On Saturday August 11 the 40th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster. Over 1700 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. The profits from the race will be donated to the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association for their dedicated efforts in supporting the race activities and their dutiful commitment to serving the residents and visitors of the Town with exemplary Fire and EMS services. The Association uses the proceeds to support member training activities, sponsor community programs, subsidize fire safety education efforts, and fund the purchase of various fire/ems equipment required by the department and the Town of Brewster. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race, race supporters, volunteers, and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.
The department’s new ambulance which was manufactured by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner, Iowa was recently placed into service. The vehicle was built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis and includes our first automatic stretcher loading device which is intended to significantly reduce the potential for firefighter lifting injuries during patient loading events and improve patient care.
In addition, design revisions and upgrades to the interior of the ambulanceengineered to improve operational efficiency and enhance employee safety levels have also been included. The $302,000 vehicle was purchased on a five-year lease plan and will be subsidized through our Special Revenue Account using ambulance revenue funds. Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA is the local dealer. We would like to thank the Select Board, Finance Committee, and our residents for supporting the purchase of this essential piece of life-saving equipment.
On Thursday August 9 at 11:08 am the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 275 Red Top Road. On arrival Car 230 Captain Kimball reported heavy smoke from the roof of a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. Car 231 (Chef Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Brewster Engine 239 arrived and stretched approximately 800’ of supply line from the hydrant. Brewster Ladder 237 arrived and began set up of the aerial device for vertical ventilation of the roof. The engine crew stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the second floor of the dwelling where they found heavy smoke and fire in the area of the bathroom ceiling and quickly extinguished the visible fire. Extensive overhaul of the second floor and attic was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire. The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Yarmouth Fire Department provided coverage to Brewster during the fire.
While units were leaving the scene of this fire at 1:19 pm they were dispatched to a second structure fire at 263 Sea Pines Road. Brewster Ladder 237 under the command of Captain Sturtevant arrived on scene and reported moderate smoke from the eaves and third floor window of a three-story wood frame townhouse. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command. Upon investigation the Captain reported a fire in the third floor bathroom of the dwelling. Brewster Squad 241 arrived and stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the third floor and quickly extinguished the visible fire. Extensive overhaul of the third floor was required to find and extinguish hidden pockets of fire. The Harwich and Dennis Fire Departments assisted at the scene and the Harwich Fire Department also provided station coverage during the fire. Two firefighters were injured and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. One suffered a laceration to a hand and the other suffered dehydration and heat exhaustion.
The cause of both fires has been traced to lightning strikes from a line of severe storms that moved through the area during the mid-morning and early afternoon hours. During the 24 hour shift beginning on Thursday the Brewster fire department responded to a total of thirty-six (36) service requests including the two structure fires, numerous activated fire alarms, several flooded basements, and a number of medical runs that included three (3) high priority one critical medical cases.
On Friday July 27 the Brewster Fire and Police Departments participated in the annual Brewster Whitecaps First Responder Appreciation ceremony. The Police Department Honor Guard along with members of the Brewster Fire Department and the Truro Police Department started the ceremony with the presentation of the colors for the National Anthem and Fire Chief Robert Moran and Police Chief Heath Eldredge threw out the game’s first pitch.
Chief Moran and all of the members of the Fire Department would like to thank the Whitecaps for recognizing the tremendous work and dedication our community’s first responders demonstrate on a daily basis.
BREWSTER– A car struck a utility pole in Brewster 3:30 PM Thursday. The crash happened in front of 224 Millstone Road. The Honda Accord was heavily damaged but all occupants were able to get out. One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Two others were treated and released at the scene. A mutual aid ambulance from Eastham assisted at the scene. The pole was snapped and will have to be replaced by Eversource. The crash is under investigation by Brewster Police.
Photos by Craig Chadwick
As of Wednesday July 25 Brewster Fire/Rescue has relocated to our new facility on Wednesday July 25. Visitors and those conducting business with the department shall use the driveway located on the east side of the Council-on-Aging to access our parking area and front entrance.
