Company Officer Academy Training Program

On May 2 and 3 the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association hosted a two day Company Officer Academy training program at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Ma. The program, which was conducted by retired Lewisville Texas Fire Chief Rick Lasky and retired Fire Department New York (FDNY) Battalion Chief John Salka focused on developing the skills of current and aspiring Company Officers in the areas of leadership, management, team building, strategic and tactical fireground decision making and FF safety. The event was attended by 210 firefighters from over 50 fire departments within the New England region including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. The Chiefs Association recognizes that Company Officers are a critical component of their organizations overall operation and hosted this training event to ensure the regions Company Officers and those seeking to become officers are afforded the opportunity to have the most current fire service supervisory and fire suppression concepts available to them on a daily basis. The Chiefs Association would also like to thank all of the attendees for their dedicated effort and the vendors for their support of the program.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday May 25, the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the 500 block of Lower Road for a reported single-car motor vehicle collision with rollover. Upon arrival of Ambulance 242 and Heavy Rescue 241 under the command of Captain Jeffrey Sturtevant, a Subaru Impreza was found on its roof in the middle of the road. The vehicle had traveled off the road and struck a utility pole which resulted in the snapping of the pole and rollover of the vehicle. The lone occupant was treated by Brewster FF/Paramedics and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Lower Road was blocked in both directions for several hours until the scene was cleared of the vehicle and utility repairs were made. Photos by CWN associate Craig Chadwick

 

Brewster Firefighters Attend Live Burn Training

On Wednesday May 14, members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live fire training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. During this rapid paced and dynamic training session Fire Academy instructors placed the firefighters in challenging live burn scenarios designed to simulate a variety of structure fire responses common to the Brewster Fire Department.

Throughout the evening department members carried out a number of fireground scenarios that tested their operational skills and techniques in areas such as fire attack, ventilation, search & rescue, forcible entry, incident command, and use of the thermal imaging camera. This hands-on live fire training is a valuable asset to developing and maintaining our firefighter’s ability to operate safely and effectively at structure fire related incidents. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy for their dedicated and expert guidance during this outstanding training event.

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Participates in Regional Training Exercise

On May 7 and 8 the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team along with the Barnstable County Incident Management Team participated in a regional technical rescue training exercise at Joint base Cape Cod. The 24 hour mobilization session, 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, Essex, and Norfolk county technical rescue teams in several specialized rescue components including high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue, and structural collapse rescue.

 

The drill was planned to evaluate a State wide homeland security strategy currently in motion that is designed to build regional technical rescue resources capable of a rapid response to both local and regional technical rescue incidents.   It also fully assessed current and future training needs, team interoperability, equipment needs, and the operational effectiveness of the five regional teams.

 

During the 24 hour operational period approximately 200 fire and military based technical rescue specialists were evaluated in a number of challenging “real life”, hands-on technical rescue scenarios that required the implementation of a variety of specialized skills.

 

The Barnstable County Fire Departments currently providing staff and resources to the County Technical Rescue Team include; Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Eastham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, and MMR.

Brewster Firefighters Attend Company Officer Academy Training Program

On May 2 and 3 the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association hosted a two day Company Officer Academy training program at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Ma. The program, which was conducted by retired Lewisville Texas Fire Chief Rick Lasky and retired Fire Department New York (FDNY) Battalion Chief John Salka focused on developing the skills of current and aspiring Company Officers in the areas of leadership, management, team building, strategic and tactical fireground decision making and FF safety. The event was attended by 210 firefighters from over 50 fire departments within the New England region including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Eleven Brewster Fire Department Company Officers attended the program.  The Chiefs Association recognizes that Company Officers are a critical component of their organizations overall operation and hosted this training event to ensure the regions Company Officers and those seeking to become officers are afforded the opportunity to have the most current fire service supervisory and fire suppression concepts available to them on a daily basis. The Chiefs Association would also like to thank all of the attendees for their dedicated effort and the vendors for their support of the program.




 

Phone Solicitation Warning from the Brewster Fire Department

We received notice from a member of our department indicating he received a phone call soliciting donations for the Brewster Fire Department. The Brewster Fire Department does not solicit funds from our residents. If you receive a phone call requesting donations from an individual stating they are associated with our organization do not provide them with any personal information or account numbers. If you have questions regarding this warning please call Fire Chief Moran at 508-896-7018.

Brewster Firefighters Attend Live Burn Training

On Tuesday April 29, members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live fire training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. During this rapid paced and dynamic training session Fire Academy instructors placed the firefighters in challenging live burn scenarios designed to simulate a variety of structure fire responses common to the Brewster Fire Department.

Throughout the evening department members carried out a number of fireground scenarios that tested their operational skills and techniques in areas such as fire attack, ventilation, search & rescue, forcible entry, incident command, and use of the thermal imaging camera. This hands-on live fire training is a valuable asset to developing and maintaining our firefighter’s ability to operate safely and effectively at structure fire related incidents. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Barnstable County Fire Academy for their dedicated and expert guidance during this outstanding training event.

Building Community Partnerships

Brewster Call Firefighter Trainees in Action

On Saturday April 5 Chief Moran visited the Barnstable County Fire Academy to view the progress of and show support to the nine call firefighter trainees the department is currently sponsoring at the academy. As you can see from the photos the class of candidates was being guided through their first hands-on live burn scenarios by the fire academy instructor staff during Chief Moran’s visit. The group’s graduation is scheduled for Saturday May 31.

 

Brewster Firefighters Travel to Boston for Firefighter Michael Kennedy’s Funeral

On Thursday April 3, a contingent of Brewster Firefighters accompanied by former Mount Kisco (NY) Fire Chief Ralph Ingegneri traveled to Boston to attend the funeral services for Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy who died on March 26 along with Lieutenant Edward Walsh while operating at a structure fire at 298 Beacon Street in the City of Boston. As you can see from the photos the brotherhood of the fire service is unlike any other profession. This special bond that most individuals not affiliated with the fire service will never experience brought firefighters together from every region of the United States and beyond its borders. The members of the Brewster Fire Department feel privileged to be considered a part of the greatest profession in the world and to have been able to offer our condolences and respect to a true American hero. May Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy rest in peace and may God bless their families.