Boston Fire Department
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 down.
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.
Firebufffeed to the rescue: Whoever runs that does have a list of Boston fire boxes and translates the above to: a three-story apartment building at 563-565 Norfolk St. (in Mattapan).
Following the success of the Boston Police, The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.
This Twitter feed will be updated with information on citywide fire related emergencies whenever possible. Come join us!
The Globe reports the Fire Department's truck maintenance just completely sucks (story has a link to the complete report).
But the Herald thought it warranted the front page to announce a mutual admiration society between upset Hub jakes and Michael Flaherty.
In 1968, firefighter William Carroll rescued a baby, Evangeline Harper, from a burning building:
A newspaper photograph captured their image - a white firefighter from South Boston with his lips pressed to the mouth of a black baby from the Roxbury public housing development - at a time when riots sparked by racial tensions were burning down American cities.
Over 40 years later, they are reunited.
Globe front-page piece today, "40 years' worth of thanks," by Maria Cramer. With sentimental video, "Joyful reunion," by Dina Rudick and Scott Helman.
The Globe calls up Raybo (who, you may recall, had a special relationship with firefighters, who let him do stuff like run into burning buildings).
This map shows ladder and engine trucks that have had to be removed from service since the Jan. 9 crash that killed Lt. Kevin Kelley (click on an icon to a link for more info; note that one of the icons is obscured by the word "map," move the map to see it). Most have been returned to service after repairs. The Globe reports Mayor Menino has ordered the Fire Department to hire licensed mechanics to maintain the trucks, rather than outsourcing maintenance to private companies.
Thanks to Brett for the suggestion to do a map. If I'm missing any trucks, let me know.
After an outside consultant hired by the local firefighters union found problems yesterday, the Globe reports.
The Globe reports on what has now become obvious after three incidents - one fatal - over the past few days. Keep reading the story to see how maintenance is, naturally, a football between the city and the firefighters union, with each blaming the other for the problem.
The Herald, meanwhile, talks to a friend of Lt. Kelley's widow, who thinks the accident was preventable and interviews a mechanic who helped inspect Ladder 26 last year about the potential for "icing" problems in the brake lines.
Channel 4 reports that Ladder 14 in Allston, built in 1993, was pulled from service this morning.
Photo of Ladder 14 outside station 41 at 460 Cambridge St.
The Herald reports Ladder 15 crashed into a parked car on Mass. Ave on the way for some maintenance today. Nobody hurt.
The Globe reports.
Kevin McCrea and his wife went down to Suite in the Alley off Boylston last night for some dancing. Then the fire alarms started blaring. For 10 minutes. Firefighters arrived. And the whole time the DJ kept playing music and almost nobody left:
... People from the club were telling people trying to leave that this problem had happened before and that everything would be fixed in a couple minutes. By now the alarms had been going on for about 10 minutes. A few people were in the lobby trying to decide to come or go, looking a bit concerned but also peer pressured into going in as they had paid their cover charge. Then three fire fighters came in the front door, with full regalia. They were escorted by one of the nightclub workers and they went down the side hall not seeming to mind there was a nightclub full of people in front of them with the alarms going off and no one leaving. ...
Of course, you know what happened
about a mile away basically right around the corner.
Arroyo, himself a Roslindale resident, was arrested at 7:51 p.m. yesterday in the emergency room at Faulkner Hospital, where he was being treated for an unspecified ailment. Because of his condition, officers spent the night with Arroyo rather than transporting him to the lockup at the West Roxbury police station. He remains in the hospital this morning, police say.
According to police, the woman got a restraining order against Arroyo on Oct. 28, but told police he continued to call her repeatedly and:
Victim further stated that suspect continuously comes to her home by car and hides behind hall door. Victim states that she is very scared of suspect.