The Brewster Fire Department congratulates Ryan Avery and Peter Von Steltzer as the newest additions to our call fire/rescue department after their successful completion of all department hiring requirements on Tuesday August 7. FF/EMT Avery has been assigned to Group 1 under the direction of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau and FF/Paramedic Von Steltzer has been assigned to Group 2 under Captain/Paramedic Jeff Sturtevant. We congratulate these new members for their hard work and determination and wish them great success during their time in our organization.
On Tuesday August 6 at 6:52 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department dispatched two mutual aid ambulances (A244, A243) to a Level I Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) on Route 6 in Eastham in front of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. The incident was caused by a four vehicle crash that resulted in injuries to nine persons (two life-threatening) who all required medical treatment and transportation to Cape Cod Hospital.
The Eastham Incident Commander quickly recognized the number of injuries at the scene required a large commitment of ambulances and fire department personnel and as is typical for an incident of this type he declared a Level I MCI. Upon this declaration Barnstable County Dispatch immediately initiated the dispatch of mutual aid resources from the Towns of Wellfleet, Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, and Harwich to the scene. Additional ambulances from other Towns were also moved into the region to provide coverage for other medical calls. The Brewster Fire Department ambulances treated and transported two victims from the incident to Cape Cod Hospital and returned to service at approximately 8:53 p.m.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.