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By adamg - 10/19/23 - 12:50 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal this week rejected a Wrentham Street resident's request to build a second, house behind hers, with members saying they objected to a curb cut more than twice as large as normally allowed and a long driveway wide enough that firetrucks could pull in for a fire and then turn around without having to navigate the narrow street. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/23 - 8:30 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the deal was announced at this morning's Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast - and that it was reached, as only a Boston labor deal could be, around 10 p.m. on Sunday in the back room of the Brendan Behan Pub in Hyde Square.

By adamg - 3/30/23 - 11:35 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the city of Boston's 2021 order requiring municipal workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying public-health needs outweighed the collective-bargaining rights of the police and fire unions that sued over the policy. Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/23 - 3:42 pm
Firefighter in Jamaica Pond

Every winter, the Boston Fire Department cuts a hole or two in the frozen surface of Jamaica Pond so its divers can practice some cold-weather rescuing. The pond never really froze up this winter, except thinly during that brief weekend freeze, but divers were out in the cold water today anyway.

Despite the lack of ice it is important to maintain efficiency .

By adamg - 12/6/22 - 10:16 pm

Michael Browder, Jr. today sued Boston for a minimum of $8,342,068 in damages for putting him on unpaid leave in October, 2021 after denying his request for a religious exemption from the city's requirement that employees get Covid-19 shots. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/22 - 9:26 pm

Two captains in the Boston Fire Department, along with two firefighters in Everett and Whitman, today asked a judge to order the state to give a promotional exam scheduled for Saturday, which the state canceled to try to figure out what to do about exams after a judge in another case ruled that the test used to promote police officers to sergeants was racially biased. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/22 - 4:14 pm
Paul Burke

Mayor Wu today named Paul Burke of Roslindale as the Boston Fire Department's new commissioner, replacing Jack Dempsey, who retired.
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By adamg - 6/6/22 - 2:47 pm
Old fireboat spraying water in Boston Harbor

Handmaid had a great view on Fan Pier this morning of two fireboats, one an active BFD vessel, the other a retired 1940s fireboat seen above, shooting water high into the air, as part of a "water cannon display" for the National Fire Protection Association's conference in Boston.

By adamg - 2/15/22 - 10:12 pm
Boston firefighters in foam

From the complaint: Boston firefighters knee deep in foam.

More than a dozen firefighters from Worcester to Boston today sued 3M, DuPont, Honeywell and other manufacturers of the "turnout gear" they wear at fires and a type of chemical foam they often use, alleging the companies have known for years the products contain a class of chemical that has been linked to cancer and other ailments and which winds up in firefighter's bodies in high concentrations. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/22 - 4:00 pm

A Massachusetts Appeals Court justice has order Boston not to carry out its Covid-19 vaccination mandate for city workers until she can review the situation. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 11:50 pm

Live Boston reports members of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association voted 847-26 to reject a "memorandum of agreement" with the city over the vaccine mandate scheduled to go into effect next week. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/22 - 2:30 pm

The Boston firefighters union is telling members today that the city has given employees yet another week to show proof they've gotten at least one Covid-19 shot and will not start putting the unvaccinated on leave until at least Jan. 31. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/22 - 9:26 am
Boston firefighters in 1978 - who are they?

The folks at the City Archives have posted photos of three firefighters at a fire after the Blizzard of '78 and wonder if you can identify them and the location of the fire. This isn't a quiz - this time, they don't know the answer either and are seeking help. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/22 - 11:57 pm

The head of the Boston firefighters union is telling members tonight that the union will give the bargaining table one last try but if the city refuses to yield on mandatory vaccinations - or offer the union something decent in return - "we are prepared to take our fight to the street." Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/22 - 12:08 am

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke says he agrees with unions representing firefighters and police superior officers and detectives that in terms of collective bargaining, Mayor Wu was wrong to unilaterally impose an absolute requirement that city workers get vaccinated against Covid-19 after her predecessor had signed agreements letting workers opposed to shots undergo weekly testing. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/22 - 8:43 pm

The unions that represent Boston firefighters, police detectives and police superior officers suddenly have major beef with the union that represents police rank and file over the best way to contest Mayor Wu's vaccine mandate, which goes into effect on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/22 - 9:49 am

In court filings this week, Boston officials say they ordered employees to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination not just to protect them, but to protect the public they serve. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/21 - 9:39 pm

Unions representing Boston firefighters and Boston police superior officers and detectives say they are seeking a restraining order to block the city from mandating Covid-19 vaccinations without a contract agreement giving union members something in return for what they say is a change in working conditions. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/21 - 3:11 pm

A small but boisterous group of Boston first responders has come up with a way to protest Boston's impending vaccination requirement: Everybody files for exemptions the night before the mandate goes into effect, then when the city moves to terminate them, claim their vacation time so the city still has to pay them while adjudicating their claims - and forcing the city to hire expensive replacements. Read more.

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