We're number 1! Oh, wait, that's not something to be proud of, is it?
Boston Fire Department
Dude's problem was he used a "send to all" function, so fire officials appointed by the mayor, such as the commissioner, also got his missive.
Two disclosures for the price of one: I built the Reporter's new Web site, and made a point of turning on its polling function, and I used the word "jake" in the headline because the Herald didn't, which is very disappointing because I thought the Herald had a standing rule to always use the word "jake" in stories about Boston firefighters. Also, dear Herald: If you write about an online poll, would it kill you to link to it?
As many of you saw yesterday, there was confusion on the Boston Fire Department Twitter feed. I am a Boston Firefighter, and not knowing that the city was intending to set up an official Twitter feed, I set one up to keep those interested informed of fire department happenings around the city. Upon learning that an official Twitter feed was set up, I shut mine down.
Shortly after 3 p.m., Boston Fire tweeted:
Report on Box 3547: Confirmed Building Fire, L6 reports heavy fire on roof, 1 line charged at this time
Which is a little meaningless unless you happen to be either right there or in possession of a list of Boston fire boxes.
Firebufffeed to the rescue: Whoever runs that does have a list of Boston fire boxes and translates the above to: a three-story apartment building at 563-565 Norfolk St. (in Mattapan).
Following the success of the Boston Police, The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.
This Twitter feed will be updated with information on citywide fire related emergencies whenever possible. Come join us!
The Globe reports the Fire Department's truck maintenance just completely sucks (story has a link to the complete report).
But the Herald thought it warranted the front page to announce a mutual admiration society between upset Hub jakes and Michael Flaherty.
In 1968, firefighter William Carroll rescued a baby, Evangeline Harper, from a burning building:
A newspaper photograph captured their image - a white firefighter from South Boston with his lips pressed to the mouth of a black baby from the Roxbury public housing development - at a time when riots sparked by racial tensions were burning down American cities.
Over 40 years later, they are reunited.
The Globe calls up Raybo (who, you may recall, had a special relationship with firefighters, who let him do stuff like run into burning buildings).
This map shows ladder and engine trucks that have had to be removed from service since the Jan. 9 crash that killed Lt. Kevin Kelley (click on an icon to a link for more info; note that one of the icons is obscured by the word "map," move the map to see it). Most have been returned to service after repairs. The Globe reports Mayor Menino has ordered the Fire Department to hire licensed mechanics to maintain the trucks, rather than outsourcing maintenance to private companies.
Thanks to Brett for the suggestion to do a map. If I'm missing any trucks, let me know.
After an outside consultant hired by the local firefighters union found problems yesterday, the Globe reports.
The Globe reports on what has now become obvious after three incidents - one fatal - over the past few days. Keep reading the story to see how maintenance is, naturally, a football between the city and the firefighters union, with each blaming the other for the problem.
Channel 4 reports that Ladder 14 in Allston, built in 1993, was pulled from service this morning.
Photo of Ladder 14 outside station 41 at 460 Cambridge St.