Boston Fire Department

By - 3/25/09 - 8:45 am

The Herald reports a Boston firefighter is in trouble for using city e-mail to tell fellow firefighters to vote against Tom Menino in a Dorchester Reporter online poll on the race for mayor.

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

By - 3/20/09 - 5:43 pm

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

By - 3/19/09 - 3:51 pm

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... Read more

By - 3/19/09 - 12:10 am

UPDATE: The feed is now gone. A Boston firefighter had set it up after seeing what the Boston Police Department was doing, not knowing BFD was about to launch an official site, at twitter.com/bostonfire.

The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.

Earlier:
Boston Police jump on Twitter.

By - 3/18/09 - 11:13 pm

Following the success of the Boston Police, The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.

www.twitter.com/Boston_Fire

This Twitter feed will be updated with information on citywide fire related emergencies whenever possible. Come join us!

By - 3/11/09 - 3:26 pm

The Globe reports the Fire Department's truck maintenance just completely sucks (story has a link to the complete report).

By - 2/20/09 - 2:43 pm

But the Herald thought it warranted the front page to announce a mutual admiration society between upset Hub jakes and Michael Flaherty.

By - 2/12/09 - 5:46 am

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... Read more

By - 2/10/09 - 3:33 pm

NECN reports on a hearing called by City Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Sam Yoon; firefighter union head Ed Kelly blames Menino for Kevin Kelley's death.

By - 1/22/09 - 9:25 pm

Channel 4 reports that Engine 22 (South End) and Ladder 21 (East Boston) were pulled out of service for repairs today.

That makes nine trucks taken out for emergency repairs following the death of Kevin Kelley on Jan. 9.

By - 1/21/09 - 10:14 pm

Fire officials say the Peterborough Street fire was probably caused by a short circuit in the ceiling of Thornton's and that the fatal crash of Ladder 26 was probably caused by brake failure.

By - 1/17/09 - 11:37 am

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).

By - 1/16/09 - 8:58 am

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... Read more

By - 1/15/09 - 11:41 pm

This time, Ladder 18 from South Boston and Ladder 24 from Beacon Hill, WBZ reports.

By - 1/15/09 - 7:49 am

After an outside consultant hired by the local firefighters union found problems yesterday, the Globe reports.

By - 1/13/09 - 7:51 am

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... Read more

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