Jul 21

Brewster and Orleans Fire Departments Participate in “Playing Above the Influence” Event

On Saturday July 18 the Brewster and Orleans Fire Departments participated in the Cape Cod Baseball League and Gosnold on Cape Cod’s “Playing Above the Influence event at Eldredge Park in Orleans.
During the well-attended event Gosnold, who is the leading provider of addiction and mental health services on Cape Cod, presented former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren as the special guest speaker. After completing intensive rehabilitation programs, Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since 2008, and speaks to groups throughout the nation about his battle with drug abuse and how he is overcoming it.
During the program the Brewster Fire Department proudly displayed their oversized American Flag from Ladder 237 and the Orleans Fire Department provided a slip-n-slide for all those willing to cool off from the afternoon heat. Other public safety organizations present included the Orleans, Brewster and Wellfleet police departments and a representative from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Whitecaps. Gosnold, and the Cape Cod Baseball League or providing us the opportunity to participate in this great community event!

Jul 10

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Conservation Day


On Saturday July 8 the Brewster Fire Department participated in the Towns annual Conservation Day.  During the event many Town Departments, Committees, and outside agencies set up displays, distributed literature, and conducted demonstrations related to their organizations ongoing conservation efforts while providing quality information on the vital roles their respective groups play in enhancing our community’s daily life environment.  


During the program the department’s large American flag was proudly displayed from Ladder 237 while members distributed fire prevention literature, coloring books, helmets, water bottles, and Frisbees to the attendees. The fire department would like to thank the Natural Resources Department for sponsoring another great Conservation Day and for giving us the opportunity to participate!



Jul 03

Grilling Safety

Many people enjoy barbecuing in the summer months. But when grills are not used safely, things can go horribly wrong. Between 2011 and 2015 Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries, and $3.5 million in property damage. For safe grilling, always follow your owner’s manual and practice the safety tips provided here. 

Safety First 

Always grill outdoors.

Grills cannot be used on a porch, balcony or deck with a roof, overhang or wall (other than the exterior of the building).

Grills can only be used on open first floor porches, decks or patios if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or the porch is at ground level.

Grills must be 10-feet from the side of a building unless the manufacturer’s instructions say it can be closer. Make sure grills are not underneath overhanging branches.

Grills cannot be used on fire escapes.

Place grills away from the house and deck railings.

Keep all matches, lighters and lighter fluid away from children.

Keep children and pets three feet away from grills. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.

Gas Grill Safety 

Gas grills are safe and convenient when they are assembled and used properly. Gas grills are fueled by liquid propane which is pressurized and requires special handling and storage. Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Safe Cooking 

Make sure that the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.

If you smell gas while cooking, turn off and get away from the grill. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.

Always turn off the burners and close the propane cylinder when done cooking.

Never leave a burning grill unattended.

connections are tight before turning on the gas.

• Leaks can be detected by dabbing the connections with a solution of soapy water and turning on the gas momentarily. If bubbles occur, there is a leak that must be fixed before the grill is used. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.

• Check the tubes to the burners for blockages resulting from insect nests or from grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockages.

• Clean the grease trap every time you grill.

• Take tanks and grills that need repair to a propane dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

• Replace propane cylinders that are old, rusty, or showing any other signs of disrepair.

Charcoal Grills

Propane is the most common grilling fuel, but many people use charcoal grills. Here are some charcoal grill safety tips:

Use only charcoal starter fluid. Gasoline and kerosene should not be used to start a fire in a grill. Never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals. Doing so may cause a flash fire and result in serious burn injuries.

Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Never use charcoal grills indoors.

For proper disposal of grill ashes, allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal.

If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Grilling-safety fact sheet 2017

Jul 03

Brewster Fire Welcomes New Call Firefighters

On June 28, 2017 the Brewster Fire Department added Call FF/EMT’s James Sandino, Colleen Phelan, Louis Carlo, and Andrew Ottino to the department roster. The new Call members were added after completing four nights of emergency medical service training designed to acclimate the group to department equipment, policies, and procedures. Our organization is excited to introduce these new employees to our staff in time for the busy summer season and we also wish them much success in their new positions!

Jul 03

Pump School Graduates

Call FF/EMT Dean Smith, Call FF/Paramedic Carrie McEnaney, and Call FF/EMT Richard Bunker have successfully completed an intense 8 week engine company pump operations course that included classroom and hands-on practical evolutions ranging from the basic construction and operation of fire apparatus pumps to water supply practices, master stream and attack line operations, drafting procedures, and large diameter hose evolutions. FF/EMT Will Romme guided the group as the lead instructor during the in-house training program.


