Brewster Firefighters Train on Roof Ventilation Operations

On Friday February 21, members of Group 1 under the direction of Captain Michael Gerlach conducted roof ventilation training using the department’s roof training prop. Vertical roof ventilation using chain and rotary saws is a common fireground operation used to release the products of combustion (smoke, heat, gases) from attics and other high points of a building during a structure fire. The training prop provides Brewster firefighters the ability to learn and practice these skills in a safe and controlled environment prior to applying them at a fire scene.

Video report: Vehicle rolls on side in front yard of Brewster residence

 


BREWSTER – Brewster Police are investigating a bizarre crash in the front yard of a home. The crash happened shortly before 3:30 PM Sunday in front of 424 block of Yankee Drive. Photos appear to show the Hyundai Elantra went off the road, struck a mailbox and may have ridden a boulder ending up against a tree at a precarious angle. Firefighters had to stabilize the vehicle in order to extricate the driver who was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation. A Harwich Ambulance and Orleans Deputy Chief assisted at the scene.
Photo by Craig S. Chadwick/CWN with additional video by Jake O’Callaghan/CWN

 

 

Brewster Fire/Rescue Announces Promotions

After conducting written testing and assessment center activities for the position of Fire Captain and a comprehensive interview process for the position of Fire Prevention Officer Brewster Fire/Rescue is pleased to announce the following promotions effective January 27, 2020.

Acting Fire Captain/Paramedic Chad Foakes is promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic
Acting Fire Captain/Paramedic Michael Gerlach is promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic
FF/Paramedic Carrie McEnaney is promoted to the position of Fire Prevention Officer

Congratulations and good luck in your new positions!

Condolences and sympathy on the passing of former Brewster Whitecaps Head Coach John Altobelli

Brewster Fire/Rescue and the Brewster community offers our sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of former Brewster Whitecaps Head Coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa.

Brewster Fire Department Receives Fire Safety Education Grants

The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded two FY 2020 Fire Safety Education grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first is a Student Awareness of Fire Education or (S.A.F.E) grant in the amount of $3,965.00 that will support costs associated with training and placing firefighters in classrooms to conduct fire safety education in grades Pre-K through 6 while funding other community fire safety programs, initiatives, and member training throughout the year. The primary mission of the S.A.F.E. grant is to ensure our local students and community members recognize the dangers of fire and acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to support a fire safe environment throughout their lifetime. Since its inception in 1995 the S.A.F.E. program has reduced the average annual child fire deaths in the Commonwealth by over 70%.

The second grant is a Senior S.A.F.E. grant in the amount of $2,348.00. This funding will provide firefighters the ability to deliver fire and life safety education programs to older adults who are statistically proven to be the most at risk group to become involved in a fatal fire incident. Firefighters will use the opportunity to educate seniors as to the potential fire and life safety hazards they face on a daily basis through already established relationships with community based providers of senior support services such as the Council on Aging, senior housing complexes, and local nursing and assisted living facilities.

Fire Chief Robert Moran stated, “These grant awards will allow our professional staff an outstanding opportunity to provide complimentary high quality fire and life safety education to two of our community’s most significant population groups. We look forward to using these funds to continue our efforts to build accessible public relationships and improve the level of fire safety within our community. We thank Governor Baker, State officials and the Fire Marshal for their sustained support of enhancing the level of fire and life safety within the Commonwealth”.

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Man Trapped Under a Motor Vehicle

On Saturday January 18th at 9:49 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported male trapped under a vehicle in the rear parking lot of 1993 Main Street. On arrival Squad 241 and Ambulance 242 under the direction of Firefighter/Paramedic Kirk Rounseville found a male with his leg entangled in the wheel well of a motor vehicle. Firefighters immediately initiated the extrication of the patient by using high pressure air bags to lift the vehicle off of the ground to gain access to the area. Deputy Chief Varley arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Using the air bags and cribbing to lift and stabilize the vehicle firefighters were able to rapidly gain access to and remove the patients entangled leg from underneath the vehicle. The patient was then promptly transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Man Trapped Under a Motor Vehicle

 

On Saturday January 18th at 9:49 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported male trapped under a vehicle in the rear parking lot of 1993 Main Street. On arrival Squad 241 and Ambulance 242 under the direction of Firefighter/Paramedic Kirk Rounseville found a male with his leg entangled in the wheel well of a motor vehicle. Firefighters immediately initiated the extrication of the patient by using high pressure air bags to lift the vehicle off of the ground to gain access to the area. Deputy Chief Varley arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Using the air bags and cribbing to lift and stabilize the vehicle firefighters were able to rapidly gain access to and remove the patients entangled leg from underneath the vehicle. The patient was then promptly transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   

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Open Burning Season Starts January 15

 

 

Open burning season in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts begins on January 15, 2020 and ends on May 1, 2019. In order to conduct an open burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department. All regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line shall be followed.

Burn permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application available at brewsterfire.com. Permits are $10.00 each payable by cash or check.

The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.

Remember, Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!

Open Burning Rules & Regulations

 

General Rules & Regulations

  • Burning must not cause a nuisance. In the event the smoke from an open burn is determined by the Fire Department to be a nuisance to the surrounding properties the permit holder will be required to extinguish the fire.
  • Permit holders wishing to burn shall contact the departments automated burn line after 9:00 a.m. each day to ascertain whether or not burning will be allowed. Permit holders must leave the location of the burn and permit number on the automated line.
  • Burning must take place on the land closest to the source of the material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07).
  • Burning must take place at the LOCATION specified on the issued permit (a permit is only valid for a single location).
  • Burning must be at least 75 feet from all buildings.
  • A responsible person MUST be in attendance AT ALL TIMES while the fire is burning.
  • A garden hose and water supply, as well as shovels or rakes for controlling the fire shall be present.
  • Burning may not commence after 12:00 P.M.
  • All burning will cease and fires shall be extinguished by 4:00 P.M.
  • The Brewster Fire Department reserves the right to inspect a burning site at any time.
  • *Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and the fire department will determine on a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded.*

Burning of the following materials with a permit is allowed:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from other than commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected bee hives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
  • Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.

Open Burning Regulations prohibit the burning of the following materials: 

  • Burning of brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Burning of grass, hay, leaves and stumps, and tires.
  • Burning of trees.
  • Burning during adverse meteorological conditions.
  • Burning at landfills or refuse disposal facilities other than approved incinerators.
  • Burning construction material and debris.
  • Stacking, placing, or storing combustible material such that the fire department may presume that it will be burned.

**Infractions to the above regulations by any violators may result in revocation of a permit and cancellation of open burning for the remainder of the open burning season. In certain cases fines may even be levied**

Community CPR Training

Brewster Fire/Rescue Offers

Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a Community CPR Training program on Wednesday January 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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Attendees will be trained in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). There is a ($22.50) processing charge for those attendees wishing to obtain a CPR certification card. A check made payable to Sylvester Consultants and submitted on the night of the program is required.  

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!