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Updates are made throughout the month and placed in date order. 

3130 Lyndale Place S.E.

November 24, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy Engine15 Facebook

There was no rest for DC firefighters on Thanksgiving day as the battled a late morning blaze in Southeat.

The fire erupted around 10:40 AM in a second floor bedroom at 3130 Lyndale Place SE.

There were initial reports of people trapped, and one individual was removed from the home and transported to the hospital for observation.

The fire was controlled with a box and working fire assignment.

New Quarters For Engine 13 & Truck 10

November 24, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

It was another historic occasion for DC Fire and EMS as ribbon cutting ceremonies took place on Tuesday, November 24th, for the new firehouse at 4th and E Streets Southwest.

The state of the art facility sits in a two story section of a new Hyatt Hotel, and will house Engine 13, Truck 10, Ambulance 13, the foam units, and Twinned Agent Unit 1.

Mayor Bowser led a contingent of city officials, dignitaries, and others involved in the planning and building of the station.

November 24, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Fireboat 1, the John Glenn, puts on a water display for a group of wounded warriors on a Potomac River cruise Tuesday, November 24th.

The Patriot Cruise took place aboard the cruise vessel Odyssey.

Lt. Kevin McRae Remembered

Kevin McRae Day in the District

November 22, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Sunday morning the McRae Family joined by 100's of DC Firefighters celebrated the birthday of a true DCFD Great and Hero by having a Ceremony at Engine 6 and a Wreath Laying at 1330 7th Street where Kevin died in the Line Of Duty.

After the Ceremony at Engine 6, 100's walked the few blocks to 1330 7th Street led by the Emerald Society Bagpipe Band where the wreath was placed at the scene of Kevin's heroic day and of course untimely death.

Wagon Master Ron Little Retires

November 2015: Courtesy DC Fire & EMS Facebook

On Friday, November 20, 2015, family, friends, retired and current members of D.C. Fire and EMS gathered at the quarters of Engine 32 to honor Wagon Master Ron Little for 30 years of service during his retirement dinner.

Wagon Master Little was appointed to Engine 32 on August 18, 1985 and retired on August 21, 2015. D.C. Fire and EMS would like to thank Wagon Master Ron Little for his dedicated services to the department, residents and visitors of the District of Columbia. Enjoy the 5th Platoon!

11th & Girard St's N.W.

November 22, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A matter of a few feet made all the difference in the world for a driver at the scene of a Northwest accident on Sunday, November 22nd.

A rescue assignment was dispatched to 11th and Girard Streets NW around 5 PM for an overturned vehicle. They found an SUV that was in collision with a cab and flipped atop another vehicle, narrowly missing the driver sitting inside.

Despite the potential, there was no entrapment and only one person with relatively minor injuries transported to the hospital.

2200 4th Street N.W.

November 19, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A collapse assignment was dispatched to Howard University after a student drove his vehicle into a campus building late Thursday night, November 19th.

The incident took place shortly before midnight at the Bethune annex on 4th Street NW.

Students were evacuated while firefighters determined if the dormitory had suffered any structural damage.

There was none, and the driver was taken into custody by police.

Friendiship Fire Association Marks 75 Years of Dedicated Service to the DCFD

This year the Friendship Fire Association marks 75 Years of dedicated service to the DCFD.

It was in 1940 when a group of dedicated civilians of all walks of life started the FFA with a used buggy and a few coffee pots and came out 24 hours a day in all types of weather to serve and refresh our dedicated DCFD friends.

Now we operate 2 Canteen Units and a Rehab Unit that has assisted our great department on hundreds of calls, still 24 hours a day and in all weather.

To mark this great event the Friendship Fire Association is making this beautiful Collector Challenge Coin available for a $10 donation which will be used to help the FFA in present and future endeavors.

All the members of the FFA thank you for your participation in this worthy cause and for letting us be part of this great department.

To obtain coins contact Elliot 301-807-8192 ,Vito, or any member of the Friendship Fire Association.

515 Parkland Place S.E.

November 18, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Typical fast work by DC firefighters was able to confine a fire in Southeast on Wednesday afternoon, November 18th.

A box alarm was sounded at 4:12 PM for 515 Parkland Place Southeast, an occupied two story apartment building.

