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You The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town and the surrounding communities. In the next several days we will be changing our clocks for daylight-savings time. Our department is requesting a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and assist us in reducing fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage from occurring within your homes. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as we move into the colder winter months which is typically a peak period for fire incidents. Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of these known facts we urge you to keep your family safe by changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries when you change your clocks.
On Thursday February 27 members of Group 2 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball took advantage of the spring like weather to train on engine company pump operations. Group members were put through several scenarios that are commonly used at fire incidents including hydrant set-up procedures, water supply evolutions, and providing effective fire flows to the department’s aerial ladder master stream device. Another day of great training at Brewster Fire!
BREWSTER – Brewster Fire-Rescue assisted by Harwich Fire hiked into the woods off McGuerty Rd in Brewster in search of a man with reported medical condition. Brewster used their ATV to assist in the safe removal of the individual from the woods, where he was evaluated by paramedics. The victim reportedly declined transport to a hospital.
Photo by Craig S. Chadwick/CWN
BREWSTER – 75-years-ago, February 23rd, 1945, 6 U.S. Marines raised the American Flag at Iwo Jima. The event was captured in one of the most iconic photos ever taken. On Sunday, a ceremony was held at the Brewster Fire Department to mark the event. In a slow, solemn salute, Col. Walter Watson, USMC Commandant of Marine Corps League Detachment 125 spoke about the event and the need for the next generation to respect and honor those who have fought for the American way of life. The battle cost 6,800 U.S. Marines their life. The names of the six marines who raised the flag were read. Also speaking were State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, and Brewster Town Administrator Peter Lombardi
Photos and video by Jane Sheehy Emplit/CWN
On Friday February 21, members of Group 1 under the direction of Captain Michael Gerlach conducted roof ventilation training using the department’s roof training prop. Vertical roof ventilation using chain and rotary saws is a common fireground operation used to release the products of combustion (smoke, heat, gases) from attics and other high points of a building during a structure fire. The training prop provides Brewster firefighters the ability to learn and practice these skills in a safe and controlled environment prior to applying them at a fire scene.
BREWSTER – Brewster Police are investigating a bizarre crash in the front yard of a home. The crash happened shortly before 3:30 PM Sunday in front of 424 block of Yankee Drive. Photos appear to show the Hyundai Elantra went off the road, struck a mailbox and may have ridden a boulder ending up against a tree at a precarious angle. Firefighters had to stabilize the vehicle in order to extricate the driver who was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation. A Harwich Ambulance and Orleans Deputy Chief assisted at the scene.
Photo by Craig S. Chadwick/CWN with additional video by Jake O’Callaghan/CWN
After conducting written testing and assessment center activities for the position of Fire Captain and a comprehensive interview process for the position of Fire Prevention Officer Brewster Fire/Rescue is pleased to announce the following promotions effective January 27, 2020.
Acting Fire Captain/Paramedic Chad Foakes is promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic
Acting Fire Captain/Paramedic Michael Gerlach is promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic
FF/Paramedic Carrie McEnaney is promoted to the position of Fire Prevention Officer
Congratulations and good luck in your new positions!
Brewster Fire/Rescue and the Brewster community offers our sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of former Brewster Whitecaps Head Coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa.