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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

Use the chart to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in D.C., visit

The District of Columbia Fire Fighters Association Local 36 wishes you a joyous Independence Day.





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City Council Letter to Mayor Vincent Gray

June 20th, 2014 - City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson has sent a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray today decrying the continual delay of the February 20th, 2014 Contract Arbitration decision. As Chairman Mendelson points out in the letter, it is "possible to move forward (with non-disputed compensation items), while reserving the adjudicatory process of two (disputed) articles". The membership of Local 36 couldn't agree with Chairman Mendelson more:


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The City Council gets it right!

June 11th, 2014 - The City Council's Committee of the Whole held a hearing yesterday, to discuss the continuing delay of the February 2014 Contract Arbitration Decision. Chairman Mendelson's frustration is palpable, when attempting to  determine why the Council had not received the Arbitration Decision within the prescribed 60 day time-frame, and why the decision had not been submitted as of 111 days after the decision. With the Committee of the Whole looking at two entirely different looking sets of documents (the original, un-altered decision; and then an "edited" copy provided by the OLRCB's Office), they had to begin a series of questions, trying to determine who in fact authorized the "editing", and why a legal decision was edited in the first place. The testimony is astounding - leaving Councilman Grosso pondering executive arithmetic, and calendars, and at one point Councilman Tommy Wells hits the nail squarely on the head: The Mayor's Office is engaged in open and continued hostility towards the members of Local 36. Please click on the link to view the Council hearings recorded from yesterday. Microsoft Silverlight is a required component to view the hearings.

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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:


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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.

Stay Blessed,

- Joe




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Happy Memorial Day from Local 36

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Cancer Insurance Products

May 8th, 2014 -  Members, please download and review the .pdf attachment below. It contains information on the maturity of a cancer insurance purchased by numerous members during the early 1990's:

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Interest Arbitration Award

February 25, 2014

IAFF Local 36 Applauds Recent Arbitration Decision on Proposed 3/3/3 Shift Change, Other Issues


Decision Validates Concerns Union Raised Over Shift Change Proposal


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.

IAFF 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.

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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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