Ocean Edge Chief Robert Moran BFD

2-20-19 Ocean Edge Chief Robert Moran BFD from Cape Wide News LLC on Vimeo.


BREWSTER – A partial collapse of a building at the Ocean’s Edge complex in Brewster was reported around 8:45 AM. Two supporting columns in the basement pool level of the resorts west wing collapsed causing deflection and sagging of the first and second floors. On arrival Squad 241 firefighters under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant Brewster conducted a primary search and assisted with removing two families from their hotel rooms. Other guests had been removed by Ocean Edge staff prior to the fire department arrival. No injuries were reported. The Brewster Building Department was requested to the scene to check the structural integrity of the building. Eversource and National Grid utility crews secured all gas and electric to the structure and the Brewster Water Department secured the domestic water and fire suppression water supply.  Ocean Edge staff and structural engineers are in the process of temporarily shoring the building so that repairs can be made in an expedient manner. The building will remain closed until permanent repairs can be made. Other portions of the resort remain in full operation.

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Brewster Firefighters Respond to Wellfleet Structure Fire

On Sunday February 10 at 11:07 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire located at 2318 Route 6 in the Town of Wellfleet. Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene on the initial working fire assignment. Upon arrival Wellfleet firefighters found a well involved structure and numerous vehicles and excavating equipment on fire threatening a nearby residential structure.  Burning embers from the fire were also endangering a church located just south of the complex. Command rapidly requested both second and third alarm assignments and a tanker task force due to no hydrants being in the vicinity of the fire. Initial arriving firefighters stretched several blitz guns and 2 ½ inch attack lines to begin a defensive attack on the fully involved structure. A tanker shuttle and drafting operation was established to provide water to the scene. While at the incident Brewster firefighters assisted with water supply operations, fire attack, and overhaul once the main body of fire was extinguished. The fire was placed under control approximately one hour after arrival. Wellfleet firefighters remained on the scene for several hours on fire watch to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

During the incident Brewster Engine 239 provided fire protection coverage in the Town Wellfleet until approximately 5:00 a.m. Due to several diesel fuel tanks and other potential hazardous fuels being involved the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was requested to the scene. In addition, the State Fire Marshal was requested to respond to conduct an investigation of the origin and cause of the fire. They were assisted by members of the Wellfleet Police and Fire Departments. There were no reported injuries.

February 3-9, 2019 is Burn Awareness Week

STOW, MAFrom Mass Department of Fire Services: State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “February 3-9, 2019 is Burn Awareness Week. Children under 5 are more likely to suffer burn injuries than any other age group. Hot liquid burns, or scalds, are the leading cause of burns to children under five and to seniors over 65.”

This year’s theme from the American Burn Association is “It Can Happen in a Flash with a Splash”. It underscores how hot liquids can burn like fire. In 2018, 45% of all burns reported to the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System(M-BIRS) were scalds. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the burns to children under 5 were caused by hot liquids such as tap water, drinks, cooking liquids, and steam.

Tap Water Safety
Last July, a 2-month old Fall River girl suffered burns on one-quarter of her body from tap water in the bathtub. It takes only one second for water at 155˚F to cause a third degree burn.

  • Set your hot water heater to 125˚F or less. Massachusetts law requires a temperature between 110˚F and 130˚F.
  • Supervise young children in the bath and face them away from faucets. Babies and toddlers can turn on hot water when you turn your back.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.

Hot Drink Safety
In August, a 1-year old North Adams boy suffered burns to 20% of his body when he pulled a large cup of coffee onto himself.

  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand. A wiggling baby can cause a spill on himself or on you.
  • Consider using a “travel mug” with a tight fitting lid to prevent or minimize spills.
  • Keep hot drinks and soups away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats. Putting them in the center of the table keeps them away from curious fingers.

Cooking Safety
Children often suffer burns when they get under foot when someone is cooking. Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate, high chair or playpen for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot “no-kid zone” for older children. Teach them to keep “3 giant steps” away from the stove to keep themselves safe. You can prevent spills and other burns by using back burners and turning pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.

Last summer, an 80-year old man on Cape Cod suffered significant burns when he spilled hot tomato soup onto himself. Scalds caused 40% of burns to older adults in 2018. Other tips to prevent burns in the kitchen include:

  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front to prevent steam burns.

About the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS)
The Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System is a joint program between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Fire Services. All burns affecting 5% or more of the body surface area must be reported by physicians and hospitals to the Department of Fire Services. In addition to being a tool for law enforcement to catch arsonists, it is a powerful injury prevention tool for health educators and policy makers.

Highlighting the Importance of Keeping Driveways Accessible for Fire Apparatus and Ambulances

On February 1 at 12:27 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported chimney fire at a residence on Stony Brook Road featuring a winding 200’ long driveway that fire apparatus was required to navigate to reach the front of the home. As you can see from these pictures it is critical that residents maintain a clear driveway of sufficient width and height such as this one that allows emergency vehicles immediate and unobstructed access. This is particularly important for homes setback long distances from main roadways. On a good note, the chimney fire at this residence was quickly handled by Brewster firefighters with no reported damage.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Record Number of Service Requests in 2018

During 2018 the Brewster Fire/Rescue Department responded to a record number of 3,426 “runs” or requests for emergency medical and fire services. This significant increase of 16.3% or 480 responses over the prior year’s total represents the first time in the era of modern record keeping that the department has recorded more than 3,000 annual calls. During the year department members responded to 914 fire based incidents and 2512 emergency medical based requests for service which represent 73.3% of the total annual runs.

