Brewster Firefighters Attend Fireground Operations Training Seminar

On Friday May 4, 2018 twelve members of the Brewster Fire Department attended a one-day fire suppression operations training seminar titled “Fireground Situational Awareness” at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster. The instructor for this dynamic training program was Jersey City (NJ) Deputy Fire Chief (ret) Michael Terpak who is a nationally recognized speaker and author known for his dynamic presentations involving fireground size-up, strategy and tactics, building construction, and fire attack.

During the program which attracted approximately 80 firefighters from across Cape Cod and the region Deputy Chief Terpak used his 36 years of urban firefighting experience, real life video, modern fire suppression strategy and tactics, and a forthright common sense approach to fire suppression operations to deliver a dynamic program focusing on enhancing the attendees knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of fireground decision making, situational size-up, building construction, apparatus use and placement, resource allocation, and occupant life safety.

 

This is the sixth firefighter training event sponsored by the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs who have made it their mission to bring dynamic, innovative, and high-quality management, leadership, and fire suppression training to Barnstable County firefighters so that they are better prepared to respond to your requests for emergency services.

 

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire

On Tuesday April 24 at 12:57 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported brush fire at Eldredge Farms on Eldredge Parkway.  While responding to the scene Brush 240 and Car 231 (Chief Moran) were notified by the Barnstable Fire Tower of an observed smoke condition from the location. Due to this report and simultaneous runs in Brewster the Harwich Fire Department was requested to respond to the location with an Engine and a Deputy Chief to assist with extinguishment. In addition, an off-duty Brewster firefighter responded to the scene with additional engine for water supply purposes.

On arrival Brewster units found a surface fire running along two large piles of wood chips and brush and immediately began fire suppression operations. Shortly after they were joined by the Harwich Engine and using their personnel and water supply were able to completely extinguish the burning piles.

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Dumpster Fire

On Thursday April 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Brewster firefighters were dispatched to a dumpster fire located next to a commercial structure under construction at 44 Underpass Road. On arrival Car 231 (Chief Moran) found a 15 yard dumpster on fire. Engine 239 arrived on scene and stretched a 300’ supply line from a hydrant opposite the entrance on Underpass Road. Firefighters quickly stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the fire and prevent it from extending to the facility. Due to a deep seated fire in the construction debris within the container Nauset Disposal responded to the scene to dump the contents to allow the fire department to fully extinguish the flames.

Brewster Police assisted with closing down Underpass Road for the duration of the incident and a Harwich Fire Department engine provided coverage at fire headquarters

 

 

Brewster Firefighters Train with New Squad 241

Over the past few weeks members of the Brewster Fire Department have conducted several training sessions with their new fire/rescue apparatus. In addition to carrying specialized equipment such as vehicle extrication, water/ice rescue, EMS, and rapid intervention tools the new multi-purpose Squad 241 is also capable of responding to and operating at a fire scene as an engine. The vehicle is expected to be placed in service next week.

 

Smoke Alarms

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision

On Friday April 6 at 5:56 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle collision (MVC) with reported injuries at the intersection of Main Street and Villages Drive. Due to several other ongoing responses which severely limited available Brewster personnel a mutual aid Ambulance from Orleans was dispatched to the scene. Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded and on arrival reported a two car MVC with air bag deployment and moderate front end damage to one vehicle. One occupant of this vehicle was found seated in the passenger seat complaining of neck pain and an ankle injury. Four occupants of the other involved vehicle which had minor damage reported no injuries. Off duty Brewster personnel responded with Engine 239 to safety the vehicle and spread absorbent for a minor anti-freeze leak. Orleans Fire transported the patient to Cape Cod Hospital. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 7:40 p.m.

 

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Assist Yarmouth at Condo Fire

On Sunday April 8 at 3:01 p.m. Yarmouth Fire was dispatched to a fire in the attic of a condominium at 441 Buck Island Road. On arrival units found heavy smoke and fire in the attic of a 2 ½ story attached wood frame private dwelling. The Yarmouth Chief requested a first alarm assignment which initiated the response of Brewster Ambulance 243 to Yarmouth for station coverage. The fire was quickly knocked down with damage held to the attic and floors below.  Ambulance 243 returned from the coverage assignment at 5:30 p.m.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Experiences Busiest Month on Record

Brewster Fire/Rescue responded to 444 incidents during the month of March making it the busiest month on record. While many of these responses or “runs” occurred during the two major storms that severely impacted the Cape fire personnel were also kept busy by a higher than average number of EMS responses. The monthly total translated to an average of 14.3 runs per day which is well above the normal 8.1 average.

The dedicated, professional, and tireless work put forth by the members of the department responding to the community’s requests for fire and EMS support during this extremely busy month should be acknowledged.

Firefighter/Paramedic

The Town of Brewster seeks qualified applicants for two full-time Firefighter/Paramedic positions. Candidates must possess Massachusetts Paramedic certification (or be able to obtain certification within 6 months of hire) and FF I/II Pro-Board certification. A high school diploma or GED is mandatory (Fire Science Associates Degree preferred). A valid Massachusetts state driver’s license with clean driving record is also required. Employment hours shall be Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 4 days on (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 4 days off. The positions are funded through a SAFER Firefighters Hiring Grant of which the Town will continue to support. The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive medical examination, drug screening, criminal background investigation, and the Massachusetts Human Resources Division’s Physical Abilities Test prior to employment. Applicants shall submit a cover letter and resume to Chief Robert Moran Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street, Brewster MA 02631. Deadline for submissions is 4/11/18.

AA/EOE

 

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Serious Motor Vehicle Collision

On Friday March 23 at 3:41 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the intersection of Millstone Road and Cliff Pond Drive for a reported motor vehicle collision with a vehicle on fire and multiple injuries. Orleans Deputy Chief Geoff Deering arrived on scene and confirmed a single car motor vehicle accident with the car off the road into a tree and well involved in fire. Prior to his arrival the three injured occupants had self-extricated and were awaiting arrival of emergency services.
Brewster Deputy Chief Kevin Varley arrived on scene and assumed command. Brewster Engine 239 arrived to extinguish the vehicle fire while personnel from Ambulance 242 began to triage and treat the occupants all of whom had non-life threatening injuries. Due to the number of patients requiring transport to Cape Cod Hospital the Harwich and Orleans Fire Departments were requested to the scene to assist with transport services. The accident remains under investigation by the Brewster Police Department.