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05/07/2021

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05/04/2021
The members of the Boston Sparks Association would like to thank Retired Belmont Fire Chief Dave Frizzell and the Metro ...
05/04/2021

The members of the Boston Sparks Association would like to thank Retired Belmont Fire Chief Dave Frizzell and the Metro Fire Chiefs Association for the generous donation to A10 Rehab Services!

We want to thank you for your continued support to our mission!

The members of the Boston Sparks Association would like to thank Retired Belmont Fire Chief Dave Frizzell and the Metro Fire Chiefs Association for the generous donation to A10 Rehab Services!

We want to thank you for your continued support to our mission!

05/02/2021BostonBox 2-4167At approximately 23:20 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 4167, for a reported structure fire ...
05/03/2021

05/02/2021
Boston
Box 2-4167

At approximately 23:20 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 4167, for a reported structure fire at 17 Allston Street, in the Charlestown section of the City. Fire alarm was receiving multiple calls.

First arriving co., Ladder 9, called off with heavy fire showing. Engine 50 requested a 2nd alarm immediately, with heavy fire on the first and 2nd floors.

Units A10 and A11 responded with members Hassan, Kerins and Leone

Items served:
Gatorade
Water
Snacks
Cold/wet towels
Decontamination wipes
Ed’s assorted candy extravaganza
Dog biscuits

BFD FIU is investigating the cause.
Both units returned at 02:00 hrs.

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate our long time friend New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Paul J. P...
05/02/2021

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate our long time friend New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi on his retirement!

Paul we wish you a happy and healthy retirement. Now you can buff the fires!

Boston Sparks Association A-10 operating at the funeral for Boston Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department Leo Stapleton (...
05/01/2021

Boston Sparks Association A-10 operating at the funeral for Boston Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department Leo Stapleton (Retired) (Photo Credit: Joe Brooks-BFD) 🇺🇸

Boston Sparks Association A-10 operating at the funeral for Boston Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department Leo Stapleton (Retired) (Photo Credit: Joe Brooks-BFD) 🇺🇸

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04/30/2021

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Special Signal 10-15:"The Fire Commissioner & Chief of Department regret to announce the death of former Fire Commission...
04/26/2021

Special Signal 10-15:
"The Fire Commissioner & Chief of Department regret to announce the death of former Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department Leo D. Stapleton. Commissioner Stapleton was the head of the BFD from 1984-1991. Arrangements are pending."

The members of the Boston Sparks Association extend our deepest condolences to the family of Commissioner Leo Stapleton and the members of the Boston Fire Department

Special Signal 10-15:
"The Fire Commissioner & Chief of Department regret to announce the death of former Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department Leo D. Stapleton. Commissioner Stapleton was the head of the BFD from 1984-1991. Arrangements are pending."

The members of the Boston Sparks Association extend our deepest condolences to the family of Commissioner Leo Stapleton and the members of the Boston Fire Department

04/24/2021Run 51BostonBox 2-2658At approximately 15:50 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 2658, for a reported structure...
04/25/2021

04/24/2021
Run 51
Boston
Box 2-2658

At approximately 15:50 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 2658, for a reported structure fire located at 61 Cliffmont Street. Fire alarm received multiple calls. Responding companies had smoke showing on arrival. Fire appeared to have started in the rear of the building, and extended up to the 2nd floor. A second alarm was ordered.
An injured dog was tended to by one of Boston’s Finest.

Units A10 and A11 responded to the fire with members Hassan, Buckley, Watson, Ed and Leone.

Items served:
Gatorade
Water
Cold/ wet towels
Snacks
Dog biscuits

Units returned and restocked at 19:15 hrs.

Training and Vehicle/Equipment familiarization is always important! Day or Night, Hot or Cold, Dry or Snowy it's always ...
04/24/2021

Training and Vehicle/Equipment familiarization is always important! Day or Night, Hot or Cold, Dry or Snowy it's always a good time to train!

Tonight VP/ Crew Chief Brian Kerins and new Rehab Crew Member Justin Holstrom went out and went over Squad 10 and the equipment it carries.

