Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire


On Saturday September 5 at 1:30 p.m. Ladder 237, Ambulance 243 (coverage), Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Engine 234 responded to Daniels Recycling Center in Orleans on a second alarm structure fire response. On arrival Orleans Chief Pike reported heavy smoke showing from a 100’ x 100’ one story non-combustible recycling center building with activation of the automatic sprinkler system. Based on the size of the building and the unknown location of the fire Chief Pike requested a working fire assignment bringing additional mutual aid units to the scene and to cover Orleans headquarters. First arriving crews immediately stretched attack lines into the structure where they located a large pile of recycled mattresses burning. Orleans Deputy Chief Geof Deering arrived on scene and assumed command of the fire and after an initial review of the incident requested a second alarm for additional manpower to the scene.


On arrival Brewster Ladder 237 was assigned to side “B” of the building and prepared their aerial for use. The ladder crew also assisted opening up the rear side “C” of the building and stretching a 2 ½” attack line into the interior. The Engine 234 crew arrived on the second alarm and was assigned to assist the ladder crew with their operation and back up interior fire suppression crews on side “A” of the fire building. Additional mutual aid engine companies from Harwich, Dennis, and Eastham Fire Departments arrived on scene and were assigned various fireground tasks including the stretching of back-up attack lines, RIT, ventilating the building, checking for fire extension, and relief of interior crews. Due to the fire burning deeply within the pile of mattresses personnel from the recycling center were tasked with the difficult job of using backhoes and other large equipment to remove the burning pile from the building and place it on the exterior for final extinguishment.  During the fire a Yarmouth engine company and ambulance provided coverage to Brewster. The fire was placed under control by command at approximately 2:40 p.m. and all Brewster units were returned to service at 3:45 p.m.