Operations

The Brewster Fire & Rescue Department is a municipal service providing fire protection, emergency medical care and other emergency services for the Town of Brewster. We provide a host of non-emergency services as well, including fire prevention and education and a full range of inspection and permitting services. The department operates out of a headquarters station located on Main Street and also maintains a small unstaffed sub-station at the entrance to Nickerson State Park. The headquarters station is staffed around the clock with between two and five firefighter/EMTs. Most of our career firefighters are paramedics, certified to provide advanced life support care. The department utilizes thirteen assorted pieces of apparatus and vehicles to accomplish it’s mission and has an ISO rating of 4. The department consists of a full-time fire chief, on-call deputy chief, a full-time administrative assistant, 12 full-time career firefighters, approximately 30 paid on-call firefighters and EMTs. Emergency dispatch functions for the fire department are handled by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The BCSO Communication Center is the 9-1-1 PSAP for the Town of Brewster, and also dispatches all fire and rescue calls for the department.

Apparatus

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Training Division

The Brewster Fire & Rescue Department is committed to providing its members with the most current fire, ems rescue, technical rescue, and emergency operations training available to our profession. Our belief is that effective training programs and mandated certification is the foundation of delivering expert, professional, and efficient services to the residents of our community. …

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Station Manning

The department has one manned fire station staffed 24 hours a day. Daily shift strength varies between day and night tours and also seasonally. At night (6PM-8AM) three firefighter/EMT-Ps are assigned on duty and during the day tour (8AM-6PM) there are five firefighters on duty from June 1 to October 1 and four from October …

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Calling the Fire Department

When reporting an emergency, always dial 9-1-1. Tell the dispatcher where you are and what the emergency is. Be specific. Not knowing your address makes it harder for the fire department to get help to you promptly. Don’t say, “I’m in Brewster at the state park.” Instead, tell the dispatcher, “I’m in Nickerson State Park …

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Response Chart

EMS RESPONSE VEHICLE RESPONSE DAYTIME 0800-1800 NIGHTS 1800-0800 STATION NOT PROPERLY STAFFED MEDICAL ALARM ACTIVATION AMBULANCE STILL STILL FULL DEPARTMENT MUTUAL AID AMBULANCE AMBULANCE STILL RES SQ FULL DEPARTMENT MVC WITH PI AMBULANCE, HR241 FULL DEPT & LINE BOX (IF NECESSARY) ENG CO & RES SQ & LINE BOX (IF NECESSARY) FULL DEPT & LINE …

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Communications

Communications  (Talkgroup ID 37328 & 453.55 MHz 114.8 PL tone, FCC callsign WPWJ582) The fire department’s daily operations are on an 800 MHz SmartZone II statewide trunked radio system with a local UHF system serving as a backup. Brewster Fire, along with all other fire departments in Barnstable County, migrated from a VHF low band …

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Safety Officer

This position helps the Brewster Fire Department to be in compliance with various state and federal laws and standards governing the activities of Massachusetts fire departments. The Captain assigned this position is on call for all emergency incidents requiring the recall of Brewster personnel. He responds directly to fire and emergency incidents and upon arrival …

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Members Section

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