Brewster firefighters provide expert EMS and fire services to the community on a daily basis. While traveling Town roads residents and visitors to the community frequently observe our ambulances and fire apparatus moving through their neighborhoods while responding to these requests. To give you an idea of a typical day in the life of our firefighters let’s focus on the Group 1 (24) hour shift on Saturday July 14.
The first response of the day for a priority two (non-life threatening) emergency medical run was dispatched at 7:33 a.m. This was quickly followed by several additional fire and emergency medical service runs including a mutual aid ambulance request to Harwich and an activated fire alarm at the DPW facility.
From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. members of the department proudly displayed the United States flag and provided free fire prevention literature and souvenirs to numerous attendees at the annual Conservation day event at Drummer Boy Park.
Between 2:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. firefighters responded to several additional medicaland fire incidents including an additional mutual aid request for an ambulance from the Harwich Fire Department. At 9:17 p.m. the department responded to a brush fire located approximately 25’ from a home on Weathervane Way. This fire was caused by an illegal fireworks display. At 2:52 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Whiffletree Road. On arrival units found a fully involved car in the driveway of a residence. The fire was quickly extinguished before any extension to adjacent vehicles or the home could occur. The fire was deemed suspicious and is under investigation by the Brewster Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
While standing by at the scene of the car fire the department received a request to respond to the Town of Eastham with an engine to cover their community while they battled a house fire on Seaway Road. Units returned to Brewster at 6:30 a.m. The last run of the 24 hour shift was for a Code 99 cardiac arrest on Robbins Hill Road which was dispatched at 7:14 a.m.
During this 24 hour period Brewster firefighters responded to 13 incidents which isabove our normal daily average. Every 24 hour shift is unique in that our staff members never know what they will be confronted with when they arrive at work and change into their station uniform or respond from their residence to answer your call for assistance.The diversity of responses that occur on a daily basis requires our staff to be expertly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled in the delivery of both fire and EMS services. Our members stand prepared to answer these challenges and provide skilled public safety services to our community in a responsible and proficient manner.