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Lt. Charles Hottinger Retires After 29 Years

April 5, 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Saturday evening April 25th, family, friends, and fellow firefighters gathered at the quarters of Engine 10 and Truck 13, "The House of Pain" to celebrate many years of dedicated service by Charlie Hottinger to the citizens and visitors of the District of Columbia.

Charlie, another DCFD legend started his career on March 31,1986 and with a final retirement date of May 2nd ,will retire with more than 29 years of service.

Charlie, like so many others worked at many stations over the course of his career, but his favorite was always Engine 10 where he served as a Firefighter and Wagon Driver for so many years. Now he will retire as a Lieutenant from that Trinidad firehouse so filled with tradition.

Lt. Hottinger served the citizens and visitors to our Nations Capital in an exemplary manner, but most of all was an inspiration to all he worked with.

Charlie, from your friends at, we wish you a blessed retirement, filled with happiness and great health, you will be missed.

A big thanks to Mike "The Dawg" Skahill for cooking up a great meal.

Clark County Washington Fire Cadets Visit DC

April 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Every year for the past 10, a group of members from the Clark County Fire Cadets spend about 8 days in the east visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City, visiting fire departments as well as the historic points of each city.

This year they visited Engine 13 and Engine 2. At Engine 13 they got a great tour of the Foam Units and Rescue Squad 3 came over to give them a valuable tour of the duties of a Heavy Rescue Squad in a big city.  They missed the Fireboat this year, one of their favorite stops.

A special thanks to the members of Squad 3, Engine 13 and the Foam Units for the great time and learning experience they gave the group, it was extremely appreciated by all.

3435 Benning Road N.E.

April 24, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A fire encountered by Engine 10 while responding to another call required a box and working fire dispatch to control on Friday morning, April 24th.

Engine 10 discovered the blaze in a two story commercial building around 8:10 AM, and called for a box alarm.

They entered the structure and found heavy fire on the second floor. As additional units arrived, flames were also discovered in the first floor ceiling.

It was a stubborn fire that took considerable opening up before it could be declared under control.

North Capitol & O St's - Round Two

April 22, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

For the second night in a row, a parked shuttle bus became involved in fire on Wednesday, April 22nd.

The latest outbreak also took place in the same location, a parking lot at North Capital and O Streets NE.

The blaze was reported around 8 PM and quickly extinguished, although the large plume of smoke attracted considerable attention.

Both fires are being investigated, especially in light of eyewitnesses who saw apparently homeless individuals living in vehicles parked there.

North Capitol & O St's

April 21, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A blazing shuttle bus generated a plume of smoke visible for miles around on Tuesday evening, April 21st.

The vehicle erupted into flames around 7:15 PM in a parking lot at North Capital and O Streets NE.

A triple local along with a foam unit and the hazmat was dispatched to the scene. The fire was quickly controlled with no injuries.

DC Fire To Accept Applications In May

April 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday, April 17th, that the first firefighter/EMT test in eight years will be administered June 13th of this year.

The mayor was joined by senior DC Fire and EMS staff at a news conference held outside the quarters of Engine 29 and Truck 5. Among those present were Fire Chief designee Gregory Dean and Interim Fire Chief Edward Mills.

Under the announced guidelines, all applicants MUST apply on-line when registration begins May 20th. The first 1500 qualified registrants will be accepted, and a 10 point preference will be given to military veterans and district residents.

The mayor and Dean emphasized their goal is to bring the department, which has been struggling for the past several years with as many as150+ vacancies, back up to full strength.

Bowser also made clear her commitment to the agency, pointing out that her budget proposal includes 30 million for the purchase of apparatus, ambulances and other vehicles. She did so with the new apparatus of Truck 5 showcased in the background.

Eastern Avenue N.E.

April 20, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy Rescue Squad 3

Heavy rains that came down overnight Sunday night into Monday morning, April 20th led to a predawn water rescue in Northeast DC.

The assignment was dispatched at 5:37 AM for vehicles in high water on Eastern Avenue beneath the CSX tracks.

Units arrived to find two occupied vehicles in knee high water.
Rescue Squad 3 safely removed the occupants.

