Boston Fire Commissioner and New Leadership Sworn in at Florian Hall

Earlier today, July 15, 2022, Boston Firefighters, Local 718 members, along with family and friends of the fire department gathered today at Florian Hall in Dorchester to witness Boston’s new Fire Commissioner Paul Burke be sworn into office. Commissioner Burke replaces former commissioner Jack Dempsey (Ret.) who served the city as commissioner from 2020-2022.

A Roslindale native, who has been a member of the Boston Fire Department for 32 years serving in multiple leadership roles, was introduced by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. Newly elected 718 Union President Sam Dillon also spoke at the event praising the choice, “I commend Mayor Wu’s foresight in appointing a Commissioner who has demonstrated their commitment to this city over the course of their career. The best person to lead the Boston Fire Department is a Boston Firefighter.”

Over his career, Commissioner Burke served as a Technical Rescue District Chief with responsibilities of managing technical rescues and emergencies throughout the city. Most recently, Commissioner Burke served as Deputy Chief of Fleet and Facilities where he was responsible for all Boston Fire Department vehicles and buildings, including budget, purchases, maintenance, safety, and renovations. 

Along with Commissioner Burke being sworn in, Deputy Chief of Field Services Robert Calobrisi and Deputy Chief Rodney Marshall were both promoted to Deputy Chiefs of Operations. Chief Calobrisi, who attended virtually due to having Covid-19, was pinned by his wife at home. Chief Marshall was pinned by his son.

Union President Dillon went on in his remarks to also recognize the families of the newly appointed command staff, “far too often we overlook the fact that those efforts are shouldered not only by our Firefighters, but by our families. You have stood by these 3 throughout their careers, and had it not been for your own measures of commitment and sacrifice, they would not be where they are this morning, and we would not be where we are as a Department, entrusted to leaders such as these. Thank you.”