Our new emergency access road is clearly identified with DO NOT ENTER signage. This driveway is for authorized fire and rescue vehicle only.
Our new address is Brewster Fire/Rescue 1671 Main Street.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving our residents and visitors to the community from our new headquarters.
Brewster firefighters provide expert EMS and fire services to the community on a daily basis. While traveling Town roads residents and visitors to the community frequently observe our ambulances and fire apparatus moving through their neighborhoods while responding to these requests. To give you an idea of a typical day in the life of our firefighters let’s focus on the Group 1 (24) hour shift on Saturday July 14.
The first response of the day for a priority two (non-life threatening) emergency medical run was dispatched at 7:33 a.m. This was quickly followed by several additional fire and emergency medical service runs including a mutual aid ambulance request to Harwich and an activated fire alarm at the DPW facility.
From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. members of the department proudly displayed the United States flag and provided free fire prevention literature and souvenirs to numerous attendees at the annual Conservation day event at Drummer Boy Park.
Between 2:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. firefighters responded to several additional medicaland fire incidents including an additional mutual aid request for an ambulance from the Harwich Fire Department. At 9:17 p.m. the department responded to a brush fire located approximately 25’ from a home on Weathervane Way. This fire was caused by an illegal fireworks display. At 2:52 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Whiffletree Road. On arrival units found a fully involved car in the driveway of a residence. The fire was quickly extinguished before any extension to adjacent vehicles or the home could occur. The fire was deemed suspicious and is under investigation by the Brewster Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
While standing by at the scene of the car fire the department received a request to respond to the Town of Eastham with an engine to cover their community while they battled a house fire on Seaway Road. Units returned to Brewster at 6:30 a.m. The last run of the 24 hour shift was for a Code 99 cardiac arrest on Robbins Hill Road which was dispatched at 7:14 a.m.
During this 24 hour period Brewster firefighters responded to 13 incidents which isabove our normal daily average. Every 24 hour shift is unique in that our staff members never know what they will be confronted with when they arrive at work and change into their station uniform or respond from their residence to answer your call for assistance.The diversity of responses that occur on a daily basis requires our staff to be expertly trained, knowledgeable, and skilled in the delivery of both fire and EMS services. Our members stand prepared to answer these challenges and provide skilled public safety services to our community in a responsible and proficient manner.
During the month of June Brewster firefighters responded to 336 runs. Of these “runs” 258 were Emergency Medical service requests which included several high priority cardiac arrest incidents, bicycle and scooter accidents, and motor vehicle collisions. Firefighters also responded to 78 fire related incidents that included structure fires, water rescue incidents, mutual aid fire requests, activated fire alarms, and several brush fires.
The department’s new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is complete (see photos) and will be transported to the local dealer Specialty Vehicles in Plainville (MA) for final preparation and graphics during the week of July 2. While the interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure familiarity and consistency of the fleet several design upgrades have been made to improve patient care, and operational efficiency including the addition of a vehicle mounted stretcher loading device. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative. The vehicle, which is expected to be in service late July is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.
On Saturday June 23rd Brewster Fire/Rescue hosted a grand opening event for our new state-of-the-art life safety facility. Approximately 400 residents and visitors attended the three hour event which included several speeches by local officials and members of the construction and design team, superb renditions of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful by Shirley-Ann Bellens, tours of the facility, refreshments, and attractive commemorative giveaways. In addition, members of the Mount Kisco (NY) Fire Department traveled to Brewster to honor the project committees Vice-Chair and former Mount Kisco Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri for his work on the project and his 61 years of service in their department.
Chief Moran and the entire staff of the Brewster Fire/Rescue Department would like to thank all of the individuals who attended the ceremony and supported this project. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing high-quality, professional services to the community from the new facility for many future years.
Photos courtesy of Craig S. Chadwick