New fire chief will need some warmer clothes

Steve Abraira. Photo by BFD.Steve Abraira with Charlestown Engine 50. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department yesterday announced the appointment of Steve Abraira of Miami as its new fire chief, replacing the retiring Ronald Keating. Abraira will report to Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser.

Abraira, who started as a Miami firefighter at 19, was fire chief in Palm Bay, Fla., when Fraser selected him over several other candidates, including five from Boston.


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