Brewster Fire Department Responds Motor Vehicle Collision

On Saturday August 3, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Main Street (Route 6A) in front of the Brewster Dunkin Donuts. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) along with Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to the scene. On arrival the units found three vehicles in the roadway, one with heavy front end damage and a moderate size leak of fluids. Initial patient assessment revealed one priority two and one priority three level injuries with no entrapment.

 

Brewster personnel immediately initiated patient treatment as other firefighters assigned to Heavy Rescue 241 mitigated the fluid spill and secured the involved vehicles.  Due to multiple in progress calls in Brewster a mutual aid Ambulance from the Dennis Fire Department was requested to the scene to assist in transporting one of the patients to Cape Cod Hospital. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 3:30 p.m.     

 

 

Brewster Fire Department Supports the Pan- Mass Bike Challenge

On Sunday August 4, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department proudly supported the bike riders participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge by magnificently displaying an oversized American Flag from the department’s aerial ladder in front of Fire Headquarters during the popular biking race. The PMC Challenge is an athletic event started in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. The race has a number of routes for bikers to ride including the most popular which is a two-day event starting in Wellsley and ending in Provincetown which runs through 46 Massachusetts communities. Today, the 5,500 participants in the benefit race raise more money than any other single charity athletic event in the United States. Last year (2012) the group contributed 37 million dollars to the Dan-Farber Cancer Center and the Jimmy Fund. The goal for 2013 is set at 38 million.DSCF0095

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis Structure Fire

On Friday August 2 at 4:32 a.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to 10 Village Green Drive in Dennis on the working fire assignment. On arrival at the scene the Dennis Fire Department found a heavy fire condition in the rear of a large wood frame private residence. In addition to the exterior fire in the rear of the building it was apparent the fire had already extended into the attic, roof, and other second floor areas of the home. Fortunately the residents of the home who had been awakened by the sound of their smoke alarms self evacuated from building prior to the arrival of fire department units.

 

Dennis firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and immediately requested mutual aid assistance to the scene. On arrival the Brewster Heavy Rescue company under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau was assigned to assist in extinguishing several significant areas of fire hidden in interior void spaces and the attic and Chief Moran (Car 231) was assigned to manage the fire operations in the rear or side “C” of the residence.

 

The Harwich and Yarmouth Fire Departments also provided mutual aid assistance at the scene. Additionally, Brewster Engine 239 supplied coverage at Dennis Station 2 for the duration of the incident. All Brewster units returned to service at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Orleans Structure Fire On Friday July 26, 2013 at 5:57 a.m. Ladder 237, Ambulance 244, Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) responded to South Orleans Road (Route 28) in Orleans on an automatic Line Box assignment for a reported structure fire. On arrival Orleans Deputy Chief Pike (Incident Commander) reported smoke showing from a 30’ x 30’ two-story private dwelling and verified the working fire. Further investigation of the interior by the Orleans firefighters confirmed the presence of a heavy fire condition on the second floor of the structure. On arrival Brewster Car 231 was assigned as the interior Division 2 officer, Car 232 as the Safety Officer, Ambulance 244 as rehab while Ladder 237 was assigned to perform vertical ventilation of the roof. Additional mutual aid engine companies from Harwich and Eastham Fire Departments arrived on scene and were assigned various fireground tasks including the stretching of back-up attack lines, RIT, securing a primary water source, ventilating the building, checking for fire extension, and relief of interior crews. The fire was placed under control by command at approximately 6:40 a.m. and all Brewster units were returned to service at 8:30 a.m.

FEMA Updates Brewster Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently completed an update of the flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) for Barnstable County including the Town of Brewster. The primary use of these maps is to determine whether or not a homeowner is mandated to obtain flood insurance and to determine their eligibility to purchase the insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Other uses for this information include community disaster planning, coastal flood hazard identification, and the development and implementation of community flood protection measures.

 

How will the updated maps affect the average homeowner?

The maps or (FIRM) will provide updated information about flood risk that will allow homeowners to make more informed decisions about protecting their home and property from flood damage. The homeowner may also find that their flood risk has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since the last community flood zone review. It is important to understand that insurance agencies and lenders will use these maps to determine where flood insurance must be purchased and how much that insurance will cost. Residents owning property currently located in a flood zone or in an adjacent area should pay extremely close attention to the new (FIRM) information as it may affect your current flood insurance rates or place your property in a flood zone where you will be mandated by your lender to purchase flood insurance.

 

Homeowner Appeal Process

Beginning July 19, 2013 FEMA extended a 90 day appeal period to any homeowner or lessee of property in our community who believes their property rights or insurance rates will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard maps.

 

Regional FEMA Informational Meeting

On August 7, 2013 FEMA will hold a regional Flood Zone Workshop from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dennis Senior Center located on Route 134 in Dennis.  Between 3:00 and 6:30 residents and homeowners will have the opportunity to meet with FEMA representatives in a one-on-one environment to discuss the impacts of the flood zone revisions on their property, the appeal process, and flood insurance requirements. The Town of Brewster Office of Emergency Management strongly urges residents of our community who believe they may be affected by these changes to attend this meeting. For further information regarding the proposed flood determinations, revised (FIRM) maps, or community report please call the FEMA Map Information eXchange toll free, at 1-877-336-2627, email FEMA staff at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com, or call the Brewster Emergency Management Director (Fire Chief Robert Moran) at 508-896-7018.

