Deputy Chief Finn Named Boston Fire Commissioner

A veteran Boston firefighter is poised to take the helm today.

Deputy Chief Joseph E. Finn, hailed for his quick action during a Back Bay blaze in March that killed two firefighters, will be named as the city’s new fire commissioner, The Boston Globe reported.

“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 in a statement. ... 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, 53, of Quincy, replaces Roderick J. Fraser Jr., who stepped down in January after seven years. 

A press conference on the appointment is slated for later Monday.

However, the fire department's website lists Finn as its commissioner.

Among his accomplishments; "In his 30 years with the Boston Fire Department, Deputy Chief Finn made significant contributions to the department, including establishing an EMT training program that increased the number of EMTs on the Boston Fire Department by 50 percent, and assisting in the development of state regulations for the use of semi-automatic external defibrillators, and of legislation that made the Fire service a major participant in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services."