Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Braintree Fire Department and Fallon Ambulance responded to the scene as well.
State police troopers helped a woman deliver her child in the breakdown lane of Route 3 South in Braintree Tuesday afternoon. The Massachusetts State Police shouted out troopers Hatchell and Kadingo and K9 McSweeney on Facebook for the assist and the Braintree Fire Department for responding and helping get the mother and child safely to South Shore Hospital. All appear healthy, the department said. Accolades on the social media site were quick and resounding. "Awesome! Great outcome. God bless our Troopers," Stephen Bainton said. Karen Sheridan added, "Great job glad everyone is okay!!! Congrats to the new parents!" This article will be updated with more information as it is available.
Monday, May 20, 2013
With the help of Braintree business Signs and Prints, local firefighters sold hundreds of stickers to raise money for the victims of the Newtown shooting.
A fundraising effort launched by Braintree firefighters last December following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was more successful than anyone imagined. The Braintree Firefighters Local 920 raised $16,000 selling green stickers to local residents and people from across the country. Two different stickers were emblazoned with the date of the tragedy, 12/14/12, and the with six stars for the teachers and 20 for the children who died. "We were shocked," Firefighter Brian Connors said. Firefighter Robbie Loud came up with the fundraising idea while watching the tragedy unfold and thinking about his own young children. "People were looking for a way to help and we offered them an avenue to do that," Connors said. When the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Kevin Murphy retired as chief back in January.
Lt. James O'Brien was sworn-in Thursday as Braintree's newest fire chief, replacing Kevin Murphy, who retired in January. Friends, family, firefighters and local officials packed Town Hall for a ceremony recognizing O'Brien, a 25-year veteran of the force and the 13th chief in Braintree history. Mayor Joseph Sullivan thanked the other four internal candidates who applied for the position and were vetted over a four-month period this winter and spring. Their desire to serve did not go unnoticed, Sullivan said, and they made his decision a difficult one. Through Sullivan's interactions with O'Brien, he said he found a passionate, idea-driven candidate. Sullivan said he was stimulated by O'Brien's curiosity and plans to communicate the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Mayor Joseph Sullivan selected Lt. James O'Brien as Braintree's next fire chief.
When Mayor Joseph Sullivan was interviewing candidates for fire chief earlier this year, he was looking not just at job qualifications on paper but also for a certain combination of experience and perspective. "The interviews are important," Sullivan said. "There is an intangible element that comes through that process.” There has been some head-scratching since Sullivan announced his selection last week of Lt. James O'Brien as the Braintree Fire Department's newest chief. He beat out fellow finalists Deputy Chief Steven Sawtelle and Lt. Edward Bulger, and was, by the mayor's own admission, "not the traditional 'next in line' choice." But in a follow-up interview, Sullivan explained his decision by saying that the department is undergoing …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kevin Murphy retired as chief back in January.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan has selected Lt. James O'Brien as Braintree's next fire chief, a non-traditional choice that comes three months after Kevin Murphy's retirement. “Lt. O’Brien has demonstrated to me a commitment to lead our Fire Department and is prepared professionally to enhance the provision of fire safety throughout our town” Sullivan said in a statement. “I recognize that he is not the traditional 'next in line' choice for Chief but I believe he possesses unique leadership qualities and shares my vision for the future of our Fire Department." Since Murphy retired in January, Roberty Dyer has been serving as acting chief. Sullivan interviewed five internal candidates for the position, winnowing that down to three earlier this month…
The state police bomb squad investigated a false alarm Monday afternoon.
A suspicious package prompted a bomb investigation on Adams Street in Braintree Monday afternoon. The package, found by a school bus driver in the back of the driver's personal truck, was deemed safe after the state police cleared it using a robot, Acting Fire Chief Robert Dyer said. Dyer described the package as medium-sized with Arabic writing on it. The driver returned to the parking lot where Braintree Public Schools stores its buses to find the package around 4:30 p.m. The scene was cleared approximately an hour later, after the Braintree Fire Department notified state police and also the FBI. People working in the area were evacuated, Dyer said, and police and fire personnel stayed a safe distance away. "Anytime there is a suspicious…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The firefighters trained behind the Plain Street complex that includes the RMV.
A team of firefighters swooped in behind a warehouse on Plain Street, the lights on their engine truck flaring, as they responded to an overturned vehicle with an adult and child trapped inside. This worst-case scenario, which included a simulated live wire laying across the black sedan and doors that required metal jaws to open, was part of a series of training exercises by the Braintree Fire Department this week. Firefighters simultaneously stabilized the car with chains, straps and metal braces while their colleagues began opening the doors. By the time they could reach and put neck braces on the victims and carry them away to a waiting (simulated) helicopter, the vehicle was secure to guard against endangering anyone on scene. The …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Currently, the Braintree Fire Department is being run by Acting Chief Robert Dyer.
The search that began when Fire Chief Kevin Murphy announced his retirement last year is nearing completion. Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he is down to three finalists for the top job at the Braintree Fire Department: Deputy Chief Steven Sawtelle, Lt. Edward Bulger and and Lt. James O’Brien. Sullivan said he would make his decision within the next two weeks. Acting Chief Robert Dyer, who was not one of the original five internal applicants, has been helming the department since Murphy's retirement in January. Sullivan has taken the intervening months and the search to conduct a wider review of the department. "We're very comfortable with the job that Chief Dyer is doing," Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said. Earlier this year, …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Invited guests include: guest speaker Marshfield Chief Kevin Robinson, members and chiefs of departments.
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Thursday, March 28
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Edmund M. Walker will present certificates of completion to members of the Recruit Firefighter Training Class #198 in a graduation on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA. Included among the 68 candidates from 40 departments is Timothy J. Connors, joining the Braintree Fire Department. Mayor Joseph Sullivan continues to look for a replacement for former Chief Kevin Murphy. In the meantime, Robert Dyer is Interim Chief and Sullivan is conducting a department-wide review. More here: http://braintree.patch.com/articles/fire-chief-search-offers-opportunity-to-evaluate-…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The fire was clear by 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
There was a small fire Sunday around 6 p.m. at the South Shore Plaza that was cleared quickly, according to the Braintree Fire Department. Initial reports put the location in the basement of the Granite Street mall. The scene was clear as of 6:35 p.m. Reports on Twitter indicated that the Plaza was evacuated because of the fire.