Brewster Fire/Rescue Receives a 2018 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $123,050

On Friday September 20th Brewster Fire/Rescue received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that our 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application had been approved and would receive funding in the amount of $123,050. 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 seven 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 fire and EMS equipment, fire safety education programs, training, and staffing.  

 

With this award the department will replace three older cardiac monitors with new technologically advanced, state-of-the-art units that will significantly enhance patient care in the pre-hospital setting, improve firefighter safety at emergency incidents, and allow for a more effective and efficient delivery of emergency medical services to Brewster residents with minimal impact on the Towns taxpayers. 

 

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 Responds to Motor Vehicle Accident

On Wednesday September 11 at 10:35 a.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to Long Pond Road for a reported single car motor vehicle accident. Squad 241 and Ambulance 244 under the direction of FF/Paramedic Kirk Rounseville and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. Upon arrival units reported a motor vehicle had vaulted over the guardrail into the adjacent woods. The occupant was found outside the vehicle laying in the roadway. Firefighters immediately began to assess the patient’s injuries and found that the driver had suffered an apparent medical issue that caused his vehicle to swerve off the road and into the woods. Personnel quickly moved the victim into the ambulance where he was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Brewster Police provided scene security and traffic control during the incident.  

September is Campus Fire Safety Month

Best Roommates Evah! – Working Smoke Alarms and Two Ways Out

Massachusetts is the home away from home to thousands of college students, and most upper classmen live off-campus. Every student has the right to safe housing and that includes working smoke alarms and two ways out. In student dormitories, fraternities, and sororities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone, 2,997 fires occurred in the last five years (2014-2018) resulting in six civilian injuries, six fire service injuries, and an estimated $1.4 million in damages.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “College is the start of a young adult’s journey and injury or death from fire should not cut that journey short.” While most colleges work to make sure dormitories have fire alarm systems and fire sprinklers where required, officials are most concerned about the safety of off-campus housing. Across the nation, according to information compiled by Campus Firewatch, the last fatal fire in on-campus student housing occurred in 2005 and the last fatal fire in Greek housing occurred in 2006. Since that time, every student-housing related fatal fire has occurred in off-campus housing. In Massachusetts, two college students have died in off-campus housing fires in the last decade: James Huffman, age 21 and Binland Lee, age 22.

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey stated, “We need the help of both students and their parents to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are still working and exits are still clear three months from now. If you’re old enough to live on your own, you’re old enough to take responsibility for the fire safety of everyone in the building.” Sometimes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working on move in day, but are later disabled by tenants, putting everyone at risk.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, NFPA, USFA, and Campus Firewatch collaborated on a national campaign called See It Before You Sign It to encourage parents to see the off-campus apartment where their young adult will be living before signing the lease.

Ostroskey reminds parents and young adults that they should “feel free to contact local housing, building or fire authorities for an inspection if they have any concerns about the safety of an apartment they have rented.”

In 2016, a group of fire chiefs, building officials, college safety officials and campus fire safety advocates met to share strategies for enforcing fire and building codes in off-campus housing. They launched a public awareness campaign about the importance of working smoke alarms and two ways out, called “Best Roommates Evah!” Go to www.BestRoommatesEvah.org for more information.

For a quick list of resources and links to educational materials, please go to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services website www.mass.gov/dfs and search on College Fire Safety.

Brewster/Orleans/Chatham/Harwich Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is Recruiting Volunteers

 

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The Towns of Brewster, Orleans, Chatham, and Harwich (BOCH) have formed a regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT volunteers will be trained using classroom and hands-on practical evolutions to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations in a strategy designed to supplement the response efforts of the communities’ professional public safety personnel during man-made and natural disasters. The team will also be used to provide logistical and management support during non-emergency events such as parades, town meetings, storm shelter administration, road races, cooling/warming shelter operations, volunteer recruitment, and emergency operations center functions in the Towns on an as needed basis. Upon completion of the mandatory basic certification training members will be provided with a CERT backpack consisting of personal emergency response safety gear and identification badges. Monthly training will also be held in order to ensure members maintain a high level of operational and deployment readiness. The team is open to individuals 16 years of age and older.

BOCH CERT Training Course

Class dates: October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: Chatham Fire Station

         135 Depot Road

     Chatham, MA

Team applications are available at the Brewster Fire and Police Departments and Town Hall Select Board office or on line at the Town of Brewster, Brewster Fire Department, and Brewster Police Department websites.

