Chief of Department Steve E. Abraira has resigned as Chief effective this Friday June 7, 2013.
— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) June 3, 2013
Steve Abraira, the top man in Boston’s fire department, has resigned after enduring severe criticism in the fallout from the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. Abraira Had Come Under Fire From Within the Department
The chief had been criticized by his own deputies, the Boston Globe reports. The fire chief deputies went so far as to write a letter to Boson Mayor Thomas Menino in April; in the letter they accused Abraira of not taking control of major fire and disaster scenes, including the bombings.
2. His Handling of the Boston Marathon Bombings Scene Was Criticized
Abraira rebutted that he thought his deputies had the situation in the aftermath of the bombings under control. He also added that he is not required to assume control of situations, but has the option to.
3. Abraira is Threatening Legal Action Against His Former Deputies
Abraira has also threatened to sue his former deputy chiefs if they continue with “defamatory attacks.”
4. Abraira May Have Been Trying to Stop His Deputies From Testifying
The deputy chiefs have also said that Abraira was attempting to stop them from testifying about his management style at a city council meeting that is scheduled for June 18.
5. Abraira is Not a Union Man
Abraira is the first Boston fire chief to be appointed who is not a member of the fire department’s own union.