Brewster Fire Department Accepts Delivery of Automatic CPR Devices

The Brewster Fire Department recently received delivery of three Lucas automatic CPR devices.  These battery operated units are considered state-of-the art emergency medical equipment designed to provide efficient, uniform, and consistent chest compressions during the delivery of CPR.  In addition to providing reliable compressions prior to and during patient transport the units also provide our EMS personnel with the ability to concentrate on and complete other critical life-saving tasks during treatment. They are particularly useful during incidents involving limited staffing and during patient transportation when personnel normally stand over the patient performing CPR in the moving ambulance It is our expectation that eliminating this activity in a moving vehicle will improve the safety of our personnel and reduce the potential for injuries.

 

Our organization is extremely thankful to our residents for supporting the purchase of these units during our FY 2014 budget process.  We firmly believe this modern EMS technology will significantly enhance our ability to provide first-rate, professional emergency medical services to the community while enhancing the safety of our personnel.

 

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Hazardous Material Incident

 

On Tuesday July 23, at 10:09 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to 120 Mount Pleasant Road on a reported hazardous material incident with injuries.  On arrival fire personnel investigated the area and found two employees of a painting company suffering from respiratory distress, burning eyes, and possible internal chemical burns.  While treatment and transportation of these patients Cape Cod Hospital was being completed further investigation found that the workers had mixed muriatic acid and chlorine to create a cleaning solution to utilize during their assigned work.  As the employees began the operation in a confined area with limited ventilation the mixture of the two chemicals produced hazardous fumes causing their injuries.

 

Based on the involved chemicals and the injuries the Brewster Incident Commander requested a Tier I Hazardous Material response which brought members of the District 1 State Hazardous Material Team, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Brewster Health Department to the scene.  On arrival the certified haz mat responders conducted tests of the remaining product and area and developed an action plan designed to mitigate the spill and prevent any environmental damage.  During the execution of the plan fire department personnel remained on scene assisting the haz mat team with ventilation of the residence and other support activities.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 1:18 p.m.

35th Annual Brew Run Set for Saturday August 10

The 35th Annual Brew Run, a 5.2 mile road race through the Town of Brewster will take place on Saturday, August 10th. The professionally timed race which draws well over 2,000 runners each year has developed into a family oriented event enjoyed by both residents and visitors to our outstanding community. As it has for many years the race will start at 4:00 pm on Main Street in front of the Woodshed Restaurant. This year prior to the start the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association will dedicate a plaque to Mr. Peter Murphy who started the race 35 years ago and was a key supporter of the Brewster Fire Department and the community at large.

 

Applications may be picked up at the Brewster Fire Department or you may sign up via the internet at coolrunning.com, then go to 8/10 event.  In addition runners may sign up on the day of the event beginning at 1:00 pm at the Woodshed.

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Valuable Fire Safety Tips from the Brewster Fire Department

The Brewster Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau hopes everyone is having a safe and happy summer! During this busy time, we would like to remind all residents and visitors of some important fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

1. Watch your cooking—Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.

2. Give space heaters space—Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

3. Smoke outside—Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach—Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords—Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections. Do not place extension cords under rugs or doorways and use only Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved cords of the appropriate size.

6. Be extremely careful when using candles—Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a home fire escape plan—Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family at least twice a year.

8. Install & maintain smoke alarms—Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside all sleeping areas. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!

9.​Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors-carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas known as the “Silent Killer” It is invisible when present in your home. To prevent carbon monoxide emergencies install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!

10. Test smoke alarms—Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

11. Install sprinklers—If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish a fire in your home in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. Think about adding residential sprinklers to ensure the safety of your loved ones!

**visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.

Practice Fire Safety! Valuable Fire Safety Tips from the Brewster Fire Department

The Brewster Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau hopes everyone is having a safe and happy summer!  During this busy time, we would like to remind all residents and visitors of some important fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:   1.  Watch your cooking—Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.  If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.   2.  Give space heaters space—Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.  Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.   3.  Smoke outside—Ask smokers to smoke outside.  Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.   4.  Keep matches and lighters out of reach—Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.   5.  Inspect electrical cords—Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections. Do not place extension cords under rugs or doorways and use only Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved cords of the appropriate size.   6.  Be extremely careful when using candles—Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.   7.  Have a home fire escape plan—Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family at least twice a year.   8.  Install & maintain smoke alarms—Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside all sleeping areas.  For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!     9.​Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors-carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas known as the “Silent Killer” It is invisible when present in your home. To prevent carbon monoxide emergencies install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!   10. Test smoke alarms—Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low.  Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.   11. Install sprinklers—If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers.  Sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish a fire in your home in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. Think about adding residential sprinklers to ensure the safety of your loved ones!   **visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Harwich as Rapid Intervention Company

