Brewster Fire/Rescue Offers Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a Community CPR Training program on Tuesday November 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

Attendees will be trained in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). There is a ($22.50) processing charge for those attendees wishing to obtain a CPR certification card. A check made payable to Sylvester Consultants and submitted on the night of the program is required. 

The program will be held at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1671 Main Street.

Individuals interested in completing this life saving training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm attendance. 



Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 

Regional Community Emergency Response Team Graduates Thirty-Eight Members

On Tuesday October 29 fifteen Brewster residents and twenty-three other members of the newly formed Brewster/Orleans/Chatham/Harwich (BOCH) Community Emergency Response Team received their graduation certificates after completing a 20 hour Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) basic CERT training program. These volunteers are now prepared to act as a community “force multiplier,” taking care of non-critical tasks like checking homes after an evacuation, reporting dangerous events, and offering basic medical care during and after natural or man-made disasters ultimately freeing trained professionals to focus on the more critical and dangerous rescue duties that they are equipped and trained to manage.

In addition to this disaster assistance local Emergency management and public safety officials from the communities plan to use the regional team in a variety of ways including providing logistical and management support during non-emergency events such as parades, volunteer recruitment activities, town meetings, and road races, and during emergencies when storm shelter administration, cooling/warming shelter operations, and emergency operations center functions are initiated.

The course was delivered over several weeks by a team of public safety officials from the participating communities and certified instructors from the Dennis-Yarmouth CERT team. Their training included:  

  • Disaster Preparedness: Addresses a variety of hazards specific to the communities and actions that participants and their families can take before, during, and after a disaster to prepare for and survive an event.
  • Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, and fire suppression strategies. The thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
  • Medical Operations: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques. Evaluation of patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, and rescuer safety.
  • Psychology and Team Organization: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers including PTSD.
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a hands-on disaster scenario.

Congratulations to the newly certified members of BOCH Cert!



Fire Officials Ask People to Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This Weekend


STOW, MA – “This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Working smoke alarms are key to surviving a fire. This is a good time of year to replace regular batteries in your alarms, to test them, and to check for their birthdates. If they are more than 10- years old, replace the entire alarm,” he added.

Replace Aging Smoke Alarms
“Smoke alarms, like other household appliances, don’t last forever,” said Chief Dennis Condon, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, “Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries,” he added. Carbon monoxide alarms usually need to be replaced after 5-7.

Replacement Alarms Should be Photoelectric With 10-year Sealed Batteries
The state fire code requires replacement battery-operated smoke alarms in older one- and two-family homes to be photoelectric and have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries and a hush feature,” Ostroskey said, “Fire officials hope that if we make smoke alarms easier for people to maintain, they will take care of them. We see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work.”

Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire
“Time is your enemy in a fire. Working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.” said Ostroskey.

Condon said, “No one expects to be a victim of a fire, but the best way to survive one that does occur is to have working smoke alarms.” In the average house fire, there are only 1-3 minutes to escape AFTER the smoke alarm sounds. He added, “Take a few minutes to protect those you love by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms this weekend. Then take a step stool and some 9-volts to your parents’ or older neighbor’s and ask if you can refresh their smoke alarms.”

Senior SAFE
Two hundred forty (240) fire departments across the state have grant-funded Senior SAFE Programs. Seniors who need help testing, maintaining or replacing smoke alarms should contact their local fire department or senior center for assistance. Ostroskey said, “Four out of every ten people who died in fires last year were over 65. We want our seniors to be safe from fire in their own homes.”

For more information on smoke alarms or the Senior SAFE Program, please go to or contact your local fire department.

Fire Marshal offers Halloween safety tips

STOW, MAFrom Mass Department of Fire Services: State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in offering fire and life safety tips for celebrating Halloween said, “Consider using battery-operated tea lights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent fires, and keep all decorations away from heat and flames.”

More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety. State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them. Remind children to cross at corners and use crosswalks.”

Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and turn headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating
• Switch to battery operated candles.
• Keep all decorations like cornstalks and hay away from heat sources and lit candles.
• 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.
• Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It is 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, with a cell phone and flashlight.
• Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.
• Teach children to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, do not run across the street.
• Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.
• After use, remember to put matches and lighters away in a high, locked cabinet, because children may be tempted to relight jack-o-lanterns themselves without having the ability to understand the danger.

For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Visits Local Schools for Fire Prevention Week

On Monday October 7 Captain Jeff Sturtevant and FF Richard Bunker visited the Town’s local elementary schools to present several classroom and hands-on based fire and life safety education programs to the students and staff. The sessions were designed to educate the attendees on several fire and life safety tips such as smoke detector use, calling 911, kitchen fire safety, crawling low in smoke, stop, drop, and roll, and developing and practicing home escape plans. During the day staff utilized the department’s new Fire Safety Education trailer to create real-life scenarios using theatrical smoke and other built-in props to educate the students in these life-saving techniques. 

Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank the staff at the Eddy and Stony Brook Schools for supporting Fire Prevention Week and for allowing us to educate the children in these essential fire and daily life safety practices.


Fire Officials Launch Fire Prevention Week: October 6-12, 2019

STOW — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts President Chief Dennis Condon are launching Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. “This year’s theme Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape, emphasizes how important it is for every family to make and practice a home escape plan. Even families of one,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey.

Chief Condon said, “There is nothing firefighters like to see more when they respond to a fire than the whole family standing at their meeting place, safe outside. Working smoke alarms coupled with a practiced escape plan increase your chances of surviving a fire.”

“If you have a fire at home you may only have less than three minutes after the alarm sounds to get out safely. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Fire Prevention Week is a great time to hold a family fire drill: test the smoke alarms, practice two ways of getting outside and going to the meeting place,” he added.

Fire departments across the state will be busy during Fire Prevention Week visiting schools and senior centers, holding open houses, participating in community days, and sharing information to help everyone in their community learn to prevent fires and survive those that do occur.

For additional information, visit the Department of Fire Services Fire Prevention Week  webpage or visit and type in “Fire Prevention Week” in the search box.

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Fire Prevention Week Open House Saturday October 5th

On Saturday October 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.the Brewster Fire Department will host a community Open House to kick off the start of Fire Prevention Week. This year we are using the event to support this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme of “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape” and to foster improved community relationships,showcase our new fire safety education trailer, anddeliver important fire and life safety messages to our community. The department is offering free fire safety literature and souvenirs to attendees and the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association will provide refreshments free of charge throughout the event including hot dogs and popcorn. Please join us for a fun filled day.


Employment Announcement – Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic

Brewster Fire Department

Employment Announcement

Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic

The Brewster Fire Dept. is recruiting to fill a full time FF/Paramedic position. Applicants must hold FF I/II certification from the Massachusetts State Fire Academy or Pro-Board equivalent and be a Massachusetts licensed Paramedic or be capable of obtaining a Massachusetts Paramedic license within six (6) months of hire. The individual shall successfully pass a physical agility test, background check, and a medical exam prior to hire.

Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license, be 21 yrs of age or older, and possess a HS Diploma or equivalent (GED). Employees must live within 6 air miles of Brewster Fire (1671 Main St.) within 6 months of date of hire. Starting salary is $56,776.00/yr.

Applications may be picked up at Fire Headquarters (1671 Main Street Brewster MA, 02631) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday beginning Monday September 30, 2019. Submitted applications must be accompanied by licensing documents, cover letter, and resume and be returned no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday October 14, 2019. EOE

25 fire deaths were reported in the U.S. news media

25 fire deaths were reported in the U.S. news media


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1,405 fire fatalities have been reported in 2019.


25 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Sept. 8-14.




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The U.S. Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive home fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, and practicing a fire escape plan.