Please join the Brewster Fire Department for last day coffee as we celebrate the retirement of these two veteran department members.
Friday July 5
Brewster Fire/Rescue Headquarters
Please join the Brewster Fire Department for last day coffee as we celebrate the retirement of these two veteran department members.
On Friday June 21 at 2:47 p.m. Brewster Squad 241 and Ambulance 244 were dispatched to a two car motor vehicle accident with reported injuries at the intersection of Paine’s Creek and Main Street. On arrival Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) assumed command and reported two vehicles with minor to moderate front end damage and four occupants requiring medical assessment.
On arrival of the units Paramedics initiated triage operations and assessment of the patients. As a result of the evaluation it was determined all four occupants suffered non-life threatening injuries. All signed medical care and transport refusals. The Brewster Police provided traffic control during the incident and the Brewster DPW assisted with clean-up of the intersection.
It is with deep regret that the Brewster/Fire Rescue Department announces the passing of retired Fire Chief Roy Jones earlier today. Details on fire department services will follow once developed. Please keep the Jones family in your thoughts and prayers.
On an annual basis Brewster Fire/Rescue responds to a number of reports of distressed swimmers, potential drownings, missing persons, and overturned vessels on Cape Cod Bay and the many ponds located within the Town and Nickerson State Park. These type of incidents increase markedly during the summer months when the community experiences a significant growth in population.
Based on the considerable differences in the bodies of water that we protect, diverse boat equipment, and a lack of launching sites the fire department is compelled to operate under two diverse, yet well-defined operational guidelines when responding to these events. To ensure our personnel are prepared to operate within these directives and employ the essential search and rescue techniques required to achieve a positive outcome at these life-threatening events the department conducts annual refresher training each June. The photos here show members of the department conducting training on Long Pond with the departments 17’ Boston Whaler and 13’ Zodiac fast boat.
Brewster Fire Department
Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic/EMT
The Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill full time Firefighter/Paramedic and/or Firefighter Emergency Medical Technician positions from an employment list. The organization reserves the right to hire for these positions based on operational needs as determined by the Chief of Department. Applicants shall hold or be able to obtain Pro-Board Firefighter I/II certification from the Massachusetts State Fire Academy within six months of hire and must be a licensed Massachusetts Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician upon application. Candidates shall successfully pass the Massachusetts Physical Agility Test, a comprehensive background check, and a medical exam prior to employment.
Applicants must hold a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, be 21 yrs of age or older, and possess a HS Diploma or equivalent (GED). If appointed, employees must live within 6 air miles of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Station (1671 Main St.) within 6 months of date of hire. Starting annual EMT salary is $51,615.00 and Paramedic is $56,776.00.
Applications may be picked up at Fire Headquarters (1671 Main Street Brewster MA, 02631) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, beginning Wednesday June 19, 2019. Returned applications must be accompanied by licensing documents, cover letter, and resume and be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday July 8, 2019. EOE
On Sunday June 9 at 9:47 a.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported three car motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Stony Brook Road and Main Street near the Dennis border. Ambulance 242 and Squad 241 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. On arrival they found three vehicles (one towing a boat) with minor to moderate damage, no victim entrapment, and a minor fluid spill. Firefighters quickly triaged all of the involved occupants and identified one patient requiring transport to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Brewster Police provided traffic control and scene security during the incident which remains under investigation.
On Saturday June 8 at 9:43 a.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to the Habitat for Humanity construction site on Paul Hush Way for a worker who had fallen approximately ten feet into the basement of a partially completed residence. On arrival firefighters found a male lying on the concrete floor in the basement of the dwelling. A trauma based assessment found the victim had sustained a non-life threatening head injury during the fall. Due to the first floor being finished plywood the patient had to be extricated via an exterior opening in the foundation.
In order to complete this complex removal firefighters requested additional staff from fire headquarters. Using several floor joists from the site on duty members quickly built a slide that allowed them to safely guide the patient up from the basement to the exterior where he was placed into the ambulance and transported to Cape Cod Hospital.
Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank the Brewster Police for their assistance at this response. The safe and rapid removal of the patient from this confined below grade area was made possible only through the cooperative and coordinated efforts of the professional public safety personnel who responded to the scene.
STOW, MA – From Mass Department of Fire Services: “Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Many people are anticipating activities with family and friends, and getting their yards and grills ready for gatherings. Take a few minutes for safety and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.”
Between 2014 and 2018, Massachusetts fire departments responded to 474 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues. These fires caused 19 civilian injuries, seven firefighter injuries, and $3.8 million in property damage. Last year, a terrible house fire started in Duxbury when the grill was used right against the side of the house.
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey offered these safety tips for grilling safety:
• Always grill outdoors.
• Place grills 10-feet away from the house and deck railings. Make sure grills are not under eaves or overhanging branches.
• You should not use a gas or charcoal grill on any porch or balcony.
• Gas grills can be used on first floor decks or patios, only if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or it is at ground level.
• Grills cannot be used indoors or on fire escapes.
• Keep all matches, lighters and lighter fluid away from children.
• Keep children and pets three feet away from grills. Create a circle of safety. Children should never play near grills.
On June 6, 2018, the Millbury Fire Department responded to a suppertime grill fire. The grill ignited nearby furniture on the porch. Damages were estimated at $20,000. The home had no fire sprinklers.
On July 11, 2018, shortly after midnight, the Ayer Fire Department responded to an outside grill fire. The homeowner had left the grill on at around 9 p.m. to clean it but forgot to shut it off later. The heat from the grill ignited the nearby wood railings on the deck and caused $26,000 in damage. The home had no fire sprinklers.
On August 19, 2018, the Scituate Fire Department responded to a grill fire on the back deck of a single family home. Working smoke alarms alerted the residents. Damages were estimated at $15,000. The home had no fire sprinklers.
Propane is the most common grilling fuel, but many people use charcoal grills. Here are some charcoal grill safety tips:
• Only use charcoal starter fluid. Do not use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill.
• Never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals. Doing so may cause a flash fire and result in serious burn injuries.
• Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Never use charcoal grills indoors.
• For proper disposal of grill ashes, allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal.
• If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.
Gasoline and Lawnmowers
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Is your teenager finally old enough to mow the lawn? Then be sure to discuss gasoline safety at the same time; talk about why it is important to let the engine cool before refueling.” Gasoline vapors are highly flammable and refueling a hot motor can ignited them. Gasoline spilled onto clothing can give off vapors until completely dry and be ignited by any heat source. Gasoline vapors can travel a long distance to find an ignition source, which is why gasoline cannot be stored inside the house. In the past five years (2014-2018), 335 lawn mower fires caused one civilian death, four civilian injuries, two fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $1.6 million.
• Store gasoline outside only in approved containers.
• Keep gasoline away from all heat sources, such as smoking materials, pilot lights, campfires, and grills.
• Fill a cooled lawn mower. Never refill while it is hot.
• Keep hands and feet away from a mower while it is running.
On April 24, 2017, at 9:05 a.m., the East Bridgewater Fire Department was dispatched to a fatal fire in a single-family home. The victim, an 86-year old man was working on his lawn tractor when it caught fire and spread to his clothes and the deck. The building did not have any sprinklers and damages were estimated to be $242,400.
On May 18, 2017, gasoline vapors ignited when a man attempted to refuel a commercial riding lawn mower in Framingham. The mower was damaged and he suffered second-degree burns to his left arm.
Gasoline and Outdoor Fires
“Never use gasoline to start a campfire or add it to any indoor or outdoor fire,” said Ostroskey. “We have had so many injuries this year from people mishandling gasoline and other flammable liquids.” In the past five years, Massachusetts hospitals have reported treating 132 people with serious burn injuries from gasoline. On March 26, 2019, there were two terrible incidents in different communities when gasoline was added to outdoor fires causing terrible injuries.
