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Run #20-019 (2/20/20)At approximately 2000hrs A10 with members Tom Leone, John Harris, Mike Salvi, and Rob Mcdougall res...
02/21/2020

Run #20-019 (2/20/20)

At approximately 2000hrs A10 with members Tom Leone, John Harris, Mike Salvi, and Rob Mcdougall responded to Boston's 2nd Alarm at Box 3781, Fire Location 42 Neponset Ave in the Hyde Park section of the city.

Companies on scene had heavy fire showing on Floor 1 which prompted a 2nd Alarm on arrival by Ladder 28.

While on scene crews distributed 2 gallons of hot coffee, 2 gallons of hot chocolate, 2 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of Water, 1 box of miscellaneous snacks, 10 dozen winter gloves, 2 packs of Rescue Wipes, 5 dozen packs of Hand Warmers and 50 lbs of Rock Salt.

A10 returned to quarters in service at 2345hrs

Photos courtesy of Tom Leone, Rob Mcdougall and Boston Fire PIO Brian Alkins

This is to support FF Brett Burkinshaw, Newburyport Fire, Local 827. If you don't know he is a Merrimac, MA Resident.Bre...
02/16/2020

This is to support FF Brett Burkinshaw, Newburyport Fire, Local 827.

If you don't know he is a Merrimac, MA Resident.
Brett is a loving husband and dad too. He is fighting ocupational-cancer.

This is a fundraiser to help him and his family.
Hoodies are 50.00 T-shirts are 25.00
Please place your orders with Ken Parseghian of Newburyport Fire. (978) 979-0328

*** Also if you could please SHARE this information with everyone else. Thank you all!!!

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02/14/2020

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The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate member Mike (P2) Wyatt on his retirement this evening from the ...
02/09/2020

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate member Mike (P2) Wyatt on his retirement this evening from the Somerville Police Department after 32 years of dedicated service to the citizens of the City of Somerville

Mikey we want to wish you a happy and healthy retirement and hope you can enjoy it!

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02/07/2020

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02/05/2020

A10 and A11 are currently operating at the 4th Alarm in Boston at Box 7423, Fire Location 407 East 7th Street.

Squad 10 is covering the response area

The Boston Sparks Association wishes to express sincerest condolences to BSA member and Newton Fire Captain Mark Roche a...
02/05/2020

The Boston Sparks Association wishes to express sincerest condolences to BSA member and Newton Fire Captain Mark Roche and his family on the passing of his mother.
ROCHE, Dalia M. (Capasso) On January 22, 2020 at age 89. She was born in East Boston to Italian immigrants Vincenzo and Lugina Capasso in 1930. They relocated to West Newton during the 1940's, where she met her husband of 49 years, John, who predeceased her in August 2000. She leaves her four children: John of Newton, Sharon of Newton, Mark (Carol) of Sherborn and Leigh (Nick) Butera of Newton. Her five loving grandchildren: Brittany (Jeff), Colella of Natick, Brad Butera of Newton, Brooke (Stephen) Nicolazzo of Waltham, Brianne Butera of Newton and four cherished great-grandchildren. Her siblings Rose Doucette of Natick, Jean (Frank) Micciantuono of Newton, and the late Donato Capasso of Newton, as well as nine nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass in celebration of her life was held at St. Bernard Church, 1523 Washington St., West Newton (Rt.16) on Saturday, January 25 at 10:00 am. Burial Newton Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be sent to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org

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02/05/2020

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STOP CANCER AT THE DOOR, FIREFIGHTERS!
TAKE THESE KEY STEPS BEFORE LEAVING THE FIRE GROUND
Today, is World Cancer Day. Did you know that since 2002, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has attributed more than 60% of firefighter line of duty deaths (LODDs) to cancer -- which is more than any cause. This sad statistic underscores why firefighters need to be very proactive in taking steps to help reduce their exposure to fire service-related carcinogens.

So, if you're not already doing so, start protecting yourself from the dangers potential cancer threats -- including making you always do fire ground onsite decon. FYI: By performing a wet-soap decon immediately after fighting a fire, firefighters can decrease their risk of carcinogen contamination by 85%*.

To download this sheet and other 'Not In Our House' firefighter cancer awareness materials and best practices, visit https://www.lionprotects.com/not-in-our-house-resources.