Congratulations to these members for their commitment to completing this training program and becoming certified to drive and operate the various apparatus within our inventory.

Jul 03

Brewster Office of Emergency Management Hosts Table Top Exercise

On June 29, 2017 the Brewster Office of Emergency Management hosted our fifth annual table top exercise at the Captain’s Golf Course Pavilion.  Attendees included members of our Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and a select group of emergency response partners including surrounding Town Health Agencies, School nursing staff members, MEMA, Visiting Nurses Association, Barnstable County Incident Management Team (IMT), and Barnstable County Emergency Management.


The exercise, which was developed by the Brewster Health Department in cooperation with staff members of the Horsley-Witten Group involved the local and regional response to a norovirus outbreak originating in the Town of Brewster. During the program each of the participants outlined their organizations individual response capabilities and available resources which allowed the group to develop a proactive robust strategic plan that could be employed should an event of this nature occur.


The Office of Emergency Management would like to thank all of the individuals and groups who participated in the table top exercise and the Horsley-Witten Group for developing the scenario and moderating this exciting training program.


Jul 03

Fire Officials Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

“Already this year people have lost fingers lighting off illegal fireworks in Massachusetts,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Have a fun but safe Fourth of July and leave the fireworks to the professionals,” he added.

4th of July No Holiday for Firefighters

Easthampton Fire Chief David A. Mottor, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massa-chusetts, said, “The Fourth of July holiday is a busy time for firefighters. We are supervising the professional displays so that they are conducted properly and safely for the viewing public; we’re busy responding to all types of fires and medical emergencies. In fact, the week of July 4 is one of the busiest times of the year for fires.”

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This year, set a good example for your children. Just as children know where you keep the matches and lighters, they know where you stash your illegal fireworks.” He added, “Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very dangerous fireworks are.” Fifty-one percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in the last 10 years (2007-2016) were to children under age 18. More than a quarter of the victims, (28%), were children under age 10.


Jun 14

Valuable Fire Safety Tips from the Brewster Fire Department

Practice Fire Safety!


The Brewster Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau hopes everyone is having a safe and happy summer!  During this busy time, we would like to remind all residents and visitors of some important fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:


  1. Watch your cooking—Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.  If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.


  1. Smoke outside—Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.


  1. Keep matches and lighters out of reach—Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.


  1. Inspect electrical cords—Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections. Do not place extension cords under rugs or doorways and use only Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved cords of the appropriate size.


  1. Be extremely careful when using candles—Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.


  1. Have a home fire escape plan—Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family at least twice a year.


  1. Install & maintain smoke alarms—Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside all sleeping areas. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!



  1. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors-carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas known as the “Silent Killer” It is invisible when present in your home. To prevent carbon monoxide emergencies install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!


  1. Test smoke alarms—Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

Click here for the Summer Safety Tips Brochure

**visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.

Jun 14

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Car Versus Building

On Tuesday June 13 at 10:07 a.m. a female driver in a Hyundai sedan slammed into an exterior wall of the Dunkin Donuts located at 9 Lower Road causing damage to the wall and ejecting a patron seated inside onto the floor. The male victim who contacted several pieces of furniture and the concrete floor after being impacted by sections of the wall was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt. A Brewster building inspector was called to the scene to evaluate the structural damage to the building and a representative of the Brewster Health department also responded. Due to health related concerns caused by the opening in the wall the Health Department inspector closed the business until temporary repairs could be made.

Jun 08

Brewster Fire Department Issues Warning on Potential Fund Raising Scam

The Brewster Fire Department would like to pass along information obtained from the Barnstable Police and the Hyannis Fire Department regarding an unknown entity allegedly soliciting funds on behalf of local fire departments.

Barnstable Police have received information that a group named the Fire Charity Group is making calls in the area claiming to be collecting money on the behalf of local Fire Departments. Please be advised this group IS NOT collecting funds on behalf of, or by the request of the Brewster Fire Department or any other fire department in Barnstable County. A Centerville resident received a call from a person named Glenn representing the group. The telephone number used to make the call was 781-484-2558.

If you receive any solicitation request from this group please contact the Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 who will make direct contact with the Brewster Police for a follow up investigation.

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