Brewster Firefighters Rescues Stranded Rafters

At 4:58 p.m. on Sunday August 9th Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to Breakwater Beach after receiving reports of a raft with two people on board having difficulty returning to shore. On arrival firefighters launched the departments Zodiac craft from the beach and were able to make contact with the individuals and bring them safely to shore.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Rollover Motor Vehicle Collision

On Friday August 7 at 2:39 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle collision with rollover in front of 151 Run Hill Road. On arrival fire personnel found a medium sized SUV on its roof and a second vehicle with heavy front end damage in the southbound travel lane. All occupants of the vehicles had self-extricated prior to the arrival of the fire department. Two individuals were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Dennis Fire provided a mutual aid ambulance and Brewster DPW assisted with a minor fluid spill.    

Brewster Fire/Rescue Receives $53,115.00 FEMA (AFG) COVID Supplemental Grant Award

On Thursday August 6th Brewster Fire/Rescue received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that our 2019 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) COVID Supplemental Grant Application had been approved and would receive funding in the amount of $53,115.00. In providing the award FEMA stated “after considerable consideration, the recipients project described in the narrative and details section of the application which included financial need, project description, cost/benefit, and statement of effect information was found to be consistent with the Assistance to Firefighters COVID Grant program’s purpose and worthy of an award”.

The COVID-19 Grant is a supplemental funding opportunity under the 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments for critical personal protective equipment and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the current and any potential future COVID-19 public health emergencies. The funding received by the Town will deliver reimbursement of past fire department COVID related costs and fund the future additional purchase of personal protective equipment. 

Since 2010 the department has received eight Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards, one Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant award, and the COVID supplemental award totaling more than 1.6 million dollars.   

Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank Congressman Keating, Senator Warren, and Senator Markey for their support of this vital Federal grant program and for the valuable assistance provided by their offices during this year’s application period. In addition, we would also like to thank David Parr our FEMA Region 1 Fire Program Specialist for the outstanding comprehensive and expert guidance delivered to our organization throughout the entire grant process.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Receives $29,000 FEMA (AFG) Award for Vehicle Extrication Equipment

On Friday July 31st Brewster Fire/Rescue received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that our 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application had been approved and would receive funding in the amount of $29,000. In providing the award FEMA stated “after considerable consideration, the recipients project described in the narrative and details section of the application which included financial need, project description, cost/benefit, and statement of effect information was consistent with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program’s purpose and worthy of an award”.  

Since 2010 the department has received eight Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards and one Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant totaling more than 1.5 million dollars in funding for equipment, fire safety education programs, training, and staffing.    

With this award the department will replace an older set of vehicle extrication equipment or “Jaws of Life” with new a technologically advanced, state-of-the-art, battery operated set of spreaders and cutters that will reduce the time required to extricate victims from motor vehicle accidents, significantly enhance patient care and treatment, improve firefighter safety, and allow for a more effective and efficient delivery of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to Brewster residents.  

Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank Congressman Keating, Senator Warren, and Senator Markey for their support of this vital Federal grant program and for the valuable assistance provided by their offices during this year’s application period. In addition, we would also like to thank David Parr our FEMA Region 1 Fire Program Specialist for the outstanding comprehensive and expert guidance delivered to our organization throughout the entire grant process.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Conducts Swearing In Ceremony

On Wednesday August 5 Brewster Fire/Rescue hosted a swearing in ceremony for nine new firefighters and two new Captains. These staff members have been hired and promoted over the past year to replace former employees who retired or left the organization for other public safety positions. We wish the following individuals great success and luck in their new careers! 

Captains 

Michael Gerlach      Chad Foakes 

Firefighters 

Dean Smith             Louis Carlo             Megan Przygocki               Winston Rodormer 

Alex McHugh          Matthew DePippo    Tyler Baker            Craig DeCosta           

Jack Tuohy-Bedford

Brewster Office of Emergency Management Offers Hurricane Season Preparation Tips

1. Hurricane Risk

Peak of hurricane season is August and September. NOAA predicts above normal hurricane season; but regardless of seasonal forecast, it only takes one storm to severely impact an area. Entire state is at risk; storm surge threat in coastal areas and high winds, heavy rainfall, and inland flooding possible across entire state, as we saw in Irene in 2011. While the last hurricane in Massachusetts was Bob in 1991, the Commonwealth has a history of destructive hurricanes and the threat of tropical cyclones and other natural hazards continue during COVID-19 pandemic2. How Residents Can Prepare

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Learn if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone: www.mass.gov/knowyourzone

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do in a tropical cyclone including making an evacuation plan, planning for individuals with access and functional needs, and any extra considerations during COVID-19 pandemic including how you might evacuate and where you might evacuate to. If you are in a high risk population, the safest option may be to evacuate to a location without the general public such as a hotel, relatives’ home or other destination. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/make-a-family-emergency-plan

Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store and customize for your family’s needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, include face coverings, masks, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies that you may need. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/build-an-emergency-kit.

Stay Informed

Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.

Residents of Brewster may visit the Town website at https://www.brewster-ma.gov/  for information regarding impending weather events.

Town of Brewster Smart 911 Emergency Notification System

In an emergency, the quickest and most effective way to deliver information is often via telephone.  The Town of Brewster uses a Smart 911 system to send out calls to residents.  All publicly listed landlines are currently in the database.  If you would like to add your cell phone and/or email address you can create a customized account to receive the information you want. To sign up for this emergency notification service visit:https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=brewster or access it via the Brewster Police website and click on “Emergency Notification”.3. What Government is Doing to Prepare

MEMA and the Department of Public Health have developed guidance for the Commonwealth and municipalities for providing operating shelters and conducting evacuations during COVID-19, which will be used to adjust the Commonwealth’s mass care and evacuation plans to help keep individuals both safe and healthy during a disaster.

State and Local agencies are adjusting plans:

Re-evaluating capacities of state-initiated regional shelter sites; preparing for the need for additional evacuation transportation vehicles; adding screening, sanitization, disinfection, and general public health protocols to existing mass care plans; and planning for and preparing to provide sheltering in non-congregate settings such as hotels.

The Cape Cod Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC), Barnstable County Health Department, and MEMA have adjusted the regional sheltering plan to support the health and safety of individuals using shelter services during a disaster.Should sheltering become necessary these revised plans will be implemented by public safety officials.

Summer Safety Tips

The following graphic displays a few things people can do to keep themselves safe during the summer season. Taking frequent breaks, using insect repellent and sunscreen are a few summer safety tips named in the graphic. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Brewster Fire/Rescue Appoints New Firefighters

In late March after a competitive interview process Brewster Fire/Rescue hired four new full-time firefighter/emergency medical technicians to replace former members who retired or left the department for other public safety positions. The new staff members are (from left to right) Jack Tuohy-Bedford, Tyler Baker, Alex McHugh, and Matthew DePippo. We are excited to welcome these new employees to our staff and we wish them the best of luck as they begin their careers at Brewster Fire/Rescue.

 

Memorial Day

Brewster Fire/Rescue Honors our fallen heroes and all past and present members of our Nation’s military.  Thank you for your sacrifice and service!

Brewster Fire/Rescue Salutes Our Emergency Medical Providers During National EMS Week