The Brewster Fire & Rescue Department would like to ask all of the town’s residents to see if their house numbers are on their house and visible from the street. If not, please place or replace the house numbers so that we can find you quickly if there is an emergency.
Post your house numbers so they are clearly visible from the street. If you have a long driveway, post your house numbers at the end of the driveway as well so that they are visible both ways coming down the street. Do not assume that a fire truck or an ambulance will always be approaching your house from the direction of the fire station. Many times we have to respond to emergencies while out on the road, or while returning from other emergency calls and may approach your house from a different direction than usual.
Please use numbers that are at least three (3) inches in height and have a contrasting color to your trim or house color. Brass numbers look great but are very hard to see in the sunlight, and written numbers are hard to read at night. When placing numbers on your mailbox, place them so that your mail flag does not block them.
Now that we are able to find you, can we get to you? Long driveways and private roads need to be cleared of brush, trees, stumps and rocks for an area fourteen (14) feet wide and twelve (12) feet high to accommodate our emergency vehicles. Tree limbs hanging down will damage the ambulances and fire trucks, as will brush on the sides of the roadway or driveway. This also closes in the road, making it harder for vehicles to pass safely.
The posting of house numbers and clearance of roadways is required by town by-laws.
If you are not sure what your house number is, or if you need us to assess your driveway or roadway, please call the Brewster Fire Department’s prevention & inspection office Monday-Friday 8A.M.-4P.M. at (508) 896-7018.