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Don't forget today is the last day to make reservations!!
06/05/2019

Don't forget today is the last day to make reservations!!

The 2019 June Boston Sparks Association Annual Cookout, Open House and BFD Apparatus Display will be June 7th from 5pm - 9 pm at 344 Congress Street. The meal this month will be prepared by the world-renowned 344 Grill Masters, Jim Nolan, Pat Dooley and Jim Flaherty. Price for the meal this month is the traditional Burgers and Hot Dogs which will be $12 per person. If you wish to make a reservation ( Call617-338-9700), please make it by Wednesday June 5th at 2100hrs so the meals can be purchased and prepared. Guests are welcome! Come check out some of the new Boston Fire apparatus on display and have a good time!

Don’t forget to wear your #RED Shirt!

Free Parking and Shuttle Service will be available starting at 1700hrs at the Shaugnessey and Ahern Lot at D and Cypher Streets.

The members of the Boston Sparks association want to send our sincere thanks to the members of the Asbury Park, NJ Fire ...
06/04/2019

The members of the Boston Sparks association want to send our sincere thanks to the members of the Asbury Park, NJ Fire Department Local 384 for taking excellent care of our brother and Boston Fire Lt. Glenn Preston while he is NJ getting ready to undergo a serious surgery Friday to repair his breathing issues that were caused by complications of his battle with cancer.

The brothers have gone out of their way to assist Glenn by feeding him and shuttling him around for his pre-op tests and office visits and we can’t thank them enough. This is truly the BROTHERHOOD! Preston Strong!

Runs #19-070 & 071 (6/1/19)After a week of no fires, the first day of the new month started off with a day of back to ba...
06/03/2019

Runs #19-070 & 071 (6/1/19)

After a week of no fires, the first day of the new month started off with a day of back to back fires.

At approximately 0930hrs A10 with member Tom Leone responded to Boston's 2nd Alarm Fire at Box 3575, Fire Location 161 River Street in the Mattapan section of the city. Companies on arrival had smoke showing with reports of people still in the building.

While on scene crews distributed 3 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water, 2 packs of Rescue Wipes, 50 cold towels and 60 lbs of ice.

A10 returned to quarters at 1230hrs but that didnt last long.

While backing into quarters to restock and cleanup after the 2nd in Boston, A10 with member Tom Leone went right back out the dr to the Town of Dedham for their Working Fire Plus at 113-115 Bussey Street on the West Roxbury line. Dedham Engine 3 which is one block away from the fire building reported heavy smoke and fire conditions on arrival in the basement of a 2 family building with a large windowless basment.

Members Brian Kerins, Paul Boudreau and Chuck Gaskill responded to the scene in A11 and personal vehicles assist A10.

With temperatures hovering around 73 and humidity setting in, Deputy Chief Lynch requested additional apparatus on special calls for crews to rotate out and Rehab.

While on scene A10 assisted by Fallon Ambulance Service distributed 3 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water, 60 cold towels, 3 packs of Rescue Wipes and 80 lbs of ice.

All units returned to quarters in service at 1530hrs.

Boston Photos courtesy of Tom Leone and Boston Fire PIO Brian Alkins

Dedham Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins and Jim MacDonald

Run #19-069 (5/27/19)On Memorial Day, A10 with members Brian Kerins and Chuck Gaskill assisted the City of Medford with ...
06/03/2019

Run #19-069 (5/27/19)

On Memorial Day, A10 with members Brian Kerins and Chuck Gaskill assisted the City of Medford with their Memorial Day festivities at Oak Grove Cemetery and World War II Memorial.
While on scene A10 members assisted setting up and distributing 4 gallons of coffee, 2 gallons of hot chocolate, 3 cases of Gatorade, 4 cases of water and 8 dozen donuts to the over 100 spectators on scene.

