Tyler Johnson Completes Senior Internship

Brewster resident and Nauset High School senior Tyler Johnson recently completed his senior internship with the Brewster Fire Department. This 9 month internship program sponsored through the regional high school allowed Tyler to get an in depth look at the daily operations of the Brewster Fire Department through his interaction with department employees, supporting the fire prevention bureau, responding to fire and EMS calls as an observer, assisting with daily house work, and interacting with our residents.  During his time at the fire department Tyler and Brewster FF/EMT Michael Herrmann created a software program that allowed us to move our daily ambulance and apparatus check sheets into our mobile computers which significantly improved our efficiency and ability to document these daily reports.  In addition, Tyler also spent several months an Emergency Medical Technician course where he received national certification as an EMT.

Moving forward, Tyler will take his passion for emergency medicine to another level in the next few months.  He has enlisted in the Army as a Health Care Specialist or Army Medic and will be leaving for Boot Camp at Fort Sill Oklahoma in early September.  His ultimate goal is to attend the Army’s Interservice Physicians Assistant Program (IPAP) where upon graduation he will be a certified physicians assistant and Army officer.

Tyler lives in Brewster with his parents Eric and Tina. He has three brothers one who is currently serving as a nuclear engineer in the Navy, one who is an MMA graduate and tugboat Captain, and one who aspires to be a police officer.  Members of the Brewster Fire Department are extremely proud of Tyler’s accomplishments and the opportunity to have mentored him over the past several months.  We wish him the best of luck in all of this future endeavors!


Brewster Fire Department Responds to Gas Leak

On Sunday June 22 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported outside odor of natural gas in the area of 99 Millstone Road. Upon arrival Engine 239 under the command of Acting Captain Christopher Flavell discovered that a house service to the residence had been struck and by an individual who was installing a fence on the property.  National Grid was requested to expedite their response to the scene due to the severity of the leak and the potential for an explosion and fire.  Fortunately, a representative from National Grid was in the area and responded quickly to mitigate the leak.  With the scene secure Engine 239 returned to headquarters and Millstone Road was reopened. The Brewster Fire Department would like to remind contractors and/or residents who will be digging on any property or street to call Dig-Safe and request a mark out of the utilities in the area to ensure incidents such as the one described above is avoided.

Be Smart… Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

Enjoy supervised professional fireworks displays

Local fire departments supervise fireworks displays all over the Massachusetts. Unfortunately, children and adults continue to set off illegal fireworks that start fires and cause serious injuries to themselves and others.

Fireworks can be deadly

A 45-year old Gloucester woman died in a December 22, 2003 house fire when someone threw fireworks and ignited a Christmas tree in the living room. Three other people were injured. On May 20, 1997, a 26-year old man from Watertown was killed while he was lighting fireworks in a hallway.

A 27-year old Framingham man was killed on July 4, 1993, when backyard fireworks exploded in his face. On July 4, 1992, fireworks fatally injured a 30-year old man on a Fairhaven beach.

All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts

The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more.

Sparklers burn at 1800ºF.

It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere.

Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.

Do not purchase fireworks through mail-order or online catalogs

The distribution of mail-order catalogs that clearly state that fireworks are illegal in some jurisdictions cannot be prohibited. State and local police regularly confiscate illegal shipments of fireworks into Massachusetts. Many unhappy consumers have lost both their money and the fireworks trying to circumvent the law.

Set a good example for children

Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very dangerous fireworks are. Sixty percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 2013 were to children under age 18. Over one-quarter (27%) of the victims were children under age 10.

Fires caused by fireworks

In the past decade (2004-2013) there have been 802 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). The incidents caused 14 civilian injuries, two fire service injuries, and an estimated dollar loss of $2 million, which is high considering most fireworks fires are outdoor brush fires.

• On August 4, 2013 the Chicopee Fire Department responded to a fireworks explosion that severely injured a resident’s hand and also injured his young son. The State Police Bomb Squad was called to dispose of the illegal commercial grade fireworks.

