Boston Fire Department
Firefighters demand respect from media following months of stories involving alleged drug use, federal probes, etc., etc.
What's interesting in comparing the stories by the Globe (above) and Herald is how the Globe explains that when firefighters started yelling how they are tired of being treated like "dogs" by the media, they were referring to a Herald editorial calling on the city... Read more
A Boston firefighter was arrested after being spotted buying OxyContin from a dealer at the Broadway T stop, Channel 5 reports. His brother-in-law is a top Boston cop.
And now the feds are looking at the Boston Fire Department.
Boston firefighter faces assault and battery charges.
Alleged pot-smoking firefighter also alleged girlfriend-beating firefighter.
Maybe Boston firefighters should be pushing... Read more
On Saint Patrick's Day, Ladder 28 broke down and had to be taken to the maintenance and repair facility over on Southampton Street. Usually, the Boston Fire Department has plenty of spare ladders to send to the firehouses that need them...but as Murphy's Law would have it, they too were having problems.... Read more
Suffolk County DA Dan Conley announced today he's done with his investigation into the fatal fire that killed Boston firefighters Warren Payne and Paul Cahill and that he found nothing criminal.
In addition, I have authorized the release of the contents of our entire investigative file, including autopsy and toxicology results, to Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick J. Fraser, Jr. and the Boston Fire Department's... Read more
Wayne Abron of Dorchester pleaded innocent this morning in Roxbury District Court to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, one count of assault and battery on his girlfriend, and single counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Abron allegedly went after police officers trying to keep him from attacking his girlfriend on Howard... Read more
Nothing like a little fear, surprise and the comfy chair to liven up the contract talks. But how come the firefighters local isn't warning Charlestown about how Tom Menino wants to incinerate them in a blinding ball of LNG death flame?
Dear Boston Herald: You're getting carried away with this "jakes" thing. Jakes, jakes, jakes. Jakes on a rake. Jakes in a quake. Jakes... Read more
Click on through for a rockem-sockem loosey-goosey summary of the media coverage of this story, which was varied to say the least. Will the grand but lightweight Globe take the short-but-sweet prize for best writeup? Or will the rough, battle-hardened Herald take the Globe to the cleaners? What about the
litter transit pulp papers? How do the Kings of Swooshing Animations and Lead-Ins fare?
First... Read more
The Globe reports a Boston firefighter, in uniform and in a department vehicle, was arrested in Dorchester this afternoon on drug-possession charges after police spotted him smoking what appeared to be marijuana.
The arrest comes one day after the Boston firefighters union stormed out of contract talks that have largely stalemated over the issue of mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
State civil service officials will scrap the results of a Boston firefighter promotional exam after an investigation of cheating allegations showed that numerous firefighters talked during the test, brought cellphones into the testing room, and took unusually frequent trips to the men's room, say two public officials briefed on the probe results. ...
It's interesting to compare the second-day coverage of the report on the dead firefighters - and see how the Herald is taking the lead on the story.
The Herald blared it across the front page: WHITEWASH - and disclosed the board of inquiry heard about the toxicology reports but chose not to include the results in its own report. The paper also... Read more
Box 4-281 Report is the Board of Inquiry report into the deaths of firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne at the Tai Ho restaurant in West Roxbury on Aug. 29, 2007 (It's a 9M file, so it might take awhile to download; if you have trouble, I've put a copy here).
It contains a detailed timeline of the night, background on the building... Read more
Just when I'd given up hope, he files a column that is not only about Boston, but, indeed, makes an actual point (that Maureen Feeney is in the palm of the firefighters' union).
The only nit: Walker stating, as a fact, that firefighter Warren Payne "died on duty last year with cocaine in his system." It might wind up being true, but the union... Read more
If the union really thinks Tom Menino's contract positions will make firefighters quit, it needs to show exactly how many firefighters really are prepared to quit right now, Jonathan Kamens writes.
OK, so the jakes (thanks, Boston Herald) didn't show up at the mayor's state-of-the-city address or spit at his family or anything, but that didn't stop the war of words between the two over a contract, drug testing and the reputations of those two firefighters who died in West Roxbury.
Michele McPhee couldn't stay away from the written word, it seems. She's signed on with Boston Magazine's Boston Daily and her first post today is a fun one, unless your name is Tom Menino:
Kevin MacCurtain, the department's highest ranking uniformed officer, will boycott the mayor's state-of-the-city address tonight, in solidarity with the firefighters who will be picketing the speech to protest their lack... Read more
Just ask the Hayhurst family, which can now continue its tradition of sending sons into the Boston Fire Department despite bottom-of-the-class test scores, thanks to some meddling by the state senate president, who, last we checked, doesn't actually live in Boston. Oops, we see Tom Menino and the Boston City Council also worked to get the Hayhursts preferential treatment.