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Lives in:
Hanover Ma.
Boston Fire Department
Chief of Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training; Firefighter training
First line supervisor training
Chief Officer training
Dealing with media attacks
Performance Measurements
Professional Qualifications:
Promoted thru the ranks
Held every position within the Boston Fire Department
Fire Instructor 3, adjunct instructor to the Division of Fire Services
Degree in Fire Science
Topics you provide training for:
Engine and Ladder Companie back to basics training
RIT training for all companies
Safety and survival skills
Technical Rescue training
Haz Mat
Areas of expertise:
Fire Ground Operations
Subject Matter (SME) for the Intelligence and Information Sharing Investment of the Boston Urban Area initiative (UASI).
Chief of Department Kevin P. Mac Curtain
On September 5, 2006 Kevin P. Mac Curtain was appointed as Chief of the Boston Fire Department. The highest ranking uniform position in the department. In His role as Chief of Department he oversees the divisions of field services, and administrative services, which includes Fire Operations Divisions, as well as Safety, Training and Fire Prevention.

Chief Mac Curtain, a 35 year veteran, was appointed to the Boston Fire Department on July 27, 1972. As he rose thru the ranks, he worked on Engine and Ladder Companies in the Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamica Plain sections of the city. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1978, to Captain in 1982, and to District Chief in 1986. In 1991 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and reassigned to Headquarters where he worked in various staff positions, including 2 years as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Boston and 7 years as the Chief of Operations. He then took a field Division position for 4 years before being appointed as Chief of Department.

Chief Mac Curtain's degree is in Fire Science. He spent 12 years as an instructor for the State Fire Academy, where he taught a variety of courses including fire ground operations, first line supervisor, incident command, and LP/LNG gas firefighting among others. For the past 6 years he has been a member of project responder a national committee that reports to the Terrorism Research Center on the needs, goals and priorities of the first responder community.

He and His wife Maureen have been married for 38 years and have raised 3 boys.
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At 8:25pm on April 12, 2008, David Ebel said…
At 8:38am on April 1, 2008, bill noonan said…
good morning, glad to see you on this site, take care...
At 7:30pm on March 27, 2008, Pat Nichols said…
Good to see you here. Thanks for everything you have done for the fire service and the Boston FD. It's been an honor to work for you and I am looking forward to many more years.
At 10:34am on March 27, 2008, Bob Foley said…
just saying hello , I'm sure i'll see you around sooner rather than later. Take care
At 6:29pm on March 25, 2008, Tom Rinoldo said…

Good to see you here. I look forward to the flow of information. Hope all is well in the big city.

Dad says hi from Tampa....
At 12:12pm on March 25, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Chief we could use your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on page 3 of groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
Be Safe
At 11:40am on March 25, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
It is a distinct honor to have you here with us. I was humbled that you have allowed me to visit with your department and I will always treasure the friends I made in the Boston Fire Department. I meant every word I said the Boston Fire Departmant is second to none tactically. The "Jakes" are still setting the standard for excellence on the fireground. I also feel you have the finest set of gentlemen and gentlewomen as officers in the nation. Please extend my deepest appreciation to them for their kindness and support which they displayed during my visit. I learned more in a week from the BFD then I could have in a year in most other jobs.
Thanks again for allowing me to visit.
At 11:38am on March 25, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Good Afternoon, Chief! Thank you for everything you for everything that you have done for the Fire Service. Please feel free to pass any of your knowledge to me!!! I look forward to learning from you through this site, so I can use it on my Department. Thanks again sir.

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