Units arrived to find smoke showing from the first floor, and entered to find a kitchen involved.

The flames were extinguished with the box assignment, and searches were negative.

Ground Breaking For The New Quarters Of Engine 22 & Truck 11

November 18, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

This morning Mayor Bowser, Chief Dean, DC Firefighters, Dignitaries, and Citizens of our great city gathered at Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street N.W.

Located across from the Walter Reed Hospital complex this marked the groundbreaking for the new quarters of Engine 22, Truck 11, Ambulance 22 and the Fire Investigation Unit.

The new firehouse will replace the oldest in service station built in 1897. The new state of the art station is scheduled to open in December of 2016.

11th & S St's N.W.

November 18, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A multi car collision with an overturned vehicle brought a rescue assignment to the scene on Wednesday evening, November 18th.

The wreck took place around 5:30 PM at the intersection of 11th and S Street NW.

Despite the severity of the accident, there was no entrapment, and firefighters evaluated the occupants of the vehicles for injuries.

712 24th Street N.E.

November 17, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

The third working fire on Tuesday, November 17th, took place in a Northeast apartment building.

The blaze broke out shortly before 9:30 PM in a first floor apartment at 712 24th Street NE.

It was quickly extinguished despite initial reports of possible entrapment, all searches were negative.

2224 Prout Street S.E.

November 17, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

It was a busy day for DC firefighters as they battled the second house fire of the day Tuesday, November 17th.

The latest blaze erupted around 2:30 PM in an occupied, two story row dwelling at 2224 Prout Street SE.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as lines were brought to bear on the flames involving the second floor rear.

The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes, and all searches proved negative.

305 56th Street N.E.

November 17, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Tuesday afternoon DC Firefighters responded for the report a house fire at 305 56th St. N.E., upon arrival reported heavy smoke on the 1st and 2nd floors and fire showing on side (C).

Units advanced lines as well as truck companies opening the roof, squad made there searches and the fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes with no injuries reported.

3100 Westover Place S.E.

November 17, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Six companies were brought to bear on a deep seated brush fire Tuesday afternoon, November 17th.

The fire involved woods in the rear of the 3100 block of Westover Place Southeast.

Firefighters were forced to hike a considerable distance to reach the flames, and had to stretch approximately 800 feet of hose in order to extinguish the blaze.

55 M Street N.E.

November 17, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

An injured construction worker at a construction site was removed by DC firefighters using a Stokes basket and crane on Tuesday afternoon, November 17th.

The incident took place at #55 M Street NE around noon. Engine 6 was dispatched on a medical local, and called for the below grade rescue assignment.

The victim was safely lifted from the pit and transported to the hospital.

12th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W.

November 16, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A man who fell into an open air shaft at a downtown federal building was rescued by firefighters late Sunday evening, November 16th.

The individual was apparently sleeping on a ledge at the EPA building at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW when he rolled into the shaft and injured himself.

Engine and Medic 2 responded on an initial medical local and called for the below grade rescue assignment after assessing the situation.

The victim was stabilized and packaged, than removed using a rope and hoist system with a ladder.

He was taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.

408 Rittenhouse Street N.W.

November 15, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Smoke coming from the chimney marked the beginning of a working fire on Sunday, November 15th.

The fire, reported shortly after 2 PM, involved a 2.5 story occupied frame home at 408 Rittenhouse Street Northwest.

Upon gaining entry, firefighters located a small blaze in the basement furnace room, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

The flames were extinguished before they could spread, and all residents of the dwelling safely evacuated.

2031 Alabama Avenue S.E.

November 14, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Arching wires atop a burning gas meter complicated efforts to extinguish a blazing house in Southeast DC on Saturday night, November 14th.

A box alarm was sounded around 7:30 PM with callers reporting addresses on three separate blocks. First arriving units found heavy fire showing from a two story dwelling at 2031 Alabama Avenue SE.

Flames had control of the front porch and first floor, but an attack from side A was delayed due to wires that had fallen in front and ignited the gas meter.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as fire extended to the second floor and threatened exposure B. Command had the primary interior attack enter from the rear while efforts were made to control the utility problems.

The blaze was knocked down after a considerable effort. Searches of the home proved negative.

1st & V St's S.W.

