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May 29th is Fireman's Memorial Day. There will be a Remembrance Brunch for all 100 LODD at the union hall that morning. Brunch will begin at 9:30, Service to begin at 10:00. There will be family members from some of the Fallen in attendance. There will be a few speakers and the Service usually takes about 1 hour.  This is a great way to show the families that we truly have not forgotten them. All active and retired members are invited to attend.

If any members plan to attend please RSVP. You can do so by calling the union office (202) 635-8500 or email any executive board member.


3327 7th Street S.E.

May 22, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

A large two story lightweight home was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Friday, May 22nd.

The blaze took place around 3AM in the empty frame detached dwelling at 3327 7th Street SE.

There was heavy fire on arrival, and it was so advanced that companies were quickly ordered to evacuate the house. They then put a number of exterior streams in operation, including a ladder pipe.

In addition to a box and working fire dispatch, two additional engines were special called to assist with water supply.


2617 24th Street N.W.

May 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One civilian suffered serious injuries and two firefighters were taken to the hospital after flames ripped through a NE home on Monday, May 18th.

The fire involved a two story detached home at 2617 24th Street NE and was reported around 9AM. There was heavy fire on the second floor that extended to the attic and went thru the roof.

The blaze was controlled with a box and working fire dispatch assignment. The two injured members suffered non life threatening injuries.


17th & Corcoran Street's N.W.

May 17, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A small but elusive fire challenged 6th Battalion units in the Dupont Circle area on Sunday evening, May 17th.

Firefighters were called to a liquor store at 17th and Corcoran Streets NW in the 8 PM hour, and encountered light smoke from a vent in the three story building with apartments above the store.

The source of the smoke was difficult to determine, but finally traced to flames in a second floor wall. The buildings odd layout made it difficult to determine the extent and travel of the fire, and required extensive opening up to expose and extinguish it.


Blessing Of The Fleet

May 16, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Back from the shipyard after an extensive refitting and repairs, the fireboat John Glenn proudly displays her power with a water display during the annual blessing of the fleet.

The event took place on Saturday, May 16th, in the Washington Channel.


Lt. Kevin McRae Laid To Rest

May 15, 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Thousands paid tribute to Lt. Kevin McRae.

Lt. McRae's Funeral was attended by firefighters from across the country including Seattle, Chicago, FDNY, Baltimore and thousands from across the DC region. Kevin lost his life at 1330 7th Street N.W. battling a high rise fire where several rescues were made.

The long procession of family, friends and apparatus left the DC Armory and passed the building where Kevin lost his life as well as Engine Company 6 on New Jersey Avenue N.W. where he served as a Lieutenant.

It was a beautiful ceremony, one that will always be remembered. The work that the members of Engine 6 and Truck 4 did, as well as so many others was miraculous and made this a memorable event for such a great man.

We will all miss Kevin, may he Rest in Peace and may God always watch over his loving family.


3201 Woodland Drive N.W.

May 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A burning home in an exclusive neighborhood of Northwest DC led to a gruesome discovery by firefighters on Thursday afternoon, May 14th.

The fire was reported around 1:30 PM in an elegant and very large two story home at 3201 Woodland Drive NW. Box alarm companies found heavy fire on the second floor and a working fire dispatch was sounded.

The primary search discovered four people inside the home. Three were rushed outside with CPR in progress, but it was quickly determined they had been fatally assaulted prior to the fire, and only one was transported to the hospital, where they were declared dead.  The fourth victim was found severely burned and was not removed from the house.

The flames extended in the knee walls and attic, and suppression operations were very labor intensive, requiring a special alarm for am additional engine and truck, as well as the rehab unit. It took well over an hour before the incident could be declared under control.


49th & East Capitol St's

May 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

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The services of a rescue squad was needed at the scene of a wreck in far Northeast DC on Thursday morning, May 14.

Engine 30 arrived at 49th and East Capitol Street shortly before 9 AM to find one trapped inside a vehicle.

Squad 3 was dispatched and made access to the patient.


1600 New York Avenue N.E.

May 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One person was killed after being struck by a train along the Amtrak right of way in Northeast on Thursday morning, May 14th.

The incident took place around 10:15 AM in the 1600 block of New York Avenue NE.

A rescue assignment was dispatched to the scene, but the victim was PDOA and there was little for Fire and EMS to do.


1945 Bennett Place N.E.

May 12, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

Two firefighters had to be transported to the hospital after suffering injuries in an apparent arson blaze on Tuesday, May 12.

The fire was reported around 4:15 PM in a two story end of row at 1945 Bennett Place NE, where a resident had recently been evicted.

The basement was heavily involved on arrival, and flames also burned thru to the first floor before being controlled by a box and working fire assignment.

The officer and one member of the basement attack crew were transported from the scene with heat exhaustion and minor burns. A fire investigator was also taken to the hospital after suffering an apparent allergic reaction.