2526 17th Street N.W.

April 19, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photos By Vito Maggiolo & Others

Smoke raising over the Adams Morgan neighborhood signaled a working fire on Sunday morning, April 19th.

The blaze, reported shortly before 11:30 AM, engulfed the roof deck on a three story apartment building at 2526 17th Street NW.

Fire also dropped down a skylight into a third floor unit. Several hand lines were brought to bear on the flames in both areas, and the incident was brought under control with a box and working fire assignment.

All of the searches proved negative, and there were no injuries

1300 Southern Avenue S.E.

April 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy Rescue Squad 3

Six people were injured in an early morning wreck in Southeast on Saturday, April 18th.

The accident took place around 1:30 AM in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE.

A rescue assignment arrived to find two pinned and four others requiring medical attention.

Multiple EMS units were requested, including mutual aid from Prince Georges County.

All six victims were transported to area hospital and trauma centers.

2714 12th Street N.E.

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

Thursday evening DC firefighters were dispatched for the report of a house fire at 2714 12th ST N.E.

Engine 26 arrived first with heavy smoke showing, a Working Fire Dispatch was sounded.

The fire on the first floor was knocked down in about 10 minutes, Rescue Squad 1 located the families pet dog that was still in the house after all had gotten out.

Additional photo of 12th Street, source unknown

4305 Halley Terrace S.E.

April 16, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Fire activity continued in the District with a fire in the Third Battalion on Thursday evening, April 16th.

This blaze broke out around 7:15 PM on the top floor of an occupied two story apartment building at 4305 Halley Terrace SE.

There was fire showing on arrival, and the working fire dispatch was sounded.

The flames were threatening to extend into the cockloft, but were extinguished before they could spread.

All searches were negative.

7th & H St's N.W.

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

Shortly after 6pm DC firefighters responded for the report of smoke in the Chinatown AT&T store on H St.

Units arrived on the scene and some units positioned under the Chinatown Arch. There was light smoke conditions in the store which dissipated quickly.

Shown in the picture is Rescue Squad 4 acting as Rescue Squad 1.

2825 Rittenhouse Street N.W.

April 15, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Painters appeared to be the culprits who accidentally ignited a blaze in an upper Northwest home on Wednesday morning, April 15th.

The fire took place shortly before 10 AM in a two story detached house at 2825 Rittenhouse Street NW.

Flames were encountered in the attic when the first units on the box alarm arrived, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

The fire was kept confined to the attic and extinguished quickly. No injuries were reported.

410 16th Street S.E.

April 15, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Firefighters battled their way thru heavy fire and packrat conditions to pull two residents to safety from their blazing home in the predawn hours of Wednesday, April 15th.

The box was dispatched shortly before 5:30 AM to 410 16th Street Southeast, a two story row dwelling. Flames had already engulfed the second floor rear of the home, and a working fire dispatch was sounded.

As the fire attack began, the first of the two victims was found and carried from the house in serious condition. Not long afterwards, the second resident was discovered and, once outside, CPR was administered.

Efforts to revive the patient were successful, and she is being treated in the hyperbaric chamber at Maryland Shock Trauma. As the rescues were in progress, so were efforts to knock down the blaze before it could spread into the exposures.

It took about a half hour before the fire was declared under control.

2308 Hartford Street S.E.

April 14, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy Rescue Squad 3

A mid afternoon blaze damaged a Southeast apartment building on Tuesday, April 14th.

The fire was reported around 3 PM at 2308 Hartford Street SE, a three story occupied structure.

Smoke was showing on arrival, and the working fire dispatch was requested.

Units encountered flames in possession of a top floor bedroom, and made quick work of the blaze.

There were no injuries.

Man Takes His Own Life On Capitol Grounds

April 11, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

DC fire partnered with law enforcement and homeland security to deal with an incident in the shadow of the Capitol on Saturday, April 11th.

The event involved a man who took his own life by gun and left two items deemed suspicious on the West Terrace of the Capitol building.

A bomb assignment and a beefed up contingent of DC Fire special ops personnel staged nearby and operated as part of a unified command structure until the situation was declared safe.

4105 8th Street N.W.

