Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the appointment of Roderick J. Fraser, Jr. to the position of Commissioner of the Boston Fire Department.
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“Roderick Fraser’s demonstrated leadership capacity will equip the Boston Fire Department for the 21st century,” Mayor Menino said. “His experience in fire-fighting, training, and anti-terrorism strategies will provide Boston with the ability to win the natural and man-made challenges we may confront in the years ahead.”
Roderick Fraser, 42, comes to the city after an impressive 20 year career with the United States Navy, capping that career as the Commanding Officer of the USS Underwood (FFG 36). In this post, Roderick Fraser was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for commanding a multi-national force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Underwood protected offshore oil terminals and trained the Iraqi navy in anti-terrorism protection, firefighting, ship handling, and maritime security procedures.
A native of East Millinocket, Maine, Roderick Fraser holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs and Strategic Planning from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI; a Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy; and the U.S. Navy’s Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Commanding Officer Certification.