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743 Fairmont Street N.W.

June 29, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

The morning routine in Fourth Battalion firehouses was just beginning on Monday, June 29th, when a box alarm was sounded for fire in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood.

Engine 4 responded from their quarters a short distance away to find smoke showing from the second floor of an apartment building at 743 Fairmont Street NW.

Flames involved a room on the second floor, but were quickly knocked down.

All searches proved negative, and the fire was controlled with a box alarm assignmemt.

67 V Street N.W.

June 28, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A cave-in assignment responded to the Bloomingdale neighborhood on Sunday morning, June 28, after neighbors reported a home in danger of collapse.

The call went out around 9:45 AM for a two story row dwelling at 67 V Street NW.

Firefighters found a home under renovation with the rear in unstable condition. They secured the area, established a safety zone, and requested a building inspector to make a further determination.

3027 Naylor Road S.E.

June 27, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Fire in the ductwork of a pizza store brought a box and working fire dispatch to the scene early Saturday morning, June 27th.

The blaze broke out at the Pizza Boli's, 3027 Naylor Road SE around 1 AM.

It was contained to the duct in the roof area and quickly brought under control.

Vito Maggiolo Talks Rescuing The Rescuers

June 24, 2015: Courtesy ABC 7

1916 M Street N.E.

June 21, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

There was no break from fire duty on fathers day as flames broke out in a Northeast home on Sunday, June 21.

The blaze broke out around 4:15 PM in a two story row house at 1916 M Street NE.

Units arrived to find fire burning on the second floor, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

The blaze was contained to the top floor, and all searches proved negative.

1915 P Street S.E.

June 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A visually impaired resident was safely removed from their burning Southeast home on Thursday evening, June 18th.

The fire was reported just before 6 PM in a two story row house at 1915 P Street SE., and responding units were alerted to the resident possibly still being inside.

Firefighters arrived to find flames in the basement, and Rescue Squad 3 found one person on the first floor and removed them from the dwelling.

The blaze was quickly brought under control with a box and working fire assignment.

5335 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.

June 18, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A stubborn and elusive fire in the ductwork of a Friendship Heights building made for some difficult going on Thursday morning, June 18.

The blaze was reported around 10:30 AM in a two story commercial building at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Firefighters initially encountered smoke coming from the roof, and quickly determined the flames were in a restaurant duct system.

Accessing and opening up the system, which snaked through several sections of the structure, made for a extensive and labor intensive operation. It took over and hour and a half before all the fire was exposed and extinguished with a box and working fire assignment.

The heat and humidity of the day, along with the length of the battle, resulted in a request for the Rehab Unit.

A New Home For Engine 1 & Truck 2

June 16, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The old quarters of Engine 1 and Truck 2 on M Street finally meets the wrecking ball.

Known as the "M Street Club" when the area now known as the West End was dotted with singles establishments, it also housed twinned agent 2 and the second Battalion Chief before the number of Battalion Chief's were reduced and reorganized.

The companies are currently housed in temporary quarters nearby on L Street while their new firehouse, to be incorporated into a new high rise building, is being constructed.

1816 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.

June 15, 2015: Story & Photo By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters battled the heat of the day as well as a basement fire in the Dupont Circle area on Monday afternoon, June 15th.

With the heat index souring to 96 degrees, flames erupted in the laundry room of 1816 New Hampshire Avenue NW. The blaze originated in a dryer and spread into ductwork.

The box was sounded around 2:15 PM, followed by a working fire dispatch, and was quickly brought under control.

The Rehab Unit was staffed due to the hot weather, and provided rehydration to exhausted firefighters.

1343 Kalmia Road N.W.

June 15, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

An attic fire in the upper reaches of the DC "gold coast" neighborhood was battled by Fourth Battalion firefighters on Monday morning, June 15th.

The fire was in a large two story detached house at 1343 Kalmia Road NW. The call was dispatched around 9:20 AM.