April 9, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

The fourth battalion dealt with a basement fire on Friday night, April 9th.

The blaze took place shortly before 11:30 PM in a dwelling at 4105 8th Street NW.

A working fire dispatch was sounded, but units were able to quickly get water on the fire and prevent extension above.

All searches were negative.

600 I Street S.E.

April 8, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy Rescue Squad 3

A fire involving the kitchen of an English basement was quickly controlled on Wednesday afternoon, April 8th.

The small blaze took place shortly after 1:30 PM in an occupied row house in the 600 block of I Street SE.

It was handled by a box alarm assignment. All searches were negative.

222 20th Street N.E.

April 8, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Fire that started beneath an apartment furnace required a box and working fire assignment to control on Wednesday morning, April 8th.

The blaze took place around 9:30 AM at 222 20th Street NE. The flames had spread down in the crawl space, requiring quick work to open up and prevent further extension.

These efforts were successful, and there were no injuries.

620 Nicholson Street N.W.

April 7, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Rescue was once again the name of the game for DC firefighters at a house fire in Brightwood on Tuesday evening , April 7th.

Residents of 620 Nicholson Street NW had fled to the roof to escape heat and smoke filling their home from a burning basement.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as the occupants were safely taken down by ground ladders.

The blaze, which was reported around 9:30 PM in the two story row, was contained before it could spread further.

EMS treated three children and two adults on the scene.

1007 Kenyon Street N.W.

April 6, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photos By Vito Maggiolo & Others

Video By Vito Maggiolo

One person is dead and another fighting for life after being pulled from their burning home on Monday morning, April 6th.

The two alarm blaze was reported shortly before 6:30 AM in a two story row dwelling at 1007 Kenyon Street NW. There was heavy fire showing from the second floor on arrival.

The primary search revealed two adult victims trapped in the house. They were rushed outside and into waiting EMS units while being administered CPR.

A second alarm was sounded when the flames spread into the attic of an attached exposure. A total of three homes suffered damage in the blaze.

Three firefighters were also injured during the struggle to bring the fire under control.

North Capitol Street & Michigan Avenue

April 5, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Six people were transported to the hospital after an accident involving an overturned vehicle Easter Sunday evening.

Five cars were involved in the crash around 7 PM at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue. One was left lying on its side.

Four ambulances transported the victims to various medical facilities.

An incredible life saving rescue of a 20-year-old woman by DC Firefighters

Posted: Apr 04, 2015 4:24 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 04, 2015 4:33 PM EDT
By Paul Wagner, FOX 5 ReporterCONNECT

Photo credit: Elliott Goodman

A 20-year-old woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital after DC Firefighters brought her back to life.

According to sources familiar with the story the woman was trapped inside a smoke filled house in the 700 block of 19th Street NE a week ago Friday and was not breathing when she was found.

In this photo, Paramedic Zak Wright is breathing life into the woman as firefighters Jayme Heflin, Adam Turner and Lt. Scott Richardson assist.

The woman was pulled out of the house by firefighter Gerell Lockett.

We're told the Paramedic who saved the woman paid her a visit in the hospital today.

911 R Street N.W.

April 3, 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Early Friday evening DC Firefighters were dispatched for the report of a house fire at 911 R street  N.W.

Upon arrival, Engine 4 running second due reported smoke showing in the rear of the 3 story house. A working fire dispatch was then sounded.

The fire found on the top floor also extended into the attic, thanks to quick work by firefighters on the scene the fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes.

1221 V Street N.W.

April 3, 2015: Story & Photos By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo E Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

A three story townhouse was the scene of the latest working fire in DC on Friday, April 3rd.

The incident took place just before 9 AM at 1221 V Street NW, an occupied dwelling.

Firefighters encountered flames on the exterior from an apparent electrical malfunction that extended into floor joists between the first and second floors.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as units opened up to prevent further spread.

The blaze was controlled with no further extension.

Welcome Cadet Class 17

April 3, 2015: By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DCFD welcomed its latest members with the graduation of Cadet Class 17 on April 3rd.

