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The members of Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team (BCTRT) assigned to the tech rescue component recently conducted their October training session at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. During this four hour hands-on program members performed evolutions designed to test their knowledge and skills in the areas of assembling rope rescue anchoring systems and implementing wide area searches in the event the team was dispatched to assist in a search for a missing person. These monthly training sessions allow team members the ability to work cooperatively in developing the skills necessary to maintain a high level of response and operational readiness.
In addition, the members assigned to the dive component of the team have also been busy during the month of October testing out their new equipment and preparing for the teams second Public Safety Diver Training certification program to be held later this month.
Technical rescue team members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Robert Moran, Deputy Chief William Harrison, Captain Anthony Dalmau, FF Kirk Riker, and FF Dan Kimball. Members assigned to the dive component of the team include Captain Jeff Sturtevant, FF Chad Foakes, and FF Dan Kimball.
It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Brewster Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires–most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
“Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes,” said Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.”
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
- If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
For further fire safety education tips and other valuable all hazards information please visit our department website at brewsterfire.com. Remember, your most cherished asset is your family and your home.
Practice Fire Safety in the Home!
In a show of respect to the members of FDNY who perished on September 11, 2001 and to ensure our community commits the term “Never Forget” to memory Brewster Firefighters took the time to arrange several members helmets on the front bumper of our first due engine in a numerical pattern designed to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters lost during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Our department and the residents of Brewster have committed to ensuring the lives of these heroic firefighters will be indelibly etched into the landscape of our community for many years to come.
On Monday September 16, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department was awarded a 2014 Barnstable County Wildfire Grant through a competitive application process administered through the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Brewster grant award in the amount of $4,100.00 will fund the salary costs for 12-15 department members to attend and an 8 hour basic wildfire training course to be instructed through the State Department of Conservation and Recreations regional Fire Warden Josh Nigro and his staff.
The Brewster Fire Department is responsible to provide wildfire suppression resources to over 2,500 acres of property within the Town including approximately 1000 acres in Nickerson State Park, 1000 acres in the Punkhorn Conservation Area, and a number of other large conservation zones located within the community. This grant award will present our staff with an exceptional program designed to educate and train our firefighters in modern wildfire strategies and tactics in both classroom and hands-on training environments.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for this grant award and for their sustained support of wildfire training, wildfire prevention, and community wildfire plan development efforts throughout Barnstable County.
Brewster resident and Nauset High School Senior Tyler Johnson began his internship with the Brewster Fire Department on Wednesday September 11. Tyler, whose career interests include emergency services, athletic training, rescue swimming, and other public service professions will be spending several hours each day during the school year with fire department staff learning about the operations of the Brewster Fire Department, supporting personnel with completing daily chores and equipment, ambulance, and apparatus checks, responding to calls as an observer, participating in training, and assisting the Chiefs office with several fire inspection/prevention and administrative projects.
On Tuesday September 10 members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team conducted their monthly training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of hands-on confined space and rope rescue scenarios designed to test the technical and operational skill of each individual team member and the ability of these members to operate as a coordinated and cohesive group at emergency incidents of these types.
The team, which consists of 43 members from 9 Cape Fire Departments trains on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members and their response proficiencies, are maintained at peak levels of operational readiness.
Team members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran, Deputy Chief Harrison, Captain Anthony Dalmau, FF Kirk Riker, and FF Daniel Kimball
The Brewster Fire Department welcomes Jim Clarke as the newest addition to our call fire/rescue department after his successful completion of all department hiring requirements on Thursday September 12. FF/EMT Clarke has been assigned to Group 1 under the direction of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau We congratulate FF/EMT Clarke new members for their hard work and determination and wish him great success during his time in our organization.
Are You Ready?
September is national preparedness month which means families should take a close look at their current home safety plan in an effort to proactively protect themselves and their property against possible damage from severe storms and other natural disasters. Based on last years severe winter weather local and national Emergency Management officials and other experts suggest families should be equipped to be self-reliant for a post storm time frame of at least 72 hours.
In order to ensure our residents and the community is properly prepared for an event of this type the Brewster Fire Department is highly suggesting our residents review the Massachusetts Storm Preparation Handbook attached below and visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www.ready.gov for storm preparation tips, safety procedures, and draft safety plans.
Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed!
On Wednesday September 11, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.
The well attended memorial service honored all first responders and civilian victims who perished in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders. Pastor Doug Scalise of the Brewster Baptist Church provided the invocation for the service. Fire Chief Robert Moran served as the programs keynote speaker discussing his personal experiences at Ground Zero as a member of the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.
Superb renditions of the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America were sung by the Nauset Honors Chorus and Sergeant Jim Rosato of the Orleans Police Department provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri and Michael Fitzgerald for donating the flowers for the event and for their assistance in developing the memorial program.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the members of our community who joined us in remembering the victims of the tragic terrorist events that occurred on September 11, 2001.