Chelsea Firefighters Reflecting on Boston Fire, and Attend Funerals

April 3, 2014
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Fire departments around the Commonwealth were ordered to lower all flags to half-staff in honor of the fallen Boston Fire Fighters from last Wednesday’s 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay. Here, Chelsea Firefighter Michael Fiola lowers the flag at the Chelsea Firefighters Memorial last Wednesday evening, March 26.

Fire departments around the Commonwealth were ordered to lower all flags to half-staff in
honor of the fallen Boston Fire Fighters from last Wednesday’s 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay.
Here, Chelsea Firefighter Michael Fiola lowers the flag at the Chelsea Firefighters Memorial
last Wednesday evening, March 26.

The tragic 9-alarm fatal fire in Boston last Wednesday has Chelsea firefighters reflecting on their own procedures and preparing to attend the funerals for both fallen Boston jakes.

Earlier this week, department shift commanders took the time to speak to fire crews about the Boston fire. In addition to going over the incident internally, they also reviewed their own ‘mayday’ procedures.

“The firefighters are having a difficult time with this fire where it appeared to be a routine job that suddenly turned tragic,” said Dep. Chief John Quatieri.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Fire plans to send more than 50 members and an honor guard to each of the two funerals. A limo company in Medford was kind enough to donate a bus, Quatieri said.

“Joseph’s Limousine in Medford was kind enough to donate a bus to the department, each day, to transport our personnel to the funerals,” said Quatieri.


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