#WorldCancerDay #NotInOurHouse #firefighterhealth #cancerawareness

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*Using Gloves to Doff Firefighter Gear: Overkill or a Necessary SOP? Fire Chief, March 21, 2018

The Boston Sparks Association wishes to express sincerest condolences to BSA member and Newton Fire Lieutenant Jay Bourg...
02/05/2020

The Boston Sparks Association wishes to express sincerest condolences to BSA member and Newton Fire Lieutenant Jay Bourgeois on the passing of his father John Bourgeois.
Arrangements as follows:

It is with regret to report the death of
JOHN "Jack" BOURGEOIS
Father of Lt. John "Jay" Bourgeois (H-2)

Jack died on February 2, 2020 at age 84

He served our country in the U.S. Army
during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis

VISITATION:
Christ The King Church
3 Jobs Fishing Rd, Mashpee
Thursday (2-6-20) from 10-11 AM

FOLLOWED BY A FUNERAL MASS:
Christ The King Church @ 11 am

(Take Rt.28 to Rt.151 to Jobs Fishing Rd)

BURIAL:
Massachusetts National Cemetery
Bourne @ 12:30 pm

DONATIONS:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
www.stjude.org

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Congratulations to our very own Michael Salvi on his lifesaving award!
02/01/2020

Congratulations to our very own Michael Salvi on his lifesaving award!

Congratulations to the members of the Canton Fire Department and to our very own Dispatcher Michael Salvi who were recipients of lifesaving awards at tonight’s ceremony in Canton. Congrats to all!!

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate our friend and Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan on his retirement...
01/31/2020

The Boston Sparks Association would like to congratulate our friend and Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan on his retirement after serving the citizens of the City of Quincy for the past 34 years!

Chief we wish you the best and hope you can enjoy your retirement!

Congratulations to Quincy Fire Chief Jack Cadegan who retires at the end of the day today after 34 years with the Quincy Fire Department. Chief Cadegan is the ultimate professional who worked his way up the ranks after many years as a private up on Ladder 2 in wollaston. His strong advocacy for safety and training was always appreciated by the membership. We thank him for not only making sure the City and it’s citizens were always protected—but for making sure the safety of his men was important and that we always made it home.

Thanks for your service Chief. You will be missed. We hope you have a long, happy, and healthy retirement.

Don't forget to call in you're reservations today!
01/30/2020

Don't forget to call in you're reservations today!

FEBRUARY DINNER & BUSINESS MEETING
MONDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 7 P.M. & 8 P.M.
The meal this month will be prepared by Friday Night Chef Chuck Gaskill, & his apprentice Brian Kerins , Rolls w/Butter-Tossed Salad – Chicken Parm – Meatballs and Pasta – Coffee w/Desert.
Price for the meal will be $15 per person. If you wish to make a reservation, please make it by Thursday January 30th at 2000 so the meals can be ordered and prepared.
Guests are welcome! Free parking and shuttle service will be available after 1700hrs at the Shaughnessy and Ahern Lot at D & Cypher Streets or discounted parking($6) will be available after 1700hrs at the Farnsworth Street Garage. See Steve Corbett or Bill Hodges for ticket.
Guest Speaker:
This month Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn will be in to give an update on what is going on in the Department and a preview of what is to come in the BFD!!

Run #20-009 (1/27/20)At approximately 1700hrs, A10 with members Anthony Fowler and Brian Kerins responded to the Town of...
01/29/2020

Run #20-009 (1/27/20)

At approximately 1700hrs, A10 with members Anthony Fowler and Brian Kerins responded to the Town of Weymouth for their Working Fire at Box 1001, Fire Location 324 Commercial Street in the Weymouth Landing section of town.

First due companies on arrival had heavy smoke/fire conditions and dead hydrants in the area which prompted the Working Fire.

Due to the structural integrity of the building companies were forced to do Defensive Operations.

As the incident progressed, A10 members Billy Hodges and John Harris responded into the fire to assist members on scene.

While on scene, A10 crews distributed 2 gallons of coffee, 2 gallons of hot chocolate, 3 cases of Gatorade, 4 cases of Water, 12 Pizzas, 12 Rehab Towels, 3 packs of Rescue Wipes, 20 pairs of Hand Warmers, and 15 pairs of winter gloves.

A10 returned to quarters in service at 2330hrs.

Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins and Billy Hodges

Run #20-008 (1/25/20)Early on Saturday morning Hingham Police requested the services of A-10 to support the law enforcem...
01/29/2020

Run #20-008 (1/25/20)

Early on Saturday morning Hingham Police requested the services of A-10 to support the law enforcement resources with rehab during a barricaded subject event that had been ongoing since about 06:30 hours in the Hingham Shipyard area residences. Many of the adjacent buildings were evacuated and tenants removed to a safe area.

A-10 with members Tom Leone, and Paul Boudreau responded from our Congress Street quarters about 09:00 hours.

Upon arrival at the scene we coordinated the set up and rehab area location with Hingham PD Chief Olson and Mike Antione retired Hingham FD. We were met on scene by member Mike Wyatt who responded to the scene with A-11.

While on scene for about four hours we were able to provide support to the many LEO agencies operating at this tense incident. It ended safely at about 13:00 with the suspect surrendering and being taken into custody.

We provided 80 cheeseburgers, 7 pizzas, 5 cases of Gatorade, 5 cases of water, 6 gallons of coffee, numerous snacks, a carton of hand warmers and several towels to the members operating at the scene.

A-10 returned to quarters by 15:00 for restocking to get ready for the next response.

Run #20-007 (1/24/20)Shortly after 11:00 on Friday Watertown firefighters responded to Box 438 for a reported fire at 62...
01/29/2020

Run #20-007 (1/24/20)

Shortly after 11:00 on Friday Watertown firefighters responded to Box 438 for a reported fire at 62 Robert Ford Road in the housing projects. Upon arrival companies were met with a heavy fire condition in a 2 ½ story wood framed occupied residential project type building, U shaped with each wing approximately 40’ long and the center section about 75’ feet. The heavy fire extended from floor one up the side and over the roof in the right hand corner of the U shape. Due to the heavy fire conditions a working fire and then second alarm were sounded to bring in additional assistance to help the Watertown companies.
The fire gained in intensity and went thru the interior of the roof burning furiously. A third alarm was soon struck.
Watertown Tower 1 had a good shot and placed the apparatus in the throat of the U and went to work on the now fully involved roof portion and started flowing water. Boston Ladder 11 the third alarm truck was able to access the exposure 3 side of the building by going through the driveway and yard of a neighboring house and extending their stick to roof.
The fight was on and A-10 responded with member Paul Boudreau to assist with Rehab operations. Member Christian Waterman and Dave Florin met A-10 on scene and a rehab area was set up at rear of Watertown Tower 1 in the exposure 1 side of the building.
Firefighters made a great stop and contained the fire and prevented it from spreading past the two units involved.
While on scene A-10 provided 20 pizzas, 4 cases of Gatorade, 4 cases of water, 3 gallons of coffee as well as numerous snacks, Rescue wipes and 25 towels. A-10 returned to quarters by 15:00 and restocked for the next run.

FEBRUARY DINNER & BUSINESS MEETINGMONDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 7 P.M. & 8 P.M.The meal this month will be prepared by Frida...
01/28/2020

FEBRUARY DINNER & BUSINESS MEETING
MONDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 7 P.M. & 8 P.M.
The meal this month will be prepared by Friday Night Chef Chuck Gaskill, & his apprentice Brian Kerins , Rolls w/Butter-Tossed Salad – Chicken Parm – Meatballs and Pasta – Coffee w/Desert.
Price for the meal will be $15 per person. If you wish to make a reservation, please make it by Thursday January 30th at 2000 so the meals can be ordered and prepared.
Guests are welcome! Free parking and shuttle service will be available after 1700hrs at the Shaughnessy and Ahern Lot at D & Cypher Streets or discounted parking($6) will be available after 1700hrs at the Farnsworth Street Garage. See Steve Corbett or Bill Hodges for ticket.
Guest Speaker:
This month Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn will be in to give an update on what is going on in the Department and a preview of what is to come in the BFD!!

A-10 on location at the working fire in Weymouth, fire location 324 Commercial Street. Rehab operations underway, compan...
01/28/2020

A-10 on location at the working fire in Weymouth, fire location 324 Commercial Street. Rehab operations underway, companies will be tied up on scene for an extended period of time.

01/27/2020

A message from President Paul Boudreau:

We just learned of the passing of member Joe Eldridge of Ashburnham back on September 11, 2019 from his family who stopped in the club on Sunday.

Joe was a very active member of the association up until his illness kept him from traveling to Boston to volunteer at the BSA and at the Cassin Young battleship in Charlestown.

Joe was a dear friend to many and he will be sorely missed, RIP Joe, and Godspeed!



