Boston Fire Department

By - 8/6/15 - 8:49 am

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.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/25/15 - 8:28 am
The stolen donation boot

The boot and its base before the theft. Photo by BFD.

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.

By - 11/16/14 - 10:48 pm

Seems people are asking the Boston Fire Department why firefighters didn't just smash up that car parked next to a hydrant at the Rutland Street fire this morning, like they did in April at an East Boston fire.

By - 11/13/14 - 5:44 pm

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.

By - 10/10/14 - 4:17 pm
Boston Fire recruits round up chickens

BFD recruits round up chickens on Long Island. Photo by BFD.

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:

By - 7/16/14 - 4:34 pm

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.

By - 7/7/14 - 9:12 am

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.

By - 6/1/14 - 11:44 am
Then and now: Engine 30 on Centre Street in West Roxbury

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).

Photo from the BPL Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Common license.

By - 5/2/14 - 7:53 am

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.

By - 12/17/13 - 8:31 am

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.

By - 6/3/13 - 12:33 pm

AbrairaThe 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.

By - 5/15/13 - 7:44 am

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.

By - 3/22/13 - 11:18 am

Going to the dogs

The Boston City Archives posted this photo of BFD fire dogs lining up for some serious chow back in the 1940s.

By - 3/6/13 - 6:24 am

The Globe reports a West Roxbury District Court magistrate didn't find probable cause for criminal action against Kenneth Veiga, who was suspended from his job last month after, police say, he threatened a superior with carnage. That came following an incident at the Readville fire station.

By - 2/27/13 - 7:19 am

HoganBoston Police report Stephen Hogan, 24, of Dorchester, was arrested during a drug investigation in the area of Columbus Avenue and Bray Street yesterday.

Officers assigned to the Drug Control Unit observed a white male walking and talking on a cell phone while also carrying what appeared to be a plastic bag in his hand. The suspect was seen entering a vehicle which then went for a short drive around the block before dropping the suspect off. Believing that a drug transaction had taken place, officers approached the suspect after he exited the vehicle and found him to be in possession of a plastic bag containing a tan powder believed to be heroin.

Hogan is the son of Fire Chief Gerald Hogan. However, he is no longer a Boston firefighter. Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald says he resigned after his arrest Hogan had been a probationary firefighter - he had served less than a year.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/21/13 - 10:28 pm

A firefighter charged with threatening to go on even worse of a rampage than that Los Angeles cop was angry when the fire department ordered him back to work from a leave granted after he tackled another firefighter trying to kill himself in the Engine 49 firehouse in Readville, a source says.

The incident, about a week ago, ended with Kenneth Veiga covered in blood - and the other firefighter still alive - the source says.

By - 2/21/13 - 12:54 pm

Boston Police report a firefighter apparently unhappy at being told he was healthy enough to return to work allegedly threatened on Tuesday to use his army training to destroy anybody who got in his way:

By - 1/21/13 - 6:24 pm

Government Technology reports Boston is looking for proposals from vendors on how to upgrade the city's network of 2,200 fire alarm boxes, which still use the same basic telegraph technology as when they were first installed in 1852.