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First Energy Heating & Cooling, Inc., also doing business as Fireman's Fuel is a residential and commercial oil delivery business.  The business services include but are not limited to repair and installation of oil burners, boilers and hot air furnaces, hot water heaters and oil tanks, installation and repairs on air conditioning systems and more.

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3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 1
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 3

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Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 3

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BBB file opened: November 08, 2006 Business started: 01/01/1980 in MA Business incorporated: 10/28/2005 in MA
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One Ashburton Place, Boston MA 02108
Phone Number: (617) 727-7775 or TTY: (617) 727-6618
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Ms. Lauren Rotondo, President Mr. William Adreani, Service Manager
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Principal: Ms. Lauren Rotondo, President
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Products & Services

Fireman's Fuel sells the following brand(s): Beckett, Buderus, Reillo, Roth , Salais, Trio

Fireman's Fuel offers the following product(s): Boilers, Heating Oil, Hot Air Furnaces, Oil Burners, Oil Tanks

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Refund and Exchange Policy
First Energy Heating and Cooling offers no return, refund or exchange policy.
Alternate Business Names
First Energy Heating and Cooling, Inc.
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Fireman's Fuel has received 0 out of 5 stars based on 0 Customer Reviews and a BBB Rating of A+.

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    Wakefield, MA 01880 (800) 339-3302

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    Melrose, MA 02176


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1/24/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: To the Manager: A few months ago I ordered oil from your company for the first time. I called in and spoke with *****. I was not familar with COD deliveries. I asked how to pay for the oil with COD, if that meant cash or check. She told me she could run a debit card. I told her I wanted my card run on Friday, and she told me they could delivery the oil that day as well. I told her I didn't want the card run until Friday as my husband and I have direct deposit, and the funds would not be available until Friday. She said no problem. The card was run on Friday approx 8:30 a.m., and I received oil about 10 a.m. Last week I had a 1/4 tank oil, and decided to call and order 100 gallons of oil. I called on Wed Oct. 30th in the afternoon and spoke with *****. I told her I would like to order 100 gallons of oil to be paid for on Friday Nov. 1st. She told me the oil could be delivered that day as well. I told her I did not want the card run until Friday Nov. 1st, and she said no problem. She took my name and address, asked me if I wanted to use the card on file, read me the last 4 digits of the acount, I confirmed the account number, and she told me I was all set. I then again told her the card could not be run until Friday, and added that our direct deposit doesn't go in until Friday and the money will not be there. She again said no problem. If she told me they would have to run the card on Thursday for a Friday delivery, I would have said run the card on Friday and deliver the oil on Mon or Tues. If she told me they can not take an order without running the card, I would have said fine and called back of Friday. Friday morning I looked at my checking account and see the oil company ran the card on Thursday 10/31, and now I am overdrawn. I called my bank, and they told me I would see $175 in overdraft fees hit my account that day. I asked if I put a stop payment if it would help, and they told me no because it was run as a direct debit. The bank manager also told me that a company can not run your card at their discretion, that it must be authorized. If I clearly stated I did not want my card to be run until Friday Nov. 1st they legally have no right to run it sooner. 1st call Friday 11/1 8:30 a.m. - I spoke with an older woman who told me there was no one in the office until noon that could help me. 2nd call Friday 11/1 12:30 p.m. - I spoke with the same older woman, and she told me she was instructed to not discuss this any further with me, if I have any proof of my issue to fax it to the office, and that someone could speak with me later in the day. When I asked if there was anyone from billing etc, she told me everyone was out doing service calls and would not be back until later. I immediately faxed my checking account detailing the issue with both the banks and my names and phone numbers. 3rd call Friday 11/1 4:20 p.m. - I spoke with ****. I gave him the short version of my issue, and he responded with additional info. He told me one of the owners had had a heart attack yesterday 10/31, was actually having open heart surgery today (11/1), and everyone was at the hospital. He said it is normal procedure to run the credit cards in the morning, but one of the managers knowing they were going to be at the hospital all day on 11/1 must have run the cards the night before. 4th call Saturday 11/2 10:30 a.m. - I spoke with ****. He seemed flustered, told me everyone was at the hospital, and he could call them there. I told him by all means I didn't want him to bother the family at the hospital when they are worried about their loved one, but there must be someone that will be in the office by Monday or Tuesday to handle billing issues. He told me the company is still running with the owner in the hospital, the owner would not be back for a long time, and the manager would have to get approval from the owner to address my situation. 5th call Monday 11/4 12:30 p.m. - I spoke with the older woman again. She told me someone would be in the office later that day and would call me to address the matter. 6th call Monday 11/4 4:10 p.m. - I spoke with ****. He told me no one was in the office, but someone would call me back later that day. 7th call Tuesday 11/5 2:45 p.m. - I spoke with *****. I reviewed the conversation I had with her last Wednesday, and told her what had happened. She asked me if I called my bank, and I told her the above response. She said once she takes the order running the debit card is out of her hands. Who or whenever they get run changes and could be at any time. I asked if I asked her not to run the card until Friday why she didn't tell me she has no control over when they get run. She said she really didn't remember talking to me. I told her I had a problem with that since I specificlly stated the importance of not running the card until Friday twice while speaking with her. She said she talks to a lot of people each day, and many tell her not to run their cards until specific times. She can't remember which call I was. So then I said if a customer tells you not to run their card until a specific day, do you just say sure, and then ignore them? She said no, she notes the account. I explained to her that I had been trying to get someone to speak to me for days now. That I was disappointed because I liked this company, but I feel I'm getting the run around. I would continue to call. I then sent an email detailing my issue to the company. 8th call Wednesday 11/6 2:30 p.m. - I spoke with *****. She told me no one was in the office to speak with me, she had forwarded my email to the manager and someone would get back to me. 9th call Thursday 11/7 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. - no one picked up the phone 10th call Friday 11/8 9:00 a.m. - I spoke with the older woman again. She told me she would give the manager the message. She called me Mrs. ******** so was aware who I was without me stating my name. I clearly stated the authorizaton to run my card was not until Friday 11/1. Either ***** did not note the account, or the manager disregarded the note. Either way it is misconduct of the company. No one has called back to address the matter.

