Open House

On Saturday April 27 during a spectacular Brewster in Bloom festival weekend, the Brewster Fire Department hosted a community Open House for over 500 residents and visitors.  This annual event is one of the principal instruments our organization utilizes to establish and support relationships within the community and showcase our equipment and operational readiness.

Some of the highlights of the day included interactive demonstrations on the use of firefighters personal protective gear, hands-on application of brush fire attack lines, extrication and technical rescue equipment demonstrations, fire station tours, distribution of fire safety education literature, fire and EMS equipment displays, and an impressive exhibition of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Incident Support Unit (ISU) which serves as a mobile incident command post for emergency incidents throughout the State. Hot dogs, balloons, popcorn, and other refreshments were provided free of charge by the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association throughout the day.

Our organization would like to thank all of our residents and visitors who took the time to visit fire headquarters to learn more about the excellent services we offer, our equipment, and the personnel who provide high quality, professional services to the community.

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Participates in Regional Drill

On Sunday June 2, twenty-five members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team along with the Barnstable County Incident Management Team participated in a regional technical rescue drill in Bridgewater. The drill, which was funded by Homeland Security monies provided through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and the Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District tested the operational capabilities of the Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk county technical rescue teams in several specialized rescue components including high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue.

The drill was planned to evaluate a State wide homeland security strategy currently in motion that is designed to build county technical rescue resources capable of a rapid response to both local and regional technical rescue incidents.   It also fully assessed current and future training, team interoperability, future equipment needs, and current operational effectiveness of the four county teams involved in the pilot program.

During the 12 hour operational period approximately 100 firefighters from the four teams were evaluated in a number of challenging “real life”, hands-on technical rescue scenarios that required the implementation of a variety of specialized skills specific to incidents of this type. In addition, the Barnstable County Incident Management Team provided valuable assistance in the planning, accountability, financing, and management sections of the event.

The Barnstable County Fire Departments currently providing staff and resources to the County Technical Rescue Team include; Brewster, Orleans, Harwich, Eastham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, and MMR.  Members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran, Deputy Chief Harrison, Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau, FF/EMT Kirk Riker, and FF/EMT Dan Kimball.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Water Rescue

On Saturday June 1 at 3:56 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a report of two children adrift in a kayak on Cape Cod Bay off of Paine’s Creek landing.  The caller reported the children were unable to return to shore and were drifting further out into the bay.  Brush/service vehicle 240, marine unit 247 (Boston Whaler), Car 230 and the rapid deployment zodiac boat responded to the landing under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau. On arrival at the scene fire department personnel conducted a rapid assessment of the incident and initiated boat launch operations. During this initial assessment the incident commander confirmed that the children had safely returned to shore and were with family members.  Based on this information operations were terminated and all Brewster units returned to service at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis Structure Fire

EAST DENNIS - A fire damaged a detached workshop/garage Saturday afternoon. According to reports from the scene, the fire was started by workers using torches in a detached structured at the Fennell estate on Stephen Phillips Road in East Dennis. Brewster Fire and Harwich Fire assisted Dennis Fire in knocking down the blaze confined to a cellar in the structure. The cellar was reportedly heavily damaged. Firefighters were hampered initially by a dead hydrant and had to lay lines in from a second one. No injuries were reported.

EAST DENNIS – A fire damaged a detached workshop/garage Saturday afternoon. According to reports from the scene, the fire was started by workers using torches in a detached structured at the Fennell estate on Stephen Phillips Road in East Dennis. Brewster Fire and Harwich Fire assisted Dennis Fire in knocking down the blaze confined to a cellar in the structure. The cellar was reportedly heavily damaged. Firefighters were hampered initially by a dead hydrant and had to lay lines in from a second one. No injuries were reported. Photo by Kevin Morley/CWN

On Saturday June 1 at 6:10 p.m. the Engine 234 responded to 50 Stephen Phillips Road in Dennis on an automatic Line Box assignment for a reported structure fire.  Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) also responded on the request.  On arrival Dennis engine 111 reported smoke showing from a 60’ x 60’ foot barn type structure with active fire in the walls and basement.  On arrival the Brewster engine company under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau was assigned to assist in ventilating the structure and checking for fire extension. Additional Dennis and Brewster personnel arrived on scene and were assigned various 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. Being the first Chief Officers to arrive on scene, Chief Moran and Deputy Chief Harrison established a command post and assisted the Dennis Chief officers with overall management of the incident.  A working fire assignment was requested by command bringing Harwich ladder 66 to the scene while the Yarmouth Fire Department provided coverage for Dennis. The fire was placed under control by command at 6:45 p.m. and all Brewster units returned to service at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis

On Tuesday May 28th at 4:53 a.m. Brewster Engine 239 was dispatched to the Town of Dennis to cover Station 2 due to a structure fire on Wharf Road in the Dennisport section of Town.  While covering Brewster firefighters responded to support other units at a priority three medical call for assistance after which they were released from the assignment. All Brewster personnel and apparatus were placed back in service at 6:49 a.m.

