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Don't forget today is the last day to make reservations! Just a friendly reminder to make your meal RSVP asap for this F...
09/14/2021

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

Just a friendly reminder to make your meal RSVP asap for this Friday's in person meeting at Florian Hall.
As with all meetings, you can skip the dinner portion and attend the General Member meeting at 20:00.

This is an in-person meeting at Florian Hall.
During this meeting, we will also be honoring the loss of our BSA brothers Pete McGonnell and Kevin Sullivan.

If you are attending the meal portion starting at 19:00 you need to RSVP by 2000hrs Tuesday the 14th . Call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing.
We need this asap for food and setting preparation.

Good Day All,

Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900hrs Friday September 17th at Florian Hall!

This month the meal will be catered by Raso’s Grille of Medford, Chicken Ziti and Broccoli and Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Ziti with a Garden Salad and Assorted Desserts. Reservations need to be placed no later than Tuesday September 14th at 2000hrs as we need to give the new caterer plenty of notice to get everything prepared.

Cost of the meal will be $30 per person. The Florian Cash Bar will also be open for the evening. Any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Chairman Anthony Fowler

To make a reservation please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing. BSA Members if you did answer yes to the survey sent out a few weeks ago please call in your reservation as the survey does not track names.

For the September meeting, PFFM President Rich MacKinnon and a Special Guest to be named at a later date will be in to go over what is going on with the PFFM/IAFF and answer any questions members may have. Stay tuned for more details!!

Respectfully,

Brian Kerins
Vice President

09/12/2021Run # 123City of BostonAll Companies Working Box 1715At approximately 07:00hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box ...
09/12/2021

09/12/2021
Run # 123
City of Boston
All Companies Working
Box 1715

At approximately 07:00hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 1715 for a reported structure located at 66 Norfolk Ave. in the Roxbury section of the City.

Arriving companies reported smoke showing from a large one story commercial building. Fire was in a large trash transfer station. 2 additional pumps were ordered to the scene.
Nothing 3 blitz guns, a ladder pipe and Tower can’t handle.

A10 with members Holstrom and Leone responded to the fire.
Always a pleasure working with Boston Rehab Unit W-25.

Items dispensed:
Gatorade
Water
Coffee
Cold/wet towels
Breakfast sandwiches.

A-10 returned at 09:00. hrs.

9/11/2021Special Details Early am, Squad 10 providing a Rehab aid station for the Charity Runners training for the Bosto...
09/12/2021

9/11/2021
Special Details

Early am, Squad 10 providing a Rehab aid station for the Charity Runners training for the Boston Marathon in Newton.

Units A10, Squad 10 and A11 with members Miller, McSheehy, Buckley, Holstrum, Hassan, Duwanni and Leone participating in the 9/11 Ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House sponsored by the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts(PFFM) honoring those we lost on September 11, 2001 and the Members of Massachusetts Fire Community we lost over the years.

A beautiful day. A beautiful ceremony.

Remembering 9/11Author: UnknownAs the soot and dirt and ash rained down,We became one color.As we carried each other dow...
09/11/2021

Remembering 9/11
Author: Unknown
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hoping,
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno,
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss,
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss,
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride the sacrifice of heroes,
We become one people.

To make reservations please call  617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guest...
09/11/2021

To make reservations please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing.

BSA Members if you checked off yes on the email survey set out please call in your reservations also.

Last day for reservations are Tuesday 8/14/21 at 2000hrs

Good Day All,

Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900hrs Friday September 17th at Florian Hall!

This month the meal will be catered by Raso’s Grille of Medford, Chicken Ziti and Broccoli and Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Ziti with a Garden Salad and Assorted Desserts. Reservations need to be placed no later than Tuesday September 14th at 2000hrs as we need to give the new caterer plenty of notice to get everything prepared.

Cost of the meal will be $30 per person. The Florian Cash Bar will also be open for the evening. Any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Chairman Anthony Fowler

To make a reservation please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing. BSA Members if you did answer yes to the survey sent out a few weeks ago please call in your reservation as the survey does not track names.

For the September meeting, PFFM President Rich MacKinnon and a Special Guest to be named at a later date will be in to go over what is going on with the PFFM/IAFF and answer any questions members may have. Stay tuned for more details!!

Respectfully,

Brian Kerins
Vice President

Don't forget to make your reservations!
09/08/2021

Don't forget to make your reservations!

Good Day All,

Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900hrs Friday September 17th at Florian Hall!

This month the meal will be catered by Raso’s Grille of Medford, Chicken Ziti and Broccoli and Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Ziti with a Garden Salad and Assorted Desserts. Reservations need to be placed no later than Tuesday September 14th at 2000hrs as we need to give the new caterer plenty of notice to get everything prepared.

