How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

Motor Vehicle Accident

On Saturday September 15, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident in front of the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street.  On arrival Brewster personnel discovered a two car crash with injuries to several occupants.  Two Brewster ambulances and one mutual aid ambulance from Dennis Fire Department transported the patients to Cape Cod Hospital with non life-threatening injuries while additional members of Brewster fire secured the vehicles and the resulting minor fluid spill.

Photos courtesy of Jake O’Callaghan.

Structure Fire

On Tuesday September 5, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence at 141 Timberlane Drive.  On arrival Brewster personnel discovered a working fire in the basement of the dwelling extending into the first floor.  Automatic aid was supplied to the scene by the Orleans Fire Department (ladder truck) and the Harwich Fire Department (engine).  Firefighters rapidly deployed two pre-connected attack lines into the structure to extinguish and stop the spread of the fire while other personnel searched the residence for victims and ventilated the interior.  A second alarm was requested by the Incident Commander for coverage and additional resources to the scene.  Chatham Fire Department (engine) and theEastham Fire Department (ambulance) responded to the scene and the Dennis Fire Department covered the Town of Brewster with an engine company on this assignment.  The fire was placed under control at approximately MMMMM.  Extensive damage to the basement and first floor living area along with severe smoke damage throughout the building occurred as a result of the fire.  The cause of the fire was due to a lightning strike which took place during a severe storm that moved through the area just prior to the 911 emergency call.

Photos courtesy of Jake O’Callaghan.

Swearing In Ceremony

On Monday September 17, 2012 the Brewster Fire Department welcomed three new FF/Paramedics to the department’s career staff. One of the hires takes the place of a position created earlier this year by the retirement of one member and the other two hires are additional staff approved by our residents through a 2 ½ Proposition override earlier this year.  The three new staff members are Matthew Tucker, Michael Gerlach, and Joseph Cox.  The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank the residents of our community for acknowledging and supporting our request to add additional career staff to the department in order to enhance our ability to provide effective fire and emergency services.

Plan, Prepare & Mitigate

There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and plan for the unique actions for each.  Local Emergency management offices can help identify the hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each. Share the hazard-specific information with family members and include pertinent materials in your family disaster plan.

Fire Prevention Week

The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes.  

It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan. This year’s theme,“Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

9/11 Remembrance


On Sunday September 9, 2012 the Brewster Fire Department hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Headquarters.

The 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, Orleans 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. Retired Fire Department of New York Battalion Chief Rod O’Connor who was serving in the 57th Battalion in Brooklyn during these terrorist attacks on our country and worked during the rescue and recovery period was the keynote speaker for the event.

Superb renditions of the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America were sung by Brewster resident Mary LaVasseur and Jennifer Connick provided an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.  Deacon Don Biron offered the Invocation during the ceremony.

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.

“May We Never Forget”


Photos Courtesy of The Cape Cod Times



The Brewster Fire Department will be sponsoring two sessions of Community CPR Training over the next several months. This training is designed to enhance our standing as a Heart Safe Community and provide vital life saving training regarding sudden cardiac arrest to our residents. 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


  • Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival

    o Early recognition of cardiac emergency and access to EMS o Early CPR
    o Early Defibrillation
    o Early advanced care

    Attendees at each of these three (3) hour sessions will become certified in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

    Session #1 Wednesday November 14 6:00 p.m.
    Session #2 Wednesday February 13 6:00 p.m.
    Location will be Brewster Fire Headquarters 1657 Main Street Brewster MA

    Individuals interested in attending this training shall call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm your choice of session.

    Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR!

Heart Rescue Project Video

Weather Dangers

Summertime can bring a range of weather challenges and potential dangers. Some of these threats can occur with little warning, so do what you can to prepare by assembling an emergency kit and forming a plan of action.

Find out what you should do if faced with the following weather dangers:

Lightning: In the U.S., lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek shelter in an enclosed building or vehicle. While indoors, don’t use a corded phone, a computer or other electrical appliances; and avoid contact with plumbing (don’t shower, wash hands, do laundry, etc.). Learn more about lightning safety and get tips on what to do if you’re outdoors during a thunderstorm.

Floods: If you have time, move essential items to an upper floor. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not walk through moving water that is six inches or higher. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Hurricanes: If you can’t evacuate, get inside and secure external and internal doors. Stay away from windows and doors and take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Tornadoes: Storm cellars and basements are the safest locations, but if they aren’t available, go to an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Stay away from windows, doors, outside walls, and corners. If you are in a trailer or mobile home, go to a sturdy, nearby building. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

Extreme Heat: Stay indoors as much as possible. Consider spending the hottest part of the day in an air-conditioned public building, such as a library or shopping mall. Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. Learn more about what to do in extreme heat.

Wildfires: If your home is threatened by a wildfire, you must evacuate. If you have time, bring an emergency kit that includes copies of important documents. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.

Earthquakes: If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls and get under a sturdy table or desk. If you are outside, keep away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. If you’re in a moving vehicle, safely stop the vehicle in an open area and stay inside. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.