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Death Notice From The RFA

The Retired Firefighter's Association regrets to notify our members of the death of Brother Charles K. Butler, Sr. who passed away on January 20, 2015. He was appointed to Truck Co 8 on 03/17/58 and retired from Engine 25 on 04/01/78.

A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at JW and Friends Restaurant located at 6531 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA. An open-house reception will take place between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charlie may be made to one of the following: Parkinson's Foundation of the National Capital Area, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 208, Falls Church, VA 22043; Capital Caring www.capitalcaring.org; COPD Foundation www.copdfoundation.org


4100 Georgia Avenue N.W.

January 24, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

An automatic fire alarm triggered by a sprinkler activation signaled the start of a working fire in the Petworth neighborhood on Saturday morning, January 24th.

Engine 24 was dispatched on the automatic fire alarm to 4100 Georgia Avenue NW around 9:45 AM. Upon investigating, they encountered a kitchen ablaze in a 6th floor apartment, and asked for the box to be filled. Aided by the sprinkler system, they got a line on the fire and had it knocked down as other units were arriving.

The remainder of the box helped check for extension and ventilated the smoke that filled the fire floor. All searches proved negative.


1001 16th Street N.W.

January 22, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

For the second time in two days, a working fire dispatch was sounded for fire in the Capital Hilton Hotel at 1001 16th Street NW.

The latest outbreak started around 9:30 AM in the basement of the occupied 16 story hotel. It involved ductwork adjacent to the area involved in Tuesday's blaze.

Once again, asbestos exposure was a concern, and several units were required to go through decontamination procedures after pulling ceilings and exposing the fire area.

It took about three hours before the incident could be declared under control.


Mayor Muriel Bowser thanks firefighters for their life saving efforts at the L'Enfant Plaza metro incident.


3000 Block Cambridge Place N.W.

January 21, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

The fire service phrase "expect the unexpected" reaffirmed itself at an incident in Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon, January 21st.

When the special operations battalion and other units responded on a suspicious package call in the 3000 block of Cambridge Place NW, they were surprised to learn the item in question was an old cannonball.

The aging piece of weaponry had been dislodged several weeks earlier from a chimney while work was being done. The homeowners had been showing it to friends and neighbors until someone suggested to them that it could pose a danger.

Metropolitan Police bomb technicians examined the ball and decided to call in a military explosive ordnance team.

An engine, squad, and medic unit stood by while the army team went about their procedures, and determined that there were indeed explosives inside.

The cannonball was secured and taken away by the team to a bomb disposal facility under police escort, and the fire department units were released.


Exceptional Service On The West End

January 18, 2015: Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Interim D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Eugene A. Jones presented Captain Sean Egan, Firefighter Technician James Busi, Firefighter Ricardo Johnson, and Firefighter Raymond Brown with a Commendation Certificate on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Members received the certificates for exceptional services while on an emergency service call on December 12, 2014.


1140 Oates Street N.E.

January 20, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Two stubborn fires of a very different nature taxed the resources of the department on Tuesday, January 20th.

The first blaze erupted in an occupied two story apartment building at 1140 Oates Street NE. It was reported shortly before 9:30 AM.

First arriving units encountered heavy fire on the first floor as well as an injured female on the front lawn. The initial attack was stymied by severe packrat conditions inside, which provided a severe fire load and hindered access. The fire spread to the second floor, and a second alarm had to sounded. A firefighter was injured during the battle and was also transported to the hospital.

As this blaze was being controlled, ambulance 10 spotted heavy smoke showing from the roof of the Capital Hilton hotel at 1001 16th Street NW. That box was sounded around 10:30 AM.

Inside the hotel, fire had originated in the ductwork on the B-1 level and extended up the duct 16 floors to the roof. It was difficult fire to root out and a working fire dispatch plus two more engines and another truck were requested.

All hands spent hours at this incident opening up and exposing hidden fire.


1629 K Street N.W.

January 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A boiler explosion atop a downtown hi-rise office building seriously injured two workers on Sunday afternoon, January 18th.

The incident took place on the roof of 1629 K Street NW. A hazmat box was sounded due to the nature of the call.

There was no fire, but both victims had to be transported to trauma centers.


Busy Weekend For DC Firefighters

January 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

It was a busy weekend for DC Fire, as three blazes took place in a 12 hour period.

The first too place shortly after 8 PM on Saturday, when Engine 22 was dispatched on an automatic fire alarm to 1349 Sheridan Street NW. They arrived to find smoke issuing from the home and requested a box. The fire involved a room on the second floor and a working fire assignment was also sounded.

