Brewster Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire

On Monday January 14 at 8:33 a.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 2042 Main Street. On arrival Deputy Chief Kevin Varley reported fire showing from the roof of a 2 ½ wood frame private dwelling and requested a working fire assignment. He then passed command of the incident to Chief Moran. All occupants were found out of the structure on arrival of the fire department.

Brewster Squad 241 arrived on scene and stretched a 1 ¾ attack line into the second floor of the structure to extinguish the fire. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived and was assigned to place the aerial ladder to the roof and assist with fire extinguishment on the second floor. Brewster Engine 239 and Harwich Ladder 66 assisted with placing ground ladders to the building and the Harwich Engine Company was assigned Rapid Intervention (RIT). On arrival Dennis Engine 111 laid a supply line to Squad 241 and stretched an additional 1 ¾ attack line to the roof via ground ladders to assist with fire extinguishment on the exterior of the dwelling. A Dennis Fire Department ambulance stood by at the scene and the Eastham and Orleans Fire Department provided coverage in Brewster during the incident.

Fire damage was contained to the roof and attic of the building and moderate water damage occurred on the first floor. The Brewster Building Commissioner and electrical inspector responded to the scene and determined the building to be structurally sound. Brewster Police provided traffic control during the incident and the Brewster DPW was requested to apply sand to several frozen water spots on the roadway. All Brewster Fire units were placed back in service at approximately 10:30 a.m.


Brewster Firefighters Respond to Wellfleet Structure Fire

On Saturday January 12 at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire located at 10 Finn Road in the Town of Wellfleet.  Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene on the initial working fire assignment.

Upon the arrival of Wellfleet firefighters the 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling home was found to be well involved in fire. A large area of brush behind the structure was also ignited and burning. Firefighters stretched several 1 ¾ and 2 ½ inch attack lines to begin an interior attack on the fire which was quickly extending throughout the dwelling and compromising the structural integrity of the interior floor and stairs. Due to the rapid movement of the fire throughout the home firefighters were forced to abandon the interior attack and begin exterior extinguishment operations. While at the scene Brewster firefighters assisted with water supply operations, interior fire attack, and overhaul once the main body of fire was extinguished. The fire was placed under control approximately 45 minutes after arrival. Wellfleet firefighters remained on the scene for several hours on fire watch to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

Three tenants in the building at the time of the fire were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors within the home and were able to safely escape with three pet dogs. One firefighter was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries. The home sustained major fire and water damage and was deemed uninhabitable by Wellfleet officials. During the incident Brewster Engine 239 provided fire protection coverage in the Town of Orleans. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 1:30 p.m.

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Brewster Firefighters Respond to Orleans Structure Fire

On Friday January 11 at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched on a line box assignment to a commercial structure fire located at 92 Rayber Road in Orleans. Ladder 237 under the direction of FF Michael Herrmann, Ambulance 242, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. On arrival Orleans firefighters found fire emanating from a window of a 25’ x 150’ single story commercial building occupied by a variety of single unit businesses and contractors. One 1 ¾ attack line was quickly stretched into the unit to extinguish the fire and limit any extension to other units in the facility. At the scene, Brewster firefighters assisted in forcible entry, checking for fire extension, and ventilating the building.

Brewster Fire, Brewster Police, and Eastham Fire Participate in Joint Active Shooter Drill

On Saturday January 5 approximately 60 members of the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department, and Eastham Fire Department participated in a classroom and hands-on based active shooter training program at the Eddy School in Brewster.

Four 45 minute morning classroom sessions consisted of the following instruction: Mass Casualty Incident, Stop the Bleed, Unified Command, and Rescue Task Force training. The afternoon program included three hands-on active shooter scenarios during which firefighters and police officers were merged together to perform coordinated rescue task force and contact team exercises designed to achieve threat termination and victim removal.

This valuable training was conducted to ensure the members of the Brewster Fire and Police Departments and their mutual aid partners are readily able to respond to and operate at an incident of this type in a cohesive, coordinated, and proficient manner.

