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!

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 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.

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 Fire Department Welcomes New Probationary Firefighter Class

On December 3, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department launched our annual probationary firefighter’s class that includes eleven potential call firefighters. These candidates will participate in a three session program designed to familiarize them with the department’s fire and emergency medical operations over the next several weeks after which they will begin the Firefighter I/II program at the Barnstable County Fire Academy with an expected graduation date in early June. We wish these candidates the best of luck and success during this rigorous and demanding training program and look forward to their successful integration into our organization.

 

Paul Brazil                 Jaime Clarke                        Timothy Druckenbrod         Jeff Erving

Ron Goguen             Dennis Hall              Robert Hooper         Ratislav Mariak

William Schneeweiss        Dean Smith              Megan Zile

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

On Sunday December 15, 2013 The Brewster Fire Department participated in the 18th annual WXTK Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus event.  Through this event Cape Cod fire, police, and other public safety agencies collected a total of 11,132 toys that will be distributed to children and families on Cape Cod through the Toys for Tots Program. In addition to the contest to see what participating agency collects the most toys prior to the parade the Brewster Fire and Police Departments held their own town-wide collection contest. The final count for this friendly competition showed the Police Department as the winner with 132 toys collected compared to the 130 toys brought in by the Fire Department. With the bet of a dozen donuts on the line, today members of the Fire Department reluctantly presented a dozen powdered donuts and gift cards to a local dry cleaner to the Brewster Police Department in recognition of their hard work and success!

Even though the competition is over the Toys-for-Tots program is still collecting toys until the end of this week December 20. Any toys that are dropped off at the fire or police departments during the next week will be donated to the program.

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!