Brewster Fire/Rescue Community Safety Message “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

Brewster Fire/Rescue has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. This weekend we will move our clocks back one hour. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are in proper working order. This is a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and reduce the potential for fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage should a fire occur within your home.
Replace Aging Smoke Alarms
Replacing aging smoke detectors is required unless they have a 10-year sealed battery. Carbon monoxide detectors have a 5-7 year life expectancy depending on the manufacturer. Please take the time this weekend to check your detectors and either replace the batteries or the entire device as required by age.
Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire
Time is your enemy in a fire and working smoke alarms give you precious time t

Brewster Police Lieutenant retires, promotions announced

Brewster Fire/Rescue wishes Lt. George Bausch a well deserved, long, safe, and healthy retirement! Thank you for all you have done for our community!
We also would like to congratulate Lt. Mawn and Sergeant Mirisola on their respective promotions. We look forward to working with you!

Brewster firefighter/paramedic to receive heroism award

BREWSTER – Brewster Fire/Rescue is pleased to announce that FF/Paramedic Gretchen Riley will be receiving a heroism award on November 23 from the State of Massachusetts for her actions at a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Route 6 in the Town of Barnstable on March 17, 2021 (see below).

On Wednesday March 17 while returning to fire headquarters during a department detail Brewster Firefighter/Paramedic Gretchen Riley was one of the first individuals to arrive at the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer and private vehicle on Route 6 in the area of Exit 65.

Noticing the truck was on fire and the driver trapped in the cab, FF Riley removed a fire extinguisher from the department vehicle and extinguished a large area of the growing engine compartment fire. She then remained on scene and assisted another off-duty firefighter and members of the West Barnstable Fire Department in providing patient care and removal of the driver from the damaged cab.

Brewster Fire/Rescue congratulates FF/Paramedic Riley for the rapid and selfless display of life-saving actions and personal disregard for her own safety she exhibited during this serious emergency event.
Job well done! Congratulations Gretchen!

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Chimney Fire

On Monday November 1 at 3:45 p.m. Brewster firefighters responded to a Tubman Road address for a reported chimney fire with extension to the structure. On arrival Deputy Chief Kevin Varley reported smoke from the chimney and the surrounding roof area. Squad 241 arrived on scene and stretched a precautionary 1¾ attack line to the front door. Ladder 237 arrived on scene and placed ground and roof ladders on the dwelling to reach the chimney. Firefighters removed the wood burning in the fireplace and attempted to clear out the chimney and any obstructions using a chimney scrubber device. With fire still burning in the flue firefighters deployed a chimney snuffer to extinguish the fire. All floors of the dwelling and attic were checked for fire extension with thermal imaging cameras. No extension was found. The Orleans, Harwich, and Dennis Fire Departments provided automatic aid assistance at the incident. No injuries were reported.
Brewster Fire would like to remind our residents to have their chimney checked to ensure it is clean and in proper working order by a competent chimney cleaning company on an annual basis.

Fire Prevention Week

To celebrate Fire Prevention Week earlier this month Brewster Firefighters visited the Stony Brook and Eddy Schools and the Sweetwater Campground. During the fire safety education presentations the students learned about the sounds of smoke detectors, escape plans, crawling low in smoke, stop, drop, and roll, and other fire and life safety subjects. A good time was had by all! We would like to thank the school and Sweetwater staff members and Firefighters Smith, Morthland, Drumm, Johnson, and McHugh who made these presentation possible!


The Town of Brewster and Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank the members of the regional Community Emergency Response Team who assisted with the September Special Town Meeting and the Town’s Flu Clinic last week. Your work and dedication to ensure the safety and well being of the Brewster community is appreciated!

Pump & Aerial Training

Yesterday members of Group 1 took advantage of the beautiful weather to conduct pump and aerial ladder master stream device training. Brewster firefighters training to stay prepared! Strong work Group 1!

Brewster Firefighters Kept Busy During Severe Storms

During the severe storm system that moved through Brewster on Tuesday afternoon the fire department responded to multiple simultaneous medical and storm related requests for service including a structure fire on Greenland Pond Road and a shed fire on Scarborough Road (see photos). Brewster Fire would like to thank our mutual aid partners from Harwich, Orleans, and Dennis for assisting us during this busy response period.

Video report: Driver escapes injury in pickup vs pole in Brewster

BREWSTER – A pickup vs pole crash was reported in Brewster sometime after 2 PM Saturday. The crash happened at the intersection of Slough Road and Belmont Park Road. The driver of the Dodge Ram was able to get out of the vehicle and was evaluated at the scene. Eversource was called to replace the pole which was expected to keep Slough Road closed for several hours. 242 Eversource customers lost power due to the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation by Brewster Police.


Rollover crash on Route 124 in Harwich knocks out power


September 24, 2021

HARWICH – A vehicle reportedly struck a utility pole and rolled on its side in Harwich. The crash happened on Harwich Road (Route 124) by Prince Charles Drive. The operator was able to get out of the car and was evaluated by Brewster Firefighters who were initially dispatched. Eversource was called due to a live wire down in the street causing 279 customers in the area to lose power. Harwich Police are investigating the cause of the collision.