The Globe reports the Fire Department's truck maintenance just completely sucks (story has a link to the complete report).
I can barely wait for the "leadership" of the BFD union to jump up and down, pointing their fingers at the mayor and the commissioner for not doing more. It seems clear that the rank and file members of the BFD were not doing even routine maintenance and inspections of the trucks. What is the chance that the union will step up and take some of the responsibility here and work to solve the problem? I am not holding my breath.....
The Jake said it first, not me. :)
I've always heard that Massachusetts Fire Departments simply do things differently that around the country, and not in a good way.
All this stuff sounds like poor leadership (from policy writing at the top) down.
Im kind of suprised that this stuff still happens in Boston however since the chief was brought in from the outside.
I don't know that much about the ins and outs however so Im sure theres a lot more to this story that we can't speculate about.
Is that a technical term? I do know for a fact that under the Ray Flynn administration there was a regular maintenance schedule set up. There were four firefighters on each work group that really knew their stuff, having dealt with emergency repairs from the under capitalized decrepit junk left over from the Kevin White administration.
Now there are two men per work group and it is impossible to do routine maintenance as well as any emergency field repairs. So, the maintenance suffers.
This is a decision made at the highest levels, not on the shop floor. Can't blame the men, they work with almost nothing.
Bring in certified mechanics and they will probably quit in a month from sheer frustration.
Oh, no way you'll see them chipping the ice off of a frozen ladder with an ax in the middle of a snowstorm in order to retract the aerial ladder.
Just more slander from a cheap-ass administration that would rather tar everyone with a wide brush than actually work to solve the problem of obsolete junk apparatus.