Report of jumper brings large BFD response to Mass. Ave. Bridge, but nothing found

Massachusetts Avenue Bridge scene

The scene on the bridge. Photo by WhiteHotOven.

The Boston Fire Department responded in force around 6 p.m. when a report came in of a possible jumper from the bridge, but after searching the water, firefighters found nothing and left.

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Is it a contract year?

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BFD showing up to calls in full force to justify their numbers?

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They always do this

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Because God forbid there actually be somebody in the water and they have to wait for a truck to show up. You just don't tend to notice it because these sorts of incidents usually don't happen in the evening rush hour.

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Google "vertical rescue"

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Mind you, I don't know if BFD is geared and trained for that, but that's a big part of the drill if someone's gone off a low bridge like that, rather than waiting who knows how long to get a boat from who knows where.

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They have a boat there already

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The boat is a RHIB in the back of one of the trucks. Also, the Marine Unit was also dispatched and en route from the Harbor through the Charles River locks at the time.

Like the above commenter said, this is a standard tech rescue response. BFD doesn't dispatch trucks for show.

I would like to read all the cynical comments from some of the uhub know-it-alls if it was an actual incident and there were not enough trucks dispatched.

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I would like to read...

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...all the cynical comments from some of the uhub know-it-alls who, in fact, know very little about far-ranging topics like SAR, if they or someone they love were in trouble, and someone who actually knows how to do the job helped them out. Silence, as they say, is golden.

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Perhaps he's somebody whose

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Perhaps he's somebody whose taxes pay for all those public employees you think are above criticism.

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Perhaps he's a grumpy coot yelling at kids to get off his lawn

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Nobody is saying firefighters or police are above reproach, but you might want to consider that, in general, they know how to respond to an emergency better than some anonymous commenter in an Internet discussion.

Same thing comes up all the time whenever people complain about "all those firetrucks" responding to burning food on a stove. Hindsight is 20/20; what if the smoke in the hallway hadn't been from a frying pan but from an extra fire? Then we'd be seeing all the complaints about lazy firefighters hanging out in the firehouse while the city's burning down.

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True...

...we do an excellent job of making sure we all know where they messed up, but in the end, we'll still respect em' for what they do (whether it be savin' kids in a burning house, or rescuing people who can't swim, or catching bad guys, or driving the van that ultimately saves your relative's life.

They make mistakes sometimes, but we still should clap for em' in the end.

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I didn't realize...

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...that paying taxes was a choice. News flash: it's the law. I pay taxes (and I'm also in the Coast Guard...so I pay myself to a certain extent) along with everyone else. Worry about your line of work and not about those who risk their lives to keep you safe.

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