Boston Metro by Mark Roche and Frank San Severino

Photo by John A. Calderone
Photo by John A. Calderone
[G2:550] Photo by Bill Noonan [G2:514]Photo by Bill Noonan

The Metro Boston Update column covers apparatus deliveries, assignments, and refurbished equipment operated by the Fire Departments within the Interstate 95 (Route 128) belt highway around the Greater Boston area. The main focus of the column are the 35 cities, towns, including the MASSPORT Fire Department at Logan Airport, that make up the mutual aid network called METRO-FIRE (Boston is covered in its own column). These departments operate 115 engine companies, 58 ladder companies, 8 heavy rescues, 13 FD based EMS ambulances, 6 ARFF units, and many specialized units.
Mark Roche and Frank San Severino write Metro Boston Update.

Frank San Severino


F.A.J. Contributing Editor

Frank grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, just down the street from its distinctively octagon-shaped Fire Headquarters. He started taking apparatus photos in 1971.  He has an extensive photo and slide collection of the apparatus that has served various Metro Boston Fire Departments in the last 35 years. His photos have been used in several books.

 His interest in fire apparatus includes: Mack B and CF models, heavy rescues, special service units, tractor-drawn aerials and airport units.


Active in the Boston fire buffing community for over 30 years, he served many years as the secretary of the Tapper Club. He is a member of the Portland Veteran Fireman’s Association, Providence Citywide Radio and the Box 52 Association, the nation’s oldest organized fire buff club, where he serves as the newsletter editor.


He is a recognized expert on the apparatus fleet histories of the Arlington, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine Fire Departments.


Frank is the Senior Public Safety Telecommunicator for the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts, where he has served for 29 years. He holds an Associates Degree in Life Safety and Fire Protection. He is a nationally certified instructor in several dispatch disciplines and has had articles published in national trade magazines


Frank can be contacted at:

Mark Roche


F.A.J. Contributing Editor

Mark Roche, born around the same time as the B-model Mack, is a long-time Contributing Editor to Fire Apparatus Journal. A life-long fire apparatus enthusiast, Mark co-authored The Fire Buffs Guide to Boston along with Bill Noonan and Frank SanSeverino. Mark currently holds the rank of Fire Captain as a proud member of the Newton, Massachusetts Fire Department.

Mark can be contacted at