Everything from the rolling cooler to the on board generator and light tower were pulled out, inspected and reviewed its purpose and capabilities.

Squad 10 aka A9 is our Rapid Response Rehab Unit. Like the big truck A10, the Squad has the same capabilities and equipment as A10 but in a smaller capacity. You will often see Squad 10 on the road during multiple ongoing incidents, short term incidents, and most recently a wide area deployment like the protests in the Metropolitan Boston area last summer and fall where all 3 trucks were being used.

Tonight while on the road training, Squad 10 was pulled from the Drill Site and deployed to the Town of Arlington for their Working Fire at 109 Varnum St. Member Holstrom was able to take what he had just learned and put it to use at a live incident.

04/19/2021Run 48City of Cambridge Box 3-723The Cambridge Emergency Communications Office started receiving calls for a f...
04/20/2021

04/19/2021
Run 48
City of Cambridge
Box 3-723

The Cambridge Emergency Communications Office started receiving calls for a fire in the rear of 9 Meacham Road in North Cambridge at about 14:35 hours today. The address was near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Box 723 was promptly transmitted and a first arriving police officer reported to the ECO that the entire rear of the building was on fire. Squad 4 turning out from their station nearby on Massachusetts Avenue reported heavy smoke showing from quarters. Upon Squad 4s arrival on scene under the command of Lt. Cooker they found heavy fire conditions in the rear and extending to all floors of a large 30X50 2 ½ story occupied dwelling and promptly ordered the second alarm transmitted.
As this address is very close to the Somerville city line Somerville Engine 6 was sent on the initial line box.
With heavy fire conditions extending throughout the building and threatening exposures additional assistance was needed to get a handle on this fire and Deputy Chief Fred Ikles ordered the third alarm transmitted bringing additional companies to the fire for water supply, additional lines and manpower. As the fire conditions deteriorated, command removed all members from the structure and went into a defensive attack.
At various stages of the fire six handlines, one deck gun, one Blitz nozzle and a ladder pipe all poured heavy streams on this fire as it broke through the roof and windows on the second and half story. Companies made a great stop to prevent the fire from extending to the very close exposures.
BSA A-10 crew members Paul Boudreau and Bill Hodges were at our Congress Street quarters and immediately loaded A-10 and Boudreau headed out the door to the fire. Member Tom leone was in A-11 returning from having it serviced in Braintree and headed for Cambridge. Members Justin Holstrum and Matt Buckley responded to the fire directly as did “Ed the ghost” for assistance. Member Ed Hassan proceeded to 344 to stand by.
As the fire in Cambridge was in full swing Somerville Fire Alarm struck Box 299 for a building fire at 2 Adrian Street in the Union Square neighborhood, this resulted in a working fire in a 2 ½ story dwelling undergoing renovation.
Crew member Ed Hassan arrived at our quarters and responded to Somerville in Squad 10 for rehab services there. Ironically, Somerville had their Tower 1, Engines 1 and 6 and C 3 committed to Cambridge during this working fire and it would have been a line box for Cambridge as well!
A-10 members set up a rehab area with Pro Ambulance for EMS support and provided 5 cases of Gatorade, 5 cases of water, 3 gallons of coffee, 80 cold towels, 3 packs of wipes, 50 Squencher Pops, assorted snacks as well as 10 pizzas to support the crews working at his third alarm fire. We provided socks and other comfort items to the displaced residents at our rehab area.
Squad 10 used 2 cases of water and 2 cases of Gatorade and a pack of wipes and responded to the Cambridge third when duty was completed at the Somerville job at 17:00 for additional assistance.
All units returned to quarters for restocking and cleanup by 19:30 hours.

04/19/202lRun # 49Somerville Box 299
04/20/2021

04/19/202l
Run # 49
Somerville
Box 299

04/19/2021

Currently at this time:

A10 and A11 are currently operating in the City of Cambridge for their 3rd Alarm at Box 723. Fire Location 9 Meacham Rd

Squad 10 is now en route to Somerville for their Working Fire at Box 299. Fire Location 2 Adrian St

The Boston Sparks Association regrets to announce the passing of Retired Boston Firefighter and longtime friend of the B...
04/16/2021

The Boston Sparks Association regrets to announce the passing of Retired Boston Firefighter and longtime friend of the Boston Sparks, John "Jack" Cavanaugh.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cavanaugh family. Services are private at this time.

