This article in Firehouse Magazine isn't exactly true but there is no doubt the Watertown Fire Department is being proactive in telling the world something was taken from them that wasn't.
Building inspections are done by the Code Enforcement Office which happens to have two firefighters assigned to it. They are trained and authorized to issue citations that can be prosecuted. There was an April 17, 2012 letter from the then city manager to halt unannounced courtesy inspections on grounds I won't go into here. It was indeed done on the way out the door, but the two succesive managers have affirmed support for the action, which actually occured some years ago.
In fact, the current city manager has offered to create a separate "mapping" program in which the Department can visit places of public assembly with the prearrangement of the property owners. No one disputes the advantage of being familiar with the turf. In fact the manager has met personally with the various battalions to establish a rapport.
She has also outlined her take on the upcoming city budget, which is really what this may all be about. We would be glad to discuss that topic with anyone, including Firehouse Magazine.
Watertown Firefighters Ordered to Stop Inspecting and Pre-planning