It was shortly before 1 AM when another box was sounded for 3446 24th Street SE. This blaze involved the second floor of a two story, semi-detached dwelling, and once again a working fire assignment was requested. All occupants safely escaped.

Fast forward to 7 AM, when fire broke out at 3340 Ames Street NE. This time an occupant was reported trapped in the basement. There was smoke showing on arrival, and the working fire was sounded. A victim was located, removed, and transported to a trauma center before the blaze was controlled.


2845 Mills Avenue N.E.

January 17, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC firefighters dealt with a Northeast house blaze in the post midnight hours of Saturday, January 17th.

The fire involved the basement ceiling and extended into the first floor walls of a two story frame home at 2845 Mills Avenue NE.

The incident was fought with a box and working fire dispatch assignment. There were no injuries, and the searches proved negative.


1150 22nd Street N.W..

January 13, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Tuesday afternoon DC Firefighters were dispatched on A HAZMAT Box Alarm to the Ritz Carlton Hotel at 22nd and M St. N.W.

Upon arrival units found a leak of Hydrogen Peroxide from a 55 Gallon Drum. Hazmat crews with full Hazmat suits entered the basement area and secured the leak.

A Decon was set up to handle firefighters leaving the exposed area. A Special Alarm was called for the Decon Trailer, Rehab and Canteen.

All was secure in about 90 minutes.


101 U Street N.W.
 

January 13, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The Bloomingdale neighborhood was the scene of DC's latest working fire on Tuesday morning, January 13th.

The blaze involved a two story corner row dwelling at 101 U Street NW and was reported shortly after 11 AM. Flames originated in the walls on the first floor and spread upwards to the second before the fire was brought under control.

All searches were negative, and there were no reported injuries. The incident was handled with a box and working fire dispatch assignment.


1 Dead, 2 Critical After Two-Alarm Mass Casualty Incident At L'Enfant Plaza Station
 

January 12, 2015: Video From STATter911.com

Story By : Vito Maggiolo

One person is dead, 84 had to be transported to area hospitals, and 200 were evaluated by EMS after thick smoke filled the Metro system in the vicinity of the L'Enfant Plaza station in Southwest DC.

The incident was reported around 3:45 PM. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke conditions in the station and reports of people trapped in stalled trains in adjacent tunnels.

A second alarm was requested to provide the manpower needed to reach panic stricken riders, some of whom were self evacuating from stalled trains filled with the acrid smoke. Firefighters escorted hundreds to safety through the darkened tunnels.

A mass casualty incident was declared as scores of passengers emerged from the system requiring medical attention. Both mass casualty task forces and all available EMS transport units were called to the scene. Mutual aid resources from Maryland and Virginia were requested to help backfill DC stations.

Among the injuries was a DC firefighter, who was transported with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Investigators from several agencies spent the evening attempting to determine the source of the smoke.


1425 A Street S.E.

January 12, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Flames erupting from the first floor was the sight that greeted firefighters arriving at a Southeast house fire Monday morning, January 12th.

The fire involved a two story, occupied row dwelling at 1425 A Street SE, and was reported shortly after 8:30 AM.

An aggressive interior attack confined the blaze to the front porch and living room area.

All of the residents were able to safely evacuate the home.


BFC Donald Martin Retires

January 10, 2015: Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

The District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department would like to thank Battalion Fire Chief Donald Martin for 31 years of dedicated service to the residents and visitors of the District of Columbia.

Chief Martin was appointed to Truck 5 on April 16, 1984 and retired as the 6th Battalion Chief on January 10, 2015.

Congratulations Chief Martin and enjoy the 5th Platoon.


700 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.

January 10, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

A woman had to be taken to the hospital after a fire erupted in her Watergate complex apartment on Saturday night, December 10th.

The blaze erupted shortly before midnight on the 5th floor of 700 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Flames involving the apartment's bedroom were contained to that area by a box and working fire assignment.

Numerous other residents were sheltered in place until the incident could be brought under control.


510 I Street N.W.

January 9, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

An electrically fed fire in an aging Chinatown building made for a stubborn blaze on Friday night, January 9th.

The incident was reported around 9:30 PM in a four story building at 510 I Street NW. Engine 2 arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and occupants fleeing the structure.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters encountered flames in the basement worming their way to the floor above. Fire worked itself up the walls along the staircase to the first and second
floors.