Photo credit to Billy Noonan and Jimmy Flaherty

Photos from Abington Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2080's post
04/15/2021

Photos from Abington Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2080's post

Photos from Westwood Firefighters Local 1994's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Westwood Firefighters Local 1994's post

Squad 10 with members Dave Stewart and Matt McSheehy are currently operating in Reading at a 2nd Alarm at 292 Grove Stre...
04/13/2021

Squad 10 with members Dave Stewart and Matt McSheehy are currently operating in Reading at a 2nd Alarm at 292 Grove Street, Meadowbrook Country Club.

Heavy fire conditions in a building under construction.

Photos courtesy of Matt McSheehy

The Boston Sparks Association would like to recognize our members who outside the club are Public Safety Dispatchers as ...
04/13/2021

The Boston Sparks Association would like to recognize our members who outside the club are Public Safety Dispatchers as well as the members of the Communities we service a Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!!

These men and women are the ones you never see but are the first voices you hear in time of need. They are the Thin Gold Line!

Thank You Boston Fire Department Fire Alarm Division, Boston Police Department (Official), Boston EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Norfolk County Control, Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center, South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center and the many others we all deal with day in and day out

The Boston Sparks Association would like to recognize our members who outside the club are Public Safety Dispatchers as well as the members of the Communities we service a Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!!

These men and women are the ones you never see but are the first voices you hear in time of need. They are the Thin Gold Line!

Thank You Boston Fire Department Fire Alarm Division, Boston Police Department (Official), Boston EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Norfolk County Control, Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center, South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center and the many others we all deal with day in and day out

Eleven years ago...
04/12/2021

Eleven years ago...

The Boston Sparks Association and the Boston Fire Museum are pleased to announce that a 1926 American LaFrance Chemical Pump has been added to the collection at the BFM. Many thanks to Jim Daly, Matt McDonald, Mike McGrath, Steve Milano, Dan O'Neill, Peter Sturgis, Mike Tognarelli, Nat Whittemore and Ed Williamson for their help in making the 200 mile trip to pickup the LaFrance. The apparatus is in wonderful condition and after some maintenance it will be ready to "respond." Please come by 344 Congress St., Boston and see our new pump.

A message from President Paul Boudreau:The Boston Sparks Association regrets to announce the passing of longtime member ...
04/11/2021

A message from President Paul Boudreau:

The Boston Sparks Association regrets to announce the passing of longtime member Kevin Sullivan. Kevin passed away on April 9th after a long tough battle against Glioblastoma.

We are devastated to hear the loss of Kevin and we will miss Kevin dearly. He was a wonderful friend, and a great member of our team and we send our sympathies to his family.

"Sullivan, Kevin Michael, formerly of Arlington and recently of Plymouth, MA, aged 56, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on April 9, 2021, after a stoic battle against glioblastoma. Kevin is survived by his two greatest living legacies, his beloved children, Michael and Katherine "Katie," of North Andover. In addition to his children, Kevin is survived by his sisters Ann Marie Walkey and her husband, Thomas, of Auburn, NH; Janet Keating and her husband, John, of Wareham, MA; Kathleen Flynn and her husband, David, of Newbury, MA; and Carolyn O'Gorman and her husband, Thomas, of Winchester, MA; his brother, Daniel E. Sullivan, III, and eight nephews and three nieces. Kevin was predeceased by his parents, Daniel E. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife, Barbara nee Deem. An avid life-long learner, Kevin's diverse career spanned technology, real estate, insurance, investment and law. Kevin's greatest passion and joy was being the dad to his children. Together, they traveled across America and around the world finding adventure and forging memories. They also enjoyed boating, fishing and skiing. The family of Kevin is deeply grateful to his health care team for their consummate and compassionate care. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers or trees, the family invites donations to be made in Kevin's memory to a bona fide charity of one's choice."

