Open Burning Season Starts January 15

 

Open burning season begins January 15, 2014 and ends on May 1, 2014. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department and follow the regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Please visit brewsterfire.com click on the attached Rules & Regulations to obtain further information on the process necessary to obtain a permit and on the method required to utilize the mandatory daily brush fire call in phone line.  Permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.

 

The Brewster Fire Department requests all of our residents to take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.

 

Remember, Burn Safely and Responsibly!

Brewster Chooses Owners Project Manager and Design Firm for the Fire Headquarters Construction Project

 

After a lengthy and detailed process that included the submittal of written proposals and individual interviews for the positions of owner project manager (OPM) and fire station designer the fire department is pleased to announce that Pomroy Associates has been chosen as the OPM and CDR Maguire as the design firm. Pomroy Associates has extensive experience managing both fire station and other municipal construction projects and is currently working as the OPM for the construction of a new fire headquarters in the Town of Chatham.  CDR Maguire also has extensive design experience with fire and municipal construction projects including the completion of two feasibility studies (2008 & 2013) pertaining to the design of a new fire headquarters for the Brewster Fire Department. The members of our internal fire station committee look forward to working with these two award winning firms in designing and constructing a facility that meets the current and future needs of our organization and our great community for many years to come.

UPDATE: WINTER STORM

The National Weather Service in Taunton has just provided the following updated forecast for the winter storm that will impact Massachusetts from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Note that winter storm warnings and blizzard watches have been issued for parts of the state.

From the National Weather Service in Taunton:
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A significant winter storm will affect southern New England late Tuesday into Wednesday morning with the greatest impact near the coast. Here are the details.

HEADLINES

* Blizzard Watch for coastal Plymouth county and the Cape and Islands
* Winter Storm Warning for eastern MA, all of RI and northeast CT
* Winter Storm Watch for Hartford county northward through portions of western and north central MA and Hillsborough county in NH.

SNOWFALL POTENTIAL

* High risk for 6-10 inches across RI and SE MA, especially Cape Cod & the Islands
* Lower risk for around a foot of snow for the Cape/Islands and portions of southeast coastal MA
* 4-8 inches across much of the interior west of the I95 corridor
* Lesser amounts across NW MA and SW NH

TIMING

* Onset – Light snow should overspread CT/RI & SE MA after 1 pm Tue reaching northern MA by evening. Minor to moderate impact for the evening commute with accum generally less than 2 inches.
* Heaviest snow – Tue night into early Wed morning. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour possible at the peak of the storm. Major impact for the Wednesday morning commute.
* Departing – snow ending by daybreak Wednesday in the west and during the morning elsewhere, except lingering on the Cape/Islands into the afternoon

WIND

* Northerly winds increasing Tuesday night
* Max wind gusts: 40 to 50 mph over the Cape/Islands and southeast coastal MA, 30-40 mph northeast CT, RI and eastern MA, and 20-30 mph further in the interior
* The strongest winds will be late Tuesday night into mid morning Wednesday.
* The strong wind will result in considerable blowing snow and poor visibility with blizzard conditions expected at times, especially across the Cape and Islands and SE coastal MA.

BITTER COLD

* Dangerously cold wind chills late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning dropping to -10 to -20 over the interior high terrain, and -5 to -10 elsewhere.
* Another round of dangerously cold wind chills late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. -15 to -25 over the interior high terrain and -5 to -15 in the coastal plain.

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January 21-22 2014 Storm Information

Through the coordination of the Brewster Office of Emergency Management Town departments have initiated storm planning in partnership with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. Based on information received as of Tuesday January 21 the local emergency planning group would like to relay the following:

 

  1. Storm snow totals are estimated to be between 10-14 inches for Cape Cod.
  2. Blizzard conditions and high winds will affect visibility with whiteout conditions possible.
  3. The storm will be of long term duration (two days).
  4. The heaviest snowfall of 1” to 2” per hour will be between 7:00 pm Thursday and 10:00 am Wednesday.
  5. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mile per hour are possible.
  6. Snow will lessen but continue throughout the day on Wednesday.
  7. Severe wind chills and extreme low temperatures will follow the storm.
  8. As of this time no regional shelters are scheduled to be open. This may change Wednesday morning.
  9. Personnel assigned to staff the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have been placed on standby for possible deployment.
  10. All Town departments have adequate resources staged and have completed their storm preparations.
  11. The Town has made plans to open the Eddy School as a warming shelter if necessary. Information regarding the opening of this facility can be directed to the Brewster Police Department at 508-896-7011, Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 or the Council on Aging at 508-896-2737.

 

Storm Safety Tips;

  • Driving conditions throughout the night will be extremely hazardous.  The Brewster Police request residents to remain off the roads during this high hazard period.
  • Do not start or use generators inside any structure.
  • If temporary space heater use is needed use only electric type heaters and make sure a 3’ area around the unit is kept clear of combustibles.  Turn the units off when leaving the room.
  • If heating your home with your fireplace please take precautions to ensure this is done safely and responsibly.
  • Please listen to local media outlets for storm updates.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham Structure Fire