Desired Settlement: Refund of $175.00

Business Response: It is our normal procedure to run a credit card the night before an oil delivery.  If the credit card does not get approved this gives the staff enough time to call the customer and inform them of this problem and gives the customer the option of another form of payment.  During the coldest months this quite possibly could save a customer from running out of oil and heat had we waited.  If we do not have payment, the customer does not get their delivery.  Also credit cards are run the night before because the drivers take their routes (delivery tickets) for the next day the night before.  ****** was courteous enough to bend the rule for Ms. ******** on her first oil delivery.   We try to be as accomodating as possible.  We realize heating oil is expensive -  even at the deeply discounted prices we offer.  The second delivery was processed with the usual procedure of running the credit card the night before.  
Unfortunately it just goes to show:  No good deed goes unpunished.

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.

This is rediculous. Finally a response. No good deed for running my card when it was not authorized. ****** should have said no Mrs. ******** we can not wait to run your card until Friday, and I would have said fine I'll call back on Friday. She agreed completely that she understood the card could not be run until Friday. She didnt say it was a one time courtesy. She stated no problem. I did not need a courtesty. I wasn't out of oil. If she was going to run the card on Thursday then when I said I didn't want the card run until Friday, she should have said no . . the normal policy is to run the card the night before. In addition your other employees already stated it is normal procedure to run the cards in the morning which was consistent with my first delivery. I find it pitiful that after all my phone calls not one could be returned in a weeks time. The facts are the normal procedures were not run due to your company family emergency, and now you are trying to cover it up. I do not accept this response. It is a lie, absolutely no need or discussion of a courtesty happened. I was not in need of a courtesty! Again I reject this response as complete untruth.

Business Response: Please see previous response.

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.

I again state, the first time I ordered oil I order COD for a Friday, a few months back. I spoke with ******, and as I was unfamilar with COD procedures, I asked if I pay in cash or check. ****** stated she could run a credit or debit card. I stated I did not want my card run until Friday. She stated no problem, the card would be run in the a.m. She did not state this as a courtesty. She did not state that this was not company policy, and she did not state that she was bending any "rules".  The card was run at 8:30 a.m., and oil delivery at 10.     

The second time I ordered oil I again spoke with ******. I called on Wednesday 10/30 and told her I would like to order oil to be paid for on Friday 11/1. She stated the oil could be delivered that day as well. I stated the card could not be run until Friday as the funds would not be available. She deteremined the delivery date, and she stated no problem. She did not state this was a courtesy, or a bending of the "rules". She did have the opportunity to tell me she could not schedule a delivery until Mon or Tues, but she did not. I was in no rush or need for a courtesy.  The last thing I said to her before we got off the phone was again the card could not be run until Friday, and she agreed.     

As for Mrs. *******'s response. When I spoke with ****** on Tues Nov 5th she didn't remember speaking with me the prior Wednesday. She stated she speaks to lots of people each day who want their cards run on different days, and she really didn't remember speaking with me. If so how does she remember doing me a courtesy. Maybe she has me confused with a different customer? And as far as running debit or credit cards the night before as the only way to pull a  delivery ticket that was not consistent with my first delivery. In addition I could have paid cash at my door the day of delivery, and a ticket would have been issued.       

