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4643 Benning Road S.E.

July 24, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One resident was taken to the hospital after fire gutted a Southeast apartment on Friday afternoon, July 24th.

Flames had possession of a first floor unit in the occupied two story building at 4643 Benning Road Southeast when units rolled up around 4:10 PM.

The working fire dispatch was sounded as fire began auto extending to the floor above.

Lines were brought into play on both levels and the blaze was knocked down in a relatively short time.


823 46th Street N.E.

July 22, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A vacant house in the far reaches of the Second Battalion was destroyed in an apparent suspicious fire during the wee hours of Wednesday, July 22nd.

Engine 27 reported fire showing from the first floor of 823 46th Street NE when they arrived around 3:40 AM.The two story frame dwelling was vacant, and flames were able to quickly spread up to the second floor and attic areas.

Despite the large volume of fire, units continued to engage in an interior battle using multiple hand lines. It took about a half hour to extinguish the bulk of the blaze.

All searches of the dwelling proved negative, and there were no injuries reported in the firefight.


201 P Street S.W.

July 19, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Sundays heat brought even more heat when DC Firefighters were dispatched to 201 P Street S.W. for the report of an apartment on fire.

Engine 7 arrived on the scene with fire showing on the top floor and a Working Fire was sounded. The fire involved the porch attached to the apartment and extended into the unit.

The fire was extinguished quickly, however, one firefighter was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The Rehab was on the scene with Ide and Elliot and was a welcome site.


4600 Grant Street N.E.

July 17, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Chris Mickal, DC Fire and EMS & Trinidad House

A well involved large frame home greeted 2nd Battalion units late Friday night, July 17.

Flames at 4600 Grant Street NE  were already thru the roof on arrival, and a working fire dispatch was immediately sounded.

The advanced stage of the blaze mandated an exterior attack.

It took about 20 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire.


2600 Bladensburg Road N.E.

July 16, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Shortly before 1800 hours DC Firefighters were dispatched for a report of a house on fire in the 2600 Block of Bladensburg Road N.E.

Upon arrival units had smoke showing and fire on the rear porch extending into the house.

The fire was a quick knockdown and firefighters again averted a fire that could have done major damage.


4520 Georgia Avenue N.W.

July 16, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Thursday afternoon, July 16th, DC Firefighters were dispatched to 4510 Georgia Avenue N.W. for the report of an apartment on fire.

While en route units received updated information reporting 4520 Georgia Avenue, which is where the fire actually was.

Engine 24 arrived on the scene with smoke showing in the hallway and medium smoke showing on side C.

The fire involved a living room, with an aggressive attack mounted the fire was knocked down in approximately 10 minutes with no injuries.


5740 Colorado Avenue N.W.

July 15, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Trevor James

Fourth Battalion firefighters made quick work of a small apartment fire on Wednesday afternoon, July 15.

The incident was reported shortly before 3:30 PM in a three story apartment building at 5740 Colorado Avenue NW. Flames were found in a bedroom and rapidly extinguished.

A working fire dispatch was requested by the Fourth Battalion but placed in service while en route.

All searches were negative.

Additional Photos click below:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/59625319@N02/sets/72157655516725429


4608 Jay Street N.E.

July 12, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

A two story house was the scene of a working fire late Sunday evening, July 12th.

The blaze broke out around 10:30 PM at 4608 Jay Street NE, with fire showing from the first floor of the frame structure.

Engine 27 immediately got a line in operation and quickly knocked down the flames before they spread to the second floor.

Searches of the home proved negative, and there were no reported injuries.


Sergeant Gary Morton Retires

July 12, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Monday evening, July 12, friends, family and fellow firefighters gathered to wish a true DCFD great a happy retirement.

Thank you Sergeant Gary Morton for all you have done throughout the last 28 years in which you have faithfully served the citizens and visitors to our Nations Capital. Gary was appointed to Engine 9 in 1987 and is retiring from Rescue Squad 3.