Brewster residents shall mail completed applications by September 24, 2019 to:

Fire Chief Robert Moran

Brewster Fire Department

1671 Main Street

Brewster, MA 02631

Residents of the Town of Brewster may contact the following individuals for further information regarding this exciting community oriented volunteer program.

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Robert Moran rmoran@brewster-ma.gov

Police Chief Heath Eldredge heldredge@brewster-ma.gov

Firehouse Magazine In Quarters: Brewster, MA Fire/Rescue Department HQ

 

Brewster Fire/Rescue headquarters compartmentalizes administrative and operational areas, including apparatus bays, support spaces, offices and an emergency operations training room.

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BREWSTER, MA, FIRE/RESCUE

This facility received a Career 1 Silver Award in Firehouse’s 2018 Station Design Awards.

A feasibility study for the Brewster Fire and Rescue Department evaluated the interior program design requirements to accommodate current and future departmental needs. From that study, the design team ultimately recommended that the town build a new fire headquarters behind the existing facility to meet current needs and provide for future department growth.

Being a turn-key operation, the construction had minimal impact on the daily station operations.

The facility was built to be compartmentalized with administrative and operational areas, including apparatus bays, support spaces, administrative offices and an emergency operations (EOC)/training room located on the first floor and firefighter living quarters, dayroom, kitchen and fitness room occupying the second floor.

All of the second-floor areas have direct access to the apparatus bays, minimizing internal response times and therefore allowing a more rapid response and deployment of emergency vehicles. To minimize the building height and construction costs, the second floor did not extend over the apparatus bays.

Being a fire/rescue department, the organization required space and training aids for fire- and emergency medical-based classroom and hands-on training sessions. The first-floor training room is accessed by a stairway off the main lobby and can be used after hours without having to access the rest of the facility. Sufficient classroom space with WiFi capabilities and state-of-the-art presentation resources was a high priority for department administrators.

Fire department directives for hands-on training facilities included a three-story training tower with a standpipe system, an external concrete pad to support the installation of a roof ventilation training prop, a training mezzanine with a built-in confined space prop, a smoke room for search exercises, a training wall with window access for bail-out and ground ladder instruction, and space to conduct hose advancement and firefighter survival/mask confidence training.

Architect/Firm Name: CDR Maguire, Inc.

Video: Coast Guard Seaman awarded Purple Heart in ceremony at Chatham station

Jake O’Callaghan/CWN

CHATHAM – From the United States Coast Guard: “… Tampa, under the command of Captain Charles Satterlee, was one of six Coast Guard cutters assigned to convoy duty in European waters during World War I. Armed with four 3-inch guns, she escorted eighteen convoys, losing only two ships and earning a special commendation for exemplary service.

On 26 September 1918, having just detached from her 19th convoy, and sailing alone through the Bristol Channel toward the Welsh port of Milford Haven to recoal, Tampa was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-91. Exploding amidships, she sank in just under three minutes. One hundred and thirty men lost their lives, including 111 Coast Guardsmen.

The sinking of the cutter was the single largest loss of life for the Coast Guard during World War I. The sacrifices of her crew were not forgotten. The city of Tampa conducted a fundraising campaign, “Remember the Tampa!,” to an effort to sell war bonds. In 1921, the Coast Guard christened a new cutter in her name. Seven years later, on 23 May 1928, The US Coast Guard Memorial was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring the sacrifice of those who had served aboard Tampa.”

Seaman Norman Finch of Springfield, Massachusetts was one of the 130 Coastguardsmen and Sailors killed. His family lives in Brewster and participated in a Purple Heart Ceremony on Monday afternoon. The family was escorted to the Chatham Station by members of Big Nick’s Ride, The Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder and the Police and Fire Departments of Brewster, Harwich and Chatham. Prior to the ceremony the family hung United States Coast Guard Flags on the Route 137 bridge over Route 6.

“…At the time of Tampa’s loss, the Purple Heart was not authorized. In 1942, eligibility was extended to include the Coast Guard, but it was not until 1952 that the awarding of the Purple Heart was made retroactive for actions after 5 April 1917. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999, when then-Commandant Admiral James Loy authorized the posthumous awarding of the Purple Heart Medal to the crew of CGC Tampa.”

“The Purple Heart may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under
competent authority in any capacity with one of the Armed Forces, has been wounded, killed, or who has died or may die of wounds received in armed combat or as a result of an act of international terrorism.”

Bridges for the Fallen would like to thank the riders from Big Nick’s Ride, The Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, The Brewster Police Department, The Brewster Fire Department, The Harwich Police Department, The Harwich Fire Department, The Chatham Police Department, The Chatham Fire Department, The Harwich Chamber of Commerce, The VFW Post 8607 Brown-James-Buck Memorial Association, and the Mason Jar.