Units found flames burning in a portion of the attic, and operations were hindered by several knee walls and a second roof built over the original.

Despite these obstacles, the fire was confined and extinguished without further spread. It was held to a box alarm with a special for the air unit and investigators.

Searches of the occupied home proved negative.

121 Darrington Street S.W.

June 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The quiet of a Sunday morning was shattered by the sounds of sirens on June 14 as firefighters battled a Southwest blaze.

The flames broke out in the basement of a two story duplex at 121 Darrington Street around 7:30 AM.

A working fire dispatch was sounded when first due units reported smoke showing from both the basement and first floor.

It took about 10 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire in the basement, but efforts were complicated by an arcing electrical panel.

The blaze was finally controlled without injuries.

Presentation to Mission BBQ

June 2015: Story & Photo By Elliot J Goodman

In Recognition of the generous donation made by Mission BBQ during the very trying week of the death of Lt. McRae. This handmade flag by Steve Fennell was presented.

The flag hand made of fire hose and then painted measured 3x5 and was accompanied by a plaque. Engine 6 ball caps were donated by Greg Dypsky and Memorial Coins were donated by Elliot and were also given to the staff.

Special Thanks to Local 1619 PGFD for their generous help that week as well.

Firefighter Kevin Rimm Retires

June 2015: Story & Photo By Elliot J Goodman

Very best wishes to Kevin Rimm retiring as Truck Driver at 4 Truck.

Kevin served 26 years of dedicated service to our Nation's Capital and now heading out to tour our great country.

To Kevin, we wish you much happiness as you join platoon 5.

Dupont Circle Metro Box

June 13, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

In what has become a common occurrence, DC Fire was called to the scene of a reported fire in a metro tunnel on Saturday morning, June 13th.

The metro tunnel box was sounded for a fire reported between the Dupont Circle and Woodley Park stations on the Red Line.

Units reported to Dupont Circle, and due to the location of the incident in the tunnel, some were redirected to a vent shaft at Connecticut and Florida Avenues NW.

The Special Ops Battalion Chief led a team down into the shaft prepared for suppression operations if needed.

That was not the case, and the incident was eventually mitigated without fire department intervention.

4403 7th Street N.E.

June 12, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

The hot, humid weather plaguing DC made the going a little bit rougher for First Battalion firefighters Friday night, June 12th.

They had to deal with a basement fire in a two story duplex home at 4403 7th Street NE.

A working fire dispatch was sounded to help extinguish the blaze, which was confined to the basement.

There were no injuries reported.

Mississippi & Southern Avenues S.E.

June 12, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Southeast DC continued to be the scene of serious accidents with the third extrication In less then 24 hours on Friday, June 12th.

The latest wreck took place shortly after 10 AM at Mississippi and Southern Avenues SE.

A rescue assignment was dispatched and encountered a two vehicle wreck with one into a pole.

One victim had to be extricated by Rescue Squad 2, which is the most distant Squad from this location but was at the fireboat when assigned.

I-295 & East Capitol Street

June 12, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Squad 3

About two hours after extricating victims from the wreck on Suitland Parkway, Squad 3 responded to their second pin job of the night.

This accident, involving a single vehicle, took place on Friday, June 12, shortly before 2 AM, on I-295 at East Capitol Street.

One victim was extricated from the wreckage.

Firth Sterling & Suitland Parkway S.E.

June 11, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Squad 3

One person was killed and eight others injured, several critically, in a horrific pre midnight accident in Southeast on Thursday, June 11th.

The wreck took place at Firth Sterling Avenue and the Suitland Parkway, when a vehicle speeding down the parkway slammed into a car full of people turning onto the highway.

The crash left several people pinned and multiple traumas. The initial rescue assignment was immediately beefed up by a request for another rescue squad, 2 more medic units, and a paramedic engine.

The US Park police helicopter Eagle was also utilized for transport.
Several more transport units were eventually called for, as well as the South Mass Casualty Task Force.