A superb dinner was prepared by Steve, Kevin and Brett, plaques were presented by Rescue Squad 3 and Rescue Squad 1.

To Gary, we wish you many years of good health and much happiness. You have been reassigned to platoon 5, enjoy !!


Recruit Class 372

July, 2015: Story Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Photos by Khalid Naji-Allah

Recruit Class 372 have entered their final stage of training better known as Burn Week.

Training began at the DCFEMS Training Academy in Southwest on Thursday, July 9 and will end on Wednesday, July 15.

Recruits will put into practice the skills they have acquired during an intense 12-week training program.

Recruits will enter an 18-month probationary period after they graduate on Friday, July 17.


3437 Massachusetts Avenue S.E.

July 10, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A basement fire in a Southeast home was the latest battle fought by DC Fire on July 10th.

The blaze was reported just before 5 PM in a two story dwelling at 3437 Massachusetts Avenue SE. Smoke showing from both floors greeted first arriving units.

It was quickly determined that the fire involved the basement, and an interior attack commenced.

The flames were quickly extinguished, and all searches were negative.


Friendship Heights Metro

July 9, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

For the second time this month, DC firefighters were able to rescue a person who survived being struck by a metro train.

The latest incident took place on Thursday evening, July 9th, at the Friendship Heights station on upper Wisconsin Avenue NW.

A rescue assignment dispatched to the scene around 6:30 PM found a viable patient beneath the train.

The victim was extricated after third rail power was shut down, and than transported to an area trauma center.


1449 U Street N.W.

July 9, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters battled high heat and humidity as well as packrat conditions at an apartment fire on Thursday afternoon, July 9th.

The blaze broke out around 1:20 PM in a four story apartment building at 1449 U Street NW.

Flames involved a room in a second floor unit, and the working fire dispatch was requested.

Although the fire was confined to that one area, hoarding conditions inside required extensive overhaul.

The Rehab Unit, staffed by the Friendship Fire Association, also responded to the scene due to the excessive temperatures.


Shaw Junior High School

July 7, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Firefighters rescued four people, included two who were critically injured, after an electrical fire burst out at the Shaw Junior High School on Tuesday morning, July 7th.

A box and working fire dispatch was sounded for the blaze, in a below grade area of the school, located at 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

At one point, heavy black smoke was pushing from the roof of the building. The victims had to be be removed from a fenced in area.

Two were transported in critical condition and a third was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.


Foggy Bottom Metro Station

July 2, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A person who apparently jumped onto the tracks and was then struck by a metro train was rescued by firefighters on Thursday evening, July 2nd.

The incident took place just before 6:30 PM at the Foggy Bottom station.
Units on the rescue assignment were able to remove the individual from the rail bed, who was then transported with severe traumatic injuries.


4305 22nd Street N.E.

July 2, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Quick work by Medic 30 may have saved the lives of 6 people exposed to high levels of CO in a Northeast home.

The unit, initially sent on a medical call to a house at 4305 22nd Street NE, evaluated the circumstances and called for a CO assignment while evacuated the residents.

All six were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, and initial readings by Truck 15  was over 400 parts per million, a potentially fatal level.

The additional units searched and ventilated the dwelling, and EMS transported all 6 patients in serious condition.


Navy Yard S.E.

July 2, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A large contingent of DC Fire and EMS units and personnel joined hundreds of law enforcement officers who responded to a report of shots fired at the Navy Yard Thursday morning, July 2nd.

The incident was dispatched shortly after 7:30 AM as a possible active shooter at Building 197, in the sprawling facility located on M Street SE.
Several suppression units, multiple EMS transport vehicles, mass casualty resources, and command staff all rushed to the scene.

Three companies of firefighters suited up in tactical gear, prepared to enter the hot zone with MPD teams, if necessary, to treat and evacuate any victims found in a hostile environment.

Fortunately, this type of operation was not required, as a sweep of the building determined there was no shooter, and the initial call was made with good intent.

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