Brewster Fire/Rescue has been awarded two Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in the amount of $236,799.00. The first grant is a Fire Prevention grant in the amount of $37,275.00 that will allow the department to purchase a mobile fire safety education trailer to be used to support and improve our efforts to bring dynamic and valuable fire and life safety education training to local and regional schools, assisted living facilities, the local Council-on-Aging, senior housing complexes, and various community events throughout the year. It will also be used to sustain our new innovative “Visit the Neighborhoods” fire and life safety program that we will launch in 2019. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Herrmann who is one of our certified educators assisted in developing and writing this grant application.
The second award in the amount of $199,524.00 is an Operations and Safety grant that will allow the department to purchase and equip our three ambulances with new stretchers and power loading devices (see photo). On average our personnel respond to over 2200 annual emergency medical runs resulting in approximately 1700 transports. During these transports stretchers are lifted and lowered an average of seven times producing 11,900 events of this type during which our firefighters can be exposed to potential career ending injuries. Once purchased and installed the state-of-the-art power stretchers and loading devices will significantly reduce the potential for staff injuries and notably improve patient safety while strengthening the level of emergency medical services we provide the community.
Since 2010 the Brewster Fire Department has received approximately 1.2 million dollars in highly competitive FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants to fund the purchase of equipment including portable and mobile radios, pagers, personal protective equipment, firefighter safety equipment, stretchers, and stretcher loading devices. A portion of these monies also funded the wages and benefits for two new firefighter/paramedics for a two year period. The Brewster Fire Department pledges to continue our proactive efforts to search for and find innovative grant programs and opportunities designed to reduce the level of financial responsibility placed on our local residents and property owners by our organization.