Obituary

Joseph P. Eldridge, 90, of Ashburnham and formerly of Newton, died on September 11, 2019, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner. He was most recently a resident at Heywood Wakefield Commons Assisted Living and Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Joe was born in Boston on January 1, 1929, a son of the late Albert and Agnes (Carr) Eldridge. Over the course of his working life, he was a shipyard worker, a machinist for Jarrell Ash Company, a construction laborer for JF White Contracting, a professional photographer, and a carpenter at Wellesley Corporation and Bentley University before retiring in 2004 at the age of seventy-five.

Besides his employment, Joe was a Captain in the Cambridge Auxiliary Fire Department, volunteered at the Boston Fire Museum and helped to restore the USS Cassin Young, a destroyer anchored in Boston Harbor. Joe had many hobbies and kept active throughout his life. He skied until age eighty-six at Wachusett Mountain, owned a sailboat, was a member of the Boston Sparks and the Fifth Massachusetts Battery, a Civil War re-enactment group. He loved to travel, hunt, and fish; cheer on Patriot, Texas A&M, Cal, and Auburn football; and spend time with his beloved family and cherished friends.

Joe leaves his daughter, Rosemarie Eldridge Meissner, and her husband, Walt Meissner, of Ashburnham; two granddaughters and one great granddaughter, Rebecca (Meissner) Carr, her husband, John, and their daughter, Katherine, of Nevada City, California; and Erica Meissner of Alexandria, Virginia. He also leaves a sister, Barbara Wingo, of Florida and many nieces and nephews. Joe is predeceased by his wife, Josephine (Szylkonis); his brothers, Albert, William, and Leonard; and his stepmother, Anne.

We will miss our father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and brother for his love and kindness.

TO: Boston Sparks MembershipFROM: Peter G. Sturgis SecretaryI regret to announce the untimely passing of former BSA memb...
01/15/2020

TO: Boston Sparks Membership
FROM: Peter G. Sturgis Secretary

I regret to announce the untimely passing of former BSA member William F. Callahan. Bill was an active member and enjoyed the many friendships he developed with our fellow members.

The following are the arrangements:

Cartwright Funeral Homes: Obituaries

CALLAHAN, William F. “Bill”, Jr., of Braintree, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, he was 59 years old. Born and raised in Waltham, Bill was a graduate of Waltham High School, Class of 1978. Bill was a man of many jobs throughout his life, from Star Market to Smart Routes, and most recently he worked at South Middle School in Braintree as a custodian, or an “Environmental Engineer,” as he would call it! Bill will be sorely missed by everyone, from family to friends and neighbors. Bill was the husband of Susan (Braudis) Callahan, and they were about to celebrate their 30 year anniversary with a trip to Rome this fall. The light of Bill's life were his two daughters, Kathleen Marie Henry and her husband Matt of Hagerstown, MD, and Meaghan Elizabeth Callahan and her loving companion Charlie Yon of Medway. Bill was the dear son of Zita (MacGillivray) and the late William Callahan Sr. of Waltham. Bill was the devoted brother of Maryjane Callahan of North Chelmsford, Dan and Tricia Callahan of Boxborough, Noreen and Dan D’Amico of Wayland, and Shawn Callahan of Dublin, Ireland. Bill was the son-in-law to Paul Braudis and the late MaryLou Braudis of Dorchester, and Godfather to Timothy Callahan of Boxborough. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, January 19th from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the Cartwright – Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 20th, at 10:00 AM in St Clare’s Church, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Miracle League of Massachusetts, PO Box 524, Acton, MA 01720. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.

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What would we do without you? ♥️🚒
HEROES ♥️ God Bless You All ✝️
It was great getting to meet some of your staff today at the museum. Thanks for all that you do for the jakes of Boston and the surrounding areas. ,👍
Thank you for the shirts and the little Firetruck for myself and my son today. I will be back again for a little more of look around.
Thank you to all your members who made the trip up to Portland, Maine on Sunday for the service for Captain Barnes. I was kinda of shocked when I was told that both A10 & A11 were in attendance. It was my pleasure in making sure that your supplies stored inside made it to your dedicated members working the posts on the street. Thanks again for all you do for the public safety family !!
It was great to hear Mike Gerry interviewed on WBUR about the fire alarm boxes in Boston. Great PR for the Club.
From Fire Engineering magazine November 1940.
Do you have a regional disaster response plan? If so, could you share it with other rehab groups that should probably develop one?