Boston Fire Department
The Boston Fire Department recently took delivery of a trailer full of equipment to help firefighters dig you out (also new: an "urban search and rescue" trailer).
The Globe gets a look at a report by Boston Police homicide investigators into the truck that cost Lt. Kevin Kelley his life in January. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office concluded so many things went wrong but that no one person was criminally responsible for the truck's brakes failing on Parker Hill Avenue.... Read more
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley today blamed a poorly maintained firetruck and human error for the death of Boston Fire Lt. Kevin Kelley in January, but said nobody was criminally responsible for Ladder 26's fatal crash into a Huntington Avenue apartment complex.
Channel 4 points us to a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health report on the 2007 fire that killed Boston firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne, which says a number of contributing factors led to their deaths:
- Ineffective incident management system at the incident.
- Insufficient incident management training and requirements.
- Insufficient tactics and training.
- Ineffective communications.
- Delay in establishing a rapid intervention ... Read more
Feds charge Albert Arroyo, another Boston firefighter with fraudulent disability-pension applications; a BFD clerk with perjury and obstructing a grand jury, Channel 5 reports.
Sad but true: After last week's Orange Line fire, caused by somebody throwing trash on the third rail (not to be confused with the simultaneous Red Line fire caused by old wiring), the MBTA plans a public-education campaign to get people to use trash receptacles instead of the tracks.
Boston Commissioner Roderick Fraser will record one of those public-service announcements today at the T's... Read more
UPDATE: Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5? There was a fire drill today at Center Plaza. But the Boston Fire Department tells the Herald there were no firefighters involved. And as you'll see in the comments, people who work in the building say they were told ahead of time about the drill by building management. So my apologies to firefighters for jumping... Read more
This evening, a female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Huntington Avenue by a hit-and-run driver. Waiting for the T, I saw the aftermath; a MassArt campus police car blocked one lane while the victim, hidden behind the jersey barrier and about 10-20 feet away from the crosswalk, lay on the ground. A young man was possibly an acquaintance. Someone... Read more
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau, funded by local businesses, says Boston will face even greater financial challenges next year than it did this year. In a report the bureau says the city could tighten its belt by shutting some fire stations, closing the fire-box alarm system, making some 1,700 retirees sign up for Medicare and put city services with analogs in the private sector... Read more
Flaming death on sale at the Hyde Park Shaw's.
On Friday night, a five-year-old girl suffered serious burns in the South End when some moron (sorry, some alleged moron) poured lighter fluid on the fire pit at which she was toasting marshmallows. In this story, at least, a Boston fire official seems a... Read more
Well, firefighters are now harassing individual citizens. I got a SPAM phone message form an autobot - the firefighters want me to know how Menino is putting me in danger with firehouse brownouts. (but they didn't tell me why so many firefighters called in sick they had to brown out my local FD..)
So why is harassing me going to get me on their side?... Read more
Photo taken this morning at the Centre Street firehouse (click on the photo for a larger view).
The Dorchester Reporter fills us in.
Channel 5 reports the Boston firefighter with the alleged pot farm in Maine has resigned from the Boston Fire Department.
The Globe has the details on short career of Boston's new and now former Fire Department fleet safety manager.
We're number 1! Oh, wait, that's not something to be proud of, is it?
Dude's problem was he used a "send to all" function, so fire officials appointed by the mayor, such as the commissioner, also got his missive.
Two disclosures for the price... Read more
As many of you saw yesterday, there was confusion on the Boston Fire Department Twitter feed. I am a Boston Firefighter, and not knowing that the city was intending to set up an official Twitter feed, I set one up to keep those interested informed of fire department happenings around the city. Upon learning that an official Twitter feed was set up, I shut mine... Read more
Shortly after 3 p.m., Boston Fire tweeted:
Report on Box 3547: Confirmed Building Fire, L6 reports heavy fire on roof, 1 line charged at this time
Which is a little meaningless unless you happen to be either right there or in possession of a list of Boston fire boxes.