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Conducts Drill

On Thursday May 16 members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team participated in an all day full scale hands-on training session that tested the team’s capabilities and expertise in the areas of trench and confined space rescue. The “real life” scenarios which were conducted at Chatham Airport included the construction of temporary trench shoring, air quality monitoring, establishment of rope removal systems, and the packaging and removal of simulated victims from simulated trench collapses and confined spaces.  The highly trained members of this group conducted this session in preparation for a larger scale technical rescue drill to be held in Bridgewater on June 2 that will encompass technical rescue teams from Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties. Members of the team from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran and Deputy Chief Harrison (Task Force Leaders) and Captain Anthony Dalmau, Firefighter/EMT Kirk Riker, and Firefighter/EMT Daniel Kimball who serve as Rescue Technicians.

Brewster Fire Responds to Structure Fire at Captain’s Golf Course

On Wednesday May 22 at 10:57 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Clubhouse at the Captain’s Golf Course. Upon arrival Car 249 (Fire Prevention Captain Peter Rubel) reported light smoke showing from a 1 ½ story wood frame building containing the clubhouse and restaurant facilities.  Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) arrived on scene shortly after.  Chief Moran assumed command of the incident and Deputy Harrison was assigned as the Operations Section Chief. Brewster Engine 234 arrived on scene and immediately stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the area of origin.  Brewster Ladder 237 reported on scene and was directed to set up on Side “A” or the front side of the structure in the event the aerial ladder would be required.  A quick size-up of the incident revealed golf course personnel had extinguished the main body of fire on the exterior of the building just prior to the arrival of the fire department.  A more localized investigation revealed minor extension of the fire into the eaves was present.  Firefighters quickly opened up this area, removed charred siding and a section of the eaves, wet the area down, and utilized the thermal imaging camera to ensure full extinguishment.  An origin and cause examination of the scene and witness interviews provided confirmation that the fire originated in a plastic waste bucket used to discard smoking materials which was placed directly against the wood siding of the building. Tower 176 from the Orleans Fire Department and Engine 68 from the Harwich Fire Department responded on the mutual aid line box assignment on the report of the structure fire.  On their arrival these units were placed in staging and eventually released from the scene.  All Brewster units were released from the scene and command terminated the incident at 11:37 a.m.

Brewster Fire Department Conducts Search for Kayaker in Distress

On Sunday May 19 at 6:49 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a kayaker in distress off of Breakwater Beach.  A concerned resident had noticed a kayaker who they thought was having difficulty returning to shore. With an approaching storm on the horizon the resident made the decision to called 911 and requested the dispatch of the fire department. The victim was reported to be in the bay approximately 1 mile southwest of Standish Road. A full department recall was initiated bringing Car 231 (Chief Moran) to Breakwater Beach and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to Standish Road where the original sighting was reported. Car 230 (utility pick-up) responded with the departments rapid deployment Zodiac boat to Breakwater Beach where responding members immediately placed the boat into the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Following department guidelines concerning water based rescues a mutual aid request for the Dennis Fire Department boat based in Sesuit Harbor was also made.

 

Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Gerlach and Firefighter/EMT Arthur Romme piloted the boat out to the distressed kayaker where they found the individual in need of assistance in returning to shore. The firefighters rapidly assessed the patient for obvious medical concerns and finding none transported the victim and the kayak back to Breakwater Beach. Upon coming on shore the individual was given a more detailed medical assessment at which point a determination not to transport was made and signed by the patient.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 8:04 p.m.

Brewster Fire Department Assists with Water Search for Missing Kayaker

On Saturday May 18 at 2:46 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was requested by the Dennis Fire Department to respond with Heavy Rescue 241 and Marine 246 to assist with the search for a missing kayaker in their Town.  Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to Sesuit Harbor to assist the Incident Commander with management of the event and to serve as a logistical support base for the Mid Cape Dive Team which was also requested to respond to the scene.  Marine 246 responded to Paine’s Creek in Brewster where the boat was deployed to assist with a water search of the bay.  Additional resources assisting the Dennis Fire Department included a 25’ boat and helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard and boats from the Orleans and Eastham Fire Departments. Units searched the bay from Dennis to Eastham for approximately 3 hours in an attempt to find the missing kayaker. During the water search the Dennis Police Department conducted a corresponding investigation in an attempt to gather further information regarding the missing individual. As a result of this inquiry the kayaker was located on land in a safe location.  The search was terminated at 5:48 p.m.

 

Pump School Graduates

We are pleased to announce that FF/EMT Mark Lang, FF/EMT Gary Stobbart, FF/EMT Scott Romer, and FF/EMT Peter Hartnett have successfully completed an intense 8 week engine company pump operations course that included classroom and hands-on practical evolutions ranging from the basic construction and operation of fire apparatus pumps to water supply practices, master stream and attack line operations, drafting procedures, large diameter hose evolutions, and a challenging final exam consisting of both written and practical components.  FF/EMT Will Romme expertly guided the group as the lead instructor of the course during which he received skilled and professional assistance from FF William Kraul, FF/EMT Kevin Moran, and FF/EMT Daniel Kimball.

 

Congratulations to these members for their commitment to completing this training program.  We look forward to their continued dedication to their position and our organization as a whole.