The driver and another occupant of the striking car fled the scene, but that passenger was injured and did not get far before being apprehended.

3418 Minnesota Avenue N.E.

June 11, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One civilian was rescued from their burning Southeast apartment on Thursday evening, June 11th.

The fire was reported around 6:45 PM in a two story building at 3418 Minnesota Avenue NE.

Firefighters encountered a burning apartment on the second floor, and Truck 17 found and removed a victim. The fire was confined to the one apartment by a box and working fire assignment, and the patient was transported to a trauma center.

Due to the intense heat of the day, the Rehab and Rehab Support units were both staffed by members of the Friendship Fire Association and responded to the scene.

Fort Totten Metro

June 9, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A person who became ill and fell from their wheelchair onto metro tracks was safely removed on Tuesday, June 9th.

The victim was at the Fort Totten station when the incident took place around 2:15 PM.

A rescue assignment responded to the scene as third rail power was cut and train movement halted.

The patient was lifted from the track bed and evaluated by EMS personnel, who determined there were no serious injuries.

401 K Street N.W.

June 9, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

Once again, an automatic fire alarm  prevented a serious blaze from developing in the nations capital.

The latest incident took place on Tuesday, June 9th, in an 11 story apartment building at 401 K Street NW.

Engine 6, dispatched there on the automatic alarm around 12:30 PM, encountered heavy smoke in a first floor apartment, and called for the box.

The engine quickly got a line in place, and had the fire in a bedroom knocked down as other units were arriving.

A working fire dispatch was sounded but not needed. All searches were negative. 

1423 Madison Street N.W.

June 6, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Fourth battalion firefighters battled a house fire on Saturday afternoon, June 6th.

The blaze involved a two story detached dwelling at 1423 Madison Street NW. There was smoke showing from both floors upon arrival, but it was quickly determined the fire was in the basement.

Flames did extend via the walls to the first floor before the incident was controlled with a box and working fire dispatch.

Searches of the home proved negative.

Touch A Truck Event

June 6, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC Fire and EMS shared some of their apparatus with the public at the annual "Touch a Truck" event at RFK stadium parking on Saturday, June 6th.

The event features vehicles from a variety of city agencies and draws several thousand visitors.

2700 Virginia Avenue N.W.

June 5, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

An automatic fire alarm performed its function in the early morning hours of Friday, June 5th, preventing a serious fire from developing at the Watergate complex.

The alarm was received around 1 AM for 2700 Virginia Avenue NW, and Engine 23 and Truck 2 were dispatched. The engine arrived to find fire in a first floor apartment, and asked for the box to be filled.

The location of the apartment, just off the lobby entrance of the 14 story building, allowed them to quickly get a  line in operation and knock the flames down as other units were just arriving.

A working fire dispatch was sounded but quickly returned. All occupants of the apartment safely evacuated.

14th & Constitution Avenue N.W.

June 3, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC Fire and EMS personnel performed CPR for 40 minutes as they struggled to save a worker injured on the roof of a construction site on Wednesday, June 3rd.

The accident took place at the new Museum of African American History and Culture, on the mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Units assigned to a medical local found the victim on the roof top in trauma arrest, after being crushed in a scaffolding accident. ALS was started and they called for a high angle rescue assignment.

A plan was devised to bring the patient down on a large platform suspended from a crane. As those preparations were being made, CPR continued to be performed.

The victim was lowered and rushed into a waiting medic unit, but the valiant resuscitation efforts proved futile.

1610 Riggs Place N.W.

June 3, 2015: Story & Videos By Vito Maggiolo

Two people are dead, two other civilians injured, and three firefighters were also hurt as flames gutted a row house in the Dupont Circle area.

The blaze broke out in a three story end row dwelling at 1610 Riggs Place NW shortly before 2:45 AM. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was showing from the first floor and people outside were reporting others trapped.

