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BFD veteran named as new fire commissioner

Paul Burke

Mayor Wu today named Paul Burke of Roslindale as the Boston Fire Department's new commissioner, replacing Jack Dempsey, who retired.

Burke has been in the fire service for 32 years, starting as a firefighter and most recently deputy chief of fleet and facilities, a role in which he oversaw BFD buildings and vehicles. He had previously served as technical rescue district chief, which meant he oversaw rescues and other emergencies requiring specialized equipment across the city.

Burke starts as commissioner tomorrow.

Burke went to UMass Amherst and has an MA in homeland security from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.

Also today, Wu formally introduced new Boston School Superintendent Mary Skipper. She still has to fill the position of police commissioner.

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