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Engine 29 Rededication

April 10, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Citizens of the Palisades and Spring Valley neighborhoods welcomed back their local firefighters at the rededication of Engine 29, Truck 5, and Ambulance 29’s quarters on April 10th.

The reopening took place after a year and a half of renovations to the aging fire station. During this period, the units were temporarily housed on Federal water plant property that was actually located on the Maryland side of the border.

The renovations included moving the bunk room to the rear of the station, occupying the former kitchen area, while the former bunk area is now the kitchen and sitting room. Office space and officer’s quarters were created on the second level, and there is now a dedicated ambulance bay.

The redone station is also far more energy efficient.

4304 3rd Street N.W.

April 19, 2014

As many members were preparing to take the departmental promotional exam, 4th Battalion members put their knowledge and abilities to use.

Just before 0600, units were alerted for the reported house fire in the 4300 block of 3rd St NW. Engine 14 went on scene with "nothing evident" from the alpha side. Shortly after Engine 11 returned with "heavy fire in the rear". Engine 22 arrived and took a position in the rear of the structure finding fire showing from all 3 floors of a 3 story duplex.

Truck 6 & 11 laddered and performed horizontal / vertical ventilation. Rescue 2 performed a search of the structure and found all occupants to be out of the house.

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1024 W Street N.W.

April 12, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Saturday, April 12th, continued to be a busy day for Fourth Battalion firefighters as another blaze broke out just blocks away while they were still operating at an earlier fire at 2301 11th Street NW.

The second incident took place at 1024 W Street NW and involved the roof area of a two story dwelling. It was controlled with a box alarm assignment, and no injuries were reported.

2301 11th Street N.W.

April 12, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One civilian and two firefighters had to be taken to the hospital following a blaze in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, April 12th.

The fire broke out around 2:40 PM in an occupied eight story apartment building at 2301 11th Street NW. Smoke billowing from the top floor signaled that a working incident was in progress.

The working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters made their way to the top floor and attacked the flames. The search team sheltered residents in place until the blaze was contained.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and a civilian was transported with trouble breathing.

N. Capitol Street & New York Avenue

April 11, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Units responding on a rescue alarm found a vehicle on its side Friday afternoon, April 11th.

The accident took place around 4:30 PM at North Capitol Street and New York Avenue. All occupants self-evacuated, and were treated by EMS.

1934 Bennett Place N.E.
1612 E Street N.E.

April 10, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

It was double trouble for firefighters in northeast DC as two working fires broke out a short time and short distance apart Thursday afternoon, April 10th.

The first blaze broke out just before 3 PM at 1934 Bennett Place NE. Units arrived to find flames involving two rooms on the second floor, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

That incident was under control for only a short time when firefighters overhauling there saw smoke in the sky nearby. It was coming from a blaze barreling through the first floor of a two story semi-detached house at 1612 E Street NE, with residents trapped above.

Once again, a working fire dispatch was sounded, and ladders were used to rescue the occupants from the rear of the house. Both fires were contained without injuries.

1300 H Street N.W.

April 7, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters responding to the report of a car vs. building found a taxi embedded in the lobby of a downtown hi-rise on Monday, April 7th.

The accident took place around 10:45 AM at 1300 H Street NW. The impact was severe enough to cause injury to a building employee working inside.

The Special Operations Battalion took command of the incident as the injured were treated and transported and the cave-in task force checked for structural damage and stability issues.

1750 W Street S.E.

April 3, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters were met with a wall of flames when they arrived at a house fire in the heart of the Anacostia neighborhood on Thursday morning, April 3rd.

The blaze, reported around 10:50 AM, engulfed a two and a half story frame duplex at 1750 W Street SE. Heavy fire conditions were first encountered throughout the basement and first floor, than quickly spread upstairs into the second floor and attic.

Flames also spread into the other half of the duplex, and after an interior battle that lasted about 20 minutes with little progress, crews were pulled from the structure and a second alarm was requested.

Ladder and wagon pipes, as well as exterior hand lines, than went to work, pounding the fire from outside. It took a considerable amount of time to extinguish numerous heavy pocket of fire in both homes.

Two firefighters were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

King Avenue S.E.

April 1, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

April fools day was no joke for the driver who crashed his vehicle that night on King Avenue SE.

The 3rd Battalion Chief was responding to another incident when he came across this wreck. The vehicle in question hit a tree, took down 2 signs and a bike rack, than struck a second tree before slamming into an unmarked police cruiser and catching fire.

A rescue assignment and several EMS units were required to assist at the scene.



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