On Thursday January 16, 2013 at 5:10 a.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison), Engine 234, and Engine 233 responded to 174 Ireland Way in Eastham for a second alarm structure fire. Due to the fact that the Town of Eastham does not have fire hydrants Engine 234 and Car 232 were dispatched to Great Pond in Eastham to establish a filling point for apparatus assigned to the tanker task force. Car 231 responded to the scene and was assigned to assist the Incident Commander with scene management. On the initial arrival units from the Eastham fire department found a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling with 75% fire involvement. Fortunately, the home was used as a summer residence by the owners and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Due to the heavy fire involvement Eastham firefighters initiated a defensive fire attack using tank water until a primary water supply could be established after which several attack lines were stretched and utilized for extinguishment and overhaul. Brewster units operated at the scene until approximately 7:15 a.m. The Eastham Fire Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Eastham Police Department are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

 

Community CPR Training

 

Brewster Fire Department

Community CPR Training

January 16, 2014

 

The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on January 16 at 6:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to enhance the Town of Brewster’s standing as a Heart Safe Community, provide vital life saving training to our residents, and increase the number of community members trained to a cardiac arrest.  Here are some interesting facts:

 

  • 385,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur on an annual basis.
  • 88% of these occur at home where limited emergency medical treatment may not be readily available.
  • Typically, only 8% of these victims survive
  • Immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate.
  • Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival
    • Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
    • Early CPR
    • Early Defibrillation
    • Early advanced care

 

Attendees at this three (3) hour training session will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

 

There will be a ten dollar ($10.00) charge for processing of the CPR certification cards.

 

Individuals interested in attending this training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm your attendance. 

 

 

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 

Brewster Fire Department Experiences Busy 2013

 

The final count of “runs” or requests for fire department services for the 2013 calendar year has been processed. The final totals reveal our community’s staff of dedicated and professional first responders answered 2811 requests for service from our residents and our surrounding mutual aid partners. This run total includes 2152 emergency medical and 659 fire related responses which is 91 responses above our 2012 total of 2678. The members of the Brewster Fire Department would like our residents to know that we remain poised to answer your calls for emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with efficiency and expertise.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

On Tuesday January 7 at 8:14 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the area in front of 604 Slough Road for a reported single car motor vehicle accident. On arrival Heavy Rescue 241 and Ambulance 243 under the direction of Captain Donald LaBonte located a vehicle off the road that was involved in a high speed collision with a utility pole and tree. Additionally, due to the violent impact the female driver was found entrapped within the vehicles passenger compartment suffering from life-threatening traumatic injuries. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident and first arriving fire department personnel assisted by Officers from the Brewster Police Department immediately implemented life saving EMS protocols and began extricating the patient from the vehicle using the “Jaws of Life” and hydraulic cutting tools. After approximately 10 minutes of extrication activities the driver of the vehicle was removed with life-threatening traumatic injuries and transported to Cape Cod Hospital where she was pronounced dead. After completing patient removal two dogs were located in the vehicle by first responders. The Brewster Animal Warden was requested to the scene and was able to secure the dogs and transport them to C.A.R.E the local animal emergency center where one was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Due to damage to the utility pole and transformer approximately 1200 customers lost power during the incident.  NSTAR quickly isolated and repaired the damage. The accident is being investigated by the Brewster Police Department in cooperation with the Cape Cod Regional Crash Reconstruction Team and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s CIO’s.

January 2-3 2014 Storm Information

Brewster Emergency Management

Through the coordination of the Brewster Office of Emergency Management Town departments have initiated storm planning in partnership with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. Based on information received as of Thursday January 2 the local emergency planning group would like to relay the following:

1. Storm snow totals are estimated to be between 8-14 inches for Cape Cod.
2. High winds will affect visibility with whiteout conditions possible.
3. The storm will be of long term duration (two days).
4. The heaviest snowfall of 1” to 2” per hour will be between 10:00 pm Thursday and 8:00 am Friday.
5. Snow will lessen but continue throughout the day on Friday.
6. Severe wind chills and extreme low temperatures will follow the storm.
7. As of this time no regional shelters are scheduled to be open. This may change Friday morning.
8. Personnel assigned to staff the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have been placed on standby for possible deployment.
9. All Town departments have adequate resources staged and have completed their storm preparations.
10. The Town has made plans to open the Eddy School as a warming shelter if necessary. Information regarding the opening of this facility can be directed to the Brewster Police Department at 508-896-7011, Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 or the Council on Aging at 508-896-2737.

Storm Safety Tips;
• Driving conditions throughout the night will be extremely hazardous. The Brewster Police request residents to remain off the roads during this high hazard period.
• Do not start or use generators inside any structure.
• If temporary space heater use is needed use only electric type heaters and make sure a 3’ area around the unit is kept clear of combustibles. Turn the units off when leaving the room.
• If heating your home with your fireplace please take precautions to ensure this is done safely and responsibly.
• Please listen to local media outlets for storm updates.

Community CPR Training

Brewster Fire Department
Community CPR Training
January 16, 2014

The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on January 16 at 6:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to enhance the Town of Brewster’s standing as a Heart Safe Community, provide vital life saving training to our residents, and increase the number of community members trained to a cardiac arrest. Here are some interesting facts:

• 385,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur on an annual basis.
• 88% of these occur at home where limited emergency medical treatment may not be readily available.
• Typically, only 8% of these victims survive
• Immediate bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate.
• Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival
o Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS
o Early CPR
o Early Defibrillation
o Early advanced care

Attendees at this three (3) hour training session will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

There will be a ten dollar ($10.00) charge for processing of the CPR certification cards.

Individuals interested in attending this training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm your attendance.

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR!