promote four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop an Emergency Plan, 3) Build an Emergency Kit, and 4) Get Involved in community preparedness and resilience.  MEMA will also stress the importance of considering the unique preparedness needs of children, pets, seniors and people with access and functional needs.

 

MEMA’s website, www.mass.gov/mema, features resources to help prepare for emergencies and information about the hazards common in Massachusetts. MEMA will also share emergency preparedness tips on Twitter and Facebook and will support various emergency preparedness events across the state.

 

 

About MEMA

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’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel 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, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go towww.mass.gov/mema.

 

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.

 

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

Sep 02

New Traffic Pattern at Council-on-Aging Facility

The Council-on-Aging facility at 1673 Main Street will reopen on Tuesday September 5th. With the installation of a new access road and parking area the traffic pattern at the location has changed. The former entrance on the east side of the building is now a two-way access and egress roadway (see photo). Visitors to the location should ensure this new traffic pattern is exercised at all times

 

Aug 31

Brewster Fire Hosting Houston Non-Perishable Donation Program

Beginning Thursday August 31 through Monday September 4 the Brewster Fire Department will be collecting non-perishable items (clothes, canned goods, diapers, formula, and personal hygiene articles) for the flood victims in Texas. This effort is in conjunction with a program sponsored by the US Coast Guard. Individuals wishing to donate may bring these items to the Brewster Fire Department at 1657 Main Street between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping those in need!

Aug 26

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision and Near Drowning

On Friday at approximately 4:15 PM, the Brewster Fire Department responded to a single car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Freemans Way and Long Pond Road. On arrival Engine 239 under the command of Captain Jeff Sturtevant found a severely damaged vehicle that had struck numerous trees after driving off the roadway. The sole occupant of the vehicle declined transportation to the hospital. The crash is under investigation by Brewster Police.
While this incident was occurring the fire department was dispatched to area 5 in Nickerson State Park for a reported near drowning. On arrival fire department personnel found a responsive teenage male on the beach who had been removed from the water after experiencing an unknown issue while swimming in Cliff Pond. The patient was packaged and transported to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation.

 

Aug 25

Brewster Rescue/Pumper Update

Earlier this month Ferrara Fire Apparatus of Holden Louisiana began production of the departments new Rescue/Pumper which will take the place of both Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233. The new multi-purpose vehicle was designed to operate as a fully certified NFPA pumper and as a specialized unit capable of supporting operations at specialized incidents such as motor vehicle collisions, technical rescue responses, water rescues, and emergency medical calls. The photos below show the painted cab component of the vehicle that will be mounted on the chassis in the next few weeks. Delivery is expected by December 1.

Aug 21

Brewster Firefighters Experience Busy Weekend

Over this past weekend Brewster firefighters responded to 56 emergency incidents. These “runs” comprised of several priority 1 medical responses, one of which resulted in the use of a Medflight helicopter to transport an 11 year old male fall victim to a Boston trauma center, a serious bike accident on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, numerous storm related flooding and service calls, a structure fire, a lightning strike to a home, several activated fire alarms, and a number of other standard fire and EMS related requests for service. In addition to these responses on Saturday the department assisted with providing EMS services at the Against The Tide Cancer awareness event in Nickerson State Park and the Fire Prevention Bureau conducted several random overcrowding checks at business within Town and also inspected several beach landings for illegal camp fires.

 

The Fire Department would like to thank the Brewster Department of Public Works and Water Department for their assistance with various flooding responses and the Orleans, Dennis, and Harwich Fire Departments for providing mutual aid support at several incidents throughout the weekend.    

 

Aug 16

A Hurricane Preparation Message from the Brewster Office of Emergency Management

Prepare Your Home and Boat Before the Next Storm

FRAMINGHAM, MA – During hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding residents of steps they can take to protect their homes and boats from the damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring.

“There are many steps residents can take before a storm threatens to make our homes and boats more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”

Prepare Your Home for the Hazards of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane
Damaging winds and flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms can damage your home.

•        Learn whether your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane by determining if your home is in a pre-designated hurricane evacuation zone (see Know Your Zone<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html>) and reviewing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood maps.<https://brewmail13.town.brewster.ma.us/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx>

Hurricane Evacuation Zones | MEMA
www.mass.gov
Learn if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone in Massachusetts — Know Your Zone!

•        If your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane, make sure that your furnace, water heater, electric panel and other mechanical components are high enough off the floors to ensure that they are not damaged by flood waters.

•        Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.

•        Elevate items stored in the basement to minimize damage from basement flooding.

•        If the basement or lower level of your property are prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power supplies. If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.

•        Consider installing check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

•        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home.

•        If you don’t have storm shutters, make temporary plywood covers for windows and glass doors and store them in a readily accessible place.

•        If you live in a coastal community, review the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mema/homeowners-handbook-to-prepare-for-coastal-hazards.pdf>.

•        Prepare for possible power outages:

o   Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.

o   Consider purchasing a generator to provide back-up power. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and know how to use it safely before an outage.

Protect Your Property with Insurance
Property insurance can provide you with coverage in case your home or possessions are damaged during an emergency or disaster.

•        Review your insurance policies to see if you have adequate coverage. If you are not sure you have enough coverage, talk to your agent or company.

•        Flood losses typically are not covered under renter and homeowner’s insurance, so consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP)<https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program>. Flood insurance is available whether or not your building is in an identified flood-prone area, and can be purchased through insurance agents in most communities. There is a 30-day waiting period before it takes effect.

•        Maintain a current written inventory of your possessions.  Back up your inventory by videotaping or photographing each room in your house.

•        Keep insurance policies, your household inventory<http://www.naic.org/documents/index_disaster_section_inventory_checklist.pdf> and other important papers together in a safe and secure place. Consider sending copies of these documents to a trusted friend or family member living outside your area, or storing copies at your place of work.

Protect Your Property with Insurance
Boat owners in Massachusetts can reduce the risk or extent of storm damage to their boats:

•        Monitor the weather forecast for your boating area.

•        Have an emergency plan<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/plan/> that includes how, when and where you will move your boat prior to a tropical storm or hurricane to ensure its safety.

•        Take photos or videos of your boat and all valuable items in and on your boat. Store these records in a safe place

•        Review the boat’s insurance policy to determine your coverage and liability.

•        Keep important paperwork in a secure place away from the boat. This can include insurance policies, boat registrations, a recent photograph and description of the vessel, gear inventory, marina or storage lease agreements, and important telephone numbers.

•        Discuss storm plans with your harbormaster or local marina to learn about procedures and resources before a storm approaches.

For more information, see MEMA’s Hurricane Safety<http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html> webpage.

About MEMA
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's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel 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, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema<http://www.mass.gov/mema>.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA<http://www.twitter.com/MassEMA>; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA<http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA>; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA<http://www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA>.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp<http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp>.

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