WCVB reports on a criminal investigating involving "overtime costs, payments to vendors and billing, missing property, and missing maintenance and inspection records" and that seven years after poor maintenance led to the death of Lt. Kevin Kelley, firetruck maintenance in Boston has, at best, not gotten any better.
Boston Fire Department
Jimmy Ellis spotted this fire dog standing guard at Engine 33 on Boylston Street this morning.
City officials are looking to amend decades-old fire codes that require the use of carcinogenic flame retardants on furniture sold in Boston, saying new fire-prevention measures mean the chemicals are no longer needed. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports.
WBZ reports now retired firefighter Fred Ellis is scheduled for arraignment later this month for a case in which the driver called 911 to report his mishap and Ellis called him back a few minutes later to order him to hire a pal's hazmat cleanup team or face arrest.
WCVB reports somebody put some work into stealing the boot, outside Engine 33 and Ladder 15 on Boylston Street - it weighs more than 50 pounds and was bolted to the ground.
A BFD district chief formerly in charge of procurement got a vendor to buy stuff for his own personal use, including a 52-inch HD TV, a gas grill, a living-room set, an elliptical machine and gift cards for Home Depot and Lowe, according to a 10-count indictment handed down by a Suffolk County grand jury today.
Shelter residents and workers weren't the only ones affected by this week's shutdown of the Long Island Bridge. The Boston Fire Department reports its recruits, who train on neighboring Moon Island, were pressed into service today to rescue 17 chickens at the Boston Public Health Commission's farm on Long Island.
They walked across the bridge to help the chickens cross to the other side, although first they had to catch them:
Yes, the chickens were evasive.
A department spokesman adds:
â€” Animal Rescue League (@ARLBostonRescue) July 16, 2014
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald reports:
Called to car parked in front of 88 Beacon St. at 12:38pm with an unattended dog inside. Was called in by a Traffic Enforcement Officer. We unlocked the car using tools we carry for such things. No damage to the out of state car. Dog did not appear to be in distress. Unknown how long unattended. Animal Rescue took procession of dog.
The Globe reports on Mayor Walsh's announcement this morning that he'll be naming Joseph Finn as the next permanent head of the Boston Fire Department.
In October, 1921, Leslie Jones traveled down to West Roxbury to witness the end of an era: The replacement of the horses that had long pulled Engine 30's fire apparatus with one of those newfangled motorized vehicles.
Nine decades later, the firehouse is still in use and is still home to Engine 30 (along with Ladder 25).
The Herald reports on the new contract, quickly penned by the Walsh administration and the local firefighters union, in contrast to the Menino days, when the two sides hated each other.
The Globe reports Boston Fire Commissioner Rod Fraser is resigning next month for work in the private sector.
Incoming Mayor Marty Walsh will also get to pick a new police commissioner and a new school superintendent.
The Herald reports.
The Boston Fire Department announced today that Steve Abraira is quitting as the city's top uniformed fire chief on Friday, following an increasingly public dispute with all of his deputies on whether or not he should have shown up at certain large events, such as Boylston Street after the bombings.
The Globe reports.
The Herald reports all 13 deputy fire chiefs signed a letter declaring they have no confidence in Fire Chief Steve Abraira, the department's highest ranking uniformed officer, in part because he didn't want to assume command in the minutes after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Abraira reports to Fire Commissioner Rod Fraser, who hired him from Dallas - the first time the job has ever gone to somebody not from Boston. He explains to the Herald why he left Marathon response to commanders in the field.
The Boston City Archives posted this photo of BFD fire dogs lining up for some serious chow back in the 1940s.
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