Boston Fire Department
Peter Gelzinis spends the day in court watching the trial of Albert Arroyo, the bodybuilding firefighter with the bad back. He is not impressed.
While he testified he was spooked by stairs, he nevertheless kept climbing them, even when an elevator was nearby.
The Boston Fire Department shows off the newly renovated Engine 51 in Oak Square.
The Globe reports.
The Boston Fire Department reports a caravan of firefighters and trucks left Boston at 4 a.m. to help with rescue and recovery in Springfield:
Boston Fire dispatched Engine 14 & Engine 41 to Springfield as part of a Statewide mutual aid task force. ... Boston Fire also sent its Technical Rescue Team; Engine 10, Tower 10, Rescue 1 & District Chief 6 along with... Read more
Boston Police are investigating a mid-afternoon crash that sent a police officer and a firefighter to the hospital - and a traffic signal to the ground - at Morton and Harvard streets.
The Boston Fire Department reported today that random drug testing conducted since September has found two positives out of 1,053 tests done:
In one case, the person served a 30 day unpaid suspension and entered the Employee Assistance Program. In the other case, the person entered a treatment program and served a 30 day unpaid suspension when the program concluded. This person has also entered... Read more
The Globe reports on abuse of a shift-swapping system designed to replace firefighters out sick.
Post update with further information from BFD.
This statement just in from Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser:
I have reviewed the evidence provided by the Boston Police Department regarding the events at the Rise nightclub as well as the documentation provided by my Nightclub Inspectors and have determined that the Rise was in violation of their posted capacity and have fined them accordingly. The Boston Fire... Read more
Local 718 reports firefighters on Ladder 26 had to call police tonight when some guy stole a firefighter's helmet out the truck while it was at Fenwood Road and Huntington Avenue. Police quickly responded and nabbed the helmet thief, returning the helmet to the firefighters so they could get back to their station down Huntington Avenue.... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com pecks out the story (and posts the exclusive photo) of an ungrateful seagull trapped in a harbor piling that rewarded his rescuer with a bite that drew blood - sending the unlucky firefighter to the ER for a tetanus shot.