September 19th, 2014 -
September 11th, 2014 -
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Ben Self
Ben Self has been an angel to many a DC Fire Fighter. A long time
IAFF member, Ben was very active with Local 36 - all the way up
to when he became to weakened from his own bout with ALS. We owe him a debt of gratitude which can never be
He has always answered the call when someone needed help. Its time for us to step up and help Ben!
Donate directly here: A note from Ben's son, Dave Self:
I am working to pass the word about Dad's 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS team. We're walking in DC on November 1 and are seeking donations and / or folks to join our team. I was wondering if you could share the link to our team page to the DCRFA membership.
I also invite any of your members who are on Facebook to like the Ben's Buddies Facebook page.
Bill 20-874 (Contract for L-36)
July 30th, 2014 -
Brothers & Sisters,
It is with great pride and pleasure that I can tell you that Mayor
Gray has returned Bill B20-0874 - Interest Arbitration Award and
Compensation Agreement between the District of Columbia Fire and
Emergency Medical Services Department and Local 36 International
Association of Firefighters (Compensation Unit 4) Emergency Approval Act
of 2014 UNSIGNED. Returning the Act unsigned is no more than a silent
protest and ultimately has the same effect as returning it signed. Make
no mistake this is a VICTORY for our proud Local!
The next step in the process will be our contract will be
transmitted to human resources department. We should see raises in our
checks within 60 days after that step. Retroactive checks will then be
calculated and distributed to the members following the change to all
members’ base salary.
I will be communicating with human resources to get a definitive
timeline for disbursement of retroactive checks. In addition for our
retired Brothers and Sisters who fall under equalization, the
legislation will be transmitted to DCRB to make them whole.
This endeavor would not have been accomplished without the hard work
of a lot of people. I would like to thank everyone for their support
and patience during this prolonged fight for the recognition and fair
compensation that Local 36 members are so deserving of. A very special
thank you to the members who participated on the contract committee, you
can now enjoy the tangible results of their hard work and dedication!
We also a debt of gratitude to the City Council especially Chairman
Mendelson and Council Member Tommy Wells who led the charge to rectify
this long outstanding dispute. We must also thank the rest of the
council who voted unanimously for the emergency legislation. We can
proudly say that justice has prevailed for our members.
We often say in unity there is strength and this contract victory is
a good example of what can be achieved when that spirit of unity is
Thank you again for all of your support and commitment to this great Local!
Edward C. Smith
Press Release from Council Member Tommy Wells: http://www.tommywellsward6.com/2014/07/councilmember-t-19.php
July 28, 2014,
HEROES, what is it and what do they do? You may hear this question every now and then, and for those that are unaware of the benefits that HEROES inc. provides to the families left behind when tragedy strikes please watch the video below. Unfortunatley in the District of Columbia we have had 62 families that have had to call on HEROES to provide when a loved one has made the supreme sacrifice while protecting our city. Additionally since their inception HEROES inc has taken care of 191 families including 231 dependant children throughout the DC Metro Region.
The annual contribution period has been extended to August 15th, please find your house representative and give. Lets honor our commitment to Never Forget!
“#JustifyIt” Public Safety Campaign
Washington, D.C. – Can you justify the next text
message sent from your driver’s seat? That is the question being raised by a
new District of Columbia fire fighter's texting and driving public safety campaign.
#JustifyIt (hashtag JustifyIt) uses fire fighters’ first-hand experience with
texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe
from these violent accidents.
driving is a big problem for drivers of all ages across the nation, and our
community is not immune,” says Ed Smith, President.
1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted
driving causes 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).
while driving a vehicle has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading
cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers. According to the Allstate
Foundation, texting while driving has the same effect as driving after four
recent research shows the texting in traffic isn’t simply a problem among teens
– 47 percent of adults admit that they text while driving.
fighters are using the #JustifyIt
campaign to demonstrate that you or your loved one could be part of that
statistic if you choose to text and drive.
your eyes off the road for even five seconds when you’re traveling at 55 miles
per hour is driving blindly for the length of a football field,” says Ed Smith.
“It’s incredibly dangerous to look away while moving in a vehicle, even just to
check a text.”
#JustifyIt puts accountability back into
the driver’s hands. Fire fighters ask drivers to justify their behavior behind
the wheel and encourage drivers to ask themselves if the text they’re about to
send or receive is worth the consequences, not only to themselves, but to
everyone around them.
“The collateral damage that comes with texting and driving is
overwhelming,” says Ed Smith. “Devastating physical and emotional harm to family, friends,
fellow drivers and others are all possible outcomes of texting and driving.”
IAFF Local 36
encourages the community to get involved in the #JustifyIt campaign through social media and by talking to your
kids and loved ones about the dangers of texting and driving.
To stay as
safe as possible when driving, follow these tips from your local fire fighters:
use your phone while driving
your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!
your phone while driving. If you can’t hear your notifications, you are less
likely to check them.
a texter. Ask a friend to read and reply to your texts while you’re driving.
over or wait until parked to check or send messages.
urges everyone to be safe on the roads and avoid distractions while driving.
Visit the #JustifyIt campaign web
site at: http://justifyit.org for more information.
IAFF Local 36, AFL-CIO is the Union for D.C. Fire Fighters. Serving
over 2,000 retired and active members in the Metropolitan-Washington area, the
Union is committed to promoting the values of professionalism and service to
the residents and visitors of the District of Columbia.
City Council approves Local 36 Compensation Agreement!
July 18th, 2014 - Brothers and Sisters of Local 36,
I'm pleased to announce that our arbitration award has overcome a major hurdle with the City Council's unanimous vote to approve our contract!
