Boston’s fire chief is facing criticism

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Boston’s fire chief is facing criticism

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 4:16 pm

Boston’s fire chief is facing criticism from 13 of his deputies for the way he handled the Boston Marathon bombings.

The deputy chiefs wrote a letter to Mayor Tom Menino dated April 26 that said Chief Steve Abraira failed to assume command or show leadership when he showed up at the scene of the April 15 explosions that killed three and injured more than 260.

‘‘You can unequivocally consider this letter a vote of no confidence in Chief Abraira,’’ the deputy chiefs wrote.

The deputies said his response was the latest in a pattern of not taking command during emergencies and shielding himself from accountability. They said Abraira has reversed decades of protocol by not taking command as his predecessors did.


Getty Images
Members of the Boston Fire Department

‘‘His justification for failing to take action is indefensible,’’ the deputies wrote.

Abraira told The Boston Globe his underlings had control of the scene when he arrived and he acted appropriately.

‘‘The nationally accepted practice is that you only take command (as chief) if there’s something going wrong or if you can strengthen the command position or if it’s overwhelming for the incident commander,’’ he said. ‘‘And none of those things were in fact happening.’’

Abraira, who was hired in November 2011, said the deputy chiefs are upset because he came from outside the department. The city’s first Hispanic chief, he previously led the Dallas department and was an assistant chief in Miami.

Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser, while not addressing the letter directly, said he has confidence in his entire command staff, including Abraira.

A spokeswoman for Menino said the mayor has ‘‘full confidence in Commissioner Fraser to do what’s best for the department,’’ including his personnel decisions.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/boston_fire_chief_under_fire_for_vhso4kiT6Vd4U20Ss997VI

_________________
"If you like your health care plan … you can keep your health care plan! … Period!"

If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor.
avatar
fshnski

Posts : 4223
Reputation : 6
Join date : 2013-02-04
Location : Woofbura

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum