Letter to the Editor – Aug 7

On August 7, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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On July 25th The Somerville Fire Department was faced with the daunting task of extinguishing a fast moving fire on Calvin Street, which was at great chance of consuming six closely situated multi-family homes.

Upon arrival, it appeared that the entire neighborhood was in peril of igniting.  The Firefighters work was demanding at this early morning blaze, but the Firefighters were able to cut the fire off from extending much further than the homes that were burning when first on scene.

I would like to commend the Firefighters of this Department for their efforts.  I would also like to thank the Firefighters from surrounding communities for coming to our aid when faced with such a monumental task of putting out a fire of this magnitude.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank The American Red Cross and The Boston Sparks Association A-10 Canteen and also Cataldo Ambulance for providing assistance with rehab and hydration stations. The Boston Sparks respond to all multiple alarm fires in the Metro Boston area and are a welcome sight to all Firefighters.  A very special thanks to the Holiday Inn in Somerville, who supplied each Fire Station with lunch that day.  Your kind acts will always be remembered and truly appreciated.

The Men and Women of the Somerville Firefighters Association take great pride in our work and will continue to strive to provide the first class service to the public in the Greatest City in America.


Thomas Ross

President, Somerville Firefighters

Local 76


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