A10 returned to quarters in service at 1200hrs

Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins, Chuck Gaskill and Paul Upton

Run #19-068 (5/25/19)At approximately 2245hrs A10 with members Tom Leone and Dave Stewart responded to the City of Walth...
06/03/2019

Run #19-068 (5/25/19)

At approximately 2245hrs A10 with members Tom Leone and Dave Stewart responded to the City of Waltham for their 3rd Alarm Fire at Box 116, Fire Location 212-214 Adams Street. Companies on arrival had heavy fire showing from the rear and roof of a large 3 story wdfrm building that extended to a similar building on the D Exposure. Waltham apparatus quickly got on scene as they were 1 street over at an outside fire and were alerted by neighbors about the house fire.
While on scene crews distributed 6 gallons of coffee, 2 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water, 24 breakfast sandwiches, 20 hot dogs, and 2 packs of Rescue Wipes.

A10 returned to quarters in service at 0430hrs

Photos courtesy of Dave Stewart, Tom Leone and Matt Carter (Fire Photos)

Run #19-064 (5/7/19) At approximately 0130hrs Squad 10 and A10 with members Brian Kerins, Dave Stewart and Danny Paglia ...
06/03/2019

Run #19-064 (5/7/19)

At approximately 0130hrs Squad 10 and A10 with members Brian Kerins, Dave Stewart and Danny Paglia responded to the Town of Canton for their 2nd Alarm Fire at 8 Shepard Way. Companies on scene has heavy fire in the rear, cockloft and void space area in a irregular shaped 1 story ranch.

While on scene crews distributed 2 gallons of coffee, 2 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water, 1 box of miscellaneous snacks, 10 Cold Towels and 4 packs of Rescue Wipes.

Both units returned to quarters in service at 0530hrs.

Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins and Dave Stewart

Run #19-067 (5/11/19)At approximately 1500hrs A10 and A11 with members Paul Boudreau, Anthony Fowler, John Harris Chuck ...
06/03/2019

Run #19-067 (5/11/19)

At approximately 1500hrs A10 and A11 with members Paul Boudreau, Anthony Fowler, John Harris Chuck Gaskill and Brian Kerins responded to the Town of Needham for their 5th Alarm Plus at Box 732, Fire Location 94 Brookside Ave. Companies on scene had heavy fire conditions in a large 2.5 story wdfrm building with an attached garage that extended to the brush, woods and marshlands around the residence causing it to threaten surrounding residential structures.

While on scene crews distributed 9 cases of Gatorade, 8 cases of water, 60 cold towels, and 5 packs of Rescue Wipes.

All units returned to quarters in service at 2030hrs.

The Boston Sparks A10 Crew would also like to thank Cataldo Ambulance's Doug McCall who responded down with the Rehab "Tango" Trailer and assisted A10 personnel on the ground and brought added supplies.

Photos courtesy of Needham Chief Dennis Condon, Newton Fire, and Quincy Fire Local 792

Don't forget to make your reservations for the cookout! Leave a message with your name and number.
06/01/2019

Don't forget to make your reservations for the cookout! Leave a message with your name and number.

The 2019 June Boston Sparks Association Annual Cookout, Open House and BFD Apparatus Display will be June 7th from 5pm - 9 pm at 344 Congress Street. The meal this month will be prepared by the world-renowned 344 Grill Masters, Jim Nolan, Pat Dooley and Jim Flaherty. Price for the meal this month is the traditional Burgers and Hot Dogs which will be $12 per person. If you wish to make a reservation ( Call617-338-9700), please make it by Wednesday June 5th at 2100hrs so the meals can be purchased and prepared. Guests are welcome! Come check out some of the new Boston Fire apparatus on display and have a good time!

Don’t forget to wear your #RED Shirt!

Free Parking and Shuttle Service will be available starting at 1700hrs at the Shaugnessey and Ahern Lot at D and Cypher Streets.