• On July 5, 2013, the Lowell Fire Department responded to a fire in an eight-unit apartment building. Fireworks set off inside a trash can on a porch started the fire.

• On July 7, 2013, the Plymouth Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in a boat house. Someone ignited fireworks near storage supplies that started the fire. Damages were estimated at $4,000.

• On January 9, 2013, Belmont firefighters extinguished two fires in one car; one in the passenger seat and one in the trunk. Smoldering fireworks caused the fires. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

• On July 4, 2013, the Worcester Fire Department responded to a fire in a three-unit apartment building. Fireworks ignited the roof. One firefighter was injured at this fire. Damages were estimated at $12,000.

• On March 20, 2014 the Abington Fire Department responded to a fireworks explosion in an apartment complex. A youth’s hand was amputated and a 31 year old man was injured when consumer grade fireworks exploded inside his apartment.

Burns caused by fireworks

In the past decade (2004-2013), 49 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burn injuries from fireworks (burns covering 5% of more of the body) according to the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS). Seventy-two percent of the victims were children and youths under age 25. These victims are scarred for life.

• On March 18, 2013, a 19-year old Dartmouth man severely burned his hand when fireworks exploded inside his home.

• On September 20, 2013, a 38-year old Boston man received severe chemical burns to approximately 30% of his body while experimenting at home with chemicals and fireworks that exploded.

• On August 10, 2013, a 33-year old Beverly man was holding a handful of sparklers. While trying to light one sparkler, he inadvertently ignited them all and burned his hands.

• On June 5, 2013, an 8-year old girl sat on a sparkler that ignited her dress. She received burns to 7% of her body.


Summary of Massachusetts Fireworks Law

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennisport Structure Fire

On Friday June 6, 2014 at 2:54 a.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran) Engine 233, and Ambulance 243 responded to 58 Center Street in Dennisport on a third alarm structure fire assignment. On arrival at the scene the Dennis Fire Department found a heavy fire condition in the rear and first and second floors of a two-story wood frame multi-family garden apartment style complex. Numerous residents who had jumped from the building to rescue themselves from the fire were found lying in front of the building injured.

Dennis firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and immediately requested mutual aid assistance to the scene. On arrival the Brewster engine company was assigned to assist with overhaul, secondary searches, and extinguishment of hot spots within the structure. In addition, the Brewster ambulance transported a priority patient to Cape Cod Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation.

In addition to the Brewster Fire Department the Harwich, Yarmouth, Hyannis, Orleans, Fire Departments also provided mutual aid assistance at the scene and several other departments covered the Dennis stations during the incident.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 6:30 a.m.

Garage Fire Safety

header_garageGarage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss per fire than fires that start in all other areas of the home.
Help increase awareness about dangerous home garage fires in your community: visit www.usfa.fema.gov for fire safety messages and free materials!

Brewster Call Firefighters Graduate from Barnstable County Fire Academy

On Saturday May 31, seven prospective Brewster Call firefighters graduated from the Barnstable County Fire Academy in front of family, friends, and Fire Chiefs from across Cape Cod. These dedicated individuals started their initial training in January spending two nights a week and every Saturday at the academy culminating in receiving their FF I/II certification at the graduation. The next step for these candidates is to pass the State physical abilities test (PAT) and complete their EMS ride time after which they will be hired and assigned to one of the four department Call groups. Our organization wishes to congratulate these newly certified firefighters and we look forward to them joining our ranks in time for the busy summer season.  The graduates include:


  • Timothy Druckenbrod
  • Jeffrey Erving
  • Ron Goguen
  • Robert Hooper
  • Rastislav Mariak
  • William Schneeweis
  • Dennis HallDSCF0716


In addition to these seven candidates we would also like to welcome FF/EMT Paul Brazil to our group of call firefighters.  Paul, who came to us certified as an EMT and firefighter is in the process of completing his ride time and will be assigned to a call group shortly.

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.