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Retirement Dinner April 23rd, 2014

 April 8th, 2014 -




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Brother Michael Kennedy, L-718

April 3rd, 2013 - May the light of heaven shine on your grave, May the smile of God light you to glory.





All images are courtesy of the Boston Globe

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Brother Edward J. Walsh, L-718

April 2nd, 2014 - May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.



All images are courtesy of the Boston Globe Newspaper



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Boston Line of Duty Deaths Notification

March 27th, 2014 - Local 36 extends our heartfelt sympathy to the members of the Boston Fire Department and their families as they cope with the tragic loss of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy in the line of duty. A benevolent fund has been established for the families of both men. It can be accessed by following this link. Lt. Walsh was married and a father of three young children, two boys and one girl. He has been with the Boston Fire Department for nine and a half years.  Firefighter Michael Kennedy, of Hyde Park, is a United States Marine, and veteran. He has been with the Boston Fire Department for seven years. Both members were killed while operating at a 9th Alarm fire at 298 Beacon St., in the Back Bay section of the city. The fire began in the basement of a brownstone building, and was driven by the raging 45 mph sustained winds felt throughout the northeast yesterday. Photo courtesy of Boston L-718
Current reports indicate that both members were operating with their company, Engine 33, and became trapped in the basement, issuing a mayday. Compounding this tragedy, are the close personal associations we share, with members of Boston Fire Department's IAFF Local 718, and the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation , (of which Firefighter Kennedy was a serving board member) an organization whose members helped to mentor our own DC Firefighters Burn Foundation in it's infancy.

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Firefighters fighting cancer


April 18th, 2014 11:30AM - 3:30PM

2120 Bladensburg Rd. NE, Suite 210 Washington, D.C. 20018

(202) 635 - 8500


Pre-orders available by contacting Jadonna Sanders




SIDES ($2.50)


GREENS (turkey)




DRINKS SODA – .60 (other drinks available)


COOKIES - $ 1.00




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Bands 4 Burns Benefit Show

March 28th, 2014 - Potomac Heights VFD will be hosting a fundraiser called Bands 4 Burns.  A portion of the proceeds is going to raise money for the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation. This is a non-profit foundation founded by active and retired D.C. firefighters. The foundation is dedicated to assisting in the recovery of burn victims in the D.C. Metropolitan area. For more information on this foundation you can visit



Bands 4 Burns is a concert featuring local bands.  The lineup includes: Sara Gray, Franklin Square Band, Rock Bottom, Come Back Iris, Johnny 5, and Brad Turner. This is a BYOB event with food and refreshments available for purchase.  Other attractions to include: 50/50 Raffles, Raffle Prizes, Money Wheel and Pull-Tabs.


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Local 36 Hospitality Night a Success!

March 18th, 2014 - Local 36 hosted a Hospitality Night event at Mission Bienvenidos on 16th St. The yearly event coincides with the IAFF's Legislative Conference held annually here in Washington, D.C. Many of Local 36's members were on hand to meet & greet visiting officials from other IAFF affilliates from around the US & Canada. Stopping by this years conference, was 2014 Mayoral Candidate, and current DC Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells - recently endorsed by Local 36 in his bid for the upcoming Mayoral Election. We had visiting members from New York City, Boston, San Antonio, and Cincinatti, stop by to meet and discuss issues with Local 36 members, and an appearance and performance by the Emerald Society's Pipe & Drum Band. Local 36 would like to thank everyone who organized, and assisted with the event, and to all who stopped by, to make the event truly a memorable evening.




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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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Helping a Brother

January 20, 2014

The Branchville Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser to assist one of our members in a time of need. If you don't have anything going on Wednesday February 19th, feel free to join us at the Texas Roadhouse in Bowie from 4-9 p.m. The Roadhouse has graciously agreed to support our brother with 10% of the proceeds to assist with growing medical expenses. For more details see the attached flier.


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FEMS Fails to Address Critical Staffing Shortages

IAFF 36 DCFDDecember 21st, 2013 - The Office of the Inspector General for the District of Columbia has released their report on the staffing shortage investigation currently affecting the department. The evidence uncovered by the investigation affirms the testimony and frequent complaints of Local 36 members: We are severely understaffed, even though fully funded; and those shortages have driven the department to a critical breaking point. In short - these staffing shortages are self inflicted by Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. Local 36 has continued to stress the points reiterated in the report: Public safety agencies need properly trained personnel, who are fairly compensated, properly equipped, and fully staffed levels, to operate effectively during times of crisis, no matter how large or how small; and those same agencies should not be used as a pulpit for political or social agendas. Local 36 is urging the citizenry of the District of Columbia, and the City Council, to read the report, consider the probable outcomes, and act quickly and appropriately.

Please click on the link to download the Inspector General's report (.pdf format).

Fox 5's Paul Wagner has been investigating this for nearly three years - see the MyFoxDC news story below:


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Passing of Active Member Michael Cohee


November 29, 2013

We regret to inform you of the untimely passing of active brother Michael Cohee who is currently assigned to Rescue Squad 3 platoon No.3. Although brother Cohee is no longer with us he has chosen to help others in a final act of kindness as an organ donor through the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. Any of Michael's friends wishing to be considered as a organ donor recipient should contact Sandy Cohee Keller direct at the following: 301-717-9214. We ask that all members keep brother Cohee's family in your thought and prayers as they go through this difficult time. We will continue to update the membership as details are confirmed.

Edward C. Smith


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A Helping hand

September 6, 2013 - Firefighter Boston's family could use a little help around the house and we are looking for a few people to lend a hand. Anyone that is interested in giving some tiime contact Joe Chisholm with your availability and help us take care of our brother.

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Cancer Awareness

September 6, 2013 - Brother Preston Williams would like to extend a welcome to any and all members, freinds and family to a Prostate Cancer Awareness hour Friday September 20, 2013. The event will be held at The Elroy on H Street NE Washington DC, 20002. Click here to view the flier.

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A Word on Response Times

IAFF36 DCFDAugust 2nd, 2013 - 


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Local 36 members at work!

IAFF36 DCFDAugust 2nd, 2013 - Local 36 is rolling out a new project for the website. An interactive Google Map featuring a monthly breakdown of significant incidents. Click on this link to take a look:

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Ambulance "Power Shift" resolution

April 9, 2013

Mayor Gray has introduced legislation to the council that would move forward on the Fire Chief's Ambulance "redeployment plan." This plan, if enacted, will leave residents and visitors of The District of Columbia without a paramedic transport unit from the hours of 0100-0700. Additionally it removes 14 transport units from the street from the hours of 0100-0700. You can read the plan here.

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February 26, 2013


Brother Preston Williams, Special Operations Sgt. Assigned to Haz Mat 1, Platoon 1, has started a blog to talk about his struggle battling cancer. We are happy to say that Preston has started a blog named and is asking for everyone to take a look and help spread the word! Prestion has championed the cause to help raise awareness about cancer and we hope everyone will help! Unfortunately Preston is not the only member of our great department to be battling cancer and hopefully through his efforts to raise awareness we can help the brothers and sisters on the job fighting the good fight.

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Brother in Need

November, 8 2012

As many know brother Frelimo Simba is going through a very difficult time. Brother Simba was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma several months ago. Having gone through Chemotherapy treatment earlier in the year hopes were high that Simba would quickly return to work. In July of this year brother Simbal undewent another pet scan to revel he would once again need Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Although upbeat and in good spirits Simba is going to need the help of his fire department family to get through these difficult times. Please click on the link below to see how you can help brother Simba. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact 2nd VP Dabney Hudson.

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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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