Boston Fire Department

By - 12/7/12 - 8:32 am

The tugboat Liberty suffered an engine fire off Georges Island shortly after 8 a.m. today - just as a man was falling off a fishing boat.

The Boston Fire Department promptly summoned its dive team, which promptly got stuck in traffic because it's not based on the water. However, the Coast Guard reports the fire was declared out before the BFD marine unit got...Read more

By - 9/20/12 - 10:46 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports city officials shut a Chinese restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue yesterday after inspectors found its kitchen air vent clogged with grease - and its basement clogged with rats and cockroaches.

The Fire Department in particular has paid close attention to the condition of restaurant air vents since the 2007 Tai Ho fire in West Roxbury, which started in a...Read more

By - 8/31/12 - 8:33 am

The Herald reports on the sad state of hydrants on roads around the Convention Center in South Boston and north of the Zakim Bridge.Read more

By - 8/4/12 - 12:14 pm

Video from inside a Boston firetruck navigating downtown traffic and frogs pedestrians.Read more

By - 6/10/12 - 11:38 pm

Firefighters at Forest HillsFirefighters at Forest Hills. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters gathered at Forest Hills Cemetery today for their annual memorial for firefighters who died in the line of duty. The Globe has more....Read more

By - 3/14/12 - 8:21 pm

Instead of blocking pucks, he could cut them in half. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped by Engine 7 and Ladder 17 on Columbus Avenue today to talk about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and get a tour.Read more

By - 11/22/11 - 6:14 pm

A federal appeals court today tossed the First Amendment claims of a group of Boston Fire Department clerical workers passed over for promotions, saying that while it's unfortunate they may have lost out because they weren't friends with the mayor's cronies in management, that doesn't rise to the level of a violation of their First Amendment rights.

The workers alleged they were passed over repeatedly...Read more

By - 11/17/11 - 9:33 am

Steve Abraira. Photo by BFD.Steve Abraira with Charlestown Engine 50. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department yesterday announced the appointment of Steve Abraira of Miami as its new fire chief, replacing the retiring Ronald Keating. Abraira will report to Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser.

Abraira, who started as...Read more

By - 9/25/11 - 9:58 am

BFD training video by McElroy Films, filmed at the department's training facility on Moon Island and featuring a simulated "Mayday" situation.

By - 8/31/11 - 11:01 am

Hosed carHosed carThe other day, I ran a photo from Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester showing what can happen when you park in front of a hydrant. Turns out it was for a fire on the second floor of a three decker at 36 Mt. Ida that...Read more

By - 8/28/11 - 5:27 pm

Fire Department dispatch center. Photo by BFD.Fire Department alarm operations center. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: City increased estimate of number of customers without power Sunday evening.

The mayor's office reports some 5,000 11,000 NStar customers in Boston are without power and that it's "possible...Read more

By - 8/16/11 - 8:07 am

The Globe reports on bodybuilder Albert Arroyo's verdict in federal court.

Peter Gelzinis writes: Case strong, but dumbbells win.Read more

By - 8/12/11 - 8:46 am

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.

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By - 7/19/11 - 9:40 am

The Boston Fire Department shows off the newly renovated Engine 51 in Oak Square.Read more

By - 7/5/11 - 7:18 pm

West Roxbury firehouse

In October, 1921, the Boston Fire Department's Engine 30 in West Roxbury officially and finally switched from horses to a truck. Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones was there to watch the horses leave the station for the last time. From the Boston Public Library's fire...Read more

By - 6/30/11 - 12:59 pm

Massholes are forever

The Boston Public Library just posted a ton of photos of Boston firefighters and firefighting back in the good old days (like, when horses still pulled fire engines) from its Leslie Jones collection. Do not click on that link if you don't have some time...Read more

By - 6/2/11 - 8:50 am

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

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By - 4/5/11 - 6:58 pm

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.

According to the Boston Fire Department, Ladder 29 from the Blue Hill Avenue station was responding to a car accident on American Legion Highway around 3:40 p.m. when it collided with an...Read more

By - 4/5/11 - 5:39 pm

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

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