04/08/2021

Sincerest condolences to Greg’s family and fellow Gong Club members

04/03/2021Run #44City of Somerville Box 4-479At approximately 12:20 hrs., Somerville Fire struck Box 479 for a reported ...
04/04/2021

04/03/2021
Run #44
City of Somerville
Box 4-479

At approximately 12:20 hrs., Somerville Fire struck Box 479 for a reported structure fire located at 193 Morrison Avenue.
Arriving companies were greeted by a fully involved, 2 1/2 story wood frame structure under renovations.

Fire spread to exposures on the bravo and delta sides, and also threatened structures across the street. A third and fourth alarm was ordered.

Somerville Fire was assisted on scene by Departments from Cambridge, Boston and Belmont.

Units A10 & A11 responded on the 2nd alarm with members Boudreau, Leone, Buckley, Holstrum, Salvi, Eddie and assisted by Rich McDonald. Units assisted Cataldo Tango 1, who was in full operation upon arrival.

Items dispensed:
Gatorade
Water
Cold wet towels
Snacks
Decontamination wipes
Frozen ice pops

Units returned at 16:30 hrs.

Thank you to the Salvation Army, out of Lynn, for providing snacks and delicious Corn Dogs.

Kudos to Somerville Fire Dispatcher Dave Walsh(BSA member) who did an outstanding job, under intense conditions.

BSA A-10 along with Cataldo Tango-1 going to work at Somerville Ma. Box 479 on Morrison Ave, 4th alarm with multiple bui...
04/03/2021

BSA A-10 along with Cataldo Tango-1 going to work at Somerville Ma. Box 479 on Morrison Ave, 4th alarm with multiple buildings on fire.

BSA A-10 along with Cataldo Tango-1 going to work at Somerville Ma. Box 479 on Morrison Ave, 4th alarm with multiple buildings on fire.

04/02/2021Run 43City of WalthamBox 2-4632At approximately 19:53 hrs., Units A10 & A11 responded to a 2nd alarm fire in t...
04/03/2021

04/02/2021
Run 43
City of Waltham
Box 2-4632

At approximately 19:53 hrs., Units A10 & A11 responded to a 2nd alarm fire in the City of Waltham.

Fire was in a former chapel located in the now closed Fernald Center.

Responding members included:
Paul Boudreau
Anthony Fowler
Dave Stewart
Matt Buckley
Tom Leone.

Items distributed/used:
Gatorade
Water
Coffee
Towels
Decontamination wipes
Winter hats/gloves
Snacks
Scene lighting

Units returned at 23:00 hrs.

#Seven years ago today the Boston Fire Department @bostonfirefighters lost Lt Edward Walsh (E33) and FF Michael Kennedy ...
03/26/2021

#Seven years ago today the Boston Fire Department @bostonfirefighters lost Lt Edward Walsh (E33) and FF Michael Kennedy (L15) at a tragic 9-Alarm fire at #298 Beacon St in the Back Bay. May their memories live on forever! #NEVER #FORGET 9-1579.

#Seven years ago today the Boston Fire Department @bostonfirefighters lost Lt Edward Walsh (E33) and FF Michael Kennedy (L15) at a tragic 9-Alarm fire at #298 Beacon St in the Back Bay. May their memories live on forever! #NEVER #FORGET 9-1579.

On behalf of the Boston Sparks Association, we extend our sincerest heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, ...
03/24/2021

On behalf of the Boston Sparks Association, we extend our sincerest heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of firefighter Jared Lloyd, Columbian Engine Co. #1, Spring Valley NY. Last night, firefighter Lloyd made the ultimate sacrifice in the highest traditions of the fire service while attempting to save lives against the scourge of fire. We will keep him, his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest easy Brother Lloyd...

When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it's too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life,
bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.

On behalf of the Boston Sparks Association, we extend our sincerest heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of firefighter Jared Lloyd, Columbian Engine Co. #1, Spring Valley NY. Last night, firefighter Lloyd made the ultimate sacrifice in the highest traditions of the fire service while attempting to save lives against the scourge of fire. We will keep him, his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest easy Brother Lloyd...

When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child before it's too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life,
bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.

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