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On Thursday October 11 at 5:56 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in a private dwelling located at 162 Underpass Road. On arrival Car 231 (Chief Moran) assumed command and Squad 241 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell initiated an investigation of the residence and discovered a fire on the exterior front side of the buildingwith extension to the interior living room area.
A 1 ¾ attack line was stretched and used to extinguish all visible fire. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived on scene and the crew was utilized to conduct a primary search of the residence and assist in overhaul and extinguishment operations. In addition to Brewster units Harwich Engine 65 along with Orleans Ladder 176 responded on the line box assignment to assist with suppression and rapid intervention responsibilities. Eversource responded to the scene to disconnect power to the structure. The Brewster Building Commissioner and Electrical Inspector responded and posted the building as uninhabitable due to the fire damage. The Brewster Police also responded and assisted with resident accountability and street closing duties. Upon arrival of fire department the Brewster Police confirmed all residents had self-evacuated from the dwelling. Further discussion with the four individuals revealed they were alerted to the fire by the homes smoke detectors which gave them time to safely evacuate to the exterior through heavy smoke.
This week is National Fire Prevention Week when all fire departments across the United States are attempting to educate the public on the advantages of practicing fire safety in their homes on a daily basis. This fire specifically highlights the benefits of having working smoke detectors inapproved locations throughout a residence. If working smoke detectors were not present in this dwelling the tenants could have easily been overcome by smoke resulting in a loss of life.
The Brewster Fire Department is urging all residents on Cape Cod to take this opportunity to ensure their homes are protected by working smoke detectors and to adopt an approach of practicing fire safety with your children and others within your residences on a daily basis.
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On Thursday September 27 members of the Brewster Fire Department performed on-duty training utilizing the department’s new training tower. Firefighters deployed attack lines from the internal standpipe system to suppress a simulated fire in the second floor smoke room of the tower while other members utilized the aerial ladder to practice vent/enter/isolate/search techniques that are used to quickly enter a burning structure to search for and rescue trapped occupants. Department members are extremely excited and look forward to improving their hands-on firefighting knowledge and skills and their ability to serve the community through the use of this new state-of-the-art training facility. Thank you residents of Brewster!
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BREWSTER — A chance meeting between an Irish artist and a Brewster couple on their 50th anniversary trip to Waterford, Ireland, paved the way for a new 9/11 memorial there that was unveiled earlier this week.
In 2011, Rose and Ralph Ingegneri were on a bus tour, and advised to visit a glass artist named Sean Egan. They walked to the crystal engraver’s studio and found him working on a 10th anniversary memorial of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ralph Ingegneri, the former fire chief in Mount Kisco, New York, was touched, and before he left, Egan asked Ingegneri if he could get him a piece of steel from the World Trade Center for the sculpture.
With the help of Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran, Ingegneri got Egan a small piece to be used in the “Miracle on Stairwell B” sculpture, which was put on display at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.
The Brewster couple developed a friendship with Egan, and they asked the artist to create two crystal pieces to commemorate the Boston Marathon bombings. Those sculptures were unveiled two years ago in Dedham.
While in the States for the dedication, Egan traveled to Brewster to see the fire department’s 9/11 memorial at the headquarters on Route 6A.
Egan again asked if Ingegneri and Moran could help him get a piece of steel, only this time for memorial in Waterford, Ireland.
Ingegneri turned once more to Moran, a former Englewood, New Jersey, fire chief who had spent days working at ground zero after the terrorist attacks.
Through a series of connections at the office of the New York City fire commissioner, Moran was able to secure another piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
Ingegneri had the steel piece trucked to Brooklyn for a three-month boat trip to Egan in Waterford.
The Ingegneris traveled to Ireland last week to take part in Sunday’s unveiling ceremony, as did two New York firefighters; Moran was unable to attend.
“We sincerely hope that the memorial is a fitting tribute to the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 many of whom have Irish connections and it is also in honour of our own first responders who keep us safe,” Egan said in a statement on the Waterford City Council website.
“It put chills through you,” Ingegneri said Wednesday in describing the ceremony.
In a speech at the ceremony, surrounded by Irish emergency service members and dignitaries, Ingegneri reflected on the people who lost their lives in the attack, talked about how the steel came to be in Waterford, and thanked the people of Ireland.
“They were so overwhelmed to have that piece,” he said. “They have a place now where they can go and reflect.”
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Brewster Fire Captain Dan Kimball Deploys to North Carolina with Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team
On Saturday September 15, Brewster Fire Captain Dan Kimball and nine other swift water rescue certified firefighters of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team were deployed to North Carolina as elements of the Southeast Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team to assist with water rescue operations in flood ravaged areas of the state. The team arrived with a variety of water rescue equipment and boats on Sunday September 16 after a seventeen hour drive. They are scheduled to remain in North Carolina for a ten day period. Brewster Fire wishes all members of the team a safe deployment and return trip to the Cape.
On Tuesday September 11, 2018 the Brewster Fire Department hosted our seventh annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.
The well attended memorial service honored all first responders and civilian victims who perished in the tragic events that occurred seventeen years ago on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders.
Brewster Select Board member Dr. Mary Chaffee served as the keynote speaker for the event and Pastor Rodney Dobbs of the Northside United Methodist Church provided the invocation. Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf and Brewster Police Chief also participated in the ceremony.
Inspiring renditions of the National Anthem, Taps, Let There Be Peace on Earth, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America were sung by the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church Choir. Ian McEwen of the Highland Light Bagpipe Band provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri for their outstanding work on the program, the Brewster Department of Public Works, and all those in attendance.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the members of our community who joined us in remembering the victims of the tragic terrorist events that occurred on September 11, 2001.