In Memory of Lt. Kevin McRae
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L.O.D.D announcement for Lt. McRae, 5-6-15 R.I.P Lt.

Posted by Tom Busl on Thursday, May 7, 2015 

May 7, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

The DC Fire Department was stunned and saddened by the line of duty death of Lieutenant Kevin McRae, Engine Co. 6, while battling a second alarm apartment fire at 1330 7th Street NW on the morning of Wednesday, May 6th.

Engine 6 arrived first due to find flames pouring out the 9th floor windows in the 10 story occupied building. After getting the fire knocked down, McRae collapsed as he exited the structure, and was rushed to the Washington Hospital Center, where he died despite extraordinary efforts to resuscitate him. Kevin, who had the nickname "lightbulb", was a beloved and respected firefighter and officer, who always had a smile on his face. He was a graduate of Cadet Class 4, appointed to the department on July 31, 1989.

McRae spent almost his entire career at either Engine 6 or Rescue Squad 1, during an era of busy fire duty for both companies. He was a squad driver and a mentor to many of his fellow firefighters. Lieutenant McRae was the 100th member of the department to fall in the line of duty. Tragically, the last previous on-duty death was Kevin's cousin, firefighter James McCrae, Truck 12, who on July 7, 2007, became ill in quarters and subsequently passed away.

Scores of firefighters gathered at both the hospital and the quarters of Engine 6 and Truck 4 upon hearing the tragic news. They formed a cordon of honor as his body was taken by ambulance 6 from the emergency room in a small procession, and shared in their collective grief at the firehouse, where black bunting was placed over the apparatus doors.

Lieutenant McRae was 44 years old. He is survived by his wife, Trell Parker McRae, sons Desmond and Davon, and daughter Kevon. The fire at which McRae died was reported shortly after 8 AM. Flames auto exposed slightly to the 10 floor before being controlled. In addition to the lieutenant, another firefighter and two civilians were also taken to the hospital. The cause of the blaze is under investigation


1710 U Street N.W.

May 4, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A windy, dry day contributed to the start of a fire on a deck in Adams Morgan on Monday afternoon, May 4th.

The flames broke out on a third floor wooden balcony at 1710 U Street NW.

It was contained to the area of origin by a box alarm assignment.


4600 South Capitol Street S.E.

May 4, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

An elderly man who fell down a steep incline required the assistance of DC Fire special ops resources on Monday, May 4th.

Units on the initial medical local in the 4600 block of South Capital Street SE found the victim down around 20 feet in a stream bed, and requested additional resources.A rescue squad, truck, and special ops battalion chief were added to the call.

The patient was stabilized, placed in a stokes basket, and raised up using a rope hoist system and a ladder.

The victim was transported from the scene by medic unit.


606 Girard Street N.E.

May 3, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Fire on the first floor of a Northeast row house brought a box and working fire dispatch to the scene on Sunday afternoon, May 3rd.

The blaze was reported shortly before 4:30 PM at 606 Girard Street NE.

Both floors were pushing smoke when firefighters arrived, followed by flames erupting from the front windows.

The fire was successfully contained to the ground floor. All residents safely escaped, but two required transport to the hospital.


161 36th Street N.E.

May 3, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Second Battalion companies made swift work of a fire in the rear of a building early Sunday morning, May 3rd.

The blaze, around 3:15 AM, engulfed the rear fence and deck of 161 36th Street NE.

The flames were extinguished by a box alarm assignment before they could spread to the interior.


3291 M Street N.W.

May 2, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The early morning weekend calm in Georgetown came to an abrupt end when fire broke out in a popular restaurant on Saturday, May 2nd.

Heavy smoke was showing from the Good Stuff Eatery at 3291 M Street NW when first units arrived around 8:15 AM.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as forcible entry was made and flames were found in the kitchen area.

The primary source was found to be a blazing deep fat fryer, and several dry chemical extinguishers were used to knock down the fire.

There was no further extension and no injuries. All searches were negative.


Watergate Collapse

May 1, 2015: Story & Photos By: Elliot J Goodman

Around 10 AM Firefighters and EMS were dispatched for the report of a building collapse at the massive Watergate Apartment 2700 Virginia Ave. N.W., upon arrival found a large underground parking structure that had collapsed burying cars under tons of concrete.

There was construction work being done and lots of construction workers in that area and unknown if any occupants were in their cars. All DCFD personnel went right to work searching the area for anyone trapped.

Due to the large scale operation an additional 12 Engines, 5 Trucks and all 3 Heavy Rescues were on the scene, along with the K9 search dog from Montgomery County was called to the scene. After several hours of searching it was believed no one was trapped, however due to the massive collapse, a lot of work had to be done to stabilize the structure and companies worked into the night.

During the incident Mayor Bowser arrived on the scene to survey the situation. During the massive operation the Friendship Fire Association was on the scene and provided much needed food and drinks.

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