Boston Fire Department

By - 11/17/11 - 9:33 am

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.

By - 9/25/11 - 9:58 am

BFD training video by McElroy Films, filmed at the department's training facility on Moon Island and featuring a simulated "Mayday" situation.

By - 8/31/11 - 11:01 am

Hosed carHosed carThe other day, I ran a photo from Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester showing what can happen when you park in front of a hydrant. Turns out it was for a fire on the second floor of a three decker at 36 Mt. Ida that was declared out about a half hour after firefighters arrived around 1:36 a.m.

Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, explains why firefighters might have run the hose right through the car. He emphasized he was not at the scene and had yet to talk to any firefighters who were, so he had no firsthand knowledge of the specific incident:

By - 8/28/11 - 5:27 pm

Fire Department dispatch center. Photo by BFD.Fire Department alarm operations center. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: City increased estimate of number of customers without power Sunday evening.

By - 8/16/11 - 8:07 am

The Globe reports on bodybuilder Albert Arroyo's verdict in federal court.

Peter Gelzinis writes: Case strong, but dumbbells win.

By - 8/12/11 - 8:46 am

Peter Gelzinis spends the day in court watching the trial of Albert Arroyo, the bodybuilding firefighter with the bad back. He is not impressed.

While he testified he was spooked by stairs, he nevertheless kept climbing them, even when an elevator was nearby.

By - 7/19/11 - 9:40 am

The Boston Fire Department shows off the newly renovated Engine 51 in Oak Square.

By - 6/30/11 - 12:59 pm

Massholes are forever

The Boston Public Library just posted a ton of photos of Boston firefighters and firefighting back in the good old days (like, when horses still pulled fire engines) from its Leslie Jones collection. Do not click on that link if you don't have some time to spare. I'll be posting some photos from the collection over the next few days, but had to start with this photo of a firetruck trying to get out of a fire house because it's just so Boston: Massholism is obviously not a new phenomenon.

Click to see the photo in all its glory; post if you know where that station was.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 6/2/11 - 8:50 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a caravan of firefighters and trucks left Boston at 4 a.m. to help with rescue and recovery in Springfield:

Boston Fire dispatched Engine 14 & Engine 41 to Springfield as part of a Statewide mutual aid task force. ... Boston Fire also sent its Technical Rescue Team; Engine 10, Tower 10, Rescue 1 & District Chief 6 along with our box truck of tools to Brimfield at 4:30 am. They are staged there for deployment as needed. This team is made up of 15 firefighters

By - 4/5/11 - 6:58 pm

Boston Police are investigating a mid-afternoon crash that sent a police officer and a firefighter to the hospital - and a traffic signal to the ground - at Morton and Harvard streets.

According to the Boston Fire Department, Ladder 29 from the Blue Hill Avenue station was responding to a car accident on American Legion Highway around 3:40 p.m. when it collided with an SUV driven by the police officer.

The firefighter suffered head injuries, the cop leg and head injuries; none life-threatening.

By - 4/5/11 - 5:39 pm

The Boston Fire Department reported today that random drug testing conducted since September has found two positives out of 1,053 tests done:

In one case, the person served a 30 day unpaid suspension and entered the Employee Assistance Program. In the other case, the person entered a treatment program and served a 30 day unpaid suspension when the program concluded. This person has also entered the Employee Assistance Program.

By - 2/9/11 - 10:23 am

Where's the hydrant?

Boston has more than 13,000 fire hydrants, and this winter it's been a struggle to keep them clear for firefighters.

Although the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and the Boston Fire Department are responsible for making sure hydrants actually work, there's no law regulating who has to keep them clear after snowstorms, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

By - 1/30/11 - 10:07 am

The Globe reports on abuse of a shift-swapping system designed to replace firefighters out sick.

By - 1/4/11 - 3:24 pm

Post update with further information from BFD.

This statement just in from Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser:

I have reviewed the evidence provided by the Boston Police Department regarding the events at the Rise nightclub as well as the documentation provided by my Nightclub Inspectors and have determined that the Rise was in violation of their posted capacity and have fined them accordingly. The Boston Fire Department takes overcrowding or any other violations of the fire code which would endanger the public's safety, very seriously.

By - 10/31/10 - 10:05 pm

Local 718 reports firefighters on Ladder 26 had to call police tonight when some guy stole a firefighter's helmet out the truck while it was at Fenwood Road and Huntington Avenue.

By - 8/10/10 - 2:51 pm

The Boston Fire Department posts a photo of an illegal propane barbecue on somebody's balcony - you know, like the one that caused a four-alarm fire in Charlestown a few weeks back.

By - 8/5/10 - 2:38 pm


The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing somewhere at speeds of up to 35 knots (40 m.p.h.).

The 69-foot Damrell is also designed to respond to biological, chemical and even radioactive attacks, according to the department. It's being built by Metalcraft Marine, Inc. of Kingston, Ont., and is expected in Boston Harbor in August, 2011.

About half the money for the boat comes from federal stimulus funds; the rest from the city. The Damrell will replace a boat in service since 1972.

By - 7/27/10 - 12:43 pm pecks out the story (and posts the exclusive photo) of an ungrateful seagull trapped in a harbor piling that rewarded his rescuer with a bite that drew blood - sending the unlucky firefighter to the ER for a tetanus shot.