Cost of the meal will be $30 per person. The Florian Cash Bar will also be open for the evening. Any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Chairman Anthony Fowler

To make a reservation please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing. BSA Members if you did answer yes to the survey sent out a few weeks ago please call in your reservation as the survey does not track names.

For the September meeting, PFFM President Rich MacKinnon and a Special Guest to be named at a later date will be in to go over what is going on with the PFFM/IAFF and answer any questions members may have. Stay tuned for more details!!

Respectfully,

Brian Kerins
Vice President

The members of the Boston Sparks Association A-10 are humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award and great fu...
09/07/2021

The members of the Boston Sparks Association A-10 are humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award and great full to the Irish American Police Officers Association of Massachusetts for their consideration of our efforts to support the public safety community

The members of the Boston Sparks Association A-10 are humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award and great full to the Irish American Police Officers Association of Massachusetts for their consideration of our efforts to support the public safety community

Run 21-121
09/07/2021

Run 21-121

09/06/2021Run # 120City of BostonBox 3-5485At approximately 00:30 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 5485 for a reported...
09/06/2021

09/06/2021

Run # 120
City of Boston
Box 3-5485

At approximately 00:30 hrs., Boston Fire Alarm struck Box 5485 for a reported structure fire located at 32 Perthshire Road, in the Brighton section of the City.
Arriving companies were met by heavy fire showing and occupants on the roof. A second alarm was immediately ordered, followed by a third. Companies immediately started rescue operations.

A10 and A11 responded to blaze with members Boudreau, Stewart and Leone.

Items provided:
Pre-chilled Gatorade
Pre-chilled Water
Cold/ wet towels
Squencher freeze pops
Decontamination wipes
Coffee
Snacks
Breakfast sandwiches
Scene lighting

Blankets, socks and hot chocolate were also provided for the displaced residents.

9 occupants displaced
1 occupant fatality
1 injured firefighter transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Units returned at 06:00 hrs.

A10 and A11 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone and Dave Stewart are currently operating in Boston at a 3rd Alarm on P...
09/06/2021

A10 and A11 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone and Dave Stewart are currently operating in Boston at a 3rd Alarm on Perthshire Rd in the Brighton section of the city. Box 5485

A10 and A11 with members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone and Dave Stewart are currently operating in Boston at a 3rd Alarm on Perthshire Rd in the Brighton section of the city. Box 5485

09/05/201Run# 119City of Winthrop 2nd AlarmAt approximately 14:00 hrs. the City of Winthrop Fire transmitted a 2nd alarm...
09/05/2021

09/05/201
Run# 119
City of Winthrop
2nd Alarm

At approximately 14:00 hrs. the City of Winthrop Fire transmitted a 2nd alarm for a fire in a large 2 1/2 story dwelling . Fire location 10 Vine Avenue. A10 & A11 responded with members Hassan and Leone and were met on seen with member Spitz.

Winthrop was assisted on scene by companies from Chelsea, Revere,Massport and Action Ambulance Service Inc.

Items served:
Pre-chilled Gatorade
Pre-chilled Water
Cold/wet towels
Snacks

Units returned at 16:30 hrs.

09/04/2021Run # 118City of Woburn Box 28 WFAt approximately 20:30 hrs. A 10 with members Hassan and Watson, responded to...
09/05/2021

09/04/2021

Run # 118
City of Woburn
Box 28 WF

At approximately 20:30 hrs. A 10 with members Hassan and Watson, responded to the City of Woburn for their working fire. Fire location was 1030 Main Street. Fire originated in kitchen and extended.

Items served:
Gatorade
Water
Snacks

Members returned at 22:30 hrs.

Photo credits: Kenny Robishaw and Mike Watson.

Good Day All,         Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900...
09/05/2021

Good Day All,

Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900hrs Friday September 17th at Florian Hall!

This month the meal will be catered by Raso’s Grille of Medford, Chicken Ziti and Broccoli and Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Ziti with a Garden Salad and Assorted Desserts. Reservations need to be placed no later than Tuesday September 14th at 2000hrs as we need to give the new caterer plenty of notice to get everything prepared.

Cost of the meal will be $30 per person. The Florian Cash Bar will also be open for the evening. Any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Chairman Anthony Fowler

To make a reservation please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing. BSA Members if you did answer yes to the survey sent out a few weeks ago please call in your reservation as the survey does not track names.

For the September meeting, PFFM President Rich MacKinnon and a Special Guest to be named at a later date will be in to go over what is going on with the PFFM/IAFF and answer any questions members may have. Stay tuned for more details!!