Included in the 914 fire based responses were 14 structure fires, 60 motor vehicle collisions, 141 service calls, and 404 smoke and carbon monoxide detector and sprinkler system activations.

1,548 of the medical responses resulted in patient transports to Cape Cod Hospital. Of these transports 1,220 were attributed to Brewster residents and 328 to non-residents. While the age groups of those transported range from 0-65+ the highest number of patients (1,294) fall into the 50+ age category highlighting the recognized chronic aging of our Towns population and leading contributing factor to the consistent rise in requests for fire department services.

Brewster Fire Department Is Offering a Stop the Bleed Training Program



Wednesday February 6, 2019 6:00 p.m.

Fire Headquarters

1671 Main Street


Please call 508-896-7018 to register!

Heavy Rain And Strong Winds Beginning This Evening Thursday

Mass DFS offers safety tips for preventing and dealing with frozen pipes

STOW, MA – From Mass Department of Fire Services: (after this release was issued, DFS reported that Gardner had a 5-alarm fire Tuesday started by a man using a plumber’s torch to thaw frozen pipes). State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This bitter cold weather brings the risk of frozen pipes. As difficult as that situation is, it is important not to make a bad situation worse; many people cause fires trying to thaw frozen pipes.”

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls, or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
  • Be careful using space heaters to warm up areas near pipes. Don’t overload circuits. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Try not to use extension cords but if you must, make sure they are rated for the appliance. Heat producing appliances need stronger extension cords than lamps.
  • Remember not to leave the door of a gas oven open; it will produce large amounts of carbon monoxide.
  • Be sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home.

“Fortunately the weather will warm up in the next few days which will help frozen pipes thaw and prevent additional pipes from freezing,” said Ostroskey.

Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home or business set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
  • Shut off outside water.

Protect Sprinklers Systems

In order to protect sprinkler systems, check on your building during to the cold snap, especially if you don’t have a low temperature alarm. Make sure that all portions of the building remain heated to at least 40°F and not exposed to freezing conditions. Setting the thermostat higher at least 50-60 °F during this cold snap will help make sure pipes in concealed areas stay warm.

Brewster Fire Department Receives Fire Safety Education Grants

The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded two FY 2019 Fire Safety Education grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first is a Student Awareness of Fire Education or (S.A.F.E) grant in the amount of $3,754.00 that will support costs associated with training and placing firefighters in classrooms to conduct fire safety education in grades Pre-K through 6 while funding other fire safety programs, initiatives, and member training throughout the year. The primary mission of the S.A.F.E. grant is to ensure our local students recognize the dangers of fire and acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to support a fire safe environment throughout their lifetime. Since its inception in 1995 the S.A.F.E. program has reduced the average annual child fire deaths in the Commonwealth by over 70%.

The second grant is a Senior S.A.F.E. grant in the amount of $2,400.00. This funding will provide firefighters the ability to deliver fire and life safety education programs to older adults who are statistically proven to be the most at risk group to become involved in a fatal fire incident. Firefighters will use the opportunity to educate seniors as to the potential fire and life safety hazards they face on a daily basis through already established relationships with community based providers of senior support services such as the Council on Aging, senior housing complexes, and local nursing and assisted living facilities.

Fire Chief Robert Moran stated, “These grant awards will allow our professional staff an outstanding opportunity to provide complimentary high quality fire and life safety education to two of our community’s most significant population groups. We look forward to using these funds to continue our efforts to build accessible public relationships and improve the level of fire safety within our community. We thank Governor Baker, State officials and the Fire Marshal for their sustained support of enhancing the level of fire and life safety within the Commonwealth”.


Brewster Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire

On Monday January 14 at 8:33 a.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 2042 Main Street. On arrival Deputy Chief Kevin Varley reported fire showing from the roof of a 2 ½ wood frame private dwelling and requested a working fire assignment. He then passed command of the incident to Chief Moran. All occupants were found out of the structure on arrival of the fire department.

Brewster Squad 241 arrived on scene and stretched a 1 ¾ attack line into the second floor of the structure to extinguish the fire. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived and was assigned to place the aerial ladder to the roof and assist with fire extinguishment on the second floor. Brewster Engine 239 and Harwich Ladder 66 assisted with placing ground ladders to the building and the Harwich Engine Company was assigned Rapid Intervention (RIT). On arrival Dennis Engine 111 laid a supply line to Squad 241 and stretched an additional 1 ¾ attack line to the roof via ground ladders to assist with fire extinguishment on the exterior of the dwelling. A Dennis Fire Department ambulance stood by at the scene and the Eastham and Orleans Fire Department provided coverage in Brewster during the incident.

Fire damage was contained to the roof and attic of the building and moderate water damage occurred on the first floor. The Brewster Building Commissioner and electrical inspector responded to the scene and determined the building to be structurally sound. Brewster Police provided traffic control during the incident and the Brewster DPW was requested to apply sand to several frozen water spots on the roadway. All Brewster Fire units were placed back in service at approximately 10:30 a.m.