On Sunday March 20 at 4:32 p.m. Brewster firefighters were dispatched to a fully involved dumpster fire behind Luke’s Liquors on Lower Road. On arrival Engine 239 under the direction of Acting Captain Dan Kimball and Car 231 (Chief Moran) found a well involved trash dumpster in the rear of the complex. Using tank water as their supply firefighters stretched an 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the fire while others worked using pike poles to overhaul and move the trash inside to ensure the deep seated fire was fully extinguished.
Regardless of their size dumpster fires can be extremely dangerous for firefighters. Many times unknown materials such as flammable and combustible liquids, small propane cylinders, furniture, and many other dangerous hazardous materials that can adversely impact the health and safety of firefighters can be found illegally discarded.
Due to the potential dangers associated with these responses it is important that firefighters use full personal protective equipment including self- contained breathing apparatus while operating in or around the fire as can be seen in the attached photos.