"Our #debt to the #heroic men and #valiant women in the #service of our country can #never be #repaid. They have #earned...
05/27/2019

"Our #debt to the #heroic men and #valiant women in the #service of our country can #never be #repaid. They have #earned our #undying #gratitude. #America #will #never #forget #their #sacrifices." — Harry S. Truman

Abington Fire Department
05/26/2019

Abington Fire Department

Occasionally we have the question asked about why we sometimes wear red shirts, rather than our regular uniforms.
You may see members wearing red shirts on Fridays.
It’s known as “Red Shirt Fridays” and it stands for
“Remember Everyone Deployed” RED.
As we approach Memorial Day, we remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and continually keep those currently deployed, in our thoughts.

The 2019 June Boston Sparks Association Annual Cookout, Open House and BFD Apparatus Display will be June 7th from 5pm -...
05/21/2019

The 2019 June Boston Sparks Association Annual Cookout, Open House and BFD Apparatus Display will be June 7th from 5pm - 9 pm at 344 Congress Street. The meal this month will be prepared by the world-renowned 344 Grill Masters, Jim Nolan, Pat Dooley and Jim Flaherty. Price for the meal this month is the traditional Burgers and Hot Dogs which will be $12 per person. If you wish to make a reservation ( Call617-338-9700), please make it by Wednesday June 5th at 2100hrs so the meals can be purchased and prepared. Guests are welcome! Come check out some of the new Boston Fire apparatus on display and have a good time!

Don’t forget to wear your #RED Shirt!

Free Parking and Shuttle Service will be available starting at 1700hrs at the Shaugnessey and Ahern Lot at D and Cypher Streets.

Under 1 month away from the 2019 #AnnualBall! Have you bought your tickets yet? If not, be sure to buy them today at www...
05/17/2019

Under 1 month away from the 2019 #AnnualBall! Have you bought your tickets yet? If not, be sure to buy them today at www.bfdrelief.org and help #PutOutCancer in the Boston Fire Department #bostonfire #getyourticketstoday #AnnualBall #BFDRelief #AwardCeremony #bostonevents #sheratonbostonhotel

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05/17/2019

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05/10/2019

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Additional pictures of Chelsea courtesy of Paul Boudreau
05/05/2019

Additional pictures of Chelsea courtesy of Paul Boudreau

Run #19-063 (5/3/19)At approximately 1715hrs, A10, A11, and Squad 10 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Bill Hodges,...
05/05/2019

Run #19-063 (5/3/19)

At approximately 1715hrs, A10, A11, and Squad 10 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Bill Hodges, Dave Stewart and Christian Waterman responded to the City of Chelsea for their 3rd Alarm Fire at Box 124, Fire Location 48 Watts Street.

Companies on arrival had heavy fire from the rear of a 2 story wdfrm which extended to a 3 decker on the C Side (Highland Street) prompting a 2nd Alarm on arrival and minutes later a 3rd Alarm by Deputy Chief Masucci.

While on scene A10 assisted Cataldo Ambulance's Doug McCall and distributed 3 gallons of coffee, 4 cases of Gatorade, 5 cases of water, 60 cold towels, and 80lbs of ice.

All units returned to quarters in service at 2000hrs.

Photos courtesy of Dave Stewart and Tom Leone

Run #19-062 (4/27/19)At approximately 0430hrs A10, A11, and Squad 10 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Brian Kerins...
05/05/2019

Run #19-062 (4/27/19)

At approximately 0430hrs A10, A11, and Squad 10 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Brian Kerins, Kevin Sullivan and Dan Paglia responded to the City of Newton for their 3rd Alarm Fire at 99 Oxford Road.
Companies on scene had heavy fire conditions in a 2.5 story wdfrm building on all floors and basement.

While on scene A10 crews distributed 4 gallons of coffee, 3 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water, 2 boxes of miscellaneous snacks, 4 dozen donuts, 3 dozen cold towels and 2 packs of Rescue Wipes.

All units returned to quarters in service at 1045hrs.

Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins and Tom Leone

#Firefighters #Day
05/04/2019

#Firefighters #Day

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05/03/2019

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Boston Sparks Association
04/30/2019

Boston Sparks Association

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia a happy and healthy retirement! T...
04/30/2019
Newton Rescue 1 on Twitter

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia a happy and healthy retirement! Thank You for all you have done over the years!

