• Everett,  July 20 2018

    City steps up fire safety inspections after Morris Street fire

    By Brendan Clogston   In the wake of last Friday’s dangerous Morris Street fire, the City of Everett is stepping up safety inspections citywide, preparing for a street-by-street review of fire safety and warning systems in every home in the city. Members of the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) are eager to begin a process which they believe could save lives in the city, especially given that such an inspection likely saved some in last week’s fire. According to the city’s Assistant City Solicitor and head of ISD’s Problem Properties Team Keith Slattery, when the city was called in to inspect 15 Morris St. this March, there were no smoke…

  • July 20 2018,  Lynnfield

    Fire chief’s contract not renewed for reasons unknown

     By Christopher Roberson Behind the closed doors of executive session, the Board of Selectmen recently cast a unanimous vote not to renew the contract of Fire Chief Mark Tetreault. The following day, June 19, Town Administrator Robert Dolan sent a letter to Fire Department personnel informing them of the board’s decision. “During this time of transition, my expectation is that every member of the department will continue this professionalism by respecting Chief Tetreault and the office he holds and remaining steadfast in advancing our department to provide the best care and protection for the citizens we serve every day,” said Dolan. He also said Tetreault’s current contract is set to…

  • July 20 2018,  Saugus

    Starting out

    Five new Saugus firefighters begin their careers this week  By Mark E. Vogler Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury liked what he saw Monday afternoon as he watched the five rookie firefighters practice their ladder drills against a wall at the back of the Central Fire Station. “We got a pretty good group,” Chief Newbury said of the men who began their careers with the town’s fire service this week. “One of them is an Army veteran. And we also have a ‘legacy’ hire whose dad was a fire captain here. There are a couple of 30-something guys, and there are three Saugus High School graduates,” he said. At age 35,…

  • July 6 2018,  Lynnfield

    Two of Lynnfield’s bravest receive commendations

     By Christopher Roberson Fire Department Lt. James Alexander was not planning to attend the Rotary Club Luncheon on June 28; however, he decided to go after Fire Chief Mark Tetreault told him that he had been chosen as the department’s Officer of the Year. “It’s quite an honor to be recognized by your peers for working hard,” said Alexander. Alexander said he joined the Fire Department in 1974 as a “teenage volunteer.” “Back in the day, you could join the department when you were 16 years old,” he said. Alexander also spoke about how firefighter safety has evolved during the past 44 years. He said that during the early years…