Boston Fire Department

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 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.

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.

By - 1/12/09 - 3:23 pm

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.

Earlier:
Another Boston ladder truck careens out of control - Sunday.
Did Lt. Kelley die due to bad brakes?

By - 1/11/09 - 8:44 pm

The Herald reports Ladder 15 crashed into a parked car on Mass. Ave on the way for some maintenance today. Nobody hurt.

By - 1/11/09 - 11:19 am

The Globe reports it's looking more and more like Kevin Kelley died because the brakes on Ladder 26 failed on steep Parker Hill Avenue.

The Herald talks to some of the kids in a computer class when the firetruck smashed into their building.

By - 1/9/09 - 3:10 pm
the scene

Jared Molton posted photos from the scene.

UPDATE: One firefighter dead.

Channel 7 reports multiple injuries in the accident at 835 Huntington Ave..

By - 11/9/08 - 12:53 pm

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.

By - 11/3/08 - 10:17 am

Boston Police report arresting Albert Arroyo on charges he kept harassing a Roslindale woman who had taken out a restraining order against him.

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.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/17/08 - 9:27 am

Paul Nemes, 58, will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court this morning on a charge of assault and battery resulting in serious injury for an incident at the Polish American Club on River Street in Hyde Park, according to the Suffolk County DA's office.

Boston Police report Nemes got into a fight with a 62-year-old guy inside the club around 7:45 p.m. yesterday. When EMTs arrived, they found the man in the parking lot, apparently suffering from a serious heart attack, but also with "visible scrapes and abrasions to his face, and scrapes and abrasions to his hands and knees." He was taken to Brigham and Women's; listed in critical condition.

The Globe reports Nemes, a Norwood resident, is a Boston firefighter.

On Sunday, another Boston firefighter was allegedly drunk when he plowed into a car driven by another alleged drunk.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/29/08 - 12:35 pm
Firefighters get ready
Firefighters get ready. Photo
from Bulletin Newspapers.

UPDATE: The Bulletin Newspapers report on today's memorial service as well as a barbecue banquet provided by Tex's BBQ of Dedham as a way for the firefighters to thank West Roxbury.

They're not letting the city or the union tell them how to thank West Roxbury for its support after the Tai Ho fire.

According to the Bulletin Newspapers, the men of Engine 30 and Ladder 25 will start their cookout thank-you barbecue immediately after a 1 p.m. memorial service for Warren Payne and Paul Cahill - in the Hyde Park Savings Bank parking lot next to the Centre Street station.

Fire brass had ordered the cookout canceled earlier this week, saying they did not feel it an appropriate way to honor the two men's memories.

The new plaques unveiled today (photos courtesy Bulletin Newspapers):

Payne memorial
Cahill memorial
By - 8/28/08 - 9:12 am

Maybe Kevin Cullen has finally returned from his extended summer vacation and is going to start writing thoughtful columns about life in Boston, like today's column on putting a year's worth of woes for Boston firefighters in perspective. One can hope, anyway.

By - 8/28/08 - 12:04 am

Around 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Warren and Moreland streets. A witness reports the truck was headed outbound, the car crossing from Moreland, was hit on the right side, spun around, its trunk hit a light pole. No word on injuries.

By - 8/27/08 - 8:38 am

Cancels cookout planned for Friday; West Roxbury firefighters wanted to thank the community for its support after the Tai Ho fire.

By - 8/25/08 - 1:57 pm

His lawyer compares his case to that of that carnival worker set free:

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