Mar 07

Winter Storm Challenges Brewster Fire/Rescue

During this past weekend’s major storm event members of the Brewster Fire/Rescue department responded to over 105 incidents in a 48 hour period. This number of responses is equivalent to an average two week period.

These incidents included downed trees and primary power lines, flooded basements, trees into moving vehicles, medical incidents, activated fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and a mutual aid response to a structure fire in Dennis.

At one point during the storm 5,600 residents in the community were without power including the transfer station and the fire department. Town Beach landings sustained major damage and Route 6A (Main Street) was closed during the storms three high tide cycles. Brewster DPW, Fire, Police, Water, and Natural Resource employees worked cooperatively throughout the event to ensure roads were kept clear and residents safe from the numerous hazardous conditions caused by the driving rain and hurricane force winds.

During the event Brewster Fire Headquarters was used as a coordination, staging, and rehabilitation area for the numerous employees and equipment that assigned to safeguard the community during the storm.

The members of the Brewster Fire Department and all town employees working during this event should be commended for once again succeeding in meeting the challenges of providing safe and effective emergency services during yet another crippling winter storm.