Respectfully,

Brian Kerins
Vice President

Good Day All,

Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce our first in person meeting will be 1900hrs Friday September 17th at Florian Hall!

This month the meal will be catered by Raso’s Grille of Medford, Chicken Ziti and Broccoli and Chicken Parm, Meatballs and Ziti with a Garden Salad and Assorted Desserts. Reservations need to be placed no later than Tuesday September 14th at 2000hrs as we need to give the new caterer plenty of notice to get everything prepared.

Cost of the meal will be $30 per person. The Florian Cash Bar will also be open for the evening. Any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or Chairman Anthony Fowler

To make a reservation please call 617-338-9700 and leave a voicemail with your Name, Telephone Number and How Many Guests You Will Be Bringing. BSA Members if you did answer yes to the survey sent out a few weeks ago please call in your reservation as the survey does not track names.

For the September meeting, PFFM President Rich MacKinnon and a Special Guest to be named at a later date will be in to go over what is going on with the PFFM/IAFF and answer any questions members may have. Stay tuned for more details!!

Respectfully,

Brian Kerins
Vice President

08/30/2021Run # 117Watertown Box 2-113At approximately 22:30 hrs., A10 responded to the City of Watertown for their 2nd ...
08/31/2021

08/30/2021
Run # 117
Watertown
Box 2-113

At approximately 22:30 hrs., A10 responded to the City of Watertown for their 2nd Alarm fire in a taxpayer located at 2 Watertown Street.

Members Watson, Holstrum and Leone responded to the call with member Kerins providing coverage from quarters.

Items served:
Pre-chilled Gatorade
Pre-chilled Water
Cold/ wet towels
Snacks
Coffee
Scene lighting also provided.
A10 returned at 01:30 hrs.

08/28/2021Boston- Hazmat & 3rd AlarmWinthrop- Working FireRevere- Tech Water Rescue Medford- 3rd Alarm Brighton- Special...
08/28/2021

08/28/2021

Boston- Hazmat & 3rd Alarm
Winthrop- Working Fire
Revere- Tech Water Rescue
Medford- 3rd Alarm
Brighton- Special Detail

