Brewster Fire Department Is Offering a Stop the Bleed Training Progra

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Tuesday April 2, 2019 6:00 p.m.

Fire Headquarters

1671 Main Street


Please call 508-896-7018 to register!


Preventing Mulch Fires

Mulch is a combustible material that can be easily ignited by improperly discarded smoking materials. Hundreds of small andlarge fires are started this way every year. The risk is that what starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to buildings. A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.

Brewster Firefighters Conduct Mask Confidence Training

On Wednesday March 20 during the monthly fire training session Brewster firefighters utilized the departments new mask confidence course to practice several fireground survival skills that are utilized by members to escape from a building or room should they become trapped or disoriented during a structure fire. The techniques covered during the session included disentanglement, wall breaching, mayday message, low profiling, use of hand tools, stair travel, ladder escape, and search skills.
In addition to these critical life-saving skills the course also provided firefighters an opportunity to improve their knowledge on the use and limitations of the self-contained breathing apparatus that is required to be worn while operating at a structure fire and at the same time increase their overall personal confidence in using this equipment and being able to remove themselves from a dangerous situation should the need arise.
The department would like to once again thank the residents of our community for providing us with a new state-of-the-art facility that allows us to develop and present these type of essential hands-on training sessions.

Brewster Fire Responds to Boat Fire

On Wednesday March 13 at approximately 6:00 pm. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fully involved 27’ boat located within 25’ to an adjacent home.  Off duty Firefighter Matthew Tucker arrived at the location and confirmed the report. He also requested mutual aid assistance to the scene due to the fires proximity to the home and asimultaneous medical response in Brewster that reduced the number of available personnel. On arrival Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) assumed command and ordered Brewster and Harwich firefighters to stretch a 1 ¾ attack line to extinguish the fire. One person suffered non-life threatening burns and was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by the Eastham Fire Department. Eversource was requested to the scene due to the main electric line to the home being burned through by the fire. In addition to Eastham and Harwich the Orleans and Chatham Fire Departments also assisted at the scene and the Yarmouth and Dennis Fire Departments provided fire and EMS coverage to the Town.  All Brewster unites were placed back in service at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Credit to Jake O’Callaghan and Carl Jacobs

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April Fools’ Plunge in Chatham to Assist Brewster Woman Battling Cancer

CHATHAM – The Chatham Fire Department is inviting area residents to the 12thannual April Fools’ Day plunge this year.

The Fools will be swimming this time for Michele St. Aubin and her family.

St. Aubin was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer with Liver Metastasis. She has begun treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston.

During her treatment, her husband, Judd, hasn’t left her side, keeping both of them out of work. Their son, Asa, is a student at Monomoy Regional High School, while their other son, Liam, is attends Cape Cod Tech.

The St. Aubins have called the Outer Cape home for years. They reside in Brewster and have attended the April Fools’ Day plunge in years past. Their sons have grown up in the Chatham Elementary and Monomoy school systems.

The Chatham Fire Department is asking the public to come out to the plunge on April Fools’ Day to show the family emotional and financial support, as 100-percent of donations will go directly toward assisting the St. Aubin family during this hardship they face.

The plunge is scheduled for April Fools’ Day – Monday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Harding’s Beach.

Immediately following the plunge, the Chatham VFW will be hosting both a silent and live auction, a free barbecue, and other free entertainment to enjoy.

Donations of all amounts will be accepted. Those who wish to donate but will be unable to attend, checks can be sent to the Chatham Fire Department, located at 135 Depot Street.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Wellfleet Structure Fire

Two found dead in ruins of house fire on Lieutenant’s Island in Wellfleet

Courtesy photo by Samuel Agger/CWN (click photo to enlarge)

WELLFLEET – A house burned to the ground on Lieutenant’s Island in Wellfleet overnight. Officials were alerted by a business along Route 6 of a strong odor of smoke sometime after midnight.

Wellfleet Police tell Cape Wide News that Monday morning at approximately 12:30 AM, the Wellfleet Fire Department was advised of a strong odor of smoke from the area of South Wellfleet. An investigation of the smoke lead to the discovery of a residence at 65 4th street on Lt. Island in South Wellfleet being on fire. Fire Departments from several towns responded to assist with putting the fire out. The fire was contained to the building area, with the building being a total loss.

