05/15/2013 02:24 pm ET

Steve Abraira, Boston Fire Department Chief, Criticized For Response To Marathon Bombing


All 13 Boston Fire Department deputy chiefs have signed a letter of "no confidence" criticizing the way Chief Steve Abraira handled the Boston Marathon bombing.

“At a time when the City of Boston needed every first responder to take decisive action, Chief Abraira failed to get involved in operational decision-making or show any leadership,” the letter reads, according to the Boston Herald. “You can unequivocally consider this letter a vote of no confidence in Chief Abraira.”

The letter to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino -- dated April 26 -- describes Abraira as a “ghost fire chief.”

More analysis from the Boston Globe:

The fire officials strongly criticized Abraira’s “inactions” after the bombings, writing that he failed to assume command responsibility at the scene on April 15 or show any leadership. They wrote that he later told department members that he felt the command staff had the scene under control as the Fire Depart­ment acted in a support role with law enforcement.

Abraira believes that he acted appropriately, according to CBS News.

The pair of explosions April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.