The Brewster Fire and Police Department would like to thank the Nauset Regional Schools for use of their facility and the following individuals for providing expert instruction throughout the day. Dennis Deputy Fire Chief Robert Brown, Chatham FF/Paramedic Mark Heller, Barnstable Police Sergeant Michael Riley, Barnstable Police Officer John Pass, and Brewster FF/Paramedic Chad Foakes.




FDNY Firefighter Steven Pollard, Ladder 170, killed after fall from bridge

FDNY Firefighter Steven Pollard, Ladder 170, killed after fall from bridge

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Sources tell CBS2 an FDNY Firefighter was killed in a fall off the Mill Basin Bridge in Brooklyn – responding to a collision Sunday Night. Officials with the latest update from Kings County Hospital

Posted by Natalie Duddridge on Sunday, January 6, 2019

Previously- News reports: FDNY firefighter killed after falling off bridge

The firefighter killed last (Sunday) night in Brooklyn has been identified as Steven Pollard of Ladder 170 in Brooklyn. In a briefing early this morning (above), Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters Firefighter Pollard followed his father and brother into the department when he was hired just eighteen-months-ago.

According to Commissioner Nigro, Ladder 170 responded to a two car crash on the Belt Parkway just east of Flatbush shortly after 10:00 p.m. As Firefighter Pollard crossed from the eastbound side of the road to westbound he fell through a gap in or adjacent to the Mill Basin Bridge, landing on the ground about fifty-feet below. News reports say the bridge had been under construction.

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Iowa firefighter killed in grain bin explosion

Lt. Eric Hosette is Clinton, Iowa firefighter killed in grain bin explosion

Firefighter Adam Cain was injured in the explosion

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In a news conference, Fire Chief Mike Brown said Lt. Eric Hosette, 33, was severely injured after an explosion rocked the property on 1811 South 4th Street. Hosette was taken to Mercy Medical where medical crews tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

“Had been on our department for 12 years,” Brown said, holding back tears at the news conference. “A fine man with a wife and daughter.”

Brown said the initial call was for a fire a discovered in the silo storage bins at the loading facility, around 5:45 a.m. The department’s first-shift team stabilized the flames and handed the scene off to the second-shift crew around 7:00 a.m. The explosion came nearly two hours later at 8:45 a.m.

Brown said Adam Cain, another of the department’s firefighters, was injured by the blast and taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment.

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Employment Announcement – Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic

Brewster Fire Department
Employment Announcement

Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic

The Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill full time Firefighter/Paramedic positions from an employment list. Applicants must hold Firefighter I/II certification from the Massachusetts State Fire Academy or Pro-Board equivalent and be a Massachusetts licensed Paramedic or be capable of obtaining a Massachusetts Paramedic license within six (6) months of hire. The individual shall successfully pass the Massachusetts Physical Agility Test, background check, and a medical exam prior to hire.

Applicants must hold a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, be 21 yrs of age or older, and possess a HS Diploma or equivalent (GED). If appointed employees must live within 6 air miles of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Station (1671 Main St.) within 6 months of date of hire. Starting salary is $52,156.00/yr.

Applications may be picked up at Fire Headquarters (1671 Main Street Brewster MA, 02631) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, beginning Monday January 14, 2019. Applications must be accompanied by licensing documents, cover letter, and resume and be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday January 25. EOE

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Brewster Man Sustains Serious Fall Related Injuries

On Thursday January 3, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a Chilton Lane address for a reported 37 year old male who had sustained serious lower extremity injuries from a fall. Paramedics quickly assessed the patients condition and based on the severe nature of the injuries requested Medflight to transport the individual to a Boston trauma hospital. Fire department personnel brought the male to the Town Hall landing zone where he was transferred to the flight crew for transport to Tufts Medical Center.

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Community CPR training



The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring aCommunity CPR Training program on Wednesday January 9 at 6:00 p.m. There is a ($22.50) charge for processing of the CPR certification cards payable by check to Sylvester Consultants.


385,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur on an annual basis.
88% of these occur at home where limited emergency medical treatment may not be readily available.
Immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate.
Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival
o Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
o Early CPR
o Early Defibrillation
o Early advanced care


Attendees will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).


The program will be held at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1671 Main Street.


Individuals interested in completing this life saving training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm attendance.  



Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR!