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Boston fire chief was on path of most resistance

Firefighters fought shift from ‘the Boston way’

Shortly after becoming Boston’s new fire chief in 2011, Steve E. Abraira watched a firefighter climb to the top of a burning building and knock a hole in the roof. It was a routine firefighting tactic, but national fire safety standards dictate that at least two firefighters mount a roof at a time, a buddy system designed to save firefighters’ lives. This firefighter was alone.

So Abraira decided to do something that is rarely done in a department that dates to the 1600s.

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