The intense volume of fire made searches dangerous and difficult, as flames quickly spread upwards to engulf the second and third floor and attic. A second alarm was sounded, and despite the dire conditions, units pushed forward so the search could continue. Unfortunately, the two fatalities were beyond saving when they were discovered.

It took some time before the firefighters could bring the blaze under control. The three members who were hurt suffered non life threatening injuries.

1218 Staples Street N.E.

June 2, 2015: Story & Video By Vito Maggiolo

The Trinidad neighborhood was the scene of a working fire on the evening of Tuesday, June 2nd.

The blaze was reported shortly before 9 PM in a two story condo building at 1218 Staples Street NE. First arriving units reported smoke from the roof and fire showing from an air shaft in the rear.

Firefighters gained access to find fire on the first floor that extended above to the second floor and attic. A working fire dispatch was sounded as lines attacked the fire on all levels while trucks opened up to expose hidden flames in the walls.

The blaze was brought under control without injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Congratulations Lt. Robert Alvarado For The 2014 Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award

Story Courtesy Firehouse Magazine

On March 29, 2014, Firefighter Alvarado and his crew were dispatched to a house fire with reports of numerous people trapped.

With fire blowing out the entire front of the house, Alvarado located a narrow path and ran through the fire and up the stairs to the second floor where he located an adult female who was unconscious in a bedroom.

Alvarado notified the incident commander of the situation, and other firefighters assisted in the removal of the woman from the house where she was placed in the care of EMS personnel.

For his actions, Alvarado received the Bronze Bar for Valor, the department’s highest medal, as well as the Gold Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given to a member with the District of Columbia government.

Click here for full story on the three firefighter selected for this award >>

Congratulations Firefighter Jason Woods Selected For The Cafritz Award

Story Courtesy Engine 2 Rescue Squad 1 Facebook

The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership along with The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees is an annual program designed to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees.

Established in 2000, the Awards arepresented generally to five individuals who play a critical, yet in many cases unseen, role in providing outstanding service to the residents of Washington, DC. The Awards honor individuals whose contributions have been exceptional and whose commitment and professionalism demonstrate the best in public service.

This year one of our own has been selected for this award, Firefighter Jason Woods of Rescue 1 Platoon #3. Firefighter Woods has been serving for 15 years and also serves as the President of The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. Since the Burn Foundation was established about 10 years ago it has raised over $1 Million dollars for numerous things needed.

The Cafritz Award uses the following criteria to select the recipients, Performed an outstanding act which brought positive recognition to the city. Successfully initiated and implemented an innovative idea that brought about dramatic results. Solved an extraordinary problem or achieved a significantly difficult goal. Consistently achieved excellence in overall job performance that is “above and beyond the call of duty.” Demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership that dramatically improved employee morale and team spirit.

Firefighter Woods has certainly met the criteria to be awarded the Cafritz Award. The members of Engine 2, Rescue 1 and the Office of the Deputy Fire Chief congratulate Firefighter Jason Woods on winning this award.

1028 46th Street N.E.

June 1, 2015: Story, Photos & Video By Vito Maggiolo

A home in far Northeast DC was completely gutted by fire on Monday evening, June 1st.

The blaze, reported around 8 PM, had full possession of the first floor of the two story, detached home at 1028 46th Street NE when firefighters rolled up.

Balloon frame construction allowed the flames to quickly extend upwards into the second floor and attic space. It took a lot of hard work by the box and working fire dispatch companies to get the fire knocked down and then expose the many voids with hidden fire.

All searches proved negative.

15th & K St's N.W.

June 1, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Nobody was injured when a storm raging through downtown send a tree crashing down on a metrobus Monday, June 1st.

The call for Engine 1, Truck 2, and Medic 1 went out during the evening rush hour for 15th and K Streets NW.

Miraculously, the bus was empty and the usual pedestrian crowd was not present due to the high winds and heavy rain.



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