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L36 members honored for lifesaving efforts

August 12th, 2016 - 


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LODD Anniversary: Pvt Maurice "Tommy" Turner

June 26, 1971 Pvt Maurice T Turner of Engine 16 was killed at a four alarm fire when a wall fell on him at 472 L St NW. Box 298

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Lt. Kevin McRae Survivor Fund

May 8th, 2015 - On Wednesday May 6th, 2015 the District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department lost one of it's best and bravest members - Lt. Kevin McRae on the fire ground at 1330 L St. NW.

Lt. McRae was a 24 year veteran of the department assigned to 6 Engine, No. 4 platoon. He leaves behind his wife Trell, and 5 children. There has been an overwhelming show of support for the family of Lt. McRae. We are asking that anyone who would like to help the family, make donations through the DC Fire & EMS Foundation in the name of Kevin. All donations go directly to his family, to assist with the expenses which occur as they go through this difficult period.

Any check or money orders should be made out to and mailed to the following:

DC Fire & EMS Foundation
Kevin McRae Survivor Fund
439 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001


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Reporter covering Local 36 gets the Gold!

October 9th, 2014 - The International Association of Firefighters has issued a First Place Award in it's annual Media Awards contest to MyFoxDC reporter Paul Wagner, for his coverage of the apparatus debacle plaguing the Department. Local 36 President Ed Smith was interviewed, and quoted throughout the story. Please click on the link above, for more information, as well as a link to the original broadcast of the story.

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DC Firefighter's Burn Foundation gives back!

September 30th, 2014 - 

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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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