Governor Baker Proclaims “Emergency Preparedness Month” and Encourages Individuals and Families to Prepare

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2018 to be Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage planning for disasters and other types of emergencies. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month through various outreach initiatives. These efforts are part of a month-long nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage residents to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, their homes, their businesses, and their communities.

 

“The destructive storms that impacted the Commonwealth in March and the recent natural disasters across the country are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Preparedness improves public health and safety, can help minimize property damage and the economic impacts of disasters, and can accelerate the disaster recovery process.”

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Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Service

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting our annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Tuesday September 11 at 6:00 pm. The service will be held outside of the new fire department facility at 1671 Main Street.

The service is designed to honor first responders, and civilian victims and their family members who were impacted by the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Pastor Rodney Dobbs of the Northside United Methodist Church will offer the memorial invocation. Retired U.S Navy Captain and current Brewster Select Board member Dr. Mary Chaffee will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Other participants will include the Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Musical performances will be provided by the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church Choir.

Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.

WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11thOF SEPTEMBER

Brew Run Proceeds to Support the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association

On Saturday August 11 the 40th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster. Over 1700 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. The profits from the race will be donated to the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association for their dedicated efforts in supporting the race activities and their dutiful commitment to serving the residents and visitors of the Town with exemplary Fire and EMS services. The Association uses the proceeds to support member training activities, sponsor community programs, subsidize fire safety education efforts, and fund the purchase of various fire/ems equipment required by the department and the Town of Brewster. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race, race supporters, volunteers, and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.

New Ambulance Placed in Service

The department’s new ambulance which was manufactured by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner, Iowa was recently placed into service. The vehicle was built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis and includes our first automatic stretcher loading device which is intended to significantly reduce the potential for firefighter lifting injuries during patient loading events and improve patient care.

In addition, design revisions and upgrades to the interior of the ambulanceengineered to improve operational efficiency and enhance employee safety levels have also been included. The $302,000 vehicle was purchased on a five-year lease plan and will be subsidized through our Special Revenue Account using ambulance revenue funds. Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA is the local dealer. We would like to thank the Select Board, Finance Committee, and our residents for supporting the purchase of this essential piece of life-saving equipment.    

 

 

 

 

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Two Structure Fires

 

On Thursday August 9 at 11:08 am the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 275 Red Top Road.  On arrival Car 230 Captain Kimball reported heavy smoke from the roof of a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. Car 231 (Chef Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Brewster Engine 239 arrived and stretched approximately 800’ of supply line from the hydrant. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived and began set up of the aerial device for vertical ventilation of the roof. The engine crew stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the second floor of the dwelling where they found heavy smoke and fire in the area of the bathroom ceiling and quickly extinguished the visible fire. Extensive overhaul of the second floor and attic was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire.  The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Yarmouth Fire Department provided coverage to Brewster during the fire.

While units were leaving the scene of this fire at 1:19 pm they were dispatched to a second structure fire at 263 Sea Pines Road. Brewster Ladder 237 under the command of Captain Sturtevant arrived on scene and reported moderate smoke from the eaves and third floor window of a three-story wood frame townhouse. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command. Upon investigation the Captain reported a fire in the third floor bathroom of the dwelling. Brewster Squad 241 arrived and stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the third floor and quickly extinguished the visible fire.  Extensive overhaul of the third floor was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire. The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Harwich Fire Department also provided station coverage during the fire. Two firefighters were injured and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. One suffered a laceration to a hand and the other suffered dehydration and heat exhaustion.

The cause of both fires has been traced to lightning strikes from a line of severe storms that moved through the area during the mid-morning and early afternoon hours. During the 24 hour shift beginning on Thursday the Brewster fire department responded to a total of thirty-six (36) service requests including the two structure fires, numerous activated fire alarms, several flooded basements, and a number of medical runs that included three (3) high priority one critical medical cases.

