Open Burning Season Starts January 15

Open burning season begins on January 15, 2019 and ends on May 1, 2019. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department. All regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line shall be followed.

Burn permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application available at brewsterfire.com. Permits are $10.00 each payable by cash or check. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.

You may also visit brewsterfire.com and click on the Fire Prevention link then click on Open Burning Rules & Regulations to obtain further information on the process necessary to obtain a permit and on the method required to utilize the mandatory daily brush fire call in phone line.

The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.

 

Remember, Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!

Happy Holidays

The Members of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Department
Wish all of our Residents a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season!

Brewster Firefighters Respond to Chatham Structure Fire

On Thursday December 13 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Engine 234, and Ladder 237 responded to 240 Commerce Park North in Chatham on a mutual aid second alarm assignment. On arrival Chatham firefighters were confronted with  heavy fire from a large commercial structure used for motor vehicle and boat repairs and immediately initiated an exterior defensive fire attack. During the incident Brewster firefighters were assigned to force entry into the structure, stretch attack lines, assist with overhaul, and set-up Ladder 237 for potential ladder pipe use. The building suffered heavy fire damage and no injuries were reported. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 7:45 p.m. The fire remains under investigation by the Chatham Fire and Police Departments.  

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Worcester Fire Department LODD

The Brewster Fire Department offers our sincere condolences to the members of the Worcester Fire Department and the friends and family of Firefighter Christopher Roy.  RIP Brother.

 


 

Brewster Fire Department Employment Announcement | Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic

 

The Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill a full time Firefighter/Paramedic position. Applicants must hold Firefighter I/II certification from the Massachusetts State Fire Academy or Pro-Board equivalent and be a Massachusetts licensed Paramedic or be capable of obtaining a Massachusetts Paramedic license within six (6) months of hire. The individual shall successfully pass the Massachusetts Physical Agility Test, background check, and a medical exam prior to hire.

 

Applicants must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, be 21 yrs of age or older, and possess a HS Diploma or equivalent (GED). Associates Degree/Bachelors Degree in a fire service or medical/health related field is preferred. Employees must live within 6 air miles of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Station (1671 Main St.) within 6 months of date of hire. Starting salary is $52,156.00/yr.

 

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 Monday December 10, 2018. Applications must be accompanied by licensing documents and resume and be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday December 21. EOE

Brewster Fire and Police Departments Team Up For Rewarding Toys for Tots and Homeless for the Holiday Programs

 

Brewster Permanent Firefighters IAFF Local 3763, Brewster Fire/Rescue Association, and the Brewster Police PBA would like to thank all of our residents and visitors who contributed to our Toys for Tots and Homeless for the Holiday events. The generosity and support received from our community along with the exceptional work of our personnel resulted in providing much needed support and assistance to numerous  families looking to fulfill the holiday wishes of children with our community and the surrounding areas. Through your generous donations the following contributions were made:

  • Over 750 toys donated to the U.S. Marines Stuff a Bus event and Lower Cape Outreach Council.
  • Over 500 lbs. of non-perishable food donated to the food pantries at Our Lady of the Cape and Brewster Baptist Churches.
  • 3,000.00 In monetary donations that will be used to provide gifts, food, and a special Christmas dinner for six Brewster families and their eight children.

We would like to thank the many local businesses, organizations, and individuals who provided support to our members during the Homeless for the Holidays event. These charitable supporters include Laurinos’s Tavern, Eat Cake for Breakfast, Ocean Edge Resort, Wingate Assisted Living, Maplewood Senior Living, Barnstable County Incident Management Team, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, Brewster Dunkin Donuts, Our Lady of the Cape Church, Sweetwater Campground (Bryan Rylander), Dave Tubman, and Jim Baskin of Brewster Ace Hardware.

 

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Think Safety First When Heating your Home this Winter

 

Heating caused 8,518 fires over the past five years and is the number two cause of home fires in Massachusetts. Use your home heating system and space heating appliances wisely and responsibly. That’s the way to
Keep Warm and Keep Safe.

The ABCs of Fire Safety

  • Make sure there are working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level including one outside the bedrooms.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and change batteries twice a year, when you change the clocks.
  • Hold home fire drills to practice the home escape plan.
  • Practice home fire safety and set a good example for the children.Be Careful When Using Fireplaces and Solid Fuel StovesIf you heat your home by burning solid fuels (coal, firewood, pellets), be careful before, dur- ing and after using these kinds of fuels.
  • Have the chimney professionally cleaned every year.
  • Make sure the stove is approved by a national testing agency such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).
  • Get a building permit before installing a stove.
  • Keep anything that can burn three feet away.
  • Dispose of the ashes in a metal container, with a lid, away from the house, garage and porch.Space Heaters Need SpaceFires caused by space heaters are rare but often deadly. If you must use a space heater, do so safely.
  • Do not use space heaters as your #1 heating source.
  • Keep anything that can burn three feet away.Department of Fire Serviceswww.mass.gov/dfs • (978) 567-3380
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  • Use only heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Always turn off when going to bed or leaving home.
  • Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in MA for home use.Maintain Natural Gas EquipmentNatural gas is a safe and efficient way to cook, heat our homes and hot water.
  • Have your furnace and hot water heater professionally checked every year.
  • Do not use or store gasoline or painting supplies inside where they can be ignited by the pilot light.Gas leaks can be dangerous – if you smell something like rotten eggs or you think there might be a leak,
  • Move outdoors.
  • Do not smoke or turn on or off electrical switches – sparks can cause an explosion.
  • Dial 911 immediately.Maintain Oil Heating EquipmentHome heating with fuel oil is also safe and efficient.
  • Have your furnace professionally cleaned and checked every year.
  • Don’t let the tank get completely empty.
  • Call for service if the oil burner releases smoke or soot in the house.Carbon Monoxide: the Silent KillerHeating equipment is the leading source of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home.
  • Don’t use the gas stove or oven for heat.
  • Have furnaces and chimneys checked annually by a professional.
  • Keep appliance vents and exhaust pipes clear of drifting snow and bushes.Fuel AssistanceFor information on fuel assistance, please call the HEATLINE at 1-800-632-8175 (or for Boston only 617-357-6012) or on-line at www.mass.gov/dhcd.

Chimney & Woodstove Fire Safety

In 2017, there were 524 fire incidents involving chimneys, fireplaces, and woodstoves. These fires were responsible for 6 civilian fire deaths, 4 civilian injuries, 1 fire service death and 11 firefighter injuries. They resulted in $2.9 million in property losses. These incidents made up 37% of all fires linked to heating systems

 

WINTER Holiday Fire Safety

BRIGHT LIGHTS

• Unplug all lighting before retiring for the evening or leaving the house.

• Purchase lights and electric decorations which are listed by an approved testing agency such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

• Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc.

• Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord.

• Never use candles on trees, near live or otherflammable decorations.

• Blow out candles before leaving the room. Don’t leave candles burning unattended.

• Consider buying new energy efficient LED lights thatdon’t get as hot.

• Always use appropriate weatherproof lights outdoors.

TREE SAFETY

  • Never use candles as decorations.
  • Keep trees away from heat.
  • Never use a cut tree in a place of public assembly (apartment or hotel lobbies, restaurants, etc).
  • Water a cut tree daily.
  • Use a “non-tip” style tree stand.
  • Use only fire retardant decorations.• Never leave a lit tree unattended.• Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday, before the needles dry out.

    • Artificial trees should have a fireretardant label.

    • Never hang lights on a metallic tree.