Brewster Fire Department Conducts Search for Kayaker in Distress

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.

Brewster Fire Department Assists with Water Search for Missing Kayaker

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.


Pump School Graduates

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.

Cooking Fire Safety

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

It’s a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves), walk away from a cooking pot on the stove, or leave flammable materials, such as potholders or paper towels, around the stove. Whether you are cooking the family holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe. Continue reading

Community CPR Training – May 14

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! 

Residential Lock Box Program

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.



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.


WHAT IS THE COST? Continue reading

Brewster Firefighter/EMT Candidates Graduate from Barnstable County Fire Academy

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

Cape dive team buoys readiness
May 07, 2013

BREWSTER — Firefighters are known for running into fires when everyone else is running out.

More than ever, however, when duty calls, they also dive into water, drop into trenches and respond to terrorist attacks.

On Monday at the Brewster Fire Station on Route 6A, Cape Cod fire officials announced a $239,758 Homeland Security grant for a new Capewide dive team that could respond to potential terrorist threats or attacks on ferries, the Cape Cod Canal bridges and other infrastructure.

Cape fire chiefs applied for the grant after an assessment showed a shortage of dive resources for Barnstable County, said George Russell, Sandwich fire chief and president of the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association. Continue reading

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Harwich

On Wednesday May 1 at 10:02 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded with Ladder 237 and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to 65 Ryder Road in the Town of Harwich on an automatic line box assignment for a reported structure fire with burn victims.  On arrival, Harwich Fire Department units found a working fire in the garage area of a 1 ½ story wood-frame private residential dwelling.  With a heavy smoke condition present throughout the entire structure Harwich firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack using multiple pre-connected hand lines in an attempt to confine the fire and prevent further extension into the residence.  Ladder 237 was assigned as the Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) for the incident and Deputy Chief Harrison was assigned as the Safety Officer.


After approximately 45 minutes the Incident Commander declared the fire under control and began releasing mutual aid units back to their local jurisdictions.  One victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Ladder 237 and Car 232 were placed back in service at 11:02 a.m.

Brewster Fire Department Responds to Dennis

On Sunday May 5 at 3:03 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to Kelly Way in the Town of Dennis on a mutual aid request for personnel and apparatus to assist at the scene of a 2 ½  acre brush fire.  A full department tone was sounded and two Brewster brush units (238, 240) responded to the incident.  On arrival the apparatus and firefighting staff was utilized to contain several areas of fire that were located in close proximity to a number of residential homes along one of the fire lines.  After operating at the scene for approximately 1 ½ hours the Incident Commander declared the fire under control and began releasing mutual aid units.  The Brewster units returned to quarters and were placed back in service at 4:47 p.m.