HARWICH – From Harwich Fire: At approximately 5:30 tonight Harwich Fire received a call for a building fire at 25 Cedardale Rd in the Pleasant Lake Section of town. Initial report was for fire showing …
Courtesy of Fire Engineering By Eddie Buchanan Volunteer and combination emergency response organizations across the country continue to struggle with diminishing numbers of volunteer responders, which makes maintaining basic services increasingly difficult. The prevalence of …
BREWSTER – From Brewster Fire: At 12:41 PM, Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a private vehicle that had driven through the front entrance of the Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Café …
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the more common emergency incidents the Brewster Fire Department responds to. In an effort to improve the requisite skills and techniques required to safely and efficiently extricate and care …
Eversource will be performing transmission line upgrades on April 9th and April 11th in East Brewster. There will be rolling outages resulting in some customers losing power during the project and some outages may last as long as six hours. Eversource has sent out letters to customers who will likely be affected by the work. This work is being done to improve response to outages, in particular, during storm events. Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Eversource.
On Sunday March 31, 2019 at 00:00 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 21 Henry’s Road. The Harwich and Orleans Fire Departments were also dispatched on an automatic line box response. On arrival Chief Moran (Car 231) reported heavy fire in the basement of 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling with heavy smoke on the first and second floors. He also requested a working fire assignment for additional resources.
The occupants were found outside of the home on arrival of the fire department however, they indicated several pets remained inside. Brewster Squad 241 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell arrived and stretched a 5” supply line from the hydrant to the fire and a 200’ 1 ¾ attack line to the side “D” entrance to the basement. Due to a simultaneous ambulance response the Captain was manning the attack line by himself. Orleans Ladder 176 arrived on scene and was assigned to assist Captain Flavell with the interior fire attack on the basement level. Brewster Deputy Chief Varley arrived on scene and was assigned operations. Harwich Engine 65 arrived and was assigned to stretch a second attack line to the first floor to check for fire extension into the area and conduct a primary search. Harwich Deputy LeBlanc arrived on scene and was assigned as the Division 1 supervisor. During the search of the first floor two dogs were removed from the structure. Both survived. The Eastham engine arrived on scene and was assigned to conduct a primary search of the second floor and to check for fire extension into the area and the attic space above.
The home sustained heavy fire damage to the basement level and smoke damage throughout. Eversource, National Grid, and the Brewster Water Department responded to the scene to secure the utilities to the structure. The Brewster Building Department was requested and upon their review of the structure posted the building as uninhabitable. The State Fire Marshal’s office responded to the scene to conduct the fire investigation in cooperation with the Brewster Police and Fire Departments. During the fire several other medical responses occurred in Brewster and were covered by the Dennis and Yarmouth Fire Departments. The Red Cross assisted one resident with temporary relocation. All Brewster units were placed back into service at approximately 5:00 a.m.
On Saturday March 30 Brewster Fire/Rescue hosted an eight hour classroom and practical based training program titled “Man vs Machine”. The program, which was presented by instructors from PL Vulcan Fire Service Training provided firefighters with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to respond to and operate at technical incidents ranging from simple ring removals to complex machinery entrapments, impalements, motor vehicle accidents, and agricultural equipment entanglements.
During the program the staff of highly experienced, nationally recognized instructors guided the firefighters through several challenging hands-on scenarios designed to test their ability to use both hand and power tools to safely extricate, assess, treat, and transport victims from these uncommon yet challenging and complicated incidents. In addition to members of Brewster Fire/Rescue firefighters from the Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, and Orleans Fire Departments also participated in this exceptional training opportunity.
Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank PL Vulcan and their exceptional group of instructors (Pat Nichols, Randy Miller, and Paul Larochelle) for presenting an outstanding training program and sharing a day of fire service brotherhood with the attendees!
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STOW, MA – From Mass Department of Fire Services: State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “Warmer temperatures are expected this week and firefighters are likely to be busy battling brush fires across the Commonwealth. The warmer weather and environment on the ground create the conditions and fuel for brush fires.” Days of higher temperatures, low humidity, and high winds easily combined with the fuel left bare since the snow has melted create the perfect conditions for brush fires. The February windstorm also added a lot of debris that people may want to burn, but it increases the fuel load for fires that get out of control.
