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.



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



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

Police Chief Heath Eldredge

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


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

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.

Brewster Office of Emergency Management Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips

As we move closer to Hurricane season the Brewster Office of Emergency Management in partnership with FEMA is providing the following information regarding the development of a family plan and “Hurricane Go Kit” that will insure you are capable of surviving on your own for the first 72 hours after a major storm event.  It is important to remember that proper preparation is a critical component of protecting your family against the impacts of any major storm event or natural disaster. First responders throughout the region may be overwhelmed with emergency incidents during these storms and response to your calls for assistance may be delayed. Therefore it is imperative that you develop a plan and “Go Kit” that will enable you and your family to survive for the first 72 hours post-storm event. Please take the time to read the important safety tips included here.  

Happy Birthday Smokey

Brewster Fire/Rescue Assists with 41st Annual Brew Run

On a clear and sunshine filled Saturday August 10 members of Brewster Fire/Rescue provided medical aid and other critical support services to over 1500 runners and Brew Run staff during the 41st annual 5 mile race. This extremely popular road race and largest annual public event held in the Town of Brewster is made possible by an outstanding group of volunteers, town employees, business owners, and runners who enjoy being part of this well-known and acclaimed road race which has been impressively organized by Race Director Tom Meagher for forty-one years.
Thank you Tom for another successful Brew Run. We look forward to year 42!

Brewster Fire/Rescue Visits Recreation Department Summer Program 

Earlier this week Brewster Fire/Rescue Firefighter/EMT and certified Public Educator Rich Bunker conducted a show and tell event and fire safety education program with staff and children at the Brewster Recreation summer program. During the visit Firefighter Bunker gave a tour of the various tools and equipment carried on the departments fire apparatus and discussed several fire safety tips and techniques with the children who of course were fascinated by the presence of the fire apparatus and Firefighter Bunkers presentation. Thank you Brewster Recreation for allowing us to participate in your summer program and spread the word of fire safety!