In October members of the Brewster Fire Department and several neighboring fire departments received specialized EMS training on the rescue and removal of bariatric patients from Lieutenant Jeff Kaplan and Lieutenat David Haenelt of the Englewood (NJ) Fire Department. The instruction included a classroom powerpoint program which focused on common bariatric patient medical issues, treatment protocols, packaging and removal techniques, specialized equipment needs, and patient dignity concerns that emergency medical providers will be faced with when dealing with bariatric patients. In addition to the classroom component a hands-on session which included the use of rope hauling systems, rescue and removal techniques, anchor point usage, patient transport procedures and specialized equipment use was conducted.
On Friday November 30 at 2:58 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church on Main Street for a reported automatic fire alarm. On arrival of the first due engine flames had already engulfed approximately 25% of the building and were rapidly spreading throughout the remaining areas of the structure. A request for additional Brewster Fire Department personnel and mutual aid resources from surrounding communities was immediately requested by the officer-in-charge. Firefighters attempted to initiate an interior attack to extinguish the blaze but were pushed back by the rapidly moving fire.
Based on these heavy fire conditions which hampered the interior attack and the lightweight wood construction of the church which inherently promotes the rapid collapse of the structure units on scene switched to a defensive exterior fire attack utilizing several elevated and ground based master stream devices. Due to the heavy fire conditions found on arrival and the type of occupancy involved, the Massachusetts State Fire Marshals Office, State Police, and ATF were requested to assist the Brewster Fire and Police Departments with the fire investigation which has resulted in the arrest of a suspect for the crime of arson. Mutual aid apparatus assisting the Brewster Fire Department at the scene included a Harwich ladder, Dennis engine, Orleans ladder and engine, Eastham engine, Chatham engine, and ambulances from Eastham, Dennis, and Harwich. Numerous mutual aid Chiefs from those communities also responded to assist the Brewster Incident Commander in managing the fire suppression operation. Additional Barnstable County fire and EMS units provided coverage for the region during the event and the American Red Cross supplied first responders with rest and rehabilitation services and refreshments. Photos by Jake O’Callaghan/CWN & Jerry Mossey
On Sunday December 2, 2012 the Brewster Fire Department hosted an open house for our residents and visitors to the community. During the event fire department members provided the approximately 150 attendees with tours of our fire and EMS equipment and fire headquarters while providing free Fire Safety education literature, balloons, goodie bags, and refreshments. Highlights of the day included a visit from Smokey the Bear and Santa Claus which was very well received by the children in attendance. The members of the Brewster Fire Department would like to thank those individuals who visited us during the open house and shared in the Holiday season spirit! Make plans now to attend our next scheduled Open House which will take place during Brewster in Bloom weekend in 201
On Sunday November 25 at 1:32 am the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched on an automatic mutual aid line box to the Town of Harwich to assist at a fire scene, located on Route 28. Upon arrival of the Harwich Fire Department units reported the two story wood frame 200’ x 40’ structure to be well involved in fire. Due to this heavy volume of fire, potential for collapse, and the building being vacant for approximately four years a decision to initiate an exterior attack on the fire using large hand lines, aerial ladders, and tower ladders was made by the Harwich Fire Chief. Brewster units responding included Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Harrison), Ladder 237, Engine 239, and Ambulance 244. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 6:30 a.m. The fire has been deemed suspicious by the State Fire Marshal and continues to be investigated by his office.
On Monday October 22 at 2:53 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to 79 Great Oak Road on a reported structure fire. On arrival a light smoke condition was found coming from the first floor of the residence. Upon further investigation Continue reading
On Thursday October 11 at approximately 5:40 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Satucket Road in the vicinity of Canoe Pond Road. On arrival members found a vehicle rolled over on its passenger side with the occupant partially ejected and trapped. Based on the potential for severe traumatic injury a MedFlight helicopter was requested to respond to transport the patient to a licensed trauma hospital. Brewster firefighters immediately initiated vehicle and patient stabilization and utilized air bags to lift the car to allow for the rapid extrication of the injured party. Upon removal the patient was transported by ground to the landing zone at Drummer Boy Park where the flight crew flew the victim to Tufts University Hospital in Boston.
On Saturday September 15, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident in front of the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street. On arrival Brewster personnel discovered a two car crash with injuries to several occupants. Two Brewster ambulances and one mutual aid ambulance from Dennis Fire Department transported the patients to Cape Cod Hospital with non life-threatening injuries while additional members of Brewster fire secured the vehicles and the resulting minor fluid spill.
Photos courtesy of Jake O’Callaghan.
On Tuesday September 5, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence at 141 Timberlane Drive. On arrival Brewster personnel discovered a working fire in the basement of the dwelling extending into the first floor. Automatic aid was supplied to the scene by the Orleans Fire Department (ladder truck) and the Harwich Fire Department (engine). Firefighters rapidly deployed two pre-connected attack lines into the structure to extinguish and stop the spread of the fire while other personnel searched the residence for victims and ventilated the interior. A second alarm was requested by the Incident Commander for coverage and additional resources to the scene. Chatham Fire Department (engine) and theEastham Fire Department (ambulance) responded to the scene and the Dennis Fire Department covered the Town of Brewster with an engine company on this assignment. The fire was placed under control at approximately MMMMM. Extensive damage to the basement and first floor living area along with severe smoke damage throughout the building occurred as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire was due to a lightning strike which took place during a severe storm that moved through the area just prior to the 911 emergency call.
Photos courtesy of Jake O’Callaghan.
On Monday September 17, 2012 the Brewster Fire Department welcomed three new FF/Paramedics to the department’s career staff. One of the hires takes the place of a position created earlier this year by the retirement of one member and the other two hires are additional staff approved by our residents through a 2 ½ Proposition override earlier this year. The three new staff members are Matthew Tucker, Michael Gerlach, and Joseph Cox. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the residents of our community for acknowledging and supporting our request to add additional career staff to the department in order to enhance our ability to provide effective fire and emergency services.