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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Brewster Fire Department Receives Wildfire Training Grant

On Monday September 16, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department was awarded a 2014 Barnstable County Wildfire Grant through a competitive application process administered through the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Brewster grant award in the amount of $4,100.00 will fund the salary costs for 12-15 department members to attend and an 8 hour basic wildfire training course to be instructed through the State Department of Conservation and Recreations regional Fire Warden Josh Nigro and his staff.

 

The Brewster Fire Department is responsible to provide wildfire suppression resources to over 2,500 acres of property within the Town including approximately 1000 acres in Nickerson State Park, 1000 acres in the Punkhorn Conservation Area, and a number of other large conservation zones located within the community. This grant award will present our staff with an exceptional program designed to educate and train our firefighters in modern wildfire strategies and tactics in both classroom and hands-on training environments.

 

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for this grant award and for their sustained support of wildfire training, wildfire prevention, and community wildfire plan development efforts throughout Barnstable County.

Nauset Regional High School Senior Tyler Johnson Begins Internship

Brewster resident and Nauset High School Senior Tyler Johnson began his internship with the Brewster Fire Department on Wednesday September 11. Tyler, whose career interests include emergency services, athletic training, rescue swimming, and other public service professions will be spending several hours each day during the school year with fire department staff learning about the operations of the Brewster Fire Department, supporting personnel with completing daily chores and equipment, ambulance, and apparatus checks, responding to calls as an observer, participating in training, and assisting the Chiefs office with several fire inspection/prevention and administrative projects.

Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team Conducts Monthly Training

On Tuesday September 10 members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team conducted their monthly training at the Barnstable County Fire Academy.  During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of hands-on confined space and rope rescue scenarios designed to test the technical and operational skill of each individual team member and the ability of these members to operate as a coordinated and cohesive group at emergency incidents of these types.

The team, which consists of 43 members from 9 Cape Fire Departments trains on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members and their response proficiencies, are maintained at peak levels of operational readiness.

Team members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran, Deputy Chief Harrison, Captain Anthony Dalmau, FF Kirk Riker, and FF Daniel Kimball

Brewster Fire Department Welcomes New Call Member

The Brewster Fire Department welcomes Jim Clarke as the newest addition to our call fire/rescue department after his successful completion of all department hiring requirements on Thursday September 12.  FF/EMT Clarke has been assigned to Group 1 under the direction of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau We congratulate FF/EMT Clarke new members for their hard work and determination and wish him great success during his time in our organization.

September is National Preparedness Month

Are You Ready?

 

September is national preparedness month which means families should take a close look at their current home safety plan in an effort to proactively protect themselves and their property against possible damage from severe storms and other natural disasters.  Based on last years severe winter weather local and national Emergency Management officials and other experts suggest families should be equipped to be self-reliant for a post storm time frame of at least 72 hours.

 

In order to ensure our residents and the community is properly prepared for an event of this type the Brewster Fire Department is highly suggesting our residents review the Massachusetts Storm Preparation Handbook attached below and visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www.ready.gov for storm preparation tips, safety procedures, and draft safety plans.

 

Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed!

“May We Never Forget”

On Wednesday September 11, 2013 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.

The well attended memorial service honored all first responders and civilian victims who perished in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Participants included the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Police Department Honor Guard, Brewster Fire Department Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard, Brewster Town officials, local Scout groups, and other regional emergency service organizations and first responders. Pastor Doug Scalise of the Brewster Baptist Church provided the invocation for the service. Fire Chief Robert Moran served as the programs keynote speaker discussing his personal experiences at Ground Zero as a member of the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.

Superb renditions of the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America were sung by the Nauset Honors Chorus and Sergeant Jim Rosato of the Orleans Police Department provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Special thanks go to Ralph and Rose Ingegneri and Michael Fitzgerald for donating the flowers for the event and for their assistance in developing the memorial program.

The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank all of the members of our community who joined us in remembering the victims of the tragic terrorist events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Brewster Firefighters Perform Life Saving Actions

On Sunday September 1 at 12:02 p.m. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Gerlach, FF/Paramedic Chris Flavell, and FF/EMT Jeffery Parker responded to 35 Arbor Lane on a reported unresponsive male. While enroute to the location additional information was relayed informing these personnel that CPR was in progress. On this report the response was re-toned as a full department call for a possible code.

 

On arrival the crew found a 77 year old male pulse-less and in respiratory arrest. CPR was immediately initiated, intravenous medications established, and a number defibrillations or “shocks” were applied. Once loaded in the ambulance personnel continued their efforts to revive the patient and during transport were able to re-establish a life sustaining rhythm and pulse.

 

Primary caregivers Firefighter/Paramedic Gerlach, FF/Paramedic Flavell, FF/EMT Parker and transport crew members FF/EMT Arthur Romme FF/EMT Gary Stobbart, and EMT Diane Romme should be commended for providing outstanding and proficient pre-hospital life-saving medical services resulting in the successful recovery of the patient.

 

 

 

 

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

“WE PROMISE TO REMEMBER THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER”

 

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The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters onWednesday September 11 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The service is designed to honor all victims and their family members involved in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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 those individuals who perished during these tragic events will be read by 9/11 committee members and the Nauset Choral Group will share a number of patriotic songs with those in attendance.

Please help us in honoring these American heroes by attending our annual memorial service.

 

“May We Never Forget”

Brewster Fire Department to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Brewster Firefighters Participate in Annual Muscular Dystrophy “Fill the Boot” Drive

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 $1,700 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.  Participating firefighters included Kirk Rounseville who coordinates the event for the department, Gary Stobbart, Kevin Varley, Glen Cefalo, and Matthew Tucker.