Nickerson State Park Burn Victim

Brewster Fire Department Press Release for Immediate Distribution:

On Thursday August 8 at 3:16 p.m. the Brewster (MA) Fire Department was dispatched to Area 6 in Nickerson State Park for a reported child with serious burns to his upper extremities.  On arrival Paramedics found a two-year old male patient with serious second and third degree burns to both hands and left arm.

The family from Concord New Hampshire had just arrived at the park and was in the process of establishing their camp site when the child tripped and fell into a fire pit containing hot embers from a previous fire.

Due to the serious nature of the injuries and the need to ensure that suitable treatment was made available without delay fire department personnel requested the response of a Medflight helicopter to transport the child to a medical facility capable of treating burn injuries of this type.

Based on the reported Medflight response time the fire department transported the child to Barnstable Municipal Airport via ground where the patient was transferred to the helicopter and moved to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment.

Further questions regarding this incident may be directed to:

Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran


Brewster Fire Department Visits Summer Day Camp

On Thursday August 8 Brewster firefighters Captain/Paramedic Kevin Varley and FF/Paramedic Michael Gerlach visited the children attending the Brewster Recreation summer day camp program with Ladder 237 to discuss fire safety and prevention tips, demonstrate the use of the ladder truck and its associated equipment, and cultivate the outstanding relationship our organization shares with our community’s youth and recreation department. As you can see by the photos below a great time was had by all!

Brewster Fire Department Opens Call Firefighter Recruitment Period

Beginning every September the Brewster Fire Department sponsors a Probationary Firefighter School for prospective call firefighter candidates. The program typically runs one night a week for 8 weeks and covers a variety of basic firefighting and EMS skills, introduces the candidates to the policies, procedures, guidelines, and equipment utilized by the department and prepares them for the Firefighter I/II program at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. The following requirements are necessary to participate;


  • Be 18 years of age
  • Live within 6 miles of Brewster Fire Headquarters (documentation required)
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts drivers license
  • Possess Massachusetts or National certification as an EMT or Paramedic or be enrolled in a certified program (documentation required)
  • Successfully pass a CORI background check
  • Provide the department with medical clearance to participate


Individuals interested in applying for the program may visit fire headquarters Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pick up an application or call Deputy Chief William Harrison or Fire Chief Robert Moran at 508-896-7018.

Brewster Fire Department Welcomes New Call Members

The Brewster Fire Department congratulates Ryan Avery and Peter Von Steltzer as the newest additions to our call fire/rescue department after their successful completion of all department hiring requirements on Tuesday August 7.  FF/EMT Avery has been assigned to Group 1 under the direction of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau and FF/Paramedic Von Steltzer has been assigned to Group 2 under Captain/Paramedic Jeff Sturtevant. We congratulate these new members for their hard work and determination and wish them great success during their time in our organization.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Mass Casualty Incident in Eastham

On Tuesday August 6 at 6:52 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department dispatched two mutual aid ambulances (A244, A243) to a Level I Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) on Route 6 in Eastham in front of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. The incident was caused by a four vehicle crash that resulted in injuries to nine persons (two life-threatening) who all required medical treatment and transportation to Cape Cod Hospital.

The Eastham Incident Commander quickly recognized the number of injuries at the scene required a large commitment of ambulances and fire department personnel and as is typical for an incident of this type he declared a Level I MCI. Upon this declaration Barnstable County Dispatch immediately initiated the dispatch of mutual aid resources from the Towns of Wellfleet, Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, and Harwich to the scene.  Additional ambulances from other Towns were also moved into the region to provide coverage for other medical calls. The Brewster Fire Department ambulances treated and transported two victims from the incident to Cape Cod Hospital and returned to service at approximately 8:53 p.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds Motor Vehicle Collision

On Saturday August 3, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Main Street (Route 6A) in front of the Brewster Dunkin Donuts. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) along with Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to the scene. On arrival the units found three vehicles in the roadway, one with heavy front end damage and a moderate size leak of fluids. Initial patient assessment revealed one priority two and one priority three level injuries with no entrapment.


Brewster personnel immediately initiated patient treatment as other firefighters assigned to Heavy Rescue 241 mitigated the fluid spill and secured the involved vehicles.  Due to multiple in progress calls in Brewster a mutual aid Ambulance from the Dennis Fire Department was requested to the scene to assist in transporting one of the patients to Cape Cod Hospital. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 3:30 p.m.     



