On Sunday June 10 at 5:30 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported water rescue in Cape Cod Bay off of Saint’s Landing. Two individuals called 911 to report that they had become stranded in neck deep water while fishing off of the landing and needed assistance returning to shore. On the reported water rescue a full department tone was initiated and Car 231 (Chief Moran), Ambulance 243, Squad 241, and Car 230 with the Zodiac rescue boat responded to the adjacent Mant’s Landing to launch the rescue boat. Members rapidly moved the boat over the beach and reached the two individuals who by this time had removed themselves from danger to a safer area. Upon reaching the two men the rescue boat reported both denied needing any assistance and that they would continue walking to shore on their own.
Upon reaching shore with the rescue boat the fire department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision with a car into a tree at the intersection of Slough Road and Derby Lane. Ambulance 243 immediately responded to the MVC while the other members moved the boat off the beach and onto the trailer. On arrival the Ambulance reported a single car into a tree with one occupant still inside the vehicle. Chief Moran and Squad 241 arrived on scene and personnel were assigned to safety the vehicle and check for any fluid leaks. The patient was removed and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the scene was turned over to the Brewster Police who are conducting an investigation of the incident. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 7:00 p.m.
The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the middle stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. While the interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure familiarity and consistency of the fleet several design upgrades have been made to improve patient care, operational efficiency, security of controlled medications, and the addition of a vehicle mounted stretcher loading device. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA. The vehicle, which is expected to be delivered in July is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.
On Saturday June 2 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Brewster Engine 239 under the command of Captain Dan Kimball responded to a structure fire located at 411 Upper County Road in the Town of Dennis. On arrival Dennis firefighters reported a fully involved 40’ x 60’ heavy timber barn building used as a boat repair and storage facility located deep in the rear yard of the address. This location made the stretching of hose lines and apparatus access to the fire extremely difficult and labor intensive. Firefighters immediately stretched large caliber hand lines and master stream devices to protect exposure buildings and knock down the main body of fire which was declared under control approximately 45 minutes later. Brewster Engine 239 was assigned to assist with water supply at the scene. The engine returned to Brewster and was placed back in service at 6:30 p.m. The Dennis Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
On Tuesday May 22, members of the Brewster Fire Department participated in the Nauset Regional High School Mock Crash program. The annual exercise is designed to offer the senior class a realistic and insightful view of the consequences that can occur when driving while impaired, distracted, or speeding. To meet this goal public safety officials from Eastham, Brewster, Truro, Wellfleet, and Orleans staged a powerful and realistic response to a catastrophic motor vehicle crash involving multiple victims and a DUI arrest. The Town of Brewster sends the largest number of students to the regional High School and our department feels fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in such an extremely critical life safety lesson that if followed will have a life-long, positive effect on the individual student’s ability to prevent these tragedies from occurring.
On Monday May 21 at 3:49 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the intersection of Linnell landing and Main Street for a reported head on motor vehicle collision with multiple injuries. An Orleans Fire Department ambulance along with Orleans Deputy Deering were also dispatched on the line box assignment for the reported injuries. Brewster Ambulance 243 arrived on scene and confirmed a three car head-on motor vehicle accident with three patients.
Brewster Deputy Chief Kevin Varley (Car 232) arrived and assumed command immediately requesting a full department recall for additional staff and ambulances. Chief Moran (Car 231) arrived and command was transferred from the Deputy Chief. Personnel from Squad 241, Ambulance 243, and the Orleans ambulance began to triage and treat the occupants all of whom had Priority 2 or 3 non-life threatening injuries. Brewster Ambulance 242 arrived with off duty staff members to assist with treatment and transport. All three patients were transported to Cape Cod Hospital. Main Street was closed for the duration of the incident. The accident remains under investigation by the Brewster Police Department.
On Saturday May 19, six prospective Brewster Call firefighters graduated from the Barnstable County Fire Academy in front of family, friends, and Fire Chiefs from across Cape Cod. These dedicated individuals started their initial training in January spending two nights a week and every Saturday at the academy culminating in receiving their FF I/II and Hazardous Material certifications at the graduation. The next step for these candidates is to pass the State physical abilities test (PAT) and complete their EMS ride time after which they will be hired and assigned to one of the four department groups. Our organization wishes to congratulate these newly certified firefighters and we look forward to them joining our ranks in time for the busy summer season. The graduates include:
- Alexander Tuckerman
- Keith Savin
- Bryant Warner
- Dalton Nickerson
- Benjamin Nickerson
- Mark Pirruccio
In addition to these six candidates we would also like to welcome a 2017 graduate of the academy FF/EMT Megan Przygocki who will join this group in their pursuit of finalizing their mandated hiring requirements and in-house training.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.
EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” Whether celebrated with a company cookout or a catered lunch; an open house, an awards ceremony or even quiet reflection about what it means to be an EMS practitioner, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.