On Friday April 15, 2016 at approximately 4:50 p.m. Brewster firefighters were dispatched to a dumpster fire located in the driveway of 38 Captain Baker Road. On arrival Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell and Car 231found a well involved trash dumpster in close proximity to the residence. Firefighters quickly stretched an 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the fire and prevent it from extending to the home.
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.