As the Boston area entered into another official heat wave of the summer season with extremely high temperatures and oppressive humidity, the rehab crews of the BSA A-10 had a couple of busy days taking care of the troops in our response area.
On Thursday evening about 18:20 hours Boston Fire Alarm transmitted a Level 3 Haz-Mat for the address of 239 Sumner Street in the East Boston section of the city. This address is familiar to all as the Fire House for Boston Engine 9 and Ladder 2. A very large multi-bay station with 3 levels, one being below grade to the rear which houses spare and reserve Boston Fire Department apparatus and assets received. The members in house received an alarm activation for high levels of hydrogen cyanide prompting the evacuation of quarters and summoning the level 3 response.
The Haz-Mat teams on scene in quick time discovered the problem to be with a battery charging system on one of the spare apparatus. Operations to vent and clear the building were initiated and crews went to work.
Due to the extremely high temperature of 95 degrees and heat index hovering at 100, A-10 with crew members Tom Leone and Mike Watson responded and rendered rehab and hydration to members operating on scene.
While on scene ice cold Gatorade and water along with many cold towels were distributed to jakes operating on scene. A-10 returned to quarters by 21:00.
Shortly after 21:20 the town of Winthrop transmitted Box 23 for the address of 10 Wave Way for a house fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a fire in the walls of a three decker. Crews ran two lines to attack the fire and a working fire was ordered.
A-10 with crew member Tom Leone responded from our quarters in the Fort Point neighborhood through the Ted Williams tunnel and was on scene in minutes to provide rehab to the members operating. Member Justin Holstrom responded in with A-11 to offer assistance on the scene. Again the order of the day was ice cold Gatorade, water and cold towels to hydrate and cool the guys and gals operating on this quickly knocked down fire.
As the A-10 and A-11 crews were making up from the job in Winthrop, the adjoining City of Revere Fire Department received a report of a vessel in trouble in the waters off the shore of the Beachmont section of Revere Beach. Box 42 was transmitted and members of RFD responded with several pieces of marine equipment to the beach at the Eliot Circle rotary. Under the command of Deputy Chief Glen Rich members immediately deployed the RFD marine units 1 and 2 to begin the search for the vessel in distress. In addition Deputy Rich summoned assistance from the MASSPORT Fire Department at Logan Airport to dispatch their marine unit to assist in the search. Reports from the Coast Guard indicated that they received an emergency beacon in the area of Revere about 1.5 miles from shore. Deputy Rich coordinated the search efforts among the units from a vantage point on Mermaid Ave which afforded him a full view of the water area in which the search was being conducted.
As the A-10 and A-11 crews cleared the fire in Winthrop, as they were about 4 minutes away from the Revere scene and they were directed to respond to Eliot Circle for rehab and to support the RFD in any way possible.
When our crews arrived on scene they deployed coolers for the RFD and Cataldo EMS crews and provided our portable lights to illuminate the darkness on the beach where the marine assets were launched.
After an over an hour of conducting an extensive searching with the multiple vessels and using the MASSPORT Maine Units Radar nothing was found in the area and the emergency beacon signal stopped.
All units were cleared from the scene by 00:20 hours. A-10 and A-11 returned to quarters for restocking and cleanup.
As we rolled into Friday morning the temperature at 09:00 hours was already a7 88 degrees and the high humidity was still there. About 09:05 Boston Fire Alarm transmitted Box 3524 located at Calendar and Lucerne Streets for the address of 69 Floyd Street in the Dorchester section of Boston and they announced they were receiving calls!
Floyd Street is a heavily populated residential street with many large multiple family typical Boston type 2-1/2 and 3 story residences situated closely together. This street is located diagonally across Blue Hill from the quarters of Engine 52, Ladder 29 and Rescue 2 and companies were out the door and on scene in less than 2 minutes.
Rescue 2 reported heavy fire showing and ordered the second alarm on arrival as they had very heavy showing from the second floor and attic of large 2-1/2 story wood frame dwelling with a severe exposure problem on the D side.
A deck gun was quickly put into operation to protect the Delta exposure and companies went to work conducting primaries, laddering the building and advancing hand lines in to the heavily involved structure. With heavy fire conditions and the high heat, numerous additional member resources were needed and Deputy Chief Mike Doherty C-7 ordered the third alarm transmitted.
A-10 with crew member Paul Boudreau immediately responded and was met on scene by member Brian Kerins and followed by member Ed Hassan in A-11 for additional resources and support.
The heat and humidity conditions during this fire resulted in a heat index of 101 and rehab efforts were underway to hydrate and provide some relief for the crews.
During this fire we provided 14 cases of cold water, 12 cases of Gatorade, 200 cold towels and we used 200 lbs. of ice to support these efforts. Working in conjunction with BFD W25 and FF Bobby B. along with Boston EMS we set up two rehab stations and served and protected the members operating on this very hot day.
The crews of A-10 returned to quarters at 12:30 for restocking and cleanup.
After a relatively quiet afternoon and evening we felt the heat conditions dissipating and it started to cool down. Then at about 02:30 hours the City of Medford Emergency Communications Center received a call for water coming through the second floor ceiling of 72 Newbern Ave. a three story multiunit condo building located on the city line near the Ball Square section of Somerville. A subsequent call indicated a fire in the building and Box 27 was transmitted for this location. Arriving companies were confronted with fire through the roof of a three story 100’ x 75’ nearly fully occupied dwelling.
Medford incident commander C2 Deputy Young transmitted the second alarm and the fight was on to keep this heavy fire condition from taking the entire third floor. As mutual Aid companies arrived and began assisting the Medford jakes this incident required more assistance and manpower and the third alarm was transmitted. Due to the great METROFIRE Mutual Aid System, Medford was assisted on scene by Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Malden, Everett and Chelsea firefighters. A very aggressive interior attack was underway and companies made an excellent stop of this fire which initiated in an unoccupied unit on the third floor and spread rapidly into the cockloft. The members were further hampered by Colliers Mansion conditions of clutter in the fire unit as well as fully occupied units further in the building. Due to the efforts of the firefighters there were no reported injuries but about 20 people were displaced by this fire and assisted by the Red Cross.
A-10 with Tom Leone and A-11 with Paul Boudreau responded and were met on scene by member Brian Kerins to provide rehab for the crews operating. While on scene we provided cold water, Gatorade, cold towels, snacks and 3 gallons of coffee, we were fortunate that the heat wave had broken and temperatures were now at 68 degrees.
Our units returned to quarters by 06:30 hours for restocking and cleanup.
And as Saturday dawned our work was not done yet. We readied A-10 for the weekly trip to Brighton to support the volunteer runners of the Last Call Foundation who run in support of this great charity, A-10 rolled out the door at 07:30 hours again with member Tom Leone (who had no sleep!), Neal Miller, Matt Buckley and Duwaani Nelson to support the runners during their Boston Marathon training session today.
All in a days work for the very dedicated, hard working members of The Boston Sparks A-10 Rehab Unit!

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