Oct 26

Brewster Fire Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips

More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating

▪ Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.
▪ Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
▪ Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources and lit candles.
▪ Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
▪ Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
▪ If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
▪ Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks; costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
▪ Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew.
▪ Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners as more children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day.

For more information on Halloween Safety, contact the Department of Fire Services website at www.mass.gov/dfs, click on Halloween Safety, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.

Oct 12

Sparky on the Street – Smoke alarm testing

Sparky on the Street interviews people about their smoke alarm smarts. What do you know?

Oct 12

Smoke Alarm PSA

Watch our PSA on replacing aging smoke alarms. Most people don’t realize that smoke alarms need be replaced after ten years. They don’t last forever

Oct 06

Brewster Fire Department Supports 2016 Fire Prevention Week

picture1“Don’t Wait; Check the Date”

“Replace Smoke Detectors Every Ten Years”


Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait; Check the Date” Replace Your Smoke Detectors Every Ten Years”.

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Brewster Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 10-15, to remind local and regional residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home, testing them monthly, and replacing them every ten years.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” says Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert occupants to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • If possible, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.


To learn more about Fire Prevention Week and smoke detector usage contact the Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 or visit our website at brewsterfire.com.


Sep 13

“May We Never Forget”

On Sunday September 11, 2016 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.

Brewster 9/11 Commemoration 2016 from Town of Brewster, MA on Vimeo.

Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Orleans Fire Department, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders. Reverend William Kaliyadan of Our Lady of the Cape Church provided the invocation for the service while Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geof Deering and Board of Selectmen Chairman John Dickson read passages of reflection and prayer. The keynote speaker was Honorary FDNY Battalion Chief and nationally recognized fire service author and instructor Jack Murphy who spoke on his involvement in both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Superb renditions of the National Anthem, On Eagles Wings,and God Bless America were sung by the Brewster Baptist Church Chorus. Roger Gamache 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, Brewster Fire/Rescue Association for their financial support, Brewster Department of Public Works, and Michael Fitzgerald for his support.


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 06

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Storm Damage

n Monday September 5 at 1:53 p.m. Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau responded to a reported tree into a residence with structural damage at 66 Gould Road. On arrival units found a large branch from a storm damaged tree had fallen and penetrated the roof and interior ceiling of the home. The Captain immediately requested additional assistance to the scene and to cover headquarters in the event of additional responses. Crews quickly secured the utilities, cut and removed the large section of tree from the home, and covered the opening to reduce any further water damage. Car 231 (Chief Moran), the Towns Emergency Management Director also responded to the scene and assisted the homeowner with locating a restoration company to provide an immediate temporary repair to the damaged roof.

Sep 02

Emergency Preparedness Month

Governor Baker Proclaims September

‘Emergency Preparedness Month’

Individuals & Families Urged to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In an effort to enhance awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September to be ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’ in the Commonwealth. Working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will promote public preparedness and safety throughout the month. These efforts are in conjunction with a nationwide effort to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies at home, work and school.


“During the month of September, individuals and families are urged to better prepare themselves and their communities for disasters and other types of emergencies.  Before the next disaster strikes, learn how to receive emergency alerts and critical information, take time to build emergency plans and kits, and get involved in community efforts to build resilience,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.“Preparedness reduces casualties, property damage and the economic impact of disasters, and speeds up recovery.”


To help the public better prepare themselves and their families, MEMA will promote four preparedness messages during Emergency Preparedness Month: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop a Plan, 3) Build a Kit, and 4) Get Involved. Throughout the month, MEMA will encourage all residents of the Commonwealth to: learn the hazards and risks that may affect their communities; find out how to receive emergency warnings and critical information from local and state emergency managers and public safety officials; prepare comprehensive family emergency plans; build emergency kits that are stocked with supplies that will help sustain individuals and families during disasters; and become involved in community efforts to build resilience.


Governor Baker’s Proclamation states, “Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every resident of the Commonwealth, and families and individuals are urged to make preparedness a priority…” All residents of the Commonwealth are encouraged to participate in citizen preparedness activities and to enhance preparedness by using the  resources at http://www.mass.gov/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 Hurricane Preparedness, go tohttp://www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at 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 Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

Sep 02

15th Year Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks



Press Release


For Immediate Distribution:


15th Year Anniversary of the September 11Terrorist Attacks




The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Sunday September 11 beginning at 1:00 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 William Kaliyadan of Our Lady of The Cape Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans 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. The guest speaker will be FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief and national fire service icon John “Jack” Murphy.


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




“May We Never Forget”



Aug 19

Brewster Fire Department Receives $284,000 Federal Firefighter Staffing Grant


On Friday August 19 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified the Brewster Fire Department that they have been awarded $284,000 in Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) funding to hire two additional career firefighter/paramedics.


The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) were created by the Federal government to provide direct funding to career, combination, and volunteer fire departments to assist them in increasing, maintaining, and/or recruiting the requisite number of front-line firefighters required to safely and effectively deliver all hazard emergency response services to their respective communities and meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing standards.


Fire Chief Robert Moran stated “our organization is extremely pleased to have been awarded these funds through such a competitive national grant process and for the support of our application we received from the Board of Selectmen. While we continue to employ a combination type fire department that currently fits the needs of the community the steady influx of new housing, nursing and assisted living facilities, medical facilities, and an aging population does significantly strain our ability to deliver effective all hazard response services on a daily basis. If approved, the hiring of these new firefighter/paramedics will significantly enhance our response capabilities and provide a great benefit to the entire community”.


The grant program is designed to fund the salaries and benefits for two new firefighter/paramedics for a two-year period beginning in January of 2017. There is no match required from the Town. The grant guidelines allow the Board of Selectmen 30 days to approve or reject the funding.


This grant is the second award received by the Brewster Fire Department during the 2015 program period. Last month the department accepted a $370,000 award for new portable and mobile radios that was funded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Together the two awards total $655,000 in project funding that will provide direct relief to Brewster taxpayers and the Towns future operating and capital budgets.

Aug 14

Brew Run Proceeds to Support the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association

On Saturday August 13 the 38th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster.  Over 1600 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. The profits from the race will be 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 Association uses the proceeds 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 event Race Director Thomas Meagher presented Brewster residents Ralph and Rose Ingegneri with a plaque for their dedicated work on several 9/11 and Boston Marathon bombing projects and for their devoted commitment to the Brewster community and it’s residents. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race, race supporters, and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.

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