During the Labor Day weekend Brewster Firefighters set up a collection point at the Brewster Recycling Center to collect monies for the National Muscular Dystrophy fundraising campaign. Over the two day period the group raised approximately $1,800 that will be directly forwarded to MDA personnel. Our organization would like to thank all of the Brewster residents who generously donated monies to this valuable and worthy cause.
Thursday September 11 – 6:00 p.m.
“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”
The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters on Thursday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.
The service is designed to honor first responders, civilian victims and their family members who were impacted by the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Pastor Doug Scalise of the Brewster Baptist Church will offer the memorial invocation. Other participants will include the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department, Brewster Town officials, Orleans Fire Department, local Scout groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other regional emergency service organizations. Tributes to the victims of these tragic events will be shared by 9/11 committee members, the Nauset Regional Middle School Chorus led by Beverly DiPaolo, and select members of the Eddy Elementary School Chorus led by Stacy Faris.
Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.
“May We Never Forget”
This dynamic and fascinating video shot by James Paul Ludwig (Town Videographer) gives our residents an in-depth and up close look at Brewster firefighters in action during a recent day of thermal imaging camera training. It is designed to provide viewers with a real-life image of the dangerous environment and hazards faced by firefighters when operating on the inside of structure fire while highlighting the use and benefits of the department’s inventory of thermal imaging cameras. The film was shot at the live burn building at the Barnstable County Fire Academy and is narrated by Fire Chief Robert Moran who explains a variety of fire suppression methods, tactics, and theories to the viewers. This is a video you do not want to miss!
On Saturday August 30 at 11:55 am the Brewster Fire Department responded to a three car motor vehicle collision with rollover at the intersection of Stony Brook Road and Run Hill Road. Upon arrival at the scene Chief Moran conducted a rapid size-up and found one vehicle on its roof and two other vehicles with moderate damage off to the side of the road. All occupants of the vehicles had self-extricated prior to the arrival of fire department units. A fire hydrant was also found to be knocked over during the accident. Due to multiple calls ongoing in Brewster the Dennis Fire Department was requested for an ambulance to transport one victim and Chief Moran requested the response of an engine company from the Harwich Fire Department to secure the vehicles and assist with patient care. Additional off-duty career and call Brewster firefighters also responded to the scene. A total of two patients were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Brewster Police Department.
Shown below are updated photos of the new Ford F550 ambulance that is expected to be delivered in mid September. As you can see when comparing prior photos it is now possible to see exactly what the new ambulance will look like. The manufacturer (Life Line) is working diligently to ensure the unit is delivered and placed into service on schedule.
On Friday August 29, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Brewster Fire Department an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant in the amount of $42,710.00 to purchase personal escape devices for each member of the fire suppression staff and provide the requisite training on the use and care of the equipment. The grant will also fund a full day of training for all firefighters on the use and care of the departments thermal imaging cameras.
The personal escape device is designed to provide each firefighter with the ability to self exit from the upper floors of a building should they become trapped or disoriented while conducting interior fire operations. While Brewster firefighters train annually on the skills and techniques required to avoid these situations, the dangerous and dynamic environment in which they operate inside a structure can become rapidly untenable. When this occurs firefighters must be able to immediately leave the interior of the building. The purchase of these devices and the mandatory training will provide them with the equipment and skills necessary to conduct a self-exit from any potentially dangerous and life-threatening situation that may develop while operating inside a structure fire.
Brewster Fire Chief Moran stated “The personal escape devices and associated training that is being funded through the AFG Grant will significantly enhance the safety of each of our firefighters operating on the fireground and will complete our goal of providing our fire suppression staff with the highest quality, state-of-the-art personal protective equipment available in today’s market. Our organization and the residents of our community would like to thank FEMA for funding this project and Senator Warren and Congressman Keating for their unwavering support of our application”.
On Wednesday August 19 approximately 20 members of the Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team conducted their monthly training in Cape Cod Bay approximately 1 mile from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis. During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of underwater searches using a variety of patterns that would be utilized when conducting water based search and rescue operations. In addition, members trained on donning and doffing their newly acquired suits/equipment, water entries, boat operations, and area familiarization. The team, which was funded through a Federal Homeland Security grant, consists of 40 firefighter/divers from a variety of Cape Cod Departments including three members from the Brewster Fire Department. Members train on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the divers along with their response capabilities are maintained at peak operational readiness.
The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the final stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. While the interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure familiarity and consistency of the fleet several design upgrades have been made to improve patient care, operational efficiency, and security of controlled medications. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of North Attleboro. We are extremely pleased to have been able to continue this relationship with the nation’s leading ambulance manufacturer. The vehicle is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account which were approved at the November 2013 Special Town Meeting. Total cost with equipment will be $225,000. Delivery is expected in mid September.
The Brewster Fire Department welcomes Paul Brazil, Timothy Druckenbrod, Jeffrey Erving, Ron Goguen, Dennis Hall, Robert Hooper, Rastislav Mariak, and William Schneeweiss as the newest additions to our staff of call firefighters. These members have been assigned to their Groups and are currently completing their required EMS ride-a-longs after which they will be provided final approval to respond to both fire and EMS incidents. We congratulate these individuals for their hard work and determination in completing all of their internal training and certifications and wish them great success in their future careers in our organization.
On Saturday August 9 the 36th annual Brew Run was held in Brewster. Over 1700 runners participated in this challenging, professionally organized 5.2 mile road race that winds through several areas of the community. As in past years the proceeds from the race were donated to the Brewster Fire & Rescue Association for their dedicated efforts in supporting the race activities and their dutiful commitment to serving the residents and visitors of the Town with exemplary Fire and EMS services. The group utilizes the funds from this annual event to support member training activities, sponsor community programs, subsidize fire safety education efforts, and fund the purchase of various fire/ems equipment required by the department and the Town of Brewster.
In a special presentation prior to the start of this years race the Town of Brewster recognized Henry Sears for his 52 years of service to the community as an employee at the Council-on-Aging and as a Call Fire Captain. His wife Jean who held the position of Director of the Council-on-Aging for many years was also present and recognized. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the runners who participated in this year’s race and also Mr. Tom Meagher for their continued generous support of our organization.