May 26

Brewster Fire Department Participates in DUI Crash Re-enactment  

On Tuesday May 24, the Brewster Fire Department participated in Nauset Regional High Schools annual DUI Awareness Day. The program included a real time re-enactment of a head on motor vehicle crash that results in multiple severe traumatic injuries, a fatality, and the DUI arrest of one of the vehicles drivers. Members of the senior class participated as victims and drivers of the vehicles.

National statistics provide evidence that teenage drunk driving accidents spike during prom season. With that said, the annual re-enactment is designed to provide the senior class with a better understanding of the consequences that may occur when driving while distracted by texting or while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs prior to their prom night with the ultimate goal being the delivery of an impactful safety message that will remain with the students during their entire lifetime.

Public Safety agencies participating in the exercise included the Eastham Fire and Police Departments, Orleans Fire Department, Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments, and the Brewster Fire Department. All involved departments wish the graduating senior class a safe summer season and successful future careers!


Video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

May 24

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Lower Cape Outreach Council Food Drive

 

On Saturday May 21 the Brewster Fire Department assisted students from Nauset Regional High School collect food for the food pantry at Lower Cape Outreach Council.  Brewster firefighters Scott Romer and Carrie Luhmann staffed one of the department’s ambulances at the event that was held outside of the Stop & Shop in Orleans. During the day the firefighters also took advantage of the opportunity to interact with and discuss fire safety education information with the general public including the distribution of life safety literature and “red” fire helmets to shoppers of all ages.

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May 24

Brewster Call Firefighters Graduate from Barnstable County Fire Academy

 

The Brewster Fire Department is proud to announce that on Saturday May 21, four new Call firefighter/EMT’s graduated from the Barnstable County Fire Academy in front of family, friends, and Fire Chiefs from across Cape Cod. These dedicated individuals started their initial training in January spending two nights a week and every Saturday at the academy which culminated in receiving their Barnstable County FF I/II certification.

 

Our organization wishes to congratulate these newly certified firefighters for the devotion and commitment they displayed while completing this physically demanding certification program. We look forward to them joining our ranks in the near futur
.  The graduates include:

  • Dean Smith
  • Molly Mullaney
  • Richard Bunker
  • Daniel SanGiovanni014

 

 

 

May 20

Brewster Firefighters Attend Live Burn Training

On Tuesday May 17, members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live fire training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. During this rapid paced and dynamic training session Fire Academy instructors placed the firefighters in a variety of challenging live burn scenarios designed to simulate typical structure fire responses common to the Brewster Fire Department.

Throughout the evening department members carried out a number of fireground scenarios that tested their operational skills and techniques in areas such as fire attack, ventilation, search & rescue, forcible entry, incident command, and use of the thermal imaging camera.  This hands-on live fire training is a valuable asset to developing and maintaining a firefighter’s ability to operate safely and effectively at structure fire related incidents. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy for their dedicated and expert guidance during this outstanding training event.

May 19

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Harwich

On Tuesday May 17 at approximately 4:15 pm. the Brewster Fire Department was requested to provide station coverage for the Harwich Fire Department while they battled a fast-moving brush fire in the Bells Neck Conservation area. Engine 239 under the command of Captain Christopher Flavell responded to Harwich fire headquarters where they remained until the fire was fully extinguished and Harwich units placed back in service. The engine returned to service in Brewster at approximately 5:15 p.m.brushharwich5-2016-1

 

 

May 19

Brewster Firefighters Participate in Mass Casualty Incident Drill

On Saturday May 14 fire departments from across Cape Cod including members of the Brewster Fire Department participated in a mass casualty incident (MCI) drill in the Town of Barnstable. The drill was designed to establish a learning environment for local public safety officials to test emergency response plans, policies, and procedures as they pertain to a mass casualty event on a passenger rail train. To ensure an effective exercise, subject matter experts and representatives from numerous agencies participated in the planning process, responded to the emergency and conducted an after-action review.

 

The exercise scenario included the derailment of a passenger rail train causing significant passenger injuries and entrapment. Approximately 80 volunteers from the community performed the role of passengers on the train. Firefighters conducted both fire and EMS related tasks during the drill including triage, treatment, and transportation of victims, extrication and removal of patients from the train, forcible entry and technical rescue tactics, and fire suppression operations. Brewster Heavy Rescue 241 under the direction of Acting Captain Dan Kimball responded to and operated at the event.

Photographs  by CapeCod.com’s photographer Kaitrin.

 

May 19

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Dennis Structure Fire

On Saturday May 14 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Brewster Ladder 237 responded as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) to a structure fire located at 51 Paddock Path in the Town of Dennis. On arrival Dennis firefighters reported a well involved second floor fire in a cottage type building located 1500 feet from the main roadway and closest fire hydrant. Personnel immediately began attacking the fire with water carried on the engine while other units established a primary water supply. The main body of fire was knocked down quickly by Dennis firefighters. Brewster units returned to quarters at approximately 4:14 p.m.

51 Paddocks side view

Photos and video by Kevin Morley/CWN

May 11

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week 

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments.

The fire service has a rich history of protecting the health and safety of our communities through an ‘all hazards’ response model that includes the delivery of pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care. Fire Service-Based EMS providers are trained, equipped and positioned to provide their communities with timely emergency medical care, and more recently, Integrated Community Health Care (ICHC) services as well. Firefighter/EMTs and paramedics respond quickly, professionally, skillfully, and compassionately in communities across the United States …and they do it every day…24/7.

National EMS Week is a time to pause and say “thank you” to the entire EMS Community, especially firefighter/EMTs and paramedics who as our nation’s first line “all hazards” response personnel keep our communities safe on a daily basis.

 

May 09

Brewster Fire Department Participates in Nauset Youth Alliance Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

 

On Saturday May 7 the Brewster Fire Department participated in Nauset Youth Alliance’s Annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser at Drummer Boy Park. Ladder 237 with firefighters Chad Foakes, Michael Gerlach, and William Kraul provided tours of the ladder truck and distributed Fire Safety education literature and fire helmets during the event. To culminate the days event FF Kraul expertly guided Firefighter Michael Gerlach into position on the aerial ladder to drop the bucket of golf balls for the Alliance’s annual closest to the pin Golf Ball drop fundraiser.  A great day was had by all!

May 09

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision

On Sunday May 8 at 1:14 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Millstone Road and Long Pond Road. On arrival Car 231 (Chief Moran) reported a two car collision with heavy front end damage and air bag deployment. The four occupants of both vehicles had self-extricated prior to his arrival. Ambulance 243 and Heavy Rescue 241 arrived on scene and immediately initiated patient assessment protocols while at the same time securing the vehicles electrical systems and applying absorbents to a minor fluid leak.

 

Based on the assessment of the injuries three patients were found to require transport to Cape Cod Hospital. Due to ongoing multiple calls and Brewster units being tied up at the Brewster-in-Bloom parade the Harwich Fire Department was requested to the scene with an ambulance to assist with patient transport. Heavy Rescue 241 remained at the scene with Car 231 until the vehicles were removed by the tow service. All units cleared at approximately 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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