After months of stalling and inaction on behalf of Mayor Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has lead the way to see that our members be compensated for what our union bargained for in good faith. Chairman Mendelson authored an emergency bill to allow the council the lawful ability to vote and subsequently allow our contract to pass the purview of the legislative body.
We extend a special thanks to Chairman Mendelson and all members of the city council for their continued support of our rights and the collective bargaining process!
The obstruction and stalling by the executive have been unprecedented and currently, it remains unclear, what or if any further actions will be taken by Mayor Gray to block the implementation of our new contract. I will continue to keep the membership abreast of any and all progress made as this issue continues to evolve.
Also here is the statement from Council Member Wells who has been a staunch supporter:http://www.tommywellsward6.com/2014/07/councilmember-t-18.php
Fire Fighters Urge Caution Near Fireworks on Independence Day
Washington, D.C. - Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of
the busiest days of the year for fire fighters. According to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July
than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents.
IAFF Local 36 advises that the
best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.
“Consumer fireworks are dangerous and the risks to personal safety and the
safety of the community are significant,” says Ed Smith, Local 36 President.
Fireworks injured 9,600 people in
the United States in 2011, according to NFPA. Celebrating the Fourth of July
with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if
proper precautions are not taken.
Children are especially at risk
on July 4. In 2011, 26 percent of victims with fireworks injuries were under
15, says NFPA. Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers can
reach 1200º Fahrenheit.
“Fireworks are legal in Washington,
D.C. Legal or not, if you decide to ignore these words of caution and set off
your own fireworks display, precautions need to be taken, and taken seriously,”
Ed Smith said. “While pretty, fireworks can be very, very dangerous.”
Please only call 9-1-1 for potentially
life-threatening situations so fire fighters are available to respond quickly
when lives are in danger.
“If you are reporting a noise complaint, there is another number to call for
that,” said Ed Smith. Dial 311 for all non-life-threatening situations.
For more information about
fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
Use the chart to become familiar
with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in D.C., visit http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/fireworks-safety.
The District of Columbia Fire Fighters
Association Local 36 wishes you a joyous Independence Day.
Members Assistance Program
June 17th, 2014 - Local 36 is working on a new program: The Membership Assistance Program. It is aimed specifically at members suffering from addiction issues, and is geared towards firefighter. Participation in the program is voluntary, and confidential. Please take a few moments to read the information brochure, by clicking on the image below:
Members Assistance Program
Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones NBC 4 Interview
June 6th, 2014 - Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones will take over the Department after Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's departure on July 2nd. Below is the interview by NBC 4's Mark Segraves:
15 Year Anniversary Cherry Rd Fire
May 30th, 2014 -
Click to read the Memorial Issue
May 29th of each year is a date well known to all District of Columbia Firefighters: It is reserved on our calendars as Firemen's Memorial Day; and with each passing year, we hold a service at Local 36's Cox Hall. Fifteen years ago today, on May 30, 1999; tragedy struck while the Department operated on Box 6178, a rowhouse fire at 3146 Cherry Rd NE.
Please keep all those involved that tragic night in your thoughts and prayers today.
Below is a message from Lt. Joe Morgan (Ret.), with a few thoughts concerning that fateful evening:
As I'm sitting here reflecting on the things God has brought me through, today I have been reflecting on the accident. It's hard to believe it's been 15 years. Who would have thought on that day that my life and the life of my family would be changed forever. But as I'm thinking about all the years that have passed, and all the people I have met, there are those that I have never met that I hope t...o reach with this message.
So, many people prayed for me, so many people donated time, blood, and money for me. And through the whirlwind of it all, I said thank you. And here, 15 years later there are many who will never see this message or hear the words. I recently looked through many of the cards that I received, and the long, long list of blood donors. Some of the cards were from elementary students who are now in college and/or graduating this year.
One thing that is very important, one thing that is so significant... one thing that many people don't know and I need to share with you. On May 30, 1999, when Lou Matthews, Tony Phillips and I went on that fateful call... they both had a relationship with Christ and I did not. So, therefore, if I had died that night, I would still be burning to this day and for eternity. But, by the Grace of God, and glory to Him for hearing the prayers of His chosen, I am here to be able to say... I have been "Twice Saved from the Fire", I am saved and have a strong relationship with Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior. I need to thank all of you who stood in the gap and prayed for this lost soul, because I didn't know to pray for myself. There is so much more that I want to say but there is just not enough space for all of my ramblings... God bless you. Amen.
It's hard to believe, 15 years.
Happy Memorial Day from Local 36
Interest Arbitration Award
February 25, 2014
Local 36 Applauds Recent Arbitration Decision on Proposed 3/3/3 Shift Change,
Decision Validates Concerns Union Raised Over Shift
Washington, DC (February 25, 2014) – A recent arbitration decision in the
long-running collective bargaining process between the International Association
of Firefighters, Local 36 (IAFF Local 36) and the Department of Fire and
Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) sheds light on the considerable “public
safety concerns” and “potential for tremendous disruptions” surrounding the
proposed shift change to a 3/3/3 schedule.
Local 36 has been raising these same concerns for the past year. “It’s
unfortunate that it took an arbitration decision to verify the claims we’ve
made all along,” stated Captain Ed Smith, President of IAFF Local 36. “Valuable
time was wasted trying to argue the facts when the Department could have been
addressing the considerable staffing and management challenges that have
plagued it over the past two years.” The full report can be viewed here.
June 7th, 2011 - The District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department's Pre-Hospital Treatment Protocols are now available online. They have been added to our Documents & Forms Library, in the Members Section. Navigate to the Members Section ( you will be required to log-in), and then to the folder titled 'EMS'. Our own L36 EMS Committee has created several self study tests, to assist the members with studying the material.