Feb 02

Brewster FD Fire on Thousand Oaks Dr.

BREWSTER -At approximately 2:15 a.m., Brewster Fire-Rescue and Police were dispatched to 296 Thousand Oaks Drive for a reported structure fire. First arriving Police units reported a 1.5 story residential structure with heavy fire showing and flames through the roof. All occupants were reported out of the house except for a cat. The initial phone report brought a full department response from Brewster Fire as well as a line response Engine from Harwich and Tower Ladder from Orleans.

Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran established Incident Command upon arrival and requested a full  Working Fire assignment, bringing additional units to the scene from Chatham and Eastham Fire Departments as well as station cover from other mutual aid departments. Due to the heavy volume of fire, large size hose lines were used in an initial exterior attack to knock down the bulk of the heavy fire.

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Reporting, photos and video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

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Reporting, photos and video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

Approximately 45 minutes into the incident, the missing cat was located by Brewster firefighters and while frightened and wet, it appeared that it still had the majority of it’s nine lives left and was it was emotionally reunited with it’s owners.

The fire was placed under control in a little over an hour, and extensive overhaul was expected to take a number of hours. Thousand Oaks Drive was shut down at both ends for the duration of the incident. One of the occupants was treated for minor burns to their hands. No firefighters were injured. It appeared that the extensive damage to the house would render it uninhabitable at this time. The cause and origin is under investigation by Brewster Fire-Rescue.

Reporting, photos and video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

Feb 02

Brewster Fire Department Sponsors Call Firefighters at the Barnstable County Fire Academy

Beginning on February 1, 2016 the Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring four potential Call firefighters at this year’s Firefighter I & II Basic Training Program at the Barnstable County Fire Academy.

During the 16 week class these individuals will receive 240 hours of classroom and hands-on fire, hazardous material, incident command, and safety related training culminating in their receipt of National Pro-Board Firefighter I & II certification.

We wish the following individuals good luck and look forward to them joining our organization as future positions become available!

  • Richard Bunker
  • Molly Mullaney
  • Dan San Giovanni
  • Dean Smith

Feb 01

Brewster Fire Department Conducts Cold Water Rescue Drill

On Saturday January 30, 2016 approximately 20 members of the Brewster Fire Department participated in a cold water rescue drill at Sheep’s Pond Landing. The program began with a classroom session that included a detailed review of the department’s ice/cold water rescue standard operating guidelines and equipment after which the group moved to Sheep’s Pond and conducted several hands-on rescue evolutions.

Ongoing training for these incidents is an extremely critical component of being fully prepared to provide our residents with the “All Hazards” type of response services they have come to expect from the Brewster Fire Department. It also highlights the diverse nature of the type of incidents our members may be requested to respond to and operate at on a daily basis. Our thanks to Carl Jacobs for providing drone based video and photos of the training.

Jan 30

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire

 

On Saturday January 23, 2016 at 11:34 p.m. Engine 239, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to 4 Uncle Israel’s Road in Orleans on a second alarm structure fire assignment. Upon arrival at the scene Orleans Deputy Chief Geoff Deering (Incident Commander) reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the first and second floors of a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. He immediately ordered a second alarm due to the heavy volume of fire and the presence of over 12” of snow on the ground from a storm earlier that day. Orleans units immediately stretched several 2 ½ and 1 ¾ hand lines and initiated an exterior attack on the fire to prevent extension to surrounding exposures and extinguish the heavy volume of fire. As additional second alarm companies arrived they were immediately deployed to assist in extinguishing, ventilating, and overhauling the fire. Apparatus and ambulances at the scene included units from the Harwich, Chatham, Eastham, and Dennis fire departments. Other Barnstable County Fire Departments were moved to cover these communities during the incident.

The fire was placed under control in approximately 45 minutes. Final extinguishment and overhaul took several hours longer. All Brewster apparatus returned to Town and were placed in service at 2:50 a.m.

