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3725 12th Street N.E.

December 17, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

First battalion firefighters made quick work of a blaze in a Northeast building early Wednesday morning, December 17th.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight in the first floor laundry room of 3725 12th Street NE. It was contained to that area and controlled with a box and working fire dispatch assignment.

No injuries were reported.

Timmy Lancaster Retires

December 15, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Firefighter Timmy Lancaster spent his last day on the job December 11th, after serving 25+ years with the department.

For the past 22 years Timmy has been assigned to Truck 4, where he was the technician/driver on #2 Platoon.

Scores of his friends and fellow firefighters joined him for a retirement dinner held at the quarters of Engine 6 and Truck 4, his home away from home on New Jersey Avenue.

Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones was among the many who stopped by to wish Timmy well on his retirement.

5900 Georgia Avenue N.W.

December 15, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A car fire in the underground garage below a DC Walmart brought shopping to a halt on Monday afternoon, December 15th.

The blaze broke out at the block long store around 3:15 PM. Although the fire was contained quickly with the help of sprinklers, it filled the vast parking area with heavy smoke that proved a challenge for firefighters to ventilate.

It took a box alarm assignment to control the incident. No injuries were reported.

1900 E Street N.W.

December 15, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A reported explosion in the Federal Office of Personnel Management brought a full hazmat box to the scene on Monday, December 15th.

The call came in for 1900 E Street NW in the 9 AM hour. Units found a transformer fire in a sub-basement level contained by sprinklers.

Pepco was requested, and firefighters remained in position until the power could be secured. An oil leak from the transformer was also dealt with.

Additionally, there was a power outage in the area.

Site for the New Quarters of E-22, T-11, A-22

December 15, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The first building transferred to the DC Government from the now shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center is slated to become Engine 22’s new firehouse.

Building 18 was deeded by the Army to the District of Columbia in a ceremonial signing on Wednesday, December 11th.

The structure, which sits at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW, will be torn down, and a state of the art fire station for Engine 22, Truck 11, and Ambulance 22 will take its place.

When it is finally constructed, the new quarters will replace the current firehouse at 5760 Georgia Avenue NW, which originally housed Chemical Company 2 when it first opened in July of 1897.

Recruit Class 369

December 12, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department would like to welcome Accelerated Recruit Training Class 369 aboard.

On Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 10:00AM members of Accelerated Recruit Training Class 369 will trade in their titles as recruits and replace them with probationary firefighters during graduation ceremonies at the DC Fire and EMS Training Academy in Southwest.

The recruit class completed an intensive 10 week training curriculum and will join the department as Firefighter/Paramedics.

Congratulations Accelerated Recruit Training Class 369!

4954 8th Street N.E.

December 9, 2014: Story & Photo By Vito Maggiolo

A defective salamander may have been the cause of a blaze that wrecked a Northeast home on Tuesday evening, December 9th.

The fire was reported around 4:45 PM in a two story, end row dwelling at 4954 8th Street NE. Firefighters encountered flames involving the basement, and called for a working fire dispatch.

The first floor also suffered significant damage before the blaze was brought under control.

The house was vacant, and all searches proved negative.

1100 G Street N.W.

December 8, 2014: Story & Photo By Vito Maggiolo

A smoldering fire in a high-rise office building caused headaches for 6th Battalion firefighters on Monday evening, December 8th.

Units arrived at 1100 G Street NW to find a strong odor of smoke and a haze in a first floor bank. The source was an elusive one requiring an extensive search.

Eventually, some charred wood was found around an HVAC system located in an air well of the structure, where welders had previously been working due to a major renovation project.

1616 S Street S.E.

December 4, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A Southeast dwelling fire required a box and working fire dispatch to control on Thursday afternoon, December 4th.

The lunch hour blaze was reported around 12:15 PM in a two story, end of row house at 1616 S Street SE.

Firefighters encountered flames involving the first floor rear as they began their attack. There was some extension to the floor above before the fire was brought under control.

All searches proved negative, and no injuries were reported.



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