State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan asks the citizens of Massachusetts to set a good example for your children and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy the many displays of fireworks supervised by local fire departments and conducted by licensed professionals. Children imitate what they see adults do and if you use fireworks, they won’t realize how dangerous they are. Not only do sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit but they also encourage the use of matches and lighters by young children. Read more here
- Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes – where the air and gas mix – are not blocked.
- Do not overfill the propane tank.
- Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
- Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.
- Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
- Dispose of hot coals properly – douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
- Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide could be produced.
- Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention.
- Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
- Keep campfires small, and don’t let them get out of hand.
- Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you’re done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
- Never leave campfires unattended.
On Sunday June 16, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a head-on motor vehicle collision on Main Street (Route 6A) in front of the Brewster Dunkin Donuts. Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) along with Ambulance 244 and Heavy Rescue 241 responded to the scene. On arrival the units found two vehicles in the middle of the road with heavy front end damage and a moderate size leak of fluids. Initial patient assessment revealed one priority two and two priority three injuries with no entrapment. Brewster personnel immediately initiated patient treatment protocols as other firefighters assigned to Heavy Rescue 241 mitigated the fluid spill and secured the involved vehicles. Due to the number of injuries Brewster Ambulance 243 and a mutual aid Ambulance from the Dennis Fire Department were requested to the scene to assist in transporting the patients to Cape Cod Hospital. The accident is being investigated by the Brewster Police Department.
On Saturday April 27 during a spectacular Brewster in Bloom festival weekend, the Brewster Fire Department hosted a community Open House for over 500 residents and visitors. This annual event is one of the principal instruments our organization utilizes to establish and support relationships within the community and showcase our equipment and operational readiness.
Some of the highlights of the day included interactive demonstrations on the use of firefighters personal protective gear, hands-on application of brush fire attack lines, extrication and technical rescue equipment demonstrations, fire station tours, distribution of fire safety education literature, fire and EMS equipment displays, and an impressive exhibition of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Incident Support Unit (ISU) which serves as a mobile incident command post for emergency incidents throughout the State. Hot dogs, balloons, popcorn, and other refreshments were provided free of charge by the Brewster Fire/Rescue Association throughout the day.
Our organization would like to thank all of our residents and visitors who took the time to visit fire headquarters to learn more about the excellent services we offer, our equipment, and the personnel who provide high quality, professional services to the community.
On Sunday June 2, twenty-five members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team along with the Barnstable County Incident Management Team participated in a regional technical rescue drill in Bridgewater. The drill, which was funded by Homeland Security monies provided through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and the Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District tested the operational capabilities of the Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk county technical rescue teams in several specialized rescue components including high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue.
The drill was planned to evaluate a State wide homeland security strategy currently in motion that is designed to build county technical rescue resources capable of a rapid response to both local and regional technical rescue incidents. It also fully assessed current and future training, team interoperability, future equipment needs, and current operational effectiveness of the four county teams involved in the pilot program.
During the 12 hour operational period approximately 100 firefighters from the four teams were evaluated in a number of challenging “real life”, hands-on technical rescue scenarios that required the implementation of a variety of specialized skills specific to incidents of this type. In addition, the Barnstable County Incident Management Team provided valuable assistance in the planning, accountability, financing, and management sections of the event.
The Barnstable County Fire Departments currently providing staff and resources to the County Technical Rescue Team include; Brewster, Orleans, Harwich, Eastham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, and MMR. Members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran, Deputy Chief Harrison, Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau, FF/EMT Kirk Riker, and FF/EMT Dan Kimball.
On Saturday June 1 at 3:56 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a report of two children adrift in a kayak on Cape Cod Bay off of Paine’s Creek landing. The caller reported the children were unable to return to shore and were drifting further out into the bay. Brush/service vehicle 240, marine unit 247 (Boston Whaler), Car 230 and the rapid deployment zodiac boat responded to the landing under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau. On arrival at the scene fire department personnel conducted a rapid assessment of the incident and initiated boat launch operations. During this initial assessment the incident commander confirmed that the children had safely returned to shore and were with family members. Based on this information operations were terminated and all Brewster units returned to service at approximately 4:15 p.m.
On Saturday June 1 at 6:10 p.m. the Engine 234 responded to 50 Stephen Phillips Road in Dennis on an automatic Line Box assignment for a reported structure fire. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) also responded on the request. On arrival Dennis engine 111 reported smoke showing from a 60’ x 60’ foot barn type structure with active fire in the walls and basement. On arrival the Brewster engine company under the command of Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau was assigned to assist in ventilating the structure and checking for fire extension. Additional Dennis and Brewster personnel arrived on scene and were assigned various 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. Being the first Chief Officers to arrive on scene, Chief Moran and Deputy Chief Harrison established a command post and assisted the Dennis Chief officers with overall management of the incident. A working fire assignment was requested by command bringing Harwich ladder 66 to the scene while the Yarmouth Fire Department provided coverage for Dennis. The fire was placed under control by command at 6:45 p.m. and all Brewster units returned to service at approximately 8:15 p.m.
On Tuesday May 28th at 4:53 a.m. Brewster Engine 239 was dispatched to the Town of Dennis to cover Station 2 due to a structure fire on Wharf Road in the Dennisport section of Town. While covering Brewster firefighters responded to support other units at a priority three medical call for assistance after which they were released from the assignment. All Brewster personnel and apparatus were placed back in service at 6:49 a.m.
On Thursday May 16 members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team participated in an all day full scale hands-on training session that tested the team’s capabilities and expertise in the areas of trench and confined space rescue. The “real life” scenarios which were conducted at Chatham Airport included the construction of temporary trench shoring, air quality monitoring, establishment of rope removal systems, and the packaging and removal of simulated victims from simulated trench collapses and confined spaces. The highly trained members of this group conducted this session in preparation for a larger scale technical rescue drill to be held in Bridgewater on June 2 that will encompass technical rescue teams from Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties. Members of the team from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran and Deputy Chief Harrison (Task Force Leaders) and Captain Anthony Dalmau, Firefighter/EMT Kirk Riker, and Firefighter/EMT Daniel Kimball who serve as Rescue Technicians.
On Wednesday May 22 at 10:57 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Clubhouse at the Captain’s Golf Course. Upon arrival Car 249 (Fire Prevention Captain Peter Rubel) reported light smoke showing from a 1 ½ story wood frame building containing the clubhouse and restaurant facilities. Car 231 (Chief Moran) and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) arrived on scene shortly after. Chief Moran assumed command of the incident and Deputy Harrison was assigned as the Operations Section Chief. Brewster Engine 234 arrived on scene and immediately stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to the area of origin. Brewster Ladder 237 reported on scene and was directed to set up on Side “A” or the front side of the structure in the event the aerial ladder would be required. A quick size-up of the incident revealed golf course personnel had extinguished the main body of fire on the exterior of the building just prior to the arrival of the fire department. A more localized investigation revealed minor extension of the fire into the eaves was present. Firefighters quickly opened up this area, removed charred siding and a section of the eaves, wet the area down, and utilized the thermal imaging camera to ensure full extinguishment. An origin and cause examination of the scene and witness interviews provided confirmation that the fire originated in a plastic waste bucket used to discard smoking materials which was placed directly against the wood siding of the building. Tower 176 from the Orleans Fire Department and Engine 68 from the Harwich Fire Department responded on the mutual aid line box assignment on the report of the structure fire. On their arrival these units were placed in staging and eventually released from the scene. All Brewster units were released from the scene and command terminated the incident at 11:37 a.m.