30-year veteran named new Boston fire commish

FireRescue1 Staff

BOSTON — A long-serving deputy fire chief hailed for his quick actions during the Back Bay blaze in March has been picked as Boston’s new fire commissioner.

Boston.com reported that Deputy Chief Joseph E. Finn, 53, is taking over for acting commissioner John Hasson. Hasson was filling the role after Roderick J. Fraser Jr. stepped down in January following seven years as commissioner.

Chief Finn has been with the Boston Fire Department since October 1984 and rose through the ranks to become deputy fire chief in 2001. He was the incident commander at the 9-alarm Back Bay fire that killed two firefighters.

Finn is in charge of all administrative functions, fireground operations, hazardous materials and technical rescue responses, according to the report.

"Deputy Chief Finn possesses a broad and impressive understanding of the Boston Fire Department, including personnel, public safety, and administration," Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "Chief Finn’s experience and leadership style, along with his commitment to diversity and fairness, will help move our Fire Department into an even more successful era of service to the people of Boston."

Finn was selected from a list of three finalists for the position, including Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael H. Huss and former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Michael S. Lombardo.

"Interim Commissioner/Chief Hasson has shown exceptional leadership and I’m grateful for his service as he passes the torch to Chief Finn," Walsh said.

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