The Brewster Fire Department began pre-storm preparations on Thursday February 8 by conducting visits at facilities within the Town including nursing homes, food establishments, gas stations, and other locations identified as critical infrastructure within the community. The Office of Emergency Management held a meeting on Friday February 9 with various Town departments including Fire, Police, DPW, Water, Administration, Maintenance, and Natural Resources. At this meeting the group reviewed the town emergency management plan, discussed staffing issues, resource capabilities, and developed an action plan for storm operations.
Beginning on Friday at 6:00 p.m. the fire department brought in additional staff to supplement on duty firefighters. These staffing levels remained in place until Monday at 6:00 p.m. During this period the fire department responded to over 200 requests for service ranging from downed power lines and trees, medical emergencies, fire alarms, well-being checks, flooded basements, electric and gas emergencies, and requests for mutual aid fire and ems resources.
In addition, a rehabilitation center for Town employees was established at fire headquarters. At the center personnel were provided with a secure area to rest, shower, and obtain a hot meal during the entire 72 hour storm period.
The Towns Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was opened on Saturday morning to assist in transporting Brewster residents with no electric and/or heat to the local warming center which was established at the Eddy School and then to a regional shelter staffed by the Red Cross at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. The EOC also assisted in coordinating other resource and service requests from Town departments and residents through Saturday night. A total of 55 Brewster residents were transported to the regional shelter during the height of the storm and then returned to their residences Sunday and Monday as power was restored throughout the community.
The members of the Brewster Fire Department who responded to and worked efficiently and professionally through dangerous conditions during the storm would like to acknowledge our residents for the perseverance, resilience, and spirit they displayed during this highly stressful, long term emergency event and remind you that we remain always at your service.