‘It’s been a rewarding career’: Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn announces retirement

"Stay Safe and Protected. Thank you all."

–Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn is retiring.

After serving over 35 years in the department, Finn announced on Twitter Monday he plans to step down from his role on March 12.

“It’s been my honor to lead & work with the dedicated uniform & civilian staff of the (Boston Fire Department),” Finn wrote in a tweet.

Finn rose to his commissioner post in July 2014. He previously served as a deputy chief, and was the incident commander at a nine-alarm fire in Back Bay in March that year that took the lives of Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

When he appointed Finn to helm the city’s department, Mayor Marty Walsh cited Finn’s quick thinking that day, which is credited as likely having saved other lives.


Finn wrote Monday he’ll miss the support firefighters receive in their neighborhoods, but knows “that the men & women who make up the BFD are the best; highly trained professionals who serve with distinction and compassion.”

“Trucks & tools are nice but it’s Boots on the Ground that make our mission work,” he added.

Finn plans on spending more time with his family during retirement, but will also continue on in fire services on a part-time basis, he said.

“Having risen through the ranks, it’s been a rewarding career though challenging at times … Stay Safe and Protected,” he wrote. “Thank you all.”

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