Pepco had to be called in to shut power to the structure, as fire was spreading along the conduit and normal means of shutting off power failed.

The delay in cutting electricity, and many hidden partitions, made it an extended and labor intensive operation, requiring the assistance of several additional units above the box and working fire assignment.

Firefighters also were doing battle in extremely frigid weather, requiring the canteen unit to be called to the scene.

It took over an hour before the blaze was finally contained and brought under control.


3103 M Street N.W.

January 9, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

The deep freeze that enveloped DC over the past 2 days has led to a number of gas leaks and other weather related emergencies.

One of those was on Friday, January 9th, in the heart of Georgetown, at 3103 M Street NW. The leak, in a building under renovation, impacted several commercial occupancies.

An additional truck company and the special operations battalion chief were called to assist. An attack line was put in place as a Washington Gas crew attempted to shut off the gas in the street.
Initial efforts to turn off the flow were unsuccessful.

Eventually, the gas company was forced to bring in a jackhammer and backhoe to dig up the line in the sidewalk.


100 Block W Street N.W.

January 6, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

A dryer fire in a Northwest home was quickly controlled on Tuesday afternoon, January 6th.

The incident took place in the 100 block of W Street NW around 1 PM.
First arriving Engine 6 initially encountered smoke coming from the front door of an occupied, two story row house, and determined it was a basement fire.

They encountered a dryer fire with potential extension into the walls, and a working fire dispatch was requested. However, the flames were contained to the dryer with smoke thru out the dwelling, and the under control was quickly declared.


I-295 Accident

January 6, 2015: By Vito Maggiolo

Rescue Squad 3 was on the way to get fuel when they came across this wreck on Tuesday, January 6th, at the juncture at Interstate 295 and 695.

A bus and a pickup truck were involved with two injuries. There was no entrapment.

This was one of many accidents that took place as a result of the first snow for the new year.


901 O Street N.W.

January 5, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

A bizarre accident in a parking garage ramp left a worker injured on Monday morning, January 5th.

The incident took place around 9 AM beneath an apartment and shopping complex at 9th and O Streets NW.

The victim was working in the platform of a man lift inside the large ramp when a delivery truck tried to drive under the lift boom. The vehicle slammed into the boom, forcing the platform up into the ceiling and injuring its sole occupant.

Firefighters from the special operations command, assisted by additional units and EMS, secured, stabilized and packaged the victim, before removing him from the elevated location.

The patient was then transported to an area trauma center.


Rock Creek Parkway & P Street N.W.

January 4, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A woman was taken to the hospital suffering from hypothermia after driving her car into Rock Creek in the noon hour of Sunday, January 4th.

A water rescue assignment dispatched to Rock Creek Parkway near P Street NW found the victim standing atop her vehicle in the water of the creek.

She was safely removed to the roadbed and treated by EMS.


63 K Street N.W.

January 2, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A defective water heater led to fire in the walls of a Northwest row home on Friday afternoon, January 2nd.

The small blaze took place at 63 K Street NW, a three story occupied dwelling. Companies were able to open up and quickly contain the flames.

The incident was contained with a box alarm assignment.


Second Alarm 3238 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.

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

The year 2015 started off with a stubborn restaurant fire at the 2nd District Restaurant and Lounge located at 3238 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.

Approximately 1430 hours, DC Firefighters responded for the report of a building fire at Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb Street N.W. There were several addresses given while units were en route.

Upon arrival Engine 20 reported light smoke conditions in the front of the building. A fire located in the kitchen then progressed up to the 2nd floor and roof and made it difficult to get under control due to the construction of the building.

Heavy smoke conditions were coming from the upper floors and roof and a 2nd Alarm was sounded as well as special alarms and mutual aide from Montgomery County.

The fire was knocked down with an aggressive internal attack and great truck work.

The fire was brought under control in about an hour.


New York Avenue N.E.

January 1, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC firefighters made quick work of an early new year's morning vehicle fire.

The blaze involved a pickup truck in a motel parking lot in the 1600 block of New York Avenue NE.


Suitland Parkway & Stanton Road S.E.

January 1, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

2015 was less then two hours old when a multi vehicle accident sent five people to area hospitals.

The wreck took place around 1:45 AM on the Suitland Parkway near Stanton Road SE. A rescue assignment found four vehicles involved with one overturned.

Due to intense new years EMS activity, a mutual aid ambulance from Prince George's County was called in to assist with the large number of patients.

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