Department under fire

A number of high profile incidents in recent years have made the Boston Fire Department the target of criticism. Read more about the details below.

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FIREFIGHTER DISABILITY

Despite claiming he is 'permanently disabled,' former firefighter Albert Arroyo is a bodybuilder. Despite claiming he is "permanently disabled," former firefighter Albert Arroyo is a bodybuilder.

Fire Department clerk to change plea

A Boston Fire Department employee accused of perjury and obstruction of justice in a federal pension fraud investigation now plans to plead guilty, court documents show. (Boston Globe)
THE DEVELOPMENTS

A grease fire at the Tai Ho

More than 100 firefighters responded to a fire at a West Roxbury restaurant Aug. 29, 2007. A 3-ton air-conditioning unit partially crashed through the roof. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe) More than 100 firefighters responded to a fire at a West Roxbury restaurant Aug. 29, 2007. A 3-ton air-conditioning unit partially crashed through the roof.

Federal report criticizes
BFD in fatal 2007 fire

A federal agency has criticized the Boston Fire Department in a report on the restaurant fire in West Roxbury in which two firefighters died. (Boston Globe, 10/11/09)

2 firefighters die, 12 others hurt

Two firefighters were killed as flames rushed through a restaurant in West Roxbury. (Boston Globe, 8/30/07)
THE DEVELOPMENTS

Maintenance problems in the department

Firefighters held their helmets over their hearts as Lieutenant Kevin M. Kelley's body was lifted into an ambulance. (Globe Staff/David L. Ryan) Firefighters held their helmets over their hearts as Lieutenant Kevin M. Kelley's body was lifted into an ambulance.

DA ties fatal firetruck crash to poor training

The firefighter who tried to slow his truck as it careened down a hill on Jan. 9 didn't know how to overcome the brake failure, according to an investigation. (Boston Globe)

Substance abuse among the ranks

Mayor Thomas Menino speaks to reporters about the deadly fire in West Roxbury on Aug. 29, 2007. (Globe Staff / Wendy Maeda) Mayor Thomas Menino speaks to reporters about the deadly fire in West Roxbury on Aug. 29, 2007.
THE STORIES THAT STARTED IT

Autopsies find alcohol, drugs

One of two firefighters who died fighting a fire in a Chinese restaurant was legally intoxicated at the time, and the other had cocaine in his system, officials said. (Boston Globe, 10/4/07)
THE DEVELOPMENTS

'Tradition Unimpeded by Progress'

Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser Jr. talked with the press about reports dealing with the death of two fire fighters in 2007. (Globe Staff / Suzanne Kreiter) Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser Jr. talked with the press about reports dealing with the death of two fire fighters in 2007.

Studies bring little change

The City of Boston has not adopted dozens of recommendations to overhaul the Fire Department proposed since 1994, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. (Boston Globe, 10/22/07)