Thursday, April 18, 2013
Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to the fund organized by Boston's Fire, Police, EMS organizations.
The Boston First Responders Fund has been established by our city's first responders to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. "(The Boston Marathon) was a sad day for the city of Boston, our state and our nation,” said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, via press release. “(Patriots' Day) we cared for the victims and today we want to take care of them moving forward. To the families of the victims of (Monday's) tragedy, we can never bring your loved ones back or take away the injuries you sustained from this attack. This fund is one way to hopefully provide comfort in your time of need.” Richie Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718, said 100 percent of donations will go …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Reports and updates on the reported explosions on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Reports and pictures from the reported explosions at the Boston Marathon today are coming in via Twitter and Facebook. Reload this article as Patch pulls together more reports from social media.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Among big cities, Boston has had only four deaths from fire since 2009, according to the Fire Department.
For the second consecutive year, the city of Boston has reported the lowest number of deaths from fire out of the nation's large cities. The only fire-related death in Boston last year was in early 2012. An elderly man who lived in a high-rise apartment in Dorchester was killed in a three-alarm blaze that also sent three others and a firefighter to the hospital. Boston's only fire death in 2012 is low compared to Baltimore with 12, Philadelphia with 25, Milwaukee with eight, Phoenix with six, and Washington D.C. with seven. There have been four total fire deaths in the city since 2009. “The men and women of the Boston Fire Department do an outstanding job protecting and serving the people of the city each and every day," Commissioner …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Fire reported on Phipps Street.
UPDATE, 2 p.m.: A woman with burns and firefighter with cut to his face were taken to the hospital. Fire deamage estimated at $75,000. Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 7 Phipps St. just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Reports say that EMS were requested for burn victim. There was heavy smoke showing from the garden-style apartments when firefighters arrived, according to public safety radio transmissions. Boston Police have blocked off traffic on Phipps and Main streets to the rotary, according to the department's official Twitter account. Charlestown Patch will have more on this as more information comes in.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Whether Hurricane Sandy hits us hard, a bit or not at all, these tips can help you feel as secure as possible.
In the run-up to a potential visit from Hurricane Sandy, city safety officials are offering these tips to prepare. The Boston Emergency Management says we could get damaging wind and heavy rain as early as Sunday. They stress that now is the time to put your hurricane preparations in place: The following tips have been slightly edited from their form on the city's hurricane preparedness page: If a Storm is Approaching What to do During a Hurricane What to do After a Hurricane Firefighters Are Ready The Boston Fire Department says it is ready to help, no matter what happens. "The reality is, for us" said spokesperson Steve MacDonald, "we respond to any number of incidents." The number-one storm-related problem firefighters help address is…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Charlestown's Cookie Giordano sounds off on issues that affect the neighborhood and the country.
Real shame that the city couldn’t find the time to let the people of Charlestown know that there were two fire department dedication ceremonies this past week in town: a new fireboat was christened in the Navy Yard and a plaque was unveiled at Ladder 9 in Sullivan Square to the first Boston Firefighter to die in World Ware II, Joseph J. Luna. Even the Legion posts and former fire fighters had no clue and deeply regretted being snubbed. I heard from a very reliable source that the fault lies with the spokesperson for the fire department. Not a surprise! Happy to hear that Tom MacDonald’s book, “The Charlestown Connection,” is selling so well. If you haven’t picked it up yet, get out and find one! 60 minutes just won’t be the same …
Friday, September 30, 2011
The $4 million rescue boat will replace a 39-year-old boat and will be staffed around the clock.
City and fire officials dedicated the Boston Fire Department's new 70’ high speed aluminum fire boat in the Charlestown Navy Yard on Thursday. This boat was built over the past year in Kingston, Ontario by MetalCraft Marine at a cost of $4.2 million to replace a 39-year-old fire boat. This boat was named the John S. Damrell after the late chief of department. The boat has a dive platform, a draft of only 3 feet and can pump 13,000 gallons of water per minute. It also has the very latest in marine electronics and will be staffed around the clock.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Boston Public Library has published a new set of vintage photos, featuring fires and firefighters from Charlestown and other neighborhoods.
Take a look at the BPL's photostream on Flickr to see images from the Leslie Jones collection. These are striking historic photos of fires in Charlestown, East Boston, South Boston, Brighton, and more. For the whole collection (including several more from Charlestown): http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/sets/72157627736324774/with/6176120226/
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A car fire in a Navy Yard garage generated heavy smoke in the neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters were on the scene for a second fire in Charlestown on Tuesday: this time a car fire in a garage at Flagship Wharf in the Navy Yard. Around 1 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of heavy smoke at the property. By 1:30 p.m., the fire was contained by the smoke persisted, Boston Fire officials are reporting on Twitter. Earlier on Tuesday, firefighters put out a fire at senior citizen apartment complex on Ferrin Street.
A fire at a senior housing complex on Ferrin St. sent an elderly resident and a firefighter to the hospital on Tuesday.
One resident and a Boston firefighter were injured in a fire at 100 Ferrin St., in Charlestown -- a senior citizen housing complex managed by the Kennedy Center, according to Boston fire officials. The fire broke around 9:30 a.m. in a fifth floor apartment. An elderly woman who lived there was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. A firefighter was taken to the hospital for a back injury as well. Crews put out the fire by 10:30 a.m. About 75 residents who live in the building were evacuated to MBTA buses parked outside. Emergency responders are on the scene, providing them with food and water. Fire damage was restricted to the fifth floor unit, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said. But the building's …