Statement from Barnstable County Administration urging travelers from New York City Metropolitan area (CT, NJ, NY) to self-isolate


Barnstable, MA – Thursday, March 26, 2020 – During this COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Barnstable County Administration is asking persons traveling from COVID-19 “hot-spot” areas (including from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) to Cape Cod to voluntarily self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon arrival.

This request does not apply to:

  • Persons who are traveling to provide and carry out COVID-19 essential services;
  • Persons who are traveling to care for elderly persons, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons; and
  • Persons who are traveling to and from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and other related services; and

This voluntary self-quarantine, out of an abundance of caution, recognizes that New York City is the current epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases in New York City alone. Self-isolation for 14 days will help curb the spread of the disease in Barnstable County and lessen the stress on our critical infrastructure, including First Responders, hospitals, and healthcare providers.

Non-residents are encouraged to consider returning to their full-time residences.  We strongly urge new arrivals to take special steps to distance themselves when buying groceries or undertaking other essential activities in our community; many local stores offer food and essential items delivered directly to your home.  Please practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoid group gatherings, monitor your health, and contact your healthcare provider should you feel ill.

For more information about testing and how to protect yourself and others from this highly contagious disease, please visit:

Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund

The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund is a resource that may be able to assist some individuals on Cape Cod and the Islands during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance or would like to donate to the fund please go to the link below.

Brewster Fire/Rescue and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Offer Some COVID-19 Pandemic Tips

Brewster Fire Department Supports “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”

 You The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town and the surrounding communities. In the next several days we will be changing our clocks for daylight-savings time. Our department is requesting a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and assist us in reducing fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage from occurring within your homes. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as we move into the colder winter months which is typically a peak period for fire incidents. Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of these known facts we urge you to keep your family safe by changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries when you change your clocks.

Brewster Firefighters Conduct Engine Company Training

On Thursday February 27 members of Group 2 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball took advantage of the spring like weather to train on engine company pump operations. Group members were put through several scenarios that are commonly used at fire incidents including hydrant set-up procedures, water supply evolutions, and providing effective fire flows to the department’s aerial ladder master stream device. Another day of great training at Brewster Fire!


Brewster rescuers hike into woods to locate patient with medical condition

BREWSTER – Brewster Fire-Rescue assisted by Harwich Fire hiked into the woods off McGuerty Rd in Brewster in search of a man with reported medical condition. Brewster used their ATV to assist in the safe removal of the individual from the woods, where he was evaluated by paramedics. The victim reportedly declined transport to a hospital.
Photo by Craig S. Chadwick/CWN

Video: 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima marked in ceremony at Brewster Fire Department

BREWSTER – 75-years-ago, February 23rd, 1945, 6 U.S. Marines raised the American Flag at Iwo Jima. The event was captured in one of the most iconic photos ever taken. On Sunday, a ceremony was held at the Brewster Fire Department to mark the event. In a slow, solemn salute, Col. Walter Watson, USMC Commandant of Marine Corps League Detachment 125 spoke about the event and the need for the next generation to respect and honor those who have fought for the American way of life. The battle cost 6,800 U.S. Marines their life. The names of the six marines who raised the flag were read. Also speaking were State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, and Brewster Town Administrator Peter Lombardi


Photos and video by Jane Sheehy Emplit/CWN

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!