On Wednesday July 17 at 1:11 a.m. Ladder 237 was dispatched on a line box assignment as the rapid intervention company (RIC) to a structure fire at 21 Uncle Venie’s Road in Harwich. On arrival Harwich Fire Department found a one story 20’ x 25’ detached garage well involved in fire. Firefighters immediately stretched a 2 ½ inch attack line to extinguish the fire and prevent extension to the residence which was located only a few feet from the garage. On their arrival Brewster Ladder 237 was ordered to assist with overhauling the structure, removing burning debris, and searching for hidden fire. Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) was assigned as the Safety Officer, and Brewster Car 232 (Deputy Harrison) was assigned as the Accountability Officer. The Chatham Fire Department, who was also dispatched on the line box assignment arrived on scene and was ordered to stretch a back-up attack line and assist with final extinguishment and mop-up operations.  Additionally, during the incident Brewster Ambulance 242 provided EMS coverage for Harwich.  All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 2:55 a.m.

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Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham for Mass Casualty Motor Vehicle Accident

 

On Tuesday July 16 at 10:33 a.m. Ambulance 242 and Heavy Rescue 241 were dispatched to the intersection of Herringbrook and McCoy Road in Eastham to assist with the extrication and transport of multiple victims of a serious motor vehicle accident. On arrival at the scene, Heavy Rescue 241 and Deputy Chief Harrison (Car 231) were requested to establish a landing zone behind Eastham Town Hall to coordinate the landing of two Med flight helicopters that were responding to airlift two seriously injured Priority One patients to Boston area hospitals. As Brewster Ambulance 242 arrived in Eastham they were redirected to cover an additional emergency medical call that ultimately involved patient transport to Cape Cod Hospital.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Brewster Whitecaps Celebrate 25 Years in Cape Cod Baseball League

On Sunday July 14th members of the Brewster Fire Department assisted the Brewster Whitecaps in celebrating their 25th anniversary of Cape League baseball at Stony Brook Field.  During the game Ladder 237 proudly displayed the American Flag and provided attendees with tours of the apparatus and discussion on the operations of our organization.  Members even got to pose with the Boston Red Sox’s mascot Wally the Green Monster as shown in the photos.

 

We would like to thank the Whitecaps for allowing us to be a part of this historic moment in their history and wish them continued success as they embark on the next twenty-five years of Cape League competition.

Brewster Citizens Fire Academy Accepting Applications

[notice]The Brewster Fire & Rescue Department is excited to announce its first Citizens Fire Academy starting Thursday September 19, 2013. The eight week program will meet each Thursday evening at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.[/notice]

Academy participants will receive an insider’s view of the Brewster Fire Department. Each night attendees will study a different aspect of our Department ranging from department organization and operations, emergency medical services, fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication, fire prevention/investigation and technical rescue services. In addition the group will visit the Barnstable County Fire Academy for fire extinguisher training and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Communications Center to become more familiar with the 911 and fire dispatch services our community utilizes. Attendees will also obtain CPR and First Aid certification.

The program is designed to ensure each participant acquires an in-depth understanding of the Brewster Fire Department and the professional emergency services we provide to the community. Each night a new topic will be discussed in classroom sessions and participants will also be involved in performing a series of hands-on activities taught by the experienced men and women of Brewster Fire and Rescue Department.

Participants must be 18 years of age, live or work in the Town of Brewster and pass a CORI background check. To graduate participants must attend at least six sessions. There is no program fee.

Interested persons can pick up an application at Fire Headquarters Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or fill out the application below. Space is limited to 20 participants and the application deadline is Friday August 23.

Citizens may contact Captain Kevin Varley, Captain Pete Rubel, or Chief Moran at 508-896-7018 if you have further questions regarding this exciting opportunity.

 

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Brewster Fire Department Operates at Dennis Structure Fire

On Saturday June 29 at 7:10 am the Brewster Fire Department was requested by the Dennis Fire Department to respond on a mutual aid assignment to a reported structure fire at 18 Donovan Way.  On arrival Dennis firefighters were confronted with a fire in the attic of a three-story wood frame private dwelling caused by a lightning strike to the buildings roof. An aggressive interior fire suppression attack, vertical and horizontal ventilation of the area, and a rapid search for hidden fire was initiated by the first arriving companies. Through these efforts the fire was contained to the attic and third floor of the home.

 

On arrival at the scene Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) was assigned to the Incident Command post and Heavy Rescue 241 under the command of Captain LaBonte was directed to assist with salvage and overhaul operations within the structure.  After placing the fire under control the Dennis incident commander released the Brewster units who were placed back in service at 8:47 am upon their return to fire headquarters.