I am requesting my $175 refunded, and my credit card info removed from their system. Fireman's Fuel falls very short of the standard of the BBB due to the following: -Tell the truth - ****** and Mrs. ******* completely lying about our conversations, and fabricating a story -Be transparent - "clearly disclose all policies" - ****** did not state on either occasion company policies. She determined the delivery date. She did not state bending the "rules", or deviating from company policy. I told her when I wanted to pay, and she told me when they would deliver. She had much opportunity to tell me the company needed a day prior for payment, and I would have gladly had my delivery on Mon or Tues., but she did not. -Honor promises - FF did not "abide by all written agreements and verbal representations". They did not honor my verbal approval to run my card on 11/1 as promised. -Be responsive - FF did not "address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally and in good faith". I called for 8 consecutive days, left 8 messages with representatives, 1 email which ****** confirmed forwarding to the owner, with not one response. I do have each of our 8 phone calls detailed included who I spoke with and when, including **** stating it is normal policy to run cards in the morning(which was consistent with my first delivery), but due to the owners heart attack someone running them the night before, and ****** first remembering our conversation and then suddenly forgetting it within minutes. I needed to go to BBB to prompt a response. -Safeguard privacy - FF did not "respect the preferences of customers regarding the use of their information".  I clearly approved and requested my credit card to be run no earlier than 11/1 and they ran it on 10/31. If they could not respect my preference/approval they only needed to say so and we could have changed the delivery date. -Embody Integrity - FF has not shown integrity by fabricating a story or courtesy to cover up their mistake and ignoring my phone calls/email. I am requesting my $175 refunded, and my credit card info removed from Firemans' Fuel system. FF has fallen short of not 1 or 2 of your standards, but many. In viewing the previous BBB complaints against FF there is a common thread. A major complaint is they run credit cards without approval. It is easy to see how the complaintants become extremely frustrated as the next most common thread is FF fuel lies about their interactions with their customers. No where have any mentioned misunderstandings, they all mention lies. As in my case they have thrown out this complete lie, fabrication of serving me a courtesty.

11/15/2012 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: In October I called them to perform an annual service cleaning, tune up. Since they service my hot water heater it did not work the same. I called them to repair it and they charge me about $125. They stated this repair is not coevered by an annual service agreement. I paid the fee and continue to have the same problem. The machine would work and then by the end of the day shut off. I arrnage for them to repair the unit on 10/26/12. That same day they cancelled my services stating that I was being difficult. I needed this unit repair because the hot water is necessay and I have two small childred living there.

Desired Settlement: I would like to be reimbursed all my fees and payments. They refused to fix the problem but kept my money. I hired ****** of ***** Oil, ****, MA to repair my hot water heater.

Business Response: To Whom It May Cnncern,
We did annual cleaning & tune-ups September 14, 2012, on Ms. *******'s first floor burner, second floor burner and a hot water heater burner. The service was initiated by her because she was having a problem with the hot water burner. At the time of scheduling this service she had asked for oil burner service policies. She was told that any prior burner problems would have to be fixed before a service policy went into effect. At that time the Technician cleaned the burners he had ok'd her for service policies. She said she wanted the service policies which did require automatic oil delivery. The next day she calls and said she changed her mind. She did not want automatic delivery or service policies. She was charged $149.00 fer each cleaning.

On October 10, 2012 she said she was still having a problem with her hot water heater. We went and replaced the cad cell eye and a nozzle. Only charging her for the cad cell eye part. Again she said she wanted the service policies on the hot water heater and the second floor burner. She calls again the next day to say that she changed her mind on the service policies once again. Does not want automatic oil delivery and only pay for the hot water heater service.

On October 23, 2012 she calls again to say she is wants service policies. We charge her credit card $349.00, $250.00 for the boiler policy and $199.00 for the hot water heater policy. Ms ******* felt that the hot water heater repair of $122.38 that she paid for on October 10, 2012 should be deducted from the policy price because she had to pay for the repair. She was told that had she accepted service policies on October 10, 2012, the repair would have been covered. Since she declined the policy at that time the service was not part of any policy.

Once again she canceled the service policies.

****** *******


Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does satisfy my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.