Historically More Brush Fires in April
Historically there are more brush fires in April than any other month. Over a ten-year average, there are 24% more brush fires in April than May, the next busiest month for brush fires.
In 2018, 3,061 brush fires were reported to the Mass. Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) causing one civilian death, two civilian injuries and two firefighter injuries. This is a 28% drop in brush fires from the 4,233 reported in 2017.Spring weather conditions drive the number of brush fires each year.
On April 22, 2018, at 1:37 p.m., the Tewksbury Fire Department was called out for a brush fire on the backside of Ames Pond. Upon arrival, firefighters found approximately 12 acres on fire. The fire apparently started from a small campfire that was not extinguished properly. Winds picked up in the afternoon and spread embers over the nearby landscape. Firefighters were on scene for almost five hours.
Learn to Conduct Open Burning Safely
Open burning that has gotten out of control starts many of the April brush fires. Open burning season, in communities where it is allowed, ends on May 1. A permit is required from the local fire warden, usually the local fire chief. Burning can only take place when both air quality and fire conditions are acceptable and people may rush to finish up before the season ends, and to burn too much at once. “Weather conditions change rapidly, so watch the wind and be prepared to extinguish your brush pile. A sudden wind change is how most open burning fires get out of control,” said Ostroskey.
State fire wardens determine each day whether conditions are safe for open burning. Weather and air quality can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and fire departments can rescind permits when that happens. Follow local procedures for using the permit in any given day.
Don’t Delay; Call for Help If the fire should get out of control, call the fire department immediately. “Winds can fan the flames and fire can spread faster than a person can run,” said Ostroskey. “Use the utmost caution to prevent injury and damage to property. We’ve already had several instances of open burning spreading to structures,” he added.
How to Safely Burn Brush
Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a permit from the fire warden (usually the fire chief).
When air quality is acceptable for burning. Local authorities will call the MassDEP Air Quality Hotline at (800) 882-1497 or visit MassAir Online to find out if it is.
On your own property as close as possible to the source of material to be burned, no less than 75 feet away from all dwellings and away from utility lines.
Have fire suppression tools handy; keep a fire extinguisher or charged garden hose, and a shovel and a rake close by.
An adult constantly monitors the fire. Leaving burning unattended is a reason to revoke burning permits.
Use paper and kindling to start a fire and progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used.
Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire. The risk of personal injury in these cases is too high.
Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control.
Burn the fire down to the coals, drown them with water, spread them out, and then drown them again.
Open burning is prohibited at all times in these communities: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Medford, New Bedford, Newton, Somerville, Springfield, Waltham, Watertown, West Springfield, Worcester.
ORLEANS – A brush fire threatened to spread to some homes in Orleans Sunday afternoon. The fire erupted in the beach grass off Anchor Drive shortly before 2 PM. Firefighters called for extra engines and brush trucks as they worked quickly to protect the structures. Mutual aid from Eastham, Brewster, Harwich and Chatham assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported. By 2:40 PM officials reported the fire was under control. About 2 acres was scorched. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Wednesday March 20 members of the Brewster Fire Department honored Latham Center student “Nick” on his graduation with a visit and tour of Fire Headquarters and our apparatus and equipment. As you can see from the photos Nick has always been fascinated with the fire department and our daily operations so when Latham staff approached us about the possibility of arranging a tour for his graduation day our members immediately agreed to lend a hand and make the day memorable. We wish Nick the best of luck and success as he moves on to an adult style education and housing setting off Cape and we also thank the staff at Latham for allowing us to be a part of this special day!
Firefighter Michael Bernstein suffered a medical emergency while on-duty at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport. Bernstein was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where he passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.
Incident Location: Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Chief: Fire Commissioner Adam Theil
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.
Mulch is a combustible material that can be easily ignited by improperly discarded smoking materials. Hundreds of small andlarge fires are started this way every year. The risk is that what starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to buildings. A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.