On Sunday January 28 at 6:41 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched by the Brewster Police to Breakwater Beach for a female party in the water. Ambulance 243, Engine 234, Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) responded to the scene. On arrival Captain Anthony Dalmau reported three individuals in the water (one student and two staff members of the Latham School) with the student refusing to come to shore. He immediately requested Engine 234 to prepare rescue swimmers to enter the dark, cold, wind-driven water and conduct a rescue of the individuals. Captain Dan Kimball and FF Chad Foakes donned suits and entered the bay to effect the rescue. The two staff members self-evacuated with assistance from the water however the female student continued to move off shore with the rescue swimmers following until such time they lost sight of her in the choppy waters approximately 150 yards from shore.
On Thursday January 25 at 9:16 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Route 6 westbound at mile marker 85. The fire was first reported by the State Police. On arrival Brewster Engine 234 found the vehicle fully involved. A 1 ¾ attack line was stretched from the engine and the fire was quickly knocked down. Brewster Engine 239 also responded to the scene as a secondary water source. Traffic was closed in both directions for a short period of time by the Brewster and State Police due to the lanes being obscured by heavy smoke. The vehicle was a total loss. All fire units were placed back in service by approximately 10:00 a.m.
On Saturday January 20 at 12:20 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to Dennis for a reported structure fire at 66 Sea Street. At the time of dispatch the Dennis Fire Department was handling several other incidents which allowed Brewster Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball to arrive first due at the fire with Dennis Deputy Chief Robert Brown. On arrival heavy black smoke was showing from side “B” of the building. A quick size-up determined the fire was located in the basement of the 200 year old dwelling. The engine crew stretched a 1 ¾ attack line into the below grade area initiating a quick knock down of the heavy fire. Dennis firefighters arrived on scene and stretched a back-up line into the basement while others completed ventilation of the structure and utility shut offs. Dennis fire officials say the occupants of the building were welding in an attached barn and as a result hot embers slipped through the flooring into the basement causing the fire. Damage to the structure was contained to the basement.
Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) also responded to the scene.
The Town of Brewster seeks qualified applicants for the full-time position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Requirements include Massachusetts Paramedic and FF I/II Pro-Board certification, high school diploma or GED (Associates Degree preferred), and current Massachusetts state driver’s license. Employment hours shall be Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (40 hour work week). The position is funded through a SAFER Firefighters Hiring Grant. The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive medical examination, drug screening, criminal background investigation, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division’s Physical Abilities Test prior to employment. Interested applicants shall send cover letter and resume to Fire Chief Robert Moran Brewster Fire/Rescue Headquarters 1657 Main Street, Brewster MA 02631. Deadline for submissions is Friday February 2, 2018 or until positions are filled. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
The Brewster Fire Department was recently awarded two FY 2018 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 $3,708.00 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 $2,415.00. 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”.
Open burning season begins on January 15, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2018. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department and follow the regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line.
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. 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!
On December 18 Fire Department personnel conducted a final inspection of our new Squad 241 at the Ferrara Fire Apparatus plant in Holden, LA. A number of minor issues were found during the inspection process which included a complete and detailed review of the vehicles specifications and construction from the frame to the finished paint. After making these final adjustments and revisions to the multi-functional apparatus Louisiana it was delivered to Specialty Vehicles Inc, in North Attleboro who is the local Ferrara dealer for final preparation, lettering, and tool mounting. The vehicle is replacing two older fire apparatus (Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233) which will be traded in as part of the contract. Delivery to Brewster is scheduled for February 1.