Boston Fire Department

By - 7/12/09 - 9:27 pm
Death pit

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 bit more concerned about the fact that the explosion happened with an illegal fire pit than the fact that somebody was putting an accelerant on an already lit fire (I was not the only one to notice the emphasis on the pit, rather than on the lighter fluid).

OK, so in Boston, fire pits are illegal, "even ones you can buy at the store," the story tells us.

This evening, the kidlet and I were down at the Shaw's in Hyde Park (which, last we checked, was still part of Boston), buying some stuff for a barbecue on our presumably legal Weber grill. When we got to the end of one aisle, we saw that not only does the store sell fire pits, it was selling them at a discount (at $49.99, a 50% markdown). Dear BFD, time for a little chat with local supermarkets?

By - 7/7/09 - 11:52 pm

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?

By - 7/3/09 - 10:00 am

Photo taken this morning at the Centre Street firehouse (click on the photo for a larger view).

By - 5/30/09 - 1:53 pm

Channel 5 reports the Boston firefighter with the alleged pot farm in Maine has resigned from the Boston Fire Department.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/15/09 - 5:27 pm

The Globe has the details on short career of Boston's new and now former Fire Department fleet safety manager.

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 of one: I built the Reporter's new Web site, and made a point of turning on its polling function, and I used the word "jake" in the headline because the Herald didn't, which is very disappointing because I thought the Herald had a standing rule to always use the word "jake" in stories about Boston firefighters. Also, dear Herald: If you write about an online poll, would it kill you to link to it?

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 down.

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 boxes and translates the above to: a three-story apartment building at 563-565 Norfolk St. (in Mattapan).

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

The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.

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.

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 reunited.

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.