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.

Brewster Firefighters Attend Thermal Imaging Camera Training

On Wednesday June 19 and Saturday June 29 members of the Brewster Fire Department attended thermal imaging camera (TIC) training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy.  The thermal imaging camera is an extremely critical  piece of equipment in our inventory that utilizes heat imaging technology to provide firefighters with the ability to “see” through smoke during a fire to locate occupants and fire hidden in walls and void spaces, identify high heat levels, rescue downed firefighters, and a complete a host of other fireground tasks.

 

The class was designed as a refresher session to ensure our firefighters are adequately trained and competent in the use of the cameras we utilize to protect our community.  During the three-hour sessions firefighters were placed in several different hands-on scenarios inside a burn building including using the camera to search for fire victims, measuring heat levels, looking for downed firefighters, identifying flashover conditions, and searching for hidden fire.

 

At this time the Brewster Fire Department owns two different types of thermal imaging cameras.  At these sessions we found a significant difference in the technology and proper methods of deployment between the two cameras to the point that firefighters could easily become disoriented or lost during a fire and victims go unnoticed. In order to prevent this from occurring our department will be searching for funding mechanisms in the near future to upgrade our older cameras to the newer technology to enhance the safety of our members and improve our ability to serve the community.

Medical, Fire, Health and Law Enforcement Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan asks the citizens of Massachusetts to set a good example for your children and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy the many displays of fireworks supervised by local fire departments and conducted by licensed professionals. Children imitate what they see adults do and if you use fireworks, they won’t realize how dangerous they are. Not only do sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit but they also encourage the use of matches and lighters by young children. Read more here

Barbecue Safety

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  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes – where the air and gas mix – are not blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly – douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide could be produced.
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention.

Campfire Safety

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep campfires small, and don’t let them get out of hand.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you’re done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Head-On Motor Vehicle Collision

On Sunday June 16, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a head-on motor vehicle collision on Main Street (Route 6A) in front of the Brewster Dunkin Donuts. Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) along with Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to the scene. On arrival the units found two vehicles in the middle of the road with heavy front end damage and a moderate size leak of fluids. Initial patient assessment revealed one priority two and two priority three injuries with no entrapment. Brewster personnel immediately initiated patient treatment protocols as other firefighters assigned to Heavy Rescue 241 mitigated the fluid spill and secured the involved vehicles.  Due to the number of injuries Brewster Ambulance 243 and a mutual aid Ambulance from the Dennis Fire Department were requested to the scene to assist in transporting the patients to Cape Cod Hospital. The accident is being investigated by the Brewster Police Department.   

 

 

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.