Brewster career firefighters are responsible to spend at least two hours of their 24 hour shift conducting fire and/or ems based training. The pictures below show members of Group 4 conducting daily training on forcible entry techniques using our door prop that was donated to the department by a local family.
These daily sessions are guided by the departments adopted career firefighter training program which was designed to ensure each firefighter maintains proficient skill sets in the delivery of fire and EMS services.
The training schedule is divided into monthly components that include diverse subject matter specific to the job of a firefighter/paramedic/EMT. These topics are guided by annual fire and EMS training requirements set by the State of Massachusetts, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Insurance Service Office (ISO). In addition, during each three month period each shift is expected to conduct some type of training with our surrounding mutual aid fire departments. Here is an example of the schedule.
Haz Mat/Weapons of Mass Destruction refresher
Decon trailer refresher
Haz Mat response (Brewster Fire Department/Barnstable County SOG’s)
Annual SCBA refresher/SCBA refill station refresher
Mask confidence course
Building construction review and discussion
Ice rescue operations
Review Brewster Fire Department SOG’s
Due to weather restrictions and daily emergency incident responses the Group Captains have the ability to revise the training schedule to fit the needs of their individual groups.
In addition to the daily training by career members the department also conducts two evening fire training sessions and one evening EMS based session that allows our Call department members the opportunity to maintain their proficiency and certifications while training with our career staff. This monthly training schedule also includes separate mandatory topics that that are guided by State and National standards. Here is an example.
Month Year Subject
September 2014 Advancing Attack Lines/Foam
October 2014 Vehicle Extrication/Stab/Air Bags
November 2014 Forcible Entry
December 2014 Ice Rescue
January 2015 SCBA Refresher
February 2015 Ropes/Knots/Rope Guided Search
Your Brewster firefighters and emergency medical personnel remain dedicated to conducting the training required to ensure we maintain the proficiencies that allow us to deliver outstanding, professional services to our residents.