Brewster Fire Department Supports the Pan- Mass Bike Challenge

On Sunday August 4, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department proudly supported the bike riders participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge by magnificently displaying an oversized American Flag from the department’s aerial ladder in front of Fire Headquarters during the popular biking race. The PMC Challenge is an athletic event started in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. The race has a number of routes for bikers to ride including the most popular which is a two-day event starting in Wellsley and ending in Provincetown which runs through 46 Massachusetts communities. Today, the 5,500 participants in the benefit race raise more money than any other single charity athletic event in the United States. Last year (2012) the group contributed 37 million dollars to the Dan-Farber Cancer Center and the Jimmy Fund. The goal for 2013 is set at 38 million.DSCF0095

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis Structure Fire

On Friday August 2 at 4:32 a.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to 10 Village Green Drive in Dennis on the working fire assignment. On arrival at the scene the Dennis Fire Department found a heavy fire condition in the rear of a large wood frame private residence. In addition to the exterior fire in the rear of the building it was apparent the fire had already extended into the attic, roof, and other second floor areas of the home. Fortunately the residents of the home who had been awakened by the sound of their smoke alarms self evacuated from building prior to the arrival of fire department units.


Dennis firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and immediately requested mutual aid assistance to the scene. On arrival the Brewster Heavy Rescue company under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau was assigned to assist in extinguishing several significant areas of fire hidden in interior void spaces and the attic and Chief Moran (Car 231) was assigned to manage the fire operations in the rear or side “C” of the residence.


The Harwich and Yarmouth Fire Departments also provided mutual aid assistance at the scene. Additionally, Brewster Engine 239 supplied coverage at Dennis Station 2 for the duration of the incident. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire On Friday July 26, 2013 at 5:57 a.m. Ladder 237, Ambulance 244, Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) responded to South Orleans Road (Route 28) in Orleans on an automatic Line Box assignment for a reported structure fire. On arrival Orleans Deputy Chief Pike (Incident Commander) reported smoke showing from a 30’ x 30’ two-story private dwelling and verified the working fire. Further investigation of the interior by the Orleans firefighters confirmed the presence of a heavy fire condition on the second floor of the structure. On arrival Brewster Car 231 was assigned as the interior Division 2 officer, Car 232 as the Safety Officer, Ambulance 244 as rehab while Ladder 237 was assigned to perform vertical ventilation of the roof. Additional mutual aid engine companies from Harwich and Eastham Fire Departments arrived on scene and were assigned various fireground tasks including the stretching of back-up attack lines, RIT, securing a primary water source, ventilating the building, checking for fire extension, and relief of interior crews. The fire was placed under control by command at approximately 6:40 a.m. and all Brewster units were returned to service at 8:30 a.m.

FEMA Updates Brewster Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently completed an update of the flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) for Barnstable County including the Town of Brewster. The primary use of these maps is to determine whether or not a homeowner is mandated to obtain flood insurance and to determine their eligibility to purchase the insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Other uses for this information include community disaster planning, coastal flood hazard identification, and the development and implementation of community flood protection measures.


How will the updated maps affect the average homeowner?

The maps or (FIRM) will provide updated information about flood risk that will allow homeowners to make more informed decisions about protecting their home and property from flood damage. The homeowner may also find that their flood risk has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since the last community flood zone review. It is important to understand that insurance agencies and lenders will use these maps to determine where flood insurance must be purchased and how much that insurance will cost. Residents owning property currently located in a flood zone or in an adjacent area should pay extremely close attention to the new (FIRM) information as it may affect your current flood insurance rates or place your property in a flood zone where you will be mandated by your lender to purchase flood insurance.


Homeowner Appeal Process

Beginning July 19, 2013 FEMA extended a 90 day appeal period to any homeowner or lessee of property in our community who believes their property rights or insurance rates will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard maps.


Regional FEMA Informational Meeting

On August 7, 2013 FEMA will hold a regional Flood Zone Workshop from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dennis Senior Center located on Route 134 in Dennis.  Between 3:00 and 6:30 residents and homeowners will have the opportunity to meet with FEMA representatives in a one-on-one environment to discuss the impacts of the flood zone revisions on their property, the appeal process, and flood insurance requirements. The Town of Brewster Office of Emergency Management strongly urges residents of our community who believe they may be affected by these changes to attend this meeting. For further information regarding the proposed flood determinations, revised (FIRM) maps, or community report please call the FEMA Map Information eXchange toll free, at 1-877-336-2627, email FEMA staff at, or call the Brewster Emergency Management Director (Fire Chief Robert Moran) at 508-896-7018.