Brewster/Orleans/Chatham/Harwich Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is Recruiting Volunteers

 

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The Towns of Brewster, Orleans, Chatham, and Harwich (BOCH) have formed a regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT volunteers will be trained using classroom and hands-on practical evolutions to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations in a strategy designed to supplement the response efforts of the communities’ professional public safety personnel during man-made and natural disasters. The team will also be used to provide logistical and management support during non-emergency events such as parades, town meetings, storm shelter administration, road races, cooling/warming shelter operations, volunteer recruitment, and emergency operations center functions in the Towns on an as needed basis. Upon completion of the mandatory basic certification training members will be provided with a CERT backpack consisting of personal emergency response safety gear and identification badges. Monthly training will also be held in order to ensure members maintain a high level of operational and deployment readiness. The team is open to individuals 16 years of age and older.

BOCH CERT Training Course

Class dates: October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: Chatham Fire Station

         135 Depot Road

     Chatham, MA

Team applications are available at the Brewster Fire and Police Departments and Town Hall Select Board office or on line at the Town of Brewster, Brewster Fire Department, and Brewster Police Department websites.

Brewster residents shall mail completed applications by September 24, 2019 to:

Fire Chief Robert Moran

Brewster Fire Department

1671 Main Street

Brewster, MA 02631

Residents of the Town of Brewster may contact the following individuals for further information regarding this exciting community oriented volunteer program.

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Robert Moran rmoran@brewster-ma.gov

Police Chief Heath Eldredge heldredge@brewster-ma.gov

Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association in Partnership with the Barnstable County Fire Academy Present

 

Step Up and Lead!

Deputy Chief (ret) Frank Viscuso Kearny (NJ) Fire Department

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This popular presentation includes a discussion on a variety of exceptional leadership traits. Among them are loyalty, adaptability, determination, enthusiasm, empathy, and honor. It also discusses the critical leadership skills needed to motivate employees, manage and maintain team discipline, and build successful organizations. Among these topics are mentoring and succession planning, task completion, delegating, managing administrative duties, effective communication, dealing with subordinates, and how to build trust and morale.

Every organizations culture is created by design or default. Creating a culture of outstanding customer service and high levels of employee satisfaction does not happen by accident. Deputy Viscuso will introduce you and your team to proven theories, methods and techniques that can help you make a great impression on the customers who you come in contact with and the team members you work with on a daily basis.

Location: Ocean Edge Resort 2907 Main Street Brewster MA 02631

Date: Saturday November 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program Cost: $65.00 ea. includes all program costs, continental breakfast and lunch

To reserve a seat and receive invoice send email to: 

Brewster (MA) Fire Chief Robert Moran at efdchfrgm@msn.com

Make Checks payable to: Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association C/O Fire Chief Robert Moran, Brewster Fire Department 1671 Main Street Brewster, MA 02631

Space is limited to 100 attendees! Reserve your spot asap!

Brewster Fire/Rescue Conducts Fire Safety Training for the Brewster Police Youth Academy

 

During the week of August 12 twenty-four attendees of the Brewster Police Youth Academy visited fire headquarters for a tour of our facility, apparatus, and ambulances. In addition to the tour which was hosted by Fire Prevention Captain Jeff Sturtevant Firefighter Richard Bunker also provided the group with a number of fire and life safety education tips and techniques using our new Fire Safety education trailer. 

The new trailer has allowed our staff to educate the public on fire safety tips and techniques such as crawl low in smoke, smoke detector use, calling 911, kitchen fire safety, exit drills in the home, and close before you doze in real world smoke and noise filled environments that replicate what can occur during a fire within your home. We have found that educating the public in these settings adds a realism to our programs that we would not be able to capture during normal classroom based training events. 

We would like to thank the Brewster Police Department for giving us the opportunity to be part of their first Youth Academy and we look forward to a continued partnership as we work cooperatively to develop exceptional relationships with our community’s younger population. 

         

Group 2 Conducts Water Supply and Pump Operations Training

 

On Monday August 19 Group 2 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau conducted water supply and pump operations training in the rear of the new fire facility.  The training event is one of many held to ensure each fire apparatus driver/operator remains familiar with the apparatus, pump operations, water supply requirements, and pump pressures required to supply an effective fire suppression attack. In addition to ensuring our current staff remains competent the exercise is also used as a means to ensure new probationary firefighters become familiar with these critical evolutions and certified as full driver/operators.