Boston Fire Department

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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By - 2/9/11 - 10:23 am

Where's the hydrant?

Boston has more than 13,000 fire hydrants, and this winter it's been a struggle to keep them clear for firefighters.

Although the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and the Boston Fire Department are responsible for making sure hydrants actually work, there's no law regulating who...Read more

By - 1/30/11 - 10:07 am

The Globe reports on abuse of a shift-swapping system designed to replace firefighters out sick.Read more

By - 1/4/11 - 3:24 pm

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

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By - 10/31/10 - 10:05 pm

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

By - 8/10/10 - 2:51 pm

The Boston Fire Department posts a photo of an illegal propane barbecue on somebody's balcony - you know, like the one that caused a four-alarm fire in Charlestown a few weeks back.

Ed. note: BFD doesn't identify the location, but thanks to Casey Bayer, Brian Ploetz and Norman da Pug, we know it's 15 N. Beacon St. in Union...Read more

By - 8/5/10 - 2:38 pm


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

By - 7/27/10 - 12:43 pm 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.Read more

By - 6/10/10 - 9:04 am

Mike Durant rounds up the coverage of the contract signed late Tuesday.Read more

By - 6/9/10 - 1:55 pm

Chuck Turner interrupted a lovefest among other councilors, firefighters and the mayor's office this afternoon: As much as he admired the work firefighters and the administration did to finally come up with a contract, he could not vote for it without a guarantee councilors would press the mayor to stop the planned layoffs of hundreds of other city workers.

"You can bake cats, but that...Read more

By - 6/8/10 - 11:31 pm

The Globe reports on a breakthrough following eight hours of negotiations involving three city councilors as mediators. The Globe's Donovan Slack tweets the deal calls for a 1.5% drug-testing pay raise (an arbitration panel had awarded 2.5%) that will only apply to current firefighters.

Photo of Tom Menino's and Ed Kelly's John Hancocks on the tentative contract.

The City Council, which has...Read more

By - 6/8/10 - 10:43 pm

They called a meeting at 10:30 p.m. tonight. No immediate word on what could fire them up like that. One presumes it's one of those "emergency" meetings to get around the 48-hour notice otherwise required under the state open-meeting law.Read more

By - 6/7/10 - 9:22 am

The City Council met briefly this morning to urge Tom Menino and Firefighters Local 718 to get a room and hammer out a contract that's fair to both firefighters and taxpayers.

After councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and John Connolly (at large) moved to hold off discussions until after the city and the firefighters met, Council President Mike Ross proposed a meeting room in City Hall...Read more

By - 6/3/10 - 12:41 pm

UPDATE: Administration to City Council: Just say no to firefighters; that would create a tidal wave of other unions demanding similar drug-testing deals. City council to administration: With all due respect, you suck. Councilor Ayanna Pressley: "There's some sort of conflicting shell game going on here."

Local firefighters union President Ed Kelly this morning offered to freeze for one year a 2.5% raise awarded by...Read more

By - 6/2/10 - 10:56 pm

After six hours or so of testimony and debate, the City Council adjourned tonight a without voting on the proposed contract for firefighters. The council will reconvene tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to continue testimony, but council President Mike Ross ended the session by saying councilors will vote on the matter "at a later date" (they have until mid-July to approve or deny the contract)....Read more

By - 6/1/10 - 12:58 pm

Anthony Giacalone makes the suggestion following last week's fatal triple-decker fire in East Boston.Read more

By - 5/25/10 - 7:25 pm

The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 in the council chambers on the fifth floor of City Hall. According to Council President Mike Ross, the council will not actually vote on the arbitration panel's proposed settlement until another meeting, as yet unscheduled.Read more

By - 5/19/10 - 12:53 pm

City Council President Mike Ross, joined by councilors Mark Ciommo, Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner, said today they were prepared to vote against a proposed firefighters contract unless firefighters make significant concessions.

Ross said that while it's unfair firefighters have gone four years without a contract, he's not prepared to give firefighters a larger increase than other municipal employees have gotten just "to come...Read more

By - 5/19/10 - 7:57 am

UPDATE: Mike Ross tweets the council WILL discuss the issue, along with an analysis of the award by an MIT managment professor brought in by the council, at today's meeting. Starts at noon in City Hall. No vote, however.

The Globe reports Mayor Menino yesterday filed his plan for paying for the contract awarded the firefighters by an arbitration panel - mostly...Read more

By - 5/16/10 - 10:01 am

Former Councilor Tom Keane makes the case, using the firefighter contract award as evidence.

Current Council President Mike Ross rebuts, noting the council has yet to get anything from the mayor to discuss.Read more