May 30

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Provincetown Structure Fire


On Saturday May 28 at 6:13 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was requested to respond to a 3rd alarm fire involving several restaurants on Commercial Street in Provincetown (see photos).  Brewster Engine 234 responded to the scene and assisted with fire suppression operations throughout the incident.  Ladder 237 also responded to the scene but remained in staging unable to set up due to the narrow downtown streets around the fire scene being congested with operating fire apparatus and other equipment. In addition, with several Chiefs from the Lower Cape operating at the fire scene in Provincetown and unable to respond to incidents in their respective communities Brewster Deputy Chief Kevin Varley was assigned to cover Wellfleet and the surrounding Towns for the duration of the incident. All Brewster units were returned to service at 11:08 p.m.

May 26

Brewster Firefighters Attend Live Burn Training


On May 24, 18 members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live fire training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. This bi-annual training event supports our efforts to maintain operational efficiency and effectiveness during fire suppression operations.

During the rapid paced and dynamic training session Fire Academy instructors placed the firefighters in a variety of challenging live burn scenarios designed to simulate typical structure fire responses common to the Brewster Fire Department and our surrounding mutual aid communities. Throughout the program firefighters carried out a number of fire suppression tasks that tested their operational skills and techniques in areas such as fire attack, ventilation, search & rescue, forcible entry, and incident command. This hands-on live fire training is a valuable asset to preparing and maintaining our members ability to operate safely, effectively, and efficiently at structure fire related incidents.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy for their dedicated and expert guidance during this outstanding training event.

May 23

Brewster Fire/Rescue Increases Call Firefighter Staff


On Saturday May 20, four 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 certification 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:


  • James Sandino
  • Louis Carlo
  • Seth Karter
  • Andrew Ottino

In addition to these four candidates we would also like to welcome FF/Paramedic Rachel Pellegrino and FF/EMT Tracey Stewart who recently completed the requirements to join our call firefighter staff.

May 18

Fire/Rescue Headquarters Construction Update

To ensure all of our residents are kept advised as to the ongoing Fire/Rescue Headquarters construction project the Committee will be sending out periodic updates to the community via the Fire Department and Town websites, Facebook pages, and local media outlets.

Since our last update in March work on the project has focused on completing site excavation, installation of utility services, and foundation preparation including:

  • Installation of all underground duct banks, structures, and conduit pathways for electric and fiber services for the existing cell tower and new fire building
  • Installation of electric and fiber service poles on Main street
  • Installation of the new septic system that will serve the existing COA, current fire department building upon transfer to the Natural Resources Department, and the new fire facility
  • Finalization of furniture, communication, and security system design requirements
  • Transplanting of a memorial tree located on COA property
  • Relocation of natural gas service lines
  • Installation of new water mains and relocation of fire hydrants
  • Completion of foundation site excavation
  • Installation of underground drainage structures
  • Installation of foundation rebar, footings, and initial pouring of concrete

Future work will focus on completing the installation of electric, fiber, and cable service for the cell tower, foundation installation which will include footings, rebar, and internal plumbing and electric work, and the delivery and installation of the prefabricated steel portion of the structure.

The committee continues to monitor the project daily through the Fire Chief, Owners Project Manager (Pomroy Associates), Architect (CDR Maguire), and the General Contractor (Delphi). Project meetings are held every two weeks with the project team and full Fire Station Committee meetings are being held monthly.

In the near future the committee will be sponsoring a beam signing ceremony. During this event residents of the community, the committee, fire department members, and those wishing to have their signature memorialized within the new facility will have the opportunity to sign one of the main steel structural components which will then be set in place.  Stay tuned to the announcement of the date for this exciting community event!





May 11

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Eastham Water Rescue

On Tuesday May 9 at 5:47 p.m. members of the Brewster Fire Department assigned to the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to Great Pond in Eastham to assist the Eastham Fire Department with the rescue of a boater in distress and calling for help.

First arriving personnel from Eastham Fire including an underwater diver and Police officers immediately entered the water in rescue mode to search the area where an onshore witness had reported seeing the individual in distress. Unfortunately these first responders were unsuccessful in locating the individual who had disappeared below the water line of the large body of water. Additional resources were called to the scene including the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team, a helicopter from the United States Coast Guard, and rescue boats from Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. After an extensive search that lasted approximately one hour and fifteen minutes the dive team located the victim about 100 feet off shore in approximately 15 feet of water. Lifesaving efforts were performed and the victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Wellfleet Fire and Rescue.

Personnel from the Wellfleet, Orleans, and Brewster Fire Departments along with the regional dive team assisted at the scene and provided coverage at Eastham Fire Headquarters during the incident.

May 05

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision

At 4:36 p.m. on Wednesday May 3 Ambulance 242, Heavy Rescue 241 (under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell), Car 232 (Deputy Varley), and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to a serious motor vehicle accident involving a single car into a utility pole and tree in front of 862 Long Pond Road (Route 137). Upon arrival firefighters found the male driver heavily entrapped within the vehicle with serious life-threatening injuries. Upon leaving the road the vehicle became wrapped around the tree with the bottom portion of the utility pole inside the driver’s side compartment.

Due to the serious nature of his injuries and the identified extended extrication operation firefighters requested the response of Medflight. After a 45 minute extrication operation during which firefighters used a variety of power and hand tools including the “jaws of life” to free the driver from the wreckage he was transported to the landing zone at Drummer Boy Park for the trip to a Boston area trauma center. Eversource shut power off to 1,143 residents in the area during the extrication operation. It was restored by 6:20 p.m. Brewster Engine 239 provided coverage at the landing zone and members from the Harwich and Orleans Fire Departments assisted with patient care and extrication at the scene.

