Ice and Cold Water

Each Wintermany people are injured from exposure in cold water. Skaters and ice fishermen fall through the ice; boaters and canoeists capsize.

Learn how to protect yourself and others.



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Brewster Fire Department Delivers Toys to Lower Cape Outreach Council

On Tuesday December 17, members of Brewster Fire/Rescue delivered toys collected during their annual Toys for Tots campaign to Lower Cape Outreach Council. Lower Cape Outreach will then distribute these toys to their clients, children, and families from Harwich to Provincetown during their annual Santa Stop Shop and from their facility in Orleans. Brewster Fire is pleased to have been involved in such a meaningful program knowing that our efforts will bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children during the holiday season.

We wish to thank our residents and other individuals who donated toys for their generosity and support of this annual event!

Happy Holidays

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

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Assists Eastham Fire During Search for Missing Man

On Friday morning, December 13, 2019 at approximately 7:50am, the Eastham Police Department, along with the Eastham Fire Department responded to Hemenway Landing for a report of a vehicle off the roadway and stuck in the mud in a remote location. The vehicle was determined to belong to a 75-year-old individual from Wellfleet who suffers from dementia who had been reported missing on Thursday afternoon. The Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team and the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council Search Team were called to the scene to search for the individual. A K9 unit from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office also responded as well as a helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing. Drones from both the Eastham Fire Department and the Brewster Fire Department were also utilized. Barnstable County Sherriff’s Deputy Bernardo and K9 Nick tracked the missing person for approximately one-half a mile and located the individual kneeling in the mud in a marshy area. The Eastham Fire Department provided emergency medical treatment and transported the individual to Cape Cod Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. Multiple surrounding agencies assisted with the search as part of the police and fire rescue teams.


Information provided by Cape Wide News

State Fire Marshal Announces Candle Safety Day is December 9

STOW, MA – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that Monday, December 9, 2019 is Candle Safety Day and advised people to use candles safely during this holiday season and throughout the year. The second Monday in December has been established as Candle Safety Day by MGL C.6: S.12XX to promote the safe use of candles in the Commonwealth.

More Candle Fires Happen During Winter Holidays
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Candles are a traditional part of our holiday celebrations, but sadly, this increase in candle use causes an increase in candle fires.” The majority of candle fires happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and many occur on Christmas Day.

    • On Christmas Day, December 25, 2018, at 3:01 p.m., the Canton Fire Department was called to a candle fire in a 14-unit apartment building. The candle ignited the linen in a basement apartment bathroom. No one was injured at this fire. Alarms were present but it was undetermined if they operated. The building was not sprinklered and damages were estimated at $70,000.

Burn Candles Inside a 1-Foot Circle of Safety
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey recommends that in order to reduce the risk of fire, burn candles inside a 1-foot Circle of Safety, and offers these safety tips:

  • Burn candles inside a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
  • Never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Always extinguish candles after use.
  • When you go out, blow it out.
  • Use a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.

Switch to Flameless Candles
To be safe, consider using flameless candles in your home. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage instead of traditional candles.

Over 1/3 of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom
In 2018, candles caused 97 fires, five civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.4 million in damages. Of the 75 candle fires in homes, one-third occurred in the bedroom. It is all too easy to fall asleep and leave a candle burning unattended. “Remember to blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. Candle fires have dropped 72% since they peaked at 342 in 1999. “Although candle fires are decreasing, we must continue to practice safe candle use,” he added.

No Fatal Candle Fires in 2018
There were no fatal candle fires in 2018. However there were six civilian deaths in six candle fires between 2014 and 2018.

For more information, visit and type in candle safety in the search bar or go directly to our Candle Safety webpage.

Brewster Fire Conducts Search and Rescue Training

On Wednesday November 20 department members participated in search and rescue training using the fire department facility’s new smoke room. After a short classroom session focusing on primary search techniques, incident size-up, building construction, types of searches, and the use of webbing to rescue downed firefighters personnel joined in a hands-on session practicing a variety of search and rescue techniques in a smoke filled environment using the departments new personal thermal imaging camera equipment. Conducting hands-on training of this type is critical to improving the competency, coordination, and operational effectiveness of our firefighters.


Ambulance Expected in December

Delivery of New The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the middle stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. The chassis and interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure consistency and operational efficiency. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA. The vehicle, which is expected to be delivered in December is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.    

Wake and Funeral Arrangements Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard


Local 1009 regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Lt Jason Menard, Ladder Company 5 – Group 2.

Wake/Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St.  Worcester, MA

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 44 Temple St.  Worcester MA

Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard



Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard, 39, of Worcester, died while operating at a multi-residential structure fire at 7 Stockholm St. earlier this morning. When his company Ladder 5 arrived at the burning building just before 0100 hours there was heavy fire coming from the building with reports of a baby possibly trapped on the third floor.

Reports are that. “Lt. Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to help another trapped firefighter, helping him out the window. Fire conditions overtook the third floor at this time, and Lt. Menard was unable to escape.” Three other firefighters were injured the fire, one of whom suffered critical injuries. Lt. Menard leaves behind his wife, Tina, three children and his parents. Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the members of Worcester Fire, the injured members, and the Menard family.