In Ware, four young adults were injured at a birthday party when one of them added a flammable liquid to an outside burn barrel. Two were life-flighted to a Boston hospital; one was taken to a Worcester hospital, and one was treated at a local hospital.
In West Springfield, a man was seriously injured after pouring gasoline into a fire pit.
Smoking was the leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts last year, and there have been many fires this spring from improperly discarded smoking materials on porches and in backyards. These fires can smolder undetected for a long time and when they erupt into flames, travel fast. If they start on the exterior of the building, these fires can get a strong hold before the interior smoke alarms start to warn anyone of the danger. If you smoke, put it out, all the way, every time. Extinguish smoking materials in a can with sand or water, not in the mulch, leaves, grass, in a potted plant or other container that can catch fire. Don’t snub them out on the porch railing or stairs.
Smoking materials caused a spring 2018 Chelsea fire that started on a back porch and consumed three triple-deckers leaving a dozen people homeless.
A late March 2019 fire displaced 20 from a Douglas apartment building started by a cigarette tossed into dry mulch.
An April 3, 2019 fire destroyed a Peabody manufactured home. It was started by smoking materials discarded into dried leaves.
An April 27, 2019 fire in Newton killed a 62-year old man and injured an elderly woman. The fire was started by smoking materials underneath the exterior deck.
Marshal Ostroskey reminds us that, “The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts.” This includes sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers and cherry bombs, and more. “Leave fireworks to the professionals, and enjoy supervised displays,” he said. “It is illegal to purchase fireworks in another state and transport them to Massachusetts,” he added. Last summer, there were many fires, amputations and burn injuries from illegal fireworks in Massachusetts.
A 22-year old man was seriously injured when roman candles were set off inside an Amherst apartment.
A 22-year old was injured in Gloucester playing with sparklers.
A 10-year old boy was injured by illegal fireworks at a Marshfield beach on July 3, 2018. He was an innocent by-stander.
A man lost part of his hand when a firework he was holding exploded. The explosion occurred in a Mansfield MBTA parking lot.
The Tewksbury Fire Department provided emergency medical care to a man who lost a part of every finger on his right hand when a firework he was holding exploded.
A 25-year old Brockton man suffered injuries to his left hand when a “cherry bomb” exploded.
A 22-year old Kingston man suffered injuries to his hands, face and stomach from a firework.
In the past decade (2009-2018), there have been 800 major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks in Massachusetts. These incidents resulted in 12 civilian injuries, 39 fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $2.5 million.
On June 25, 2018, people shooting fireworks in the street started a fire in a 6-unit Lynn apartment building. One ricocheted to the second floor porch and ignited several items. The fire spread to the rest of the second floor and to the third floor. Thirty-four firefighters were injured at this fire.
Burn First Aid
• Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll to extinguish a clothing fire.
• Cool a burn. For minor burns, run cool water over the burn immediately.
• Seek emergency medical help immediately for more serious burns. Call 9-1-1.
• Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection from both UVB and UVA to avoid sunburn and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association and the Barnstable County Fire Academy Host Leadership Program
On Thursday May 23, 155 Firefighters and Fire Officers from Cape Cod and the surrounding region attended a one day leadership seminar titled “Fully Involved: Learn, Coach, Lead” presented by Palo Alto CA Fire Captain Mark Von Appen. The program which was held at the Ocean Edge resort focused on the “Big Four” principles of “Do Your Job”, “Treat People Right”, “Have an All in Attitude”, and “Give An All Out Effort”.
During the day Captain Von Appen took the opportunity to explain how the attendees could use these four basic, yet powerful leadership principles to develop competent and committed teams of firefighters devoted to achieving group and organizational success and the effective delivery of outstanding fire and emergency medical services to their communities. The Captain has presented this dynamic and sought after leadership program throughout the United States on many occasions and securing him to present on Cape Cod was a vital component of the Chiefs Associations and Fire Academy’s cooperative efforts to bring vibrant and motivating leadership training programs to the regions firefighters. Thirteen Brewster Firefighters and Fire Officers attended the program.