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Man credits DC Firefighters with saving his life

January 18th, 2017 - 


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WMATA blames first responders

January 10, 2016

The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority filed a cross-claim against the DC Fire and EMS department asserting members who responded to a deadly  January 2015 tunnel outside the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station were responsible for the injuries sustained passengers left stranded in a smoke-filled tunnel just outside the station. Once again WMATA plays the blame game and fails to take responsibility for chronic and systematic problems with rail safety throughout their system. The following press release was issued by the District of Columbia Fighters Association in response to this outlandish claim.


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December 18, 2016:

The District of Columbia Fire Fighters Association, Local #36, is hosting our 4th annual Coats for Kids drive this Wednesday December 21, 2016. The attached Flier has all of the information pertaining to the event. We would like to thank everyone that donated this year as well as years past, making this annual event a tremendous success. 


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Election Results

November 28, 2016

The results of this years executive board election are as follows:

President: Dabney Hudson

1st Vice President: Charles Hottinger

2nd Vice President: Joe Chisholm

3rd Vice President: Eric Bowers

Treasurer: Lawrence Sheldrake

Secretary: James Gordon

Convention Alternates:

David Hoagland

Joseph Papariello

Jan Sipes

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the election as well as the election committee for working tirelessly to ensure a smooth election process. As always I look forward to working with the executive board and representing  the membership in the years to come.


Charles Hottinger



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November 15, 2016:





This Saturday November 19, 2016 Hell Bender Brewery is sponsoring a fundraiser supporting our annual Coats for Kids initiative. The attached flier has all the pertinent information about the event. We ask everyone to spread the word and pass along the flier to anyone that may be interested in attending.

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Ed C. Smith, signing off.

August 25th, 2016 - 

Please click on the image above, to read a special message from President Ed Smith.

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2011 through 2016 Review

August 25th, 2016 - 



Members - embedded in the image above is a link to a .pdf file. The file lists a five year review of the struggles, triumphs, and occasional defeats of Local 36 as a labor organization.The cumulative 'wins' amassed by our organization is nothing short of remarkable. 

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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

Click above for the full article


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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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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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