As if Boston needed another reminder of apparatus problems, the reserve truck assigned to Ladder 14 caught fire. Last night as the company was clearing a false alarm personnel noticed an odor of something burning and found fire underneath the midsection of the rig. An extinguisher as well as a line off of Engine 41 quickly knocked the fire. The loss of the 21-year old reserve left the area short of trucks briefly and gave credible reason for Local 718 to press the seriousness of apparatus maintenance.
“If tonight the building was on fire and people were hanging out the windows, that aerial ladder would have been useless,’’ said Edward Kelly, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 718. “This is another example of how the policy makers in the city of Boston chose to underfund the Fire Department, resulting in outdated, unsafe fire apparatus.’’
“Firetruck Has Hot Time While Out on False Alarm” Boston Globe
Ladder 14’s front line truck was one of the first to flunk testing done immediately after the Ladder 26 accident that claimed the life of Lieutenant Kevin Kelly. For more, see Dave Statter’s report, “Boston Board of Inquiry Report into Death of L.26 Lieutenant.” No cause has been reported on Ladder 14’s fire, however it may be related to news that Nomar decided to come back, only to retire immediately. That should be good enough reason for anyone to spontaneously combust.
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