Brewster Firefighters Perform Life Saving Actions

On Sunday September 1 at 12:02 p.m. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Gerlach, FF/Paramedic Chris Flavell, and FF/EMT Jeffery Parker responded to 35 Arbor Lane on a reported unresponsive male. While enroute to the location additional information was relayed informing these personnel that CPR was in progress. On this report the response was re-toned as a full department call for a possible code.

 

On arrival the crew found a 77 year old male pulse-less and in respiratory arrest. CPR was immediately initiated, intravenous medications established, and a number defibrillations or “shocks” were applied. Once loaded in the ambulance personnel continued their efforts to revive the patient and during transport were able to re-establish a life sustaining rhythm and pulse.

 

Primary caregivers Firefighter/Paramedic Gerlach, FF/Paramedic Flavell, FF/EMT Parker and transport crew members FF/EMT Arthur Romme FF/EMT Gary Stobbart, and EMT Diane Romme should be commended for providing outstanding and proficient pre-hospital life-saving medical services resulting in the successful recovery of the patient.

 

 

 

 

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”

 

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The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters onWednesday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The service is designed to honor all victims and their family members involved in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Participants will include the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans Fire Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Tributes to those individuals who perished during these tragic events will be read by 9/11 committee members and the Nauset Choral Group will share a number of patriotic songs with those in attendance.

Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.

 

“May We Never Forget”

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Brewster Firefighters Participate in Annual Muscular Dystrophy “Fill the Boot” Drive

During the Labor Day weekend Brewster Firefighters set up a collection point at the Brewster Recycling Center to collect monies for the National Muscular Dystrophy fundraising campaign.  Over the two day period the group raised approximately $1,700 that will be directly forwarded to MDA personnel.  Our organization would like to thank all of the Brewster residents who generously donated monies to this valuable and worthy cause.  Participating firefighters included Kirk Rounseville who coordinates the event for the department, Gary Stobbart, Kevin Varley, Glen Cefalo, and Matthew Tucker.

Brewster Firefighters Busy During Severe Storms

During the early morning hours of September 1, 2013 a cell of severe thunder and lightning storms moved across Cape Cod.  As a result, the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a number of storm related calls beginning at 4:11 a.m. with a transformer fire on Moss Lane and Millstone Road, one home at 148 Griffiths Pond Road and another home at 86 Beach Rose Lane that suffered damage from a lightning strike that occurred within close proximity to the structure. At the Griffiths Pond Road incident Brewster firefighters had to ladder the residence to inspect the area where the lightning hit to eliminate the possibility of fire extension into the home.  All Brewster units were placed back in service from these responses at approximately 7:00 a.m. In addition to these incidents another home located at 86 Beach Rose Lane was found to have suffered a direct lightning strike after firefighters responded to the address several hours later.

Brewster Fire Assists Eastham Fire with Search for a Missing Boater

On Thursday August 22 at 8:21 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham with their four-wheel drive ATV to assist the Eastham Fire Department with a search for an overdue boater.  During this intense search the Brewster and Eastham firefighters utilized their ATV’s to search the shoreline while a Coast Guard helicopter searched the water and marsh areas located near the Dyer Prence Road beach landing. In addition to the ATV, Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) also responded to the scene to assist the Eastham chief officers with management of the incident. Shortly after the arrival of the helicopter the missing person was spotted coming ashore after reportedly mooring and abandoning the vessel. Once on shore he was evaluated by EMT’s and refused any further medical treatment. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 10:26 p.m.

 

Brewster Fire Responds to Reported Structure Fire in Harwich

On Wednesday August 28 at 1:21 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to 4 Monomy Road  in the Town of Harwich on a line box assignment for a reported structure fire. On arrival, the Harwich Fire Department found a heavy smoke condition in the basement of a large private residence. A lengthy investigation of the building revealed the smoke was due to an electrical problem within the basement area. Brewster Ladder 237 responded directly to the scene as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) along with Car 231 (Chief Moran). The Dennis Fire Department also responded directly to the scene with an engine company on the line box assignment. The Brewster and Dennis units were placed in staging until the source of the smoke was located. All Brewster apparatus returned to service at approximately 2:30 a.m.

 

Brewster Fire Responds to Harwich

On Sunday August 25 at 5:20 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the 49 Round Cove Road in the Town of Harwich on a line box assignment for a reported structure fire. On arrival of the Harwich Fire Department a heavy smoke condition was found in an apartment located in a detached garage on the property. An investigation revealed a fire in the first floor rear of the structure that was quickly suppressed by the responding firefighters. Brewster Ladder 237 responded directly to the scene as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) along with Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison). The Chatham Fire Department also responded directly to the scene with an engine company. The aggressive attack by the Harwich Fire Department allowed the fire to be quickly placed under control. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 6:20 a.m.

Chief Presents: New Firehouse

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Receives Homeland Security Grant

The Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team recently received a $42,000 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Homeland Security Grant to fund the purchase of personal protective equipment for the unit’s fifty technical rescue technicians.   Included in this mandatory safety equipment that team members will wear during responses and training events are helmets, boots, personal lights, belts, pants, and shirts. Since forming the regional team in 2012 the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association has been awarded over $600,000 in Homeland Security funding to support the operations, purchase equipment, and train the members of this elite group of firefighters in technical and specialized rescue response skills that include trench rescue, structural collapse, confined space rescue, and rope rescue techniques. This most recent grant award is another example of the proactive efforts of the Chiefs Association to develop and support specialized teams and response capabilities throughout Barnstable County in an economical and cost efficient manner.  Members of the Brewster Fire Department assigned to the technical rescue team including the dive section of the unit are; Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau, Captain/Paramedic Jeff Sturtevant, FF/EMT Kirk Riker, FF/Paramedic Chad Foakes, and FF/EMT Dan Kimball.

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Brewster Firefighters Perform Life Saving Actions

On Saturday August 10th at 11:04 a.m. Captain/Paramedic Jeffery Sturtevant, FF/EMT Daniel Kimball, and FF/EMT Jeffery Parker responded to 55 The Tides on a reported individual suffering from chest pains. On arrival the crew found a 55 year old male with tightness and pain in the chest indicating the presence of a cardiac related issue. After a thorough and rapid assessment the patient was loaded into the ambulance and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. During the transport the patient’s condition began to deteriorate leading to sudden cardiac arrest.

Captain Sturtevant and FF Parker who were the primary caregivers immediately initiated CPR, introduced intravenous cardiac medications, and external defibrillations in an attempt revive the patient. Through these talented, skilled, and professional life saving actions the firefighters were able to resuscitate the patient who, upon arrival at the hospital was conscious and breathing.

Captain/Paramedic Sturtevant, FF/EMT Parker, and FF/EMT Kimball should be commended for providing outstanding and proficient pre-hospital life saving medical services resulting in the successful recovery of the patient. Congratulations for a job well done!