On Tuesday May 28th at 4:53 a.m. Brewster Engine 239 was dispatched to the Town of Dennis to cover Station 2 due to a structure fire on Wharf Road in the Dennisport section of Town. While covering Brewster firefighters responded to support other units at a priority three medical call for assistance after which they were released from the assignment. All Brewster personnel and apparatus were placed back in service at 6:49 a.m.
On Thursday May 16 members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team participated in an all day full scale hands-on training session that tested the team’s capabilities and expertise in the areas of trench and confined space rescue. The “real life” scenarios which were conducted at Chatham Airport included the construction of temporary trench shoring, air quality monitoring, establishment of rope removal systems, and the packaging and removal of simulated victims from simulated trench collapses and confined spaces. The highly trained members of this group conducted this session in preparation for a larger scale technical rescue drill to be held in Bridgewater on June 2 that will encompass technical rescue teams from Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties. Members of the team from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran and Deputy Chief Harrison (Task Force Leaders) and Captain Anthony Dalmau, Firefighter/EMT Kirk Riker, and Firefighter/EMT Daniel Kimball who serve as Rescue Technicians.
On Wednesday May 22 at 10:57 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Clubhouse at the Captain’s Golf Course. Upon arrival Car 249 (Fire Prevention Captain Peter Rubel) reported light smoke showing from a 1 ½ story wood frame building containing the clubhouse and restaurant facilities. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) arrived on scene shortly after. Chief Moran assumed command of the incident and Deputy Harrison was assigned as the Operations Section Chief. Brewster Engine 234 arrived on scene and immediately stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the area of origin. Brewster Ladder 237 reported on scene and was directed to set up on Side “A” or the front side of the structure in the event the aerial ladder would be required. A quick size-up of the incident revealed golf course personnel had extinguished the main body of fire on the exterior of the building just prior to the arrival of the fire department. A more localized investigation revealed minor extension of the fire into the eaves was present. Firefighters quickly opened up this area, removed charred siding and a section of the eaves, wet the area down, and utilized the thermal imaging camera to ensure full extinguishment. An origin and cause examination of the scene and witness interviews provided confirmation that the fire originated in a plastic waste bucket used to discard smoking materials which was placed directly against the wood siding of the building. Tower 176 from the Orleans Fire Department and Engine 68 from the Harwich Fire Department responded on the mutual aid line box assignment on the report of the structure fire. On their arrival these units were placed in staging and eventually released from the scene. All Brewster units were released from the scene and command terminated the incident at 11:37 a.m.
On Sunday May 19 at 6:49 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a kayaker in distress off of Breakwater Beach. A concerned resident had noticed a kayaker who they thought was having difficulty returning to shore. With an approaching storm on the horizon the resident made the decision to called 911 and requested the dispatch of the fire department. The victim was reported to be in the bay approximately 1 mile southwest of Standish Road. A full department recall was initiated bringing Car 231 (Chief Moran) to Breakwater Beach and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to Standish Road where the original sighting was reported. Car 230 (utility pick-up) responded with the departments rapid deployment Zodiac boat to Breakwater Beach where responding members immediately placed the boat into the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Following department guidelines concerning water based rescues a mutual aid request for the Dennis Fire Department boat based in Sesuit Harbor was also made.
Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Gerlach and Firefighter/EMT Arthur Romme piloted the boat out to the distressed kayaker where they found the individual in need of assistance in returning to shore. The firefighters rapidly assessed the patient for obvious medical concerns and finding none transported the victim and the kayak back to Breakwater Beach. Upon coming on shore the individual was given a more detailed medical assessment at which point a determination not to transport was made and signed by the patient. All Brewster units were placed back in service at 8:04 p.m.
On Saturday May 18 at 2:46 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was requested by the Dennis Fire Department to respond with Heavy Rescue 241 and Marine 246 to assist with the search for a missing kayaker in their Town. Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to Sesuit Harbor to assist the Incident Commander with management of the event and to serve as a logistical support base for the Mid Cape Dive Team which was also requested to respond to the scene. Marine 246 responded to Paine’s Creek in Brewster where the boat was deployed to assist with a water search of the bay. Additional resources assisting the Dennis Fire Department included a 25’ boat and helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard and boats from the Orleans and Eastham Fire Departments. Units searched the bay from Dennis to Eastham for approximately 3 hours in an attempt to find the missing kayaker. During the water search the Dennis Police Department conducted a corresponding investigation in an attempt to gather further information regarding the missing individual. As a result of this inquiry the kayaker was located on land in a safe location. The search was terminated at 5:48 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that FF/EMT Mark Lang, FF/EMT Gary Stobbart, FF/EMT Scott Romer, and FF/EMT Peter Hartnett have successfully completed an intense 8 week engine company pump operations course that included classroom and hands-on practical evolutions ranging from the basic construction and operation of fire apparatus pumps to water supply practices, master stream and attack line operations, drafting procedures, large diameter hose evolutions, and a challenging final exam consisting of both written and practical components. FF/EMT Will Romme expertly guided the group as the lead instructor of the course during which he received skilled and professional assistance from FF William Kraul, FF/EMT Kevin Moran, and FF/EMT Daniel Kimball.
Congratulations to these members for their commitment to completing this training program. We look forward to their continued dedication to their position and our organization as a whole.
Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don’t practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Cooking equipment is also the leading cause of unreported fires and associated injuries.
Safe Cooking Behaviors
The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring a Community CPR Training program on May 14 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)
Class location will be Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street. 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!
The Brewster Fire Department, in cooperation with the Brewster Council on Aging has been providing secure residential key boxes to residents in Brewster for many years. The Lock Box Program is intended to allow the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Police access to a resident’s home in the event of an emergency where the homeowner may be unable to get to the door.
WHO IS ELEGIBLE?
The program is open to all Town of Brewster residents, although the program is targeted towards community members who are aged 65 or older, or those who are disabled and/or suffer from major medical issues at any age.
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On Sunday May 5th five Firefighter/EMT candidates sponsored by the Brewster Fire Department graduated from the Barnstable County Fire Academy after an intense 16 week Firefighter I/II training program encompassing both classroom and hands-on fire training. The academy curriculum included fire department skills such as the use of self contained breathing apparatus, engine company operations, ladder company operations, hazardous material response, rapid intervention procedures, firefighter survival techniques, ventilation practices, use of ropes and knots, fire safety education, basic fire dynamics, and live fire training. The students were instructed throughout the program by an expert group of County academy instructors hailing from a variety of Cape Cod fire departments. In addition to the training and County certification received from attending the program the students have also been prepared and will be provided the opportunity to obtain State and National Firefighter I/II certification through the State Fire Academy in the next few months. The Brewster Fire Department would like to congratulate our group of firefighter candidates for the hard work and dedicated efforts they exhibited in attending and graduating from this demanding program. We look forward to bringing a number of these certified firefighter/EMT’s into the department over the next several weeks as we initiate a strategy to fill a number of roster openings. The following individuals were sponsored by the Brewster Fire Department during the program.
- Ryan Avery
- James Clarke
- Crystal DeSchenes
- Jeremiah Nelson
- Peter Von Steltzer