Second Nor’easter Challenges Brewster Fire/Rescue

During the second major storm event to impact our community on March 13 and 14 the Brewster Fire/Rescue department responded to over 100 fire and EMS related incidents in a 36 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, tree removals, medical incidents, and a number of activated fire and carbon monoxide alarms.

At one point during the storm 93% of the community was without power including Town Hall, Police Headquarters, and the fire department. The heavy wet snow and high winds caused numerous trees to be uprooted and limbs severed resulting in a number of downed primary power lines and long term power outages across our Town and the region. Town Beach landings sustained additional moderate damage from the high winds and heavy surf during high tide cycles.

During the storm DPW, Water, and Natural Resource personnel worked efficiently to ensure roads were kept clear of the 8” of snow that fell while the fire and police departments responded to numerous service requests for a variety of emergencies and hazardous conditions.

During the two day period Brewster Fire Headquarters was used as a coordination, staging, and rehabilitation area providing food and rest for the employees working around the clock to ensure the safety of our residents.

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.