Nov 06

Extinguisher Recall

More than 40 million fire extinguishers sold over a four-decade period have been recalled because they may not work to put out fires, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The extinguishers, sold by Kidde, can become clogged or “require excessive force to discharge,” and fail to work during a fire emergency, the CPSC said. In addition, the nozzles on some of the extinguishers can detach with enough force to potentially injure someone.

So far, the CPSC has received nearly 400 reports of cases in which the recalled fire extinguishers failed to work properly. These included 91 reports of property damage, 16 reports of injuries (such as smoke inhalation and minor burns) and one death. The death, which occurred in 2014, happened when emergency responders tried to put out a car fire with a Kidde fire extinguisher, but could not get the extinguisher to work, CPSC said.

The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: those with plastic handles and those with a push-button on top. In total, 40.5 million fire extinguishers manufactured from 1973 to 2017 are being recalled.

Customers with the recalled fire extinguishers should contact Kidde to request a free replacement extinguisher. More information is available on Kidde’s website.

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer |

Original article on Live Science.

Nov 06

Brewster and Surrounding Fire Departments Conduct Annual Hose Testing

During the week of October 16 the Brewster Fire Department along with the Harwich, Orleans, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown Fire Departments conducted their annual hose testing as mandated in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.

Fail Safe, which is a nationally recognized hose testing company was hired to conduct this regional testing program. Offering this program in a regional format with the one vendor allowed each of the involved communities to significantly reduce the cost of completing this mandated testing. Fail Safe employees completed testing on over 40,000 feet of fire hose during the week long program.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Director of the Captain’s Golf Course Mark O’Brien for allowing these fire departments the opportunity to utilize the course parking lot for these tests.

Nov 06

Brewster Fire Department Presents Fire Safety Education Training

During the month of October members of the Brewster Fire Department presented our annual Fire Safety Education programs to all public and private schools within the community. The focus of this year’s program followed the national campaign of ensuring each home has a developed and practiced escape plan that ensures residents have two ways out should a fire occur in their home. Other fire safety elements included in the program included the use and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, crawl low in smoke, stop, drop, and roll, calling 911, and a hands-on demonstration of firefighter personal safety equipment and gear. The fire department also handed out coloring books, FF hats, and other fire safety literature to the children in attendance.  While this was a team effort a special thanks should go to our most recent certified fire safety educators FF Michael Herrmann and FF Paul Brazil for their work on this annual program.

Nov 06

Brewster Firefighters Attend Live Burn Training

 

On Wednesday November 1, members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live fire training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. This bi-annual training event is a critical component of our efforts to maintain operational efficiency and effectiveness during fire suppression operations.

During the rapid paced and dynamic training session Fire Academy instructors placed the firefighters in a variety of challenging live burn scenarios designed to simulate typical structure fire responses common to the Brewster Fire Department and our surrounding mutual aid communities.

Throughout the program firefighters carried out a number of fire suppression tasks that tested their operational skills and techniques in areas such as fire attack, ventilation, search & rescue, forcible entry, and incident command. This hands-on live fire training is a valuable asset to preparing and maintaining our members ability to operate safely, effectively, and efficiently at structure fire related incidents.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy for their dedicated and expert guidance during this outstanding training event.

Oct 26

Brewster Fire/Rescue Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips

The Brewster Fire Department offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including the fact that more children are injured by cars than fire or other safety issues on Halloween, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety. Drivers should use extra caution; drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating

▪ Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars. More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day.

▪ Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks; costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.

▪ Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.

▪ Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.

▪ If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.

▪ Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

▪ Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.

▪ Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles.

▪ Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.

This information was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. For more information please go to their website at www.mass.gov/dfs, and search on Halloween Safety, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.

Oct 12

Fire/Rescue Headquarters Construction Update

To ensure all of our residents are kept advised as to the ongoing Fire/Rescue Headquarters construction project the Committee will be sending out periodic updates to the community via the Fire Department and Town websites, Facebook pages, and local media outlets.