Check out @Newtonrescue1’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Newtonrescue1/status/1122983716257697792?s=09

“The final ride home....... Chief Bruce Proia completed 41 years of service and hit the mandatory age for retirement. CONGRATULATIONS CHIEF!!!!!!!!! From ALL of us at Rescue 1... THANK YOU.....................”

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04/26/2019

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Run #19-060 (4/22/19)With the first half of day one of the work week over at about 12:30 the Newton Fire Department resp...
04/24/2019

Run #19-060 (4/22/19)

With the first half of day one of the work week over at about 12:30 the Newton Fire Department responded to Box 7246 transmitted for 250 Hammond Pond Parkway The Towers at Chestnut Hill building. Fire was reported in an apartment on the eighth floor of the south tower of this 12 story luxury apartment building with a north and a south tower.
Firefighters found a well involved kitchen fire in the eighth floor apartment with sprinklers operating and a heavy smoke condition spreading throughout the upper floors.
As firefighters gained entrance to the fire apartment and began the interior fire attack a second alarm was transmitted to bring additional resources to assist in the evacuation of the occupants located on the fire and upper floors that could be in harm’s way.
The building contained over 400 residential units in each of the two towers and many residents had to be assisted from their apartments by firefighters and brought down the stairs as the water from the hose lines and sprinklers leaked into the electrical control room and disrupted the elevators forcing a stairway decent for the residents many of whom are elderly and required the assistance of stair chairs to reach the lobby level were they would be sheltered in place.
During the course of this event approximately 800 people were affected and required relocation as the electrical systems of both towers were compromised and required that the buildings be evacuated.
The evacuation was an extremely difficult and manpower intensive operation, the members of the Newton Fire and Police Department with assistance from their mutual aid partners as well as Cataldo Ambulance the contracted EMS provider for Newton were forced to make hundreds of trips up to 12 floors using the stairs as the only means of egress for all of the residents in the south tower first and then the north tower as the electrical system for both were compromised forcing the closure of the north and south towers and relocating all of the residents.
The operation of assisting the residents to the safety of the lobby went on for seven hours and was both a manpower and logistical master piece performed by the jakes and the EMS personnel.
After the initial firefight and securing of the fire floor was completed, almost of all of the residents of the towers had to be brought back up to their apartments to get clothes, essentials and medications so that they could be relocated as many escaped with just the clothes they were wearing.
As the operation progressed additional resources arrived and began to assist, the City of Newton and Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, and the Red Cross had many volunteers on scene to assist with the relocation of the evacuees that did not have a relative or other means of housing for the evening.
The lobby was turned into a makeshift housing and relocation office with numerous tables and chairs set up by the building management team to allow the city and Red Cross to begin the coordination of housing and transportation of the residents.
Hundreds of residents some with walkers and wheelchairs for mobility, firefighters, police officers, EMS and Red Cross workers crowded the lobby area for several hours as the logistics of bringing in relatives, shuttle busses and other forms of transportation to relocate the residents to hotels and other places to stay for the nigh went on for hours.
Early on A-10 was dispatched to the fire on the second alarm with crew members Tom Leone and Paul Boudreau to assist and provide rehab for the members operating at the fire and evacuation. As this went on for several hours and most of the Newton companies had not had lunch we secured pizzas which we had to hold off on serving until about 17:00 as all of the firefighters were heavily engaged in the evacuation process.
We worked in conjunction with Cataldo and provided 20 cases of Gatorade, 50 cases of water, thirty boxes of various snacks, 30 pizzas, 6 gallons of coffee as well as towels, socks and blankets to assist the residents as well as the firefighters.
This was a well-coordinated operation with excellent command structure and cooperation among the many agencies that responded. Thankfully there was only a few minor injuries despite the movement of about 800 residents in a chaotic environment.
A-10 returned to quarters at 20:30 hours after about seven hours on scene.

Photos courtesy of Paul Boudreau and Tom Leone

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