On an annual basis Brewster Fire/Rescue responds to a number of reports of distressed swimmers, potential drownings, missing persons, and overturned vessels on Cape Cod Bay and the many ponds located within the Town and Nickerson State Park. These type of incidents increase markedly during the summer months when the community experiences a significant growth in population.
Based on the considerable differences in the bodies of water that we protect, diverse boat equipment, and a lack of launching sites the fire department is compelled to operate under two diverse, yet well-defined operational guidelines when responding to these events. To ensure our personnel are prepared to operate within these directives and employ the essential search and rescue techniques required to achieve a positive outcome at these life-threatening events the department conducts annual refresher training each June. The photos here show members of the department conducting training on Long Pond with the departments 17’ Boston Whaler and 13’ Zodiac fast boat.