 

The home suffered severe fire damage throughout all floors. The occupants were found to be out of state at the time of the fire. The cause was traced to an electrical failure in the main panel located in the basement of the home.

 

Jan 30

Captain Kevin Varley Completes Massachusetts Chief Fire Officer Training Program

On Monday, January 25, 2016, 32 fire officers including Brewster Fire Captain/Paramedic  Kevin Varley graduated from the 22nd offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. The thirteen-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

The curriculum covers a spectrum of topics considered essential for effective public sector management. It includes human resource management, group dynamics, leadership and legal issues, governmental and organization structures, information management, customer-focused strategic planning, legal aspects, budgets and public finance, community awareness and public relations, and labor relations.

We congratulate Captain Varley on completing this course and for his dedicated efforts to increase his ability to serve the residents of Brewster and improve his management skills and capabilities.

 

 

Jan 30

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Car vs Pole

On Friday January 29 at 11:43 p.m. the Heavy Rescue 241 and Ambulance 244 responded to a single car motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Slough Road and Cranview Road. On arrival Captain Christopher Flavell reported a vehicle had impacted a utility pole causing the pole to snap in half leaving live power lines down in the roadway.  With Brewster Police personnel securing the road firefighters began patient assessment of the single occupant of the vehicle while simultaneously evaluating and mitigating any potential safety concerns. EverSource was requested to the scene to repair the downed power lines and pole. The occupant of the vehicle eventually refused transport to the hospital. All Brewster Fire Department units were placed in service at 12:22 a.m.  The Brewster Police are conducting an investigation of the incident.

Jan 22

Brewster FD 2015 Stats

Jan 22

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Wellfleet Structure Fire

 

On Thursday January 21 at approximately 3:55 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was requested to respond to Wellfleet to provide station coverage while Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and Truro firefighters worked to contain a structure fire located at 25 Hazel Street. Upon arrival the first due officer (Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf) found the exterior of a wood frame private residential structure involved in fire with extension into the interior of the home. As the fire units arrived to the non-hydranted area a water source using a tanker operation was established and attack lines were deployed to the exterior and interior of the building to extinguish the fire. The Incident Commander requested a working fire assignment for assistance bringing Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) and a Brewster engine and Heavy rescue to cover Wellfleet Headquarters. The fire was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes all units returned to Brewster at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Jan 15

Why you have less time to escape a house fire today than 30 years ago

Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today, you have only 3 or 4 minutes. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen conducts a dramatic demonstration that shows why, and how you should prepare.

Jan 15

Brewster Fire Department Receives Fire Safety Education Grants

The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded two FY 2016 Fire Safety Education grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first is a Student Awareness of Fire Education or (S.A.F.E) grant in the amount of $4,237.00 that will support costs associated with training and placing firefighters in classrooms to conduct fire safety education in grades Pre-K through 12 while funding other fire safety programs, initiatives, and member training throughout the year. The primary mission of the S.A.F.E. grant is to ensure our local students recognize the dangers of fire and acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to support a fire safe environment throughout their lifetime. Since its inception in 1995 the S.A.F.E. program has reduced the average annual child fire deaths in the Commonwealth by 72%.

The second grant is a Senior S.A.F.E. grant in the amount of $2,716.00. This funding will provide firefighters the ability to deliver fire and life safety education programs to older adults who are statistically proven to be the most at risk group to become involved in a fatal fire incident. Firefighters will use the opportunity to educate seniors as to the potential fire and life safety hazards they face on a daily basis through already established relationships with community based providers of senior support services such as the Council on Aging, senior housing complexes, and local nursing and assisted living facilities.

Fire Chief Robert Moran stated, “These grant awards will allow our professional staff an outstanding opportunity to provide complimentary high quality fire and life safety education to two of our community’s most significant population groups. We look forward to using these funds to continue our efforts to build accessible public relationships and improve the level of fire safety within our community. We thank State officials and the Fire Marshal for their sustained support of enhancing the level of fire and life safety within the Commonwealth”.

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