4/12/2012 Delivery Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: for about a year we purchased our heating oil from fireman's. the company had our credit card on file and we were on auto delivery service. on late saturday nigh, 02-25-2012, we noticed we had no heat. since it was toolate, on sunday morning, 02-26-2012, we called and notified the company that we had no oil. we were told that the card on file had expired in december. we asked if we could get oil and the company refused to deliver oil. we said the number on the card is the same, only the expiration date has changed and willing to give that to the company. company still refused to deliver oil. we questioned why we were not notified about it so that we could have updated our files. we were told that we sere sent a letter and 2 calls were made to our home. we would gurantee that we never recieved a letter from them and never any one from this company had left us a voice mail message. we asked to give us the dates and copy of the letter, the company could not provide us with one. on sunday, 02-26-2012, it was very cold and a child lives in this home. therefore we were left with no heat. we calle dour companies, we were told we are not customer and they can not help us on the weekend. we had to wait for another company to bring us oil on monday. over a year we purchase oil from this company and had no problems with our credit card until that day that we were told on the phone after we contacted the company. the laday we spoke to claimed she is the owner and she was rutless and rude. the name is ****** *******. we think no one should be left in cold specially when the company is told there is a child living in that house. after all this time we did not deserve to be handled properly? we have not refused to pay or give out necessary information for oil delivery. we think there should be a serious consequence for these kinds of behavior.

Desired Settlement: we leave this to you to determine the consequences. we feel the company should not get away with this kinds of conduct with no serious fine and consequences.

Business Response: Ms. ******** was on automatic oil delivery.  In order to remain on automatic oil delivery a customer must keep a valid credit card number on file with our office.  Ms. ********'s credit card expired 12/11.  Her last fill up delivery prior to that was on 11/25/11.  We sent Ms. ********  statements dated 11/29/11 and 12/29/11 notifying her of her credit card expiration date.  We also e-mailed Ms. ******** a notice letting her know her credit card was expiring and to please call with an updated cc number. I am faxing over the copies of invoices sent to her and the customer e-mail log for your reference.  We also made numerous calls and left messages during the months of November and December 2011.  We made several attempts to reach Ms.******** with no response and we were not going to make another delivery without hearing from her. For all we knew she could have moved and this is why she was not responding to us.  Faxed copies to follow regarding this response.

Thank you,
****** *******

Consumer Response:

I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.

I was given all those excuses when I found out that I was out of oil and were left in cold.  As I said before, I was on atuo delivery and if I had a sense of nothing being left in cold and without oil I would have called and followed up with the company myself and would not have relied on them to keep delivering oil. I trusted the company and did not worry about the dekivery until I was ran out. I think one should put himself or herself in my position, knowing that we have child living at home and receieved all the claimed letters and phone calls, i would not have retured at least their call or respond to their letter. This is just absurd. One, they never send me a letter or statement, and I like to see them and have copies of them, two, I have answering machine and no one from the business has left me a message. If they called and did not leave message then there is no way for me to know that I had a call. Aagin, all these are excuses and absurd. The only e-mail I have receieved
from this business is that when the business had charged my credit card for the service contrcat when I did not renewed it. When I received my credit card statement I noticed there was a charge from them. I called and I asked them to remove because I did not authorize the renewal and I was not going to renew, and ask them to provide me with the prove that they will remove the charge. This is the only time I had e-mails from them showing that my charged were removed. Please do not by their lies and claims. If I had any intention of moving or not buying oil, why then I would have picked up the phone and call them on a sunday cold morning if I knew I had done any thing wrong or I was ignorant about my home and my family? My new oil company stated that "we usually drive by our customers and I would have left a note under the door if there was such an issue with a credit card and let the home owner know that next time there would be no oil delivery."
The new compay was surpised that at least they should have helped and not let us be in cold. They stated that no other company on a weekend would help a non customer.

I think these people are plain irresponsible and ignorant.  there is no excuse what so ever for what they did. she was even abusive on the phone when I called on sunday AM. This is retaliation for me not renewing our service contract. It is espensive and in the past I paid for it and did not make any use of it. This does not mean I should be put in the cold. Consumers should have freedom to choose the services and not be penalized.



Business Response:

We made every attempt to reach Ms. ******** for several months so that this out of oil situation would not happen.  Documentation of all attempts have been faxed to BBB.  We e-mailed, called and sent notices through the regular mail.  Many attepmts were made.  The customer also has to take responsibilty - knowing there are children in the home, knowing it is the middle of the winter and keep the credit card on file up-to-date.  We tried to reach Ms. ******** in every possible way we knew how - several times with no response.  We did everything possible to notify her of her expiring credit card and how it would affect her automatic oil delivery. Ms ******** is failing to take any responsibilty to follow up on all of the correspondence sent to her. 

Consumer Response:

I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.

Again, it is absurd. How come I do not have any of their claimed communications. one will get lost and not all. they calim they contacted me by regular mail, e-mail and phone. how one person will miss all of this? I like to see copies of all these communications. why is it that when I requested statements to make sure the charges on my account were credited, I did get the e-mails from them, but now I do not. this is clerarly indicating that they never sent me anything, if they did, i would have act on it. enough of excuses and time ti take responsibility for their actions. there is no way i am going to let them get away with this.