May 04

Brewster Firefighters Participate in “Nozzle Forward” Engine Company Training Program


On May 1 and 2, Brewster Firefighters Chad Foakes, Matt Tucker, Michael Herrmann, Jared Hogg, and Tim Druckenbrod participated in a nationally recognized and awarded hands-on fire training program titled “Nozzle Forward” at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. The program which focused on the safe and effective implementation of the three main components of engine company operations; fire behavior, hose management, and fire attack was taught by a cadre of firefighters from Seattle WA, and other West Coast fire departments. Attendees included more than 70 firefighters from across Cape Cod, other regions of the United States, and Canada.

The Brewster Fire Department would like thank the outstanding instructor staff in particular their lead Aaron Fields, Orleans Deputy Chief Geoff Deering, Academy Director George Russel, and Academy Co-Director Paul Tucker for bringing this valuable and dynamic training to Cape Cod.



May 01

Brewster Fire Department Conducts Monthly Fire Training

In the fire service, the term “forcible entry” is defined as the act of gaining entry into a building or occupancy via a door, window or even through a wall, by the use of force. It is important to understand that a fire cannot be extinguished, searches cannot be completed, extension of fire cannot be prevented, and individuals incapacitated due to medical reasons cannot be rescued until entry is made into a building. To accomplish this task, there are an assortment of tools and techniques designed to allow firefighters to quickly gain access and limit damage to structures when applicable.

During the month of April members of the Brewster Fire Department conducted classroom and hands-on based refresher training on these forcible entry techniques using the department’s Multi-Force forcible entry door prop. The training which was conducted by Captain Dan Kimball and Firefighter Scott Romer covered a number of subjects including door and lock types, window types, use of forcible entry on inward and outward opening doors, use of power and hydraulic tools, and team based hands-on operations.

May 01

Brewster Firefighters Attend International Fire Department Instructors Conference


During the week of April 24 to April 28 Deputy Chief Kevin Varley, FF/Paramedic Joseph Cox, and FF/Paramedic Michael Herrmann attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis. FDIC is the largest fire service conference in the country with over 35,000 annual attendees from all type of fire and rescue departments. The conference includes over 900 vendors displaying the latest state-of-the-art fire service equipment, apparatus, and technology and over 300 classroom and hands-on training sessions taught by the world’s best fire service instructors. No other event in the world contains the vast amount of fire and ems topics or networking opportunities presented at FDIC. Firefighters attending the conference not only become better firefighters and emergency medical providers but also take the valuable information gained at the conference back to their departments to share with their fellow firefighters. The FDIC “Experience” is hard to convey via mere statistics, percentages and words.  Many attendees talk about the “hallway conversations,” “life-long friendships,” and the power of this event to “recharge the passion” for the fire and ems profession they have chosen as their career.

May 01

Brewster Fire Department Issues Tips for Electrical Safety Month

May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them. Look for overloaded outlets; make sure heat generating appliances are plugged directly into the outlet, not a power strip or extension cord; make sure electrical cords are not underneath rugs or pinched behind furniture, and laptops and phones are charged only on hard surfaces, not on beds or sofas.


Don’t Overload Circuits or Daisy Chain Extension Cords and Power Strips

One way to prevent electrical fires is to practice electrical safety. Fires often start when too many things are plugged into a single outlet or circuit, overloading them. Another frequent cause is using extension cords, especially with appliances that generate heat like space heaters, irons, and toasters. Extension cords are designed for temporary use, but many people leave them in place permanently and forget about them.


Keep Furniture from Pinching Cords; Use Correct Wattage Light Bulbs

A cord can easily become pinched by heavy furniture and over time eventually lead to a fire. Don’t run cords underneath rugs; it’s both a trip and a fire hazard. Unplug appliances by grasping the plug; don’t pull by the cord. Use the correct wattage light bulbs in lamps and fixtures.


Give Electrical Systems a Tune-Up Every 10 Years

The need to plug many things into a single outlet or reliance on extension cords are signs to have an electrician review your system. Fire officials recommend having a licensed electrician review a home’s electrical system every ten years. Small upgrades and simple safety checks like making sure outdoor grounds and connections are secure can prevent larger problems.


Know the Warning Signs

Call your local fire department immediately if you have warning signs such as arcs, sparks, or short circuits. Other warning signs include hearing a sizzling or buzzing sound or smelling a vague odor of something burning. Immediate attention to these signs can save lives. Firefighters have the ability to use thermal imaging technology to see excessive heat inside the walls and within outlets and strip plug devices.


Call a professional electrician soon if you have any of these warning signs:

  • Frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers;
  • Dim or flickering lights, bulbs that wear out too fast;
  • Overheated plugs, cords or switches;
  • Shock or mild tingle – more than normal static electricity;
  • Loose outlets or unusually warm or faulty outlets or switches.


Hire a Licensed Electrician

Hire a licensed electrician who knows the code. Resist doing your own electrical work or hiring a handy neighbor or your brother-in-law unless you or they are licensed electricians.


Don’t Charge Your Cell Phone or Laptop in Bed

There have been a number of fires from cell phones charging underneath pillows and laptops left running on top of the bed covers. Cell phones and laptops are always processing when running or charging. Blocking or covering them can prevent air from cooling the batteries and lead to a fire. Failures of lithium ion batteries are more likely to occur during recharging. These devices should be charged while on a hard surface.


43 Deaths in Electrical Fires 2011-2015

From 2011 to 2015, Massachusetts fire departments responded to 2,750 home fires caused by electrical problems. These fires caused 43 civilian deaths, one fire service death, 110 civilian injuries, 278 fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $137.9 million. Electrical fires were the number one or the number two cause of fire deaths from 2011-2015. Preliminary 2016 figures show electrical fires continue to be a leading cause of fire deaths.

*Information provided by the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office


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