NORTH FALMOUTH - A two-alarm fire destroyed a house at 5 Pine Bank Road late Saturday morning. Flames and heavy smoke were pouring from the house when firefighters arrived around 11 a.m.
Mutual aid from Bourne assisted at the scene while Mashpee and Mass Military fire covered empty fire stations.
No injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene much of the day checking for hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Photos by C. Eric Tinglof/CWN
Car vs pole knocks out power in Harwich
HARWICH - A car vs pole crash cut power to a section of Harwich around 1 a.m. The crash happened on Route 137 near Cemetery Road. The driver was not injured but rescuers had to wait for NSTAR to insure the power was off before approaching the vehicle. Harwich Police are investigating the crash.
Pickup found ablaze in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth officials were called to the intersection of Joshua Baker Road and West Yarmouth Road sometime after midnight where they found a pickup truck fully involved in flames. The occupants had apparently fled before police and fire units arrived. The fire was quickly knocked down. Yarmouth Police are investigating.
Brewster Fire completes personal safety harness training
BREWSTER - On Saturday February 23, 2013, members of the Brewster Fire Department participated in a six-hour classroom/hand-on training program on the use, care, and maintenance of their newly purchased Gemtor personal harness systems.
These individually fitted, multi-purpose harnesses worn by firefighters over their turnout pants are designed to enhance the safety of every firefighter operating at an incident through a number of methods. Those methods were detailed during the day by a professional group of experienced fire service instructors.
Safety & Survival Training, a New Jersey based company who is the sole supplier of the training for the Gemtor Company, conducted the program for the group of approximately 30 members. A two-hour classroom component started off the day after which personnel completed four hours of intense, hands-on evolutions covering skills and techniques in the areas of rescuing and removing lost, disoriented, or injured firefighters from the interior of a structure, personal self- rescue or “bail out” of the upper floors of a structure, establishing rope rescue anchor points, and use of the harness as a personal safety device during ground and aerial ladder operations.
Enhancing the safety of Brewster firefighters through the purchase of new, innovative, and state-of-the-art equipment is an ongoing goal of the organization. Due to the estimated cost to finalize this project it was designed to be completed in stages. Beginning with the purchase of new turnout gear capable of supporting the equipment, purchase of the harnesses, and completion of the training the project took approximately 24 months to complete.
Funding for the turnout gear and harnesses was provided by the residents of Brewster through the annual operating budget. A portion of a substantial donation received from Brewster resident Mrs. Susan Schechter in memory of her husband allowed the department to complete the training component of the project. Brewster Fire offers their sincere gratitude to the residents of Brewster, in particular Mrs. Schechter, for their support and commitment to improving the safety and capabilities of their professional staff and allowing the department to complete this life-saving safety initiative.
Media release and photos furnished by Brewster Fire (click right image to enlarge)
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