1616 U Street N.W.

April 2, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy of Vito Maggiolo & Others

Smoke wafting over Engine and Truck 9's firehouse brought the station's morning routine to a grinding halt on Thursday morning, April 2nd.

Firefighters scrambled for the apparatus as they quickly discovered the smoke was rolling from the roof of 1616 U Street NW, directly opposite quarters.

A box and working fire dispatch was sounded just after 8:00 AM, as Engine 9 got a line on the fire involving pallets and tar pots atop the four story fitness center.

The blaze was extinguished without extension to the structure itself.

543 Florida Avenue N.W.

April 1, 2015: Story & Photos By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo A Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC firefighters battled a blaze in a Shaw row house on Wednesday night, April 1st.

The fire was reported in the basement of the three story occupied dwelling around 9 PM.

Flames were encountered in the kitchen of an English style basement, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

The fire was extinguished before it could spread further. One civilian was treated on the scene by EMS.

3236 O Street S.E.

April 1, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Engine 15 & Squad 3

It was no April Fools for the third battalion as they did battle with a house fire on Wednesday morning, April 1st.

The call went out around 6:45 AM  for 3236 O Street SE, a one story occupied home.

Fire was encountered on the first floor, with downed power lines presenting an additional hazard. A working fire dispatch was sounded along with an urgent request for Pepco.

Despite the challenges, the blaze was knocked down in short order.
One civilian was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

461 H Street N.W.

March 31, 2015: Story & Photos By: Vito Maggiolo

A smoke condition in a Chinatown apartment building that has seen many serious fires in past years brought a box and working fire dispatch to the scene on Tuesday, March 31st.

The building, at 461 H Street NW, is a city high rise housing many elderly occupants.

Units arriving in the 11 AM hour encountered moderate smoke on the first floor. An extensive search for the source finally located an outside mulch fire with smoke being drawn inside.

3529 Ames Street N.E.

March 29, 2015: Story & Photo By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

While units were still operating at the fatal fire on Eastern Avenue, another box alarm was sounded for smoke coming from an apartment building at 3529 Ames Street NE.

Engine 27 arrived to find fire on the second floor, and a working fire dispatch was again sounded.

The flames involved a kitchen area, and were quickly knocked down.

5810 Eastern Avenue N.E.

March 29, 2015: Story & Photos By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo E Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

For the third time since Friday morning, DC firefighters made a rescue at the scene of a blaze in Northeast Washington.

The latest outbreak took place on Sunday in a two story brick duplex at 5810 Eastern Avenue NE.

When box alarm companies arrive around 10:50 AM, they encountered heavy fire on the first floor, and an occupant on the sidewalk reporting a person still trapped inside.

Units battling their way into the home encountered severe packrat conditions, which fed the flames and made the search extremely difficult.

A working fire dispatch was requested, and after a desperate search the victim was finally pulled from the dwelling and CPR was initiated.
That patient and the other occupant were both taken to the hospital, where unfortunately the trapped victim died.

It took an extensive fire fight to bring the blaze under control.

5010 Sheriff Road N.E.

March 28, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Fire action continued in Northeast Washington with a house fire in the far corner of the quadrant late evening on Saturday, March 28th.

The blaze, reported shortly before 11:30 PM, involved the basement of a two story, wood frame house at 5010 Sheriff Road NE.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames burning in two rooms.

It was extinguished with no further extension and no injuries.

771 19th Street N.E.

March 27, 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Late Friday evening DC Firefighters were dispatched for the report of a house on fire at 771 19th St. N.E., and as units were responding, reports of multiple calls and people trapped were transmitted to them.

Within minutes Engine 10 and Truck 13 arrived on the scene with smoke showing on the 1st and 2nd floors with a working fire in the basement. Immediately Firefighters began their search, and shortly Truck 13 located the trapped victim unconscious. The victim was rushed out of the building by Truck 13 and Squad 1.

Firefighter Paramedics on the scene administered ALS procedures and the victim was transported in life threatening condition to the hospital, along with 3 other occupants. Other companies went right to work suppressing the fire and ventilating.

Another professional and great job by the Firefighters and EMS personnel that protect our Nations Capital everyday.

Note: It was Engine 10's 2nd fire that day with a house fire and people trapped.



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