During the investigation it was learned that 2 individuals were deceased within the building. This is an active investigation under the direction of the MA State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Wellfleet Police and Fire will be assisting with the investigation. Any further information will be released through the Barnstable County District Attorney’s Office or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says the origin and cause of the fire is being jointly investigated by the Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Cape and Island District Attorney.

Late Monday afternoon, the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office said foul play is not suspected at this time.

65 4th Street, Wellfleet
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Statement from Wellfleet Fire: On March 11, 2019, at approximately 12:19 AM, the Wellfleet Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of 955 State Highway (Route 6), Wellfleet. While in route Fire Dispatch received calls for a brush fire on Lieutenant Island and mutual aid was requested from the Eastham and Truro Fire Departments. The exact address of the fire was initially difficult to obtain due to the weather conditions (heavy fog), time of night and the remoteness of the area. The first arriving fire personnel found a single family, two-story residential structure fully involved in fire at 65 4th Street which is located on the far side of Lieutenant Island. The involved residence had already sustained a partial structural collapse upon the arrival of responding fire companies. A second alarm was requested for manpower and water supply.

Several pre-connected hand lines were deployed to protect surrounding structures and a rural water supply was established utilizing a combination of underground static water tanks and a pressurized fire hydrant at the corner of Route 6 and Marconi Beach Road. The fire took approximately one (1) hour to bring under control. Mutual aid was received from the Eastham, Truro, Orleans, Provincetown, Brewster and Harwich Fire Departments as well as the Cape Cod National Seashore.

One Wellfleet Firefighter was injured during the incident but refused medical treatment at the scene. Upon extinguishment of the fire, it was learned that two individuals were found to be deceased in the building. The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office and State Police Detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and at this time an active investigation into the cause of this fire is being undertaken.

This is an active investigation under the direction of the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. In addition, personnel from the Wellfleet Police and Fire Departments are assisting with this investigation.

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

Brewster Fire Department Community Message

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. On Saturday March 9, we will move our clocks ahead one hour to daylight savings time. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are in proper working order. This is a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and reduce the potential for fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage should a fire occur within your home.


Replace Aging Smoke Alarms


“This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life”. Replacing aging smoke detectors more than 10 years old is required unless they have a 10-year sealed battery. Carbon monoxide detectors have a 5-7 year life expectancy depending on the manufacturer. Please take the time this weekend to check your detectors and either replace the batteries or the unit as required.

Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire


“Time is your enemy in a fire and working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.” said Ostroskey, “Remember: smoke alarms are a sound you can live with.”

Statistically, almost 75% of fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of this fact we urge you to keep your family safe by testing and changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during this week.

Coastal storm will bring snow late tonight into Saturday Mini UPDATE 230pm 03-01-19

Guidance in decent agreement on surface low passing outside of the benchmark position for northeast storms (40N 70W). A colder solution has become more clear since this morning. As we discussed in our previous full update this morning, NWS has finally gotten into the game and has changed their advisories. The winter weather advisory area that they had has been replaced by a winter storm warning. This includes Plymouth and Bristol countries. It is good to see the NWS snowfall map finally catch up to our earlier thinking this morning. Winter weather advisories have been expanded to now include the Cape/Islands, as we thought might happen in our earlier discussion. Similar numbers in the other winter weather advisory areas. With a track further south, the primary snow fall area is likely to be to the south of earlier NWS forecasts. While some mixing with sleet is likely over the Cape/Islands and the south coast, it would not take much for these areas to have more snow if the warmer air continues to be forecast further south……We will monitor this possibility……

More updates and analysis as info comes in. We will also begin further analysis tomorrow of the Sun night-Monday event

Frank O’Laughlin

Brewster Fire/Rescue Responds to Fall from a Roof

On Wednesday February 27 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to 1464 Main Street for a 50 year old male roofer who fell 2 stories while installing a new roof at the location. Due to the severity of the injuries firefighters requested a Medflight helicopter to transport the worker to a trauma center. The patient was brought to Barnstable Municipal Airport where he was transferred to the helicopter and transported to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Anaheim Fire Demonstrates Why Fire Hydrants Are No-Parking Zones

Firefighters had to smash the windows of a car to get a fire hose through during a recent firefight. Peter Daut reports.