Bill Walczak said that if elected mayor, he would push for reforms at the Boston Fire Department and work to reduce firehouses and staffing.
His administration would also investigate whether the department should be further in line with national operating standards, he said Tuesday.
Walczak is hoping his tough talk on the Fire Department will bolster his contention that he is the only candidate bold enough to go against the grain for the betterment of the city. He made headlines when he became the only candidate to reject a casino in Boston.
Outlining his stance in a position paper that praised firefighters for their perilous task, Walczak singled out the department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
But he also criticized what he described as resistance in the department to change, which he contends has stymied opportunities to make improvements, even ones that boost firefighter safety.
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