 

Since our last update in May a considerable amount of work has commenced and/or has been completed. The work includes:

  • Installation of all underground duct banks, structures, and conduit pathways for electric and fiber services for the existing cell tower and new fire building
  • Installation of the new septic system, landscaping, curbing, walkways, parking lot, and an outside picnic area for the COA
  • Erection of the pre-fabricated steel structural building components including the beam signed by the community
  • Installation of the exterior walls, interior metal stud framing, HVAC ducts, interior cement floor(s), and structural roof components
  • Completion of the site drainage areas
  • Installation of new irrigation system controls and conduit for the Gages baseball field
  • All furniture, communication equipment, telephones, security and camera devices, and other ancillary building infrastructure have been approved and bidding completed

Over the next few months workers will focus on completing the installation of the roof covering, windows, interior metal stud walls and utilities, utilities and concrete floor in the apparatus bays, site retention walls, interior roadways, mezzanine training and storage area, and the installation of the zip panels and Hardi-board exterior. The goal is to have the structure fully enclosed by mid-November which will allow work to continue throughout the winter months.

The committee continues to monitor the project daily through the Fire Chief, Owners Project Manager (Pomroy Associates), Architect (CDR Maguire), and the General Contractor (Delphi). Project meetings are held every two weeks with the project team and full Fire Station Committee meetings are being held on an as needed basis. To date, the construction cost remains within the budget level set by our residents at Town meeting and the grand opening date continues to be May 15.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

Update on Construction of New Rescue/Pumper

Construction of the department’s new rescue/pumper by Ferrara Fire Apparatus is moving along quickly. The apparatus is a multi-purpose vehicle (MVP Rescue/Pumper) that is being built on an Inferno custom chassis. It includes a Hale 1750 gallon per minute pump, foam system, light tower, 750 gallon water tank, Cummins diesel engine, Allison transmission, vehicle extrication tools, EMS equipment, ground ladders, and other specialized fire suppression related equipment. The vehicle is replacing two older fire apparatus (Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233) that are being traded in to reduce the size of the department’s apparatus fleet and decrease the overall cost of the project. Final inspection of the vehicle is scheduled for early December with a delivery prior to January 1.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

Brewster Fire Department Hosts Fire Prevention Week Open House

On Saturday October 7 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a community Open House to kick off the start of Fire Prevention Week. We use these events as principal instruments to establish and support relationships within the community, showcase our equipment, and deliver important fire safety messages to our residents and visitors.

Some of the highlights of the day included interactive demonstrations on the use of firefighter’s personal protective gear, hands-on application of brush fire attack lines, distribution of fire safety education literature, and displays of EMS life-saving equipment. Hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments were provided free of charge by the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association throughout the day.

Our organization would like to thank all of our residents and visitors who took the time to visit fire headquarters to learn more about the professional services we offer, our equipment, fire safety, and our personnel who provide high quality, efficient services to the community.

Oct 05

Brewster Fire Department to Host Fire Prevention Week Open House

 

To celebrate the start of Fire Prevention Week this year the Brewster Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Saturday October 7 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fire department personnel will distribute fire prevention and fire safety education material and several EMS and fire equipment displays will be set up for viewing. During the day firefighters will be distributing fire safety literature, conducting extinguisher demonstrations using propane fired props from the Barnstable County Fire Academy, showing fire prevention videos, and hosting other interactive events. Please take the time to stop by and learn more about home fire safety and the members of the Brewster fire department who serve you on a daily basis.

 

Oct 02

Brewster Fire Responds to Car into Marsh

At approximately 5:10 PM Sunday October 1, Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to Tubman Road opposite Griffiths Pond Road for a reported motor vehicle crash (MVC) with a car into the marsh and the driver entrapped in the vehicle. On arrival Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant located a vehicle that had plummeted off the road approximately 50’ through heavy brush and trees into a marsh area. A lone female occupant was trapped in the vehicle.

Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene, assumed command and requested a full department dispatch for additional staff due to the known complicated extrication operation. Firefighters made their way down to the vehicle and began evaluation and treatment to the injured driver. Cutting tools and the Jaws of Life were deployed from the Heavy Rescue to cut and remove portions of the vehicle to assist in removing the patient from the damaged vehicle.

After approximately fifteen minutes the female was extricated from the vehicle, placed on a backboard and carried up a steep embankment and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Fire Department units remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by a local towing company. During the incident Tubman Road was shut down in both directions. Brewster Police are investigating the crash.