Brewster Fire Department Wishes All a Very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season

The members of the Brewster Fire Department would like to extend our sincere wishes to all of our residents, Town employees, and our regional emergency service partners that you may all enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!



  Brewster Fire Department Participates in Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus Contest

On Sunday December 14, 2014 The Brewster Fire Department participated in the 19th annual WXTK Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus event. In total, the regions participating fire, police, and other public safety agencies collected over 10,000 toys that will be distributed to children and families on Cape Cod through the Toys for Tots Program. On a local level the Brewster Fire and Police Departments held their own friendly town-wide collection contest. The final count for this year’s contest shows the fire department as the winner with a lofty 739 collected toys!

Regardless of the toy count our organization is pleased to have been involved in such a meaningful event knowing that we will bring smiles to the faces of thousands of Cape Cod’s children during the holiday season.

The Brewster Fire and Police Departments wish to thank our community members and other individuals who donated toys for their generosity and support for this annual event!  


Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree 

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1″ – 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Thanksgiving Holiday!

The Members of Brewster Fire Department wish all of our residents a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Responds to Orleans

At 09:01 Orleans Fire-Rescue was dispatched to 30 Viking Rd for a construction worker trapped in sand up to his waist in a hole approximately 12 ft. deep. The worker became trapped when the unstable walls of the trench collapsed on him while hand digging the deep hole. On arrival of the fire department the worker was conscious and alert but the hole and the area surrounding it was unstable due to the sandy ground. Recognizing the potential need for technical equipment to complete the recue the Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Geof Deering requested a Tier 1 activation of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team which is comprised of firefighters from a number of Cape departments who are trained and equipped to operate at these type of incidents. Upon the request for the team Brewster Fire Chief Moran (Car 231) and technical rescue truck (904) with several Brewster team members responded to the scene.

Upon sizing up the incident, Orleans firefighters used excellent judgment in utilizing plywood from the construction site to place ground pads and temporary shoring around the trapped worker to prevent further collapse of the trench. Once the walls of the trench were stabilized the crew was able to safely extricate the worker. He was evaluated by paramedics and treated for a possible leg, ankle/foot injury, but refused transport to the Hospital. Upon successful completion of the extrication the Technical Rescue Team was deactivated, and the Building Inspector was requested to further evaluate the safety of the scene. All units were back in service and scene cleared by approximately 09:45. The response of the technical rescue team to this incident highlights the benefits of the implementation of regional based response assets and the dedicated efforts of the team members and their respective Fire Chiefs in developing and supporting this critical response resource.


Photos courtesy of Craig Chadwick

Brewster Fire Department Hosts Citizens Fire Academy Graduation

On Thursday November 20 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a graduation ceremony for the participants of our second annual Citizens Fire Academy. This highly successful eight week program consisted of classroom and hands-on instruction covering a wide variety of fire and emergency medical service topics including a department overview, engine/truck company operations, EMS operations, fire prevention, vehicle extrication, technical/dive rescue operations, CPR/first aid certification, and field trips to the Barnstable County Sherriff’s Office Communications Center and the Barnstable County Fire Academy. Fire Chief Robert Moran stated “hosting this type of program provides us an exceptional platform from which we can educate our residents on the all hazard type response services we offer while at the same time building solid community relationships”. The Brewster Fire Department would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the highly energetic and devoted participants who dedicated their time to learn more about our organization. We thoroughly enjoyed building community partnerships with the program attendees and look forward to hosting our third annual Citizens Fire Academy in the fall of 2015.


Brewster Call Firefighter/EMT William Schneeweiss Receives Cape Cod Young Professionals Scholarship

On November 4, 2014 Brewster Call Firefighter/EMT William Schneeweiss was awarded a Career Connect Scholarship from the Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP). The program, which is administered in partnership with the Cape Cod Foundation, is open to students over 21 years of age who live on Cape Cod, have made a mark in the community, and show potential for continuing their leadership roles. The scholarships are awarded in an effort to stimulate the various strengths and talents of young professionals on Cape Cod and support and preserve a workforce capable of making positive impacts on the lives of current and future Cape Codders. In addition to being a Call Firefighter, Bill works as a customer service representative at TD Bank. He is currently attending Cape Cod Community College where he is majoring in Fire Science. His future plans include completing his AA Degree requirements and obtaining his paramedic certification.

Chimney & Woodstove Fire Safety

In 2013, there were 883 fire incidents involving chimneys, fireplaces, and woodstoves. These fires were responsible for

4 civilian deaths, 3 civilian injuries, 12 firefighter injuries, and resulted in $7.7 million in property losses. These incidents make up 42% of all fires linked to heating systems.


• Be sure the stove you are purchasing to burn wood or coal is approved by Underwriter’s Laboratory or another recognized testing laboratory.


• A building permit must be obtained prior to the installation of fireplaces, wood or coal burning stoves. They must be inspected by the local building inspector prior to their initial use as required by the Massachusetts State Building Code.

• Allow at least 36 inches of space around the appliance to prevent combustibles from coming into contact with a heat source.

• Solid fuel heating appliances cannot share a common flue with chimney flues utilized by other solid fuel, fossil fuel, or gas fired appliances.


• Have the chimney and flue inspected by a qualified mason prior to use. Cracks in the flue or mortar joints can allow flames and heated gases to extend into the structure.

Proper Use

• Most chimney fires occur due to a build-up of creosote, a tarry by- product of burning wood. Have your chimney flue cleaned before each heating season. Burn only dry, well-seasoned, hardwood to reduce creosote accumulation.

• Do not use flammable liquids to start the fire.

• Never leave children unattended near the stove.

• Check that the damper is
open before lighting the fire. Failure to do so can result in
an accumulation of smoke and carbon monoxide within the home. Do not close the damper before the fire has died out and the embers are cold.

• Use a fireplace screen to prevent flying sparks and embers from falling out onto the floor.

• Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to provide protection for your family.


Proper Ash Disposal

• Ashes cleaned out from the stove or fireplace should be shoveled into a metal bucket with a metal lid, placed outside, on the ground, away from the building, to prevent fires. Do not place ashes into

a paper bag or cardboard box. Ashes and embers can stay hot for days and ignite combustibles.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Alarms

  • Carbon monoxide alarms are required now in all homes with chimneys or woodstoves. Install one on every habitable level and no more than 10 feet from every bedroom door. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, at the bottom of every stairwell and outside each sleeping area.
  • Test alarms regularly and change the batteries when we change the clocks.

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in all homes with chimneys or woodstoves.


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The Brewster Fire Department will be participating in the Seventh Annual WCOD Police and Fire Stuff-a-Bus Challenge. This annual event is a competition between Cape Cod Fire and Police Departments. Police and Fire Departments compete to collect the greatest number of toys that are then distributed to children and families living on Cape Cod throughout the holiday season.


Stuff-a-Bus Flyer


Brewster Fire Department Supports “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town and the surrounding communities. In the next several days we will be changing our clocks for daylight-savings time. Our department is requesting a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and assist us in reducing fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage from occurring within your homes. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as we move into the colder winter months which is typically a peak period for fire incidents. Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of these known facts we urge you to keep your family safe by changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries when you change your clocks.