November 13, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

For the second time this year, DC firefighters dealt with a blaze inside a large Pepco facility in Southwest.

The latest incident at the massive building at 1st and V Streets Southwest was reported around 11 AM on Friday the 13th.

There was a smoke condition inside, but units held their positions on the exterior until Pepco officials arrived to help determine what was burning.

Once they arrived, a recon team entered the structure, and discovered fire involving a second floor storeroom. Due to potential electrical hazards, dry chemical extinguishers were used to extinguish the blaze.

Due to the nature of the facility, the assignment included the hazmat and foam units, but their services were not required.

23rd & I Street N.W.

November 12, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A double decker tour bus caught fire in Foggy Bottom on Thursday evening, November 12th, snarling rush hour traffic.

The blaze erupted in the vehicle around 4:30 PM at 23rd and I Streets NW. An engine and truck were originally dispatched, but the triple local was filled out due to multiple phone calls.

Units arrived to find the engine compartment well involved, but were able to confine the flames before they could spread to the passenger area.
All aboard the bus safely evacuated and there were no injuries.

301 H Street N.E.

November 11, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A collapse assignment was called to the busy H Street corridor on Wednesday night, November 11th.

The request was made by Engine 10 after a car ran into scaffolding at 301 H Street Northeast.

An initial reconnaissance determined that there was no serious structural damage, but members of the cave-in task force did shore up one support for safety.

The driver appeared to be suffering from a medical condition and was treated by EMS.

15th & Maine Avenue S.W.

November 9, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters responding to an accident with entrapment found a grisly scene late Monday night, November 9th.

A rescue assignment was dispatched around midnight to Maine Avenue in the area of 15th Street SW, where they discovered a car that hit a tree and was fully engulfed in fire.

Unfortunately, the driver had been unable to escape, and was found dead inside after units extinguished the flames.

Rescue Squad 1 also searched the area, including the Tidal Basin, for any additional victims who may have been thrown from the vehicle. None were found.

1312 Clifton Street N.W.

November 8, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A woman is lucky to be alive after falling three floors down a trash chute into a compactor late Sunday night, November 8th.

The incident took place in an apartment building at 1312 Clifton Street NW around 11 PM.

The victim was reportedly in the sub basement compactor for around 90 minutes before being rescued by firefighters.

Two rescue squads were used in the removal operation, and the patient was transported to a trauma center.

933 N Street N.W.

November 7, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Fire in a Shaw apartment building brought a box and working fire dispatch to the scene on Saturday night, November 7th.

The blaze erupted shortly before 9:30 PM in a fourth floor apartment at 933 N Street Northwest.

Firefighters found a kitchen involved in the unit, and were able to quickly knock down the flames.

All searches of the fire apartment were negative, and other occupants safely evacuated.

1336 Ridge Place S.E.

November 6, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A blaze visible enough to have 911 callers giving several addresses confronted Third Battalion firefighters on Friday afternoon, November 6th.

The box was sounded around 4:30 PM for the fire that was finally determined to be at 1336 Ridge Place Southeast. Flames had full possession of the top floor rear of the three story row house.

A working fire dispatch was immediately sounded to deal with the challenging blaze. Firefighters aggressively attacking the fire were able to keep it from spreading to exposures.

It took about 20 minutes to bring the incident under control. Searches of the home proved negative.

1122 21st Street N.E.

November 5, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

A furnace led to fire in a Northeast apartment building on Wednesday afternoon, November 4th.

Firefighters responded around 4:30 PM to 1122 21st Street Northeast, a three story occupied apartment building. There they discovered flames in the flooring beneath a furnace on the top floor.

A more serious blaze was averted by quickly opening up and extinguishing the fire before it could spread further.

The incident was contained with the box alarm assignment.

7th Street & Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

November 4, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

It took the combined efforts of two rescue squads to remove a person pinned under a Greyhound bus on Wednesday afternoon, November 4th.

Units were originally dispatched around 1 PM for a pedestrian struck, but the call was quickly upgraded to a rescue assignment when additional reports were received that the victim was underneath a vehicle.

Firefighters arrived to find the patient beneath the rear wheels of a large bus. It took rescuers using a variety of tools approximately 20 minutes to extricate the individual, who was than transported to a trauma center.



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