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Professional Firefighters of Maryland

April 3rd, 2015 - Please download the flyer, to fill out the attached registration form:

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Fresno Fire Dept. Captain Pete Dern

April 1st, 2015 -  Members - a note from the family of recently injured Fresno Fire Department & IAFF Local 753 member Pete Dern:

We are writing to you about our nephew, Captain Pete Dern, a firefighter in Fresno, CA. Pete was the firefighter who fell through the roof of a burning garage and into an inferno. You may have seen the local and national coverage of Pete. If not, the links are provided below. Pete is in critical condition with severe burns over 70% of his body and he faces approximately 15 surgeries in the upcoming months. Pete’s wife is a teacher who has limited family medical leave. They have one child who attends college. We respectfully ask if you would post the donation link to the Dern family on your Facebook page, twitter account, or any other outlets that you might deem appropriate. We sincerely thank you and are grateful for your service. Please stay safe.

- Joan and Joe Truxler

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NIST Study - San Francisco LODD's

March 19th, 2015 - The National Institute for Standards & Technology recently released it's study on the fire which claimed the lives of two San Francisco Firefighters. The video illustrates the dangers of combining uncontrolled flowpaths with uncontrolled ventilation. Please take a moment to watch the video. Thanks goes to Captain James Seavey (T-11-2) for locating the video and passing it along to us:


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Help needed catching firehouse vandals

March 19, 2015:


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Local 36 Endorses Brandon Todd for Ward 4

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Remembering Private Charles M. Chamberlain, Jr.

March 2nd, 2015 - Yesterday, the members of Engine 28 & Truck 14 gathered to mark the 50th Anniversary of the line of duty death of DCFD Private Charles M. Chamberlain, Jr. who died of a heart attack while working as the aide to the 5th BFC. The event was captured by E28 Lt. Stan Jaworski, and was attended by members of Pvt. Chamberlains family & relatives. Please click on the link below, to view the ceremony:


Remembering Private Charles M. Chamberlain, Jr. (Flickr Photoset)

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2015 World Police & Fire Games

December 2nd, 2014 - The World Police & Fire Games will be held in the National Capital Region, in 2015. This event is the second largest multinational sporting event in the world - behind only the Summer Olympic Games. The events are only open to police officers and firefighters from around the world, and will be held all over the area. Many of our members are accomplished cyclists, softball, basketball, & football players; trap, skeet, pistol, & rifle shooters, biathletes, triathletes; Several Local 36 members are already involved with planning & participating in various events. for more information, click on the link below - the time to begin training is yesterday!

2015 World Police & Fire Games


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Fire Ops 101 Class!

The Local 36 Fire Ops 101 Class was a smashing success! A very special thanks to all of the Local 36 members past & present who were there to help, and a very special thanks to Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones for helping to get this off the ground. Congratulations to NBC Washington's Mark Segraves on his introduction to the fire & rescue service:

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Ebola Virus Information

October 3rd, 2014 - Several questions have surfaced around the rise in Ebola Virus (Hemorrhagic Fever), and the potential for cases here in North America. Please click on this link, to read what the IAFF has learned about Ebola Virus.

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DC Firefighter's Burn Foundation gives back!

September 30th, 2014 - 

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Justify it!

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“#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.


“Texting and driving is a big problem for drivers of all ages across the nation, and our community is not immune,” says Ed Smith, President.


More than 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).


Texting 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 beers.


Moreover, recent research shows the texting in traffic isn’t simply a problem among teens – 47 percent of adults admit that they text while driving. 


Fire 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.


“Keeping 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:

  • Never use your phone while driving

  • Put your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!

  • Silence your phone while driving. If you can’t hear your notifications, you are less likely to check them.

  • Designate a texter. Ask a friend to read and reply to your texts while you’re driving.

  • Pull over or wait until parked to check or send messages.


Local 36 urges everyone to be safe on the roads and avoid distractions while driving. Visit the #JustifyIt campaign web site at: 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.






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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

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EMS Protocols now online

IAFF36 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.

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San Francisco Firefighters LODD's

June 3rd, 2011 -  The members of the San Francisco Fire Department, & San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 have lost two of their members in the line of duty. Lt. Vincent Perez, was killed while fighting a fire in the Diamond Heights district; a second member, Firefighter Anthony Valerio has succumbed to injuries sustained while operating at that fire. Both men were assigned to Engine 26, and responded to a house fire in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco. Please keep the men and their families in your thoughts & prayers, as well as our fellow brothers & sisters of the San Francisco Fire Department and L-798. A link to the San Francisco Examiner news story is available here

Update: June 4th, 2011 - The official media release from the SFFD.



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