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Brewster Fire/Rescue Participates in Brewster Whitecaps First Responder Appreciation Night

 

On Friday July 27 the Brewster Fire and Police Departments participated in the annual Brewster Whitecaps First Responder Appreciation ceremony. The Police Department Honor Guard along with members of the Brewster Fire Department and the Truro Police Department started the ceremony with the presentation of the colors for the National Anthem and Fire Chief Robert Moran and Police Chief Heath Eldredge threw out the game’s first pitch.

Chief Moran and all of the members of the Fire Department would like to thank the Whitecaps for recognizing the tremendous work and dedication our community’s first responders demonstrate on a daily basis.

Car vs. Pole

BREWSTER– A car struck a utility pole in Brewster 3:30 PM Thursday. The crash happened in front of 224 Millstone Road. The Honda Accord was heavily damaged but all occupants were able to get out. One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Two others were treated and released at the scene. A mutual aid ambulance from Eastham assisted at the scene. The pole was snapped and will have to be replaced by Eversource. The crash is under investigation by Brewster Police.

Photos by Craig Chadwick

Brewster Fire/Rescue Occupies New Facility

As of Wednesday July 25 Brewster Fire/Rescue has relocated to our new facility on Wednesday July 25. Visitors and those conducting business with the department shall use the driveway located on the east side of the Council-on-Aging to access our parking area and front entrance.  

Our new emergency access road is clearly identified with DO NOT ENTER signage. This driveway is for authorized fire and rescue vehicle only.  

Our new address is Brewster Fire/Rescue 1671 Main Street.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving our residents and visitors to the community from our new headquarters.

 

 

Brewster Fire/Rescue at Work

 

Brewster firefighters provide expert EMS and fire services to the community on a daily basis. While traveling Town roads residents and visitors to the community frequently observe our ambulances and fire apparatus moving through their neighborhoods while responding to these requests. To give you an idea of a typical day in the life of our firefighters let’s focus on the Group 1 (24) hour shift on Saturday July 14.

The first response of the day for a priority two (non-life threatening) emergency medical run was dispatched at 7:33 a.m. This was quickly followed by several additional fire and emergency medical service runs including a mutual aid ambulance request to Harwich and an activated fire alarm at the DPW facility.

From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. members of the department proudly displayed the United States flag and provided free fire prevention literature and souvenirs to numerous attendees at the annual Conservation day event at Drummer Boy Park.

Between 2:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. firefighters responded to several additional medicaland fire incidents including an additional mutual aid request for an ambulance from the Harwich Fire Department.  At 9:17 p.m. the department responded to a brush fire located approximately 25’ from a home on Weathervane Way. This fire was caused by an illegal fireworks display. At 2:52 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Whiffletree Road. On arrival units found a fully involved car in the driveway of a residence. The fire was quickly extinguished before any extension to adjacent vehicles or the home could occur. The fire was deemed suspicious and is under investigation by the Brewster Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

While standing by at the scene of the car fire the department received a request to respond to the Town of Eastham with an engine to cover their community while they battled a house fire on Seaway Road. Units returned to Brewster at 6:30 a.m. The last run of the 24 hour shift was for a Code 99 cardiac arrest on Robbins Hill Road which was dispatched at 7:14 a.m.  

During this 24 hour period Brewster firefighters responded to 13 incidents which isabove our normal daily average. Every 24 hour shift is unique in that our staff members never know what they will be confronted with when they arrive at work and change into their station uniform or respond from their residence to answer your call for assistance.The diversity of responses that occur on a daily basis requires our staff to be expertly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled in the delivery of both fire and EMS services. Our members stand prepared to answer these challenges and provide skilled public safety services to our community in a responsible and proficient manner.          

Busy Month of June for Brewster Fire/Rescue

During the month of June Brewster firefighters responded to 336 runs. Of these “runs” 258 were Emergency Medical service requests which included several high priority cardiac arrest incidents, bicycle and scooter accidents, and motor vehicle collisions. Firefighters also responded to 78 fire related incidents that included structure fires, water rescue incidents, mutual aid fire requests, activated fire alarms, and several brush fires.