Brewster Fire Department Thanks Our Residents for Supporting the Proposed Fire Station Construction Project

The members of the Brewster Fire Department wish to thank our residents for the support received at the November 18, 2013 Special Town Meeting regarding the funding required to move forward with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire station. We understand this is the first step in a process in anticipation of providing our department with a safe and effective work environment from which we will continue to deliver outstanding and professional EMS and fire services to the community.

We look forward to cooperatively working with our Board of Selectmen, Building Needs & Assessment Committee, Finance Committee, Pomroy Associates, and most importantly our residents as we advance this much needed project to completion.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Harwich as Rapid Intervention Company

On Sunday November 17 at 10:41 a.m. Ladder 237 was dispatched on a line box assignment as the rapid intervention company (RIC) to a structure fire located at 111 Pleasant Lake Drive in Harwich. On arrival Harwich Fire Department found a heavy smoke condition coming from the second floor of a two story 40’ x 30’ duplex townhouse. Firefighters immediately stretched an attack line to extinguish a second floor bedroom fire which was located during the primary search of the occupancy.

On their arrival Brewster Ladder 237 was ordered to assist with exterior ventilation of the rear windows of the apartment involved in the fire. In addition to completing the ventilation of the fire area, the truck company was also designated as the rapid intervention crew by the Incident Commander.

Brewster Car 231 (Chief Moran) was assigned as the Safety Officer, and Brewster Car 232 (Deputy Harrison) was assigned as the commanding officer in the rear or side “C” of the structure. The Chatham Fire Department was also dispatched on the line box assignment and provided an engine and an ambulance at the scene. Two occupants of the residence were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with smoke inhalation injuries. The Red Cross was requested to the scene to assist the displaced occupants of the attached apartments with temporary shelter. Due to fire and smoke damage the apartments were deemed uninhabitable for occupancy. All Brewster units returned to headquarters at approximately 12:30 a.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis

On Monday November 18, 2013 at approximately 6:00 am the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the Town of Dennis for a coverage assignment due to a working structure fire at the intersection of Route 134 and Upper County Road in Dennis. Engine 234 was responded to cover Station 2 while the Dennis units operated at the fire scene. The engine company returned to Brewster at approximately 7:30 am.

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Brewster Fire Department Attends Live Burn Training

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On Saturday November 9, members of the Brewster Fire Department attended live burn 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 day 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.

Brewster Fire Department to Host Information Session on Fire Station Project

On Saturday November 16 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm the Brewster Fire Department will host an information session concerning the proposed Fire Station construction project.  During this event, which will be held at the Fire Station located at 1657 Main Street, members of the Building Needs & Assessment Committee, Brewster Fire Department, Finance Committee, and the Board of Selectmen will be available to answer questions from our residents concerning the proposed project and provide personal tours of the current facility.  From the beginning of this most recent attempt to move the construction of a new fire station forward the Building Needs & Assessment Committee and the Fire Department has developed and implemented a stakeholder based, transparent approach designed to keep our residents informed and involved in this proposal.  In keeping with this tradition we are hopeful residents of the community who have questions or require further information will stop by during this event. We look forward to seeing our residents this Saturday.

 

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Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Conducts Monthly Training

The members of Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team (BCTRT) assigned to the tech rescue component recently conducted their October training session at Nickerson State Park in Brewster.  During this four hour hands-on program members performed evolutions designed to test their knowledge and skills in the areas of assembling rope rescue anchoring systems and implementing wide area searches in the event the team was dispatched to assist in a search for a missing person.  These monthly training sessions allow team members the ability to work cooperatively in developing the skills necessary to maintain a high level of response and operational readiness.

 

In addition, the members assigned to the dive component of the team have also been busy during the month of October testing out their new equipment and preparing for the teams second Public Safety Diver Training certification program to be held later this month.

 

Technical rescue team members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Robert Moran, Deputy Chief William Harrison, Captain Anthony Dalmau, FF Kirk Riker, and FF Dan Kimball.  Members assigned to the dive component of the team include Captain Jeff Sturtevant, FF Chad Foakes, and FF Dan Kimball.

Brewster Fire Department Reminds Our Residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’

It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Brewster Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires–most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

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According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

“Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes,” said Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.”

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

For further fire safety education tips and other valuable all hazards information please visit our department website at brewsterfire.com. Remember, your most cherished asset is your family and your home.

 

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Brewster Firefighters Honor Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) 343 Firefighters Lost on 9/11

In a show of respect to the members of FDNY who perished on September 11, 2001 and to ensure our community commits the term “Never Forget” to memory Brewster Firefighters took the time to arrange several members helmets on the front bumper of our first due engine in a numerical pattern designed to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters lost during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

 

Our department and the residents of Brewster have committed to ensuring the lives of these heroic firefighters will be indelibly etched into the landscape of our community for many years to come.

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