Brewster Fire Department Accepts Delivery of Automatic CPR Devices

The Brewster Fire Department recently received delivery of three Lucas automatic CPR devices.  These battery operated units are considered state-of-the art emergency medical equipment designed to provide efficient, uniform, and consistent chest compressions during the delivery of CPR.  In addition to providing reliable compressions prior to and during patient transport the units also provide our EMS personnel with the ability to concentrate on and complete other critical life-saving tasks during treatment. They are particularly useful during incidents involving limited staffing and during patient transportation when personnel normally stand over the patient performing CPR in the moving ambulance It is our expectation that eliminating this activity in a moving vehicle will improve the safety of our personnel and reduce the potential for injuries.

 

Our organization is extremely thankful to our residents for supporting the purchase of these units during our FY 2014 budget process.  We firmly believe this modern EMS technology will significantly enhance our ability to provide first-rate, professional emergency medical services to the community while enhancing the safety of our personnel.

 

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Hazardous Material Incident

 

On Tuesday July 23, at 10:09 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to 120 Mount Pleasant Road on a reported hazardous material incident with injuries.  On arrival fire personnel investigated the area and found two employees of a painting company suffering from respiratory distress, burning eyes, and possible internal chemical burns.  While treatment and transportation of these patients Cape Cod Hospital was being completed further investigation found that the workers had mixed muriatic acid and chlorine to create a cleaning solution to utilize during their assigned work.  As the employees began the operation in a confined area with limited ventilation the mixture of the two chemicals produced hazardous fumes causing their injuries.

 

Based on the involved chemicals and the injuries the Brewster Incident Commander requested a Tier I Hazardous Material response which brought members of the District 1 State Hazardous Material Team, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Brewster Health Department to the scene.  On arrival the certified haz mat responders conducted tests of the remaining product and area and developed an action plan designed to mitigate the spill and prevent any environmental damage.  During the execution of the plan fire department personnel remained on scene assisting the haz mat team with ventilation of the residence and other support activities.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 1:18 p.m.

35th Annual Brew Run Set for Saturday August 10

The 35th Annual Brew Run, a 5.2 mile road race through the Town of Brewster will take place on Saturday, August 10th. The professionally timed race which draws well over 2,000 runners each year has developed into a family oriented event enjoyed by both residents and visitors to our outstanding community. As it has for many years the race will start at 4:00 pm on Main Street in front of the Woodshed Restaurant. This year prior to the start the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association will dedicate a plaque to Mr. Peter Murphy who started the race 35 years ago and was a key supporter of the Brewster Fire Department and the community at large.

 

Applications may be picked up at the Brewster Fire Department or you may sign up via the internet at coolrunning.com, then go to 8/10 event.  In addition runners may sign up on the day of the event beginning at 1:00 pm at the Woodshed.

Practice Fire Safety!

Valuable Fire Safety Tips from the Brewster Fire Department

The Brewster Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau hopes everyone is having a safe and happy summer! During this busy time, we would like to remind all residents and visitors of some important fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

1. Watch your cooking—Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.

2. Give space heaters space—Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

3. Smoke outside—Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach—Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords—Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections. Do not place extension cords under rugs or doorways and use only Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved cords of the appropriate size.

6. Be extremely careful when using candles—Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a home fire escape plan—Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family at least twice a year.

8. Install & maintain smoke alarms—Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside all sleeping areas. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!

9.​Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors-carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas known as the “Silent Killer” It is invisible when present in your home. To prevent carbon monoxide emergencies install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!

10. Test smoke alarms—Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

11. Install sprinklers—If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish a fire in your home in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. Think about adding residential sprinklers to ensure the safety of your loved ones!

**visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.

Practice Fire Safety! Valuable Fire Safety Tips from the Brewster Fire Department

The Brewster Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau hopes everyone is having a safe and happy summer!  During this busy time, we would like to remind all residents and visitors of some important fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:   1.  Watch your cooking—Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.  If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.   2.  Give space heaters space—Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.  Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.   3.  Smoke outside—Ask smokers to smoke outside.  Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.   4.  Keep matches and lighters out of reach—Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.   5.  Inspect electrical cords—Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections. Do not place extension cords under rugs or doorways and use only Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved cords of the appropriate size.   6.  Be extremely careful when using candles—Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.   7.  Have a home fire escape plan—Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family at least twice a year.   8.  Install & maintain smoke alarms—Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside all sleeping areas.  For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!     9.​Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors-carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas known as the “Silent Killer” It is invisible when present in your home. To prevent carbon monoxide emergencies install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For assistance in determining proper locations for detectors, please contact us!   10. Test smoke alarms—Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low.  Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.   11. Install sprinklers—If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers.  Sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish a fire in your home in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. Think about adding residential sprinklers to ensure the safety of your loved ones!   **visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.