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Cape Wide News for Sunday July 6th, 2014


Fireworks spark another beach grass fire

EASTHAM - Fireworks sparked a large beach grass fire in Eastham. Crews from Orleans, Brewster and DCR Forest Fire Control responded to assist at the scene in the dunes off Dyer Prence Road near Rock Harbor on the Orleans town line. Officials had to move vehicles parked in the area for the public display and navigate dozens of pedestrians leaving the show. WCVB-TV is reporting one of the public fireworks misfired sparking the fire, A similar incident occured in Mashpee last Wednesday. View a short video of the fire here

Jason, Tyler and Matt, and Ross, Cape Wide News readers, submitted these photos and video of the scene. If you see breaking news and can safely take photos or video, please send them to us!


Gusty winds lead to multiple water rescues:

Jet-ski rider safe after ending up in water in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - A jet-ski rider is safe after running into trouble off Smugglers Beach in Yarmouth late Sunday afternoon. The rider reportedly either fell off of or was thrown from the personal watercraft in the rough seas. The person was safely onshore when rescuers arrived and declined medical treatment.


Four safe after separate water rescues in Brewster

BREWSTER - Four people are safe after two separate water rescues in Brewster likely caused by the strong southwest winds. Around 3:30 p.m. officials responded to Wings Island Beach for a report of an adult and child being carried out into Cape Cod Bay. A civilian vessel picked up the two and brought them ashore.


Earlier about 2:45 p.m. Rescuers were called to Flax Pond for a report of two children on a raft being carried out into the pond. Bystanders were able to retrieve the children and bring them to shore. No one was injured in either incident.


Kayakers rescued in Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN - The winds and choppy seas apparently caused two kayakers to fall into the waters of Provincetown Harbor Sunday. Their kayak was then blown away from them. A Provincetown Harbormaster vessel responded and plucked them from the water and brought them to shore. They were not injured.



Three injured in Falmouth crash

FALMOUTH - Three people were injured in a crash in Falmouth around 2:15 p.m. The crash happened on Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) at Cloverfield Road. The victims were extricated and taken to Falmouth hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The crash is under investigation by Falmouth Police.


Fire damages Mashpee building

MASHPEE - Fire damaged a building in Mashpee Sunday morning. Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm found smoke showing from the second floor of 133 Falmouth Road (Route 28) about 7 a.m. The fire was quickly knocked down and no injuries reported. Mutual aid from Cotuit and Centerville assisted. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Fireworks spark grass fires

WEST DENNIS – Around 9:45 p.m. Saturday a grass fire erupted in the dunes at South Village Road Beach reportedly sparked by illegal fireworks. Fanned by a steady west wind the fire burned a sizable area.


Dennis police dispersed a large crowd of onlookers as Dennis firefighters extinguished the blaze. Even as this fire was blazing fireworks were exploding in other areas along the south-side beaches. (Bottom photo)


Fire crews in Chatham battled another large beach grass fire at Cockle Cove Beach while Provincetown firefighters worked a similar blaze on the beach off the far east end of Commercial Street

Dennis reporting and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN


Brewster firefighters renovate mask confidence course

BREWSTER - Firefighters must be extremely confident and comfortable when using their personal protective equipment at emergency incidents. Undoubtedly, the single most important piece of this equipment is the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which provides firefighters with the breathing air required to operate on the interior of a structure or at other emergency incidents where toxic atmospheres may be present. When firefighters use their SCBA their sight is typically obscured or non-existent and other senses are taken away by the smoke, heat and noise created by the fire and the ongoing suppression operation.


To ensure Brewster firefighters are able to survive in these dangerous environments, the fire department  uses its mask confidence course to simulate potential hazards and train its members in the survival techniques necessary to remove themselves from danger. Some of the safety and survival techniques include wall breaching, moving through confined spaces, radio communications, self-removal from entanglement hazards, issuing mayday messages and situational awareness.

Over the past several weeks Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Tucker and Firefighter William Kraul completed a project to reconstruct the departments mask confidence course. While Brewster has maintained and supported this in-house training prop for several years these members recognized the course needed renovating and updating.


A newly designed program that incorporated a number of new and innovative scenarios was designed and built. This new course is challenging and dynamic and accurately recreates the “real life” hazardous situations that a firefighter may be faced with while operating at a structure fire. Over the past several years the department's training committee has found the use of hands-on training props such as the mask confidence course as instructional tools to be the most beneficial method of preparing firefighters to operate safely and effectively at emergency incidents.


Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran said, "We feel this newly revised, modern course will significantly improve our ability to offer the high-quality training our organization is known for while, at the same time, enhance firefighter safety and our capacity to provide professional services to the community. The Brewster Fire Department would like to thank Kraul Enterprises and Breakwater Construction for their donation of the materials used to complete this project."

Media release and photos furnished by Brewster Fire


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