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Retirement Dinner

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Brothers and Sisters,

The majority of you will recognize the HEROES posters that have been distributed to the firehouses in the recent weeks. For the newer members that do not know the history of HEROES Inc. they are an organization whose mission is to support the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.  Currently HEROES is providing support to 18 dependents of members of the District of Columbia Fire Department.

“We honor these fallen HEROES by assisting their spouses and children, beginning within 24 hours of the tragic loss and continuing indefinitely.”



The financial, emotional and educational support service HEROES provides to the families of members killed in the line of duty are invaluable. Operating at the level at which HEROES performs doesn’t come cheap and the majority of assistance is funded through chartable donations. I ask all of you to consider making a donation to HEROES, every penny counts and no donation is too small. More information about HEROES can be found on their web page or by contacting any of the DCFD coordinators listed below:

Alfred Jeffery – Assistant Fire Chief retired

Bobby Mullikin – Battalion Fire Chief retired

James Gordon – T-11-2

Darrell Nieman – RS-1-4

Erik Wiklund – B-2-2 aide

Al Jeffery – T-4-2

Dabney Scott Hudson




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Remembering Lt. Kevin McRae

May 6th, 2017 - 


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Affordable Housing

Brothers and Sisters,

The developers for the apartments above the new 1 Engine have reached out with an opportunity for affordable housing units in the new building. The following is from the developer:

"I wanted to make sure that you all knew and could pass on to your teams that leasing for SQ50 has begun. To reiterate, the units at SQ50 are income restricted. The income cap is determined by the number of occupants, but ranges from $45K to $65K.  The units are renting for around $1200 for a one-bedroom and $1400 for a two bedroom. Applying for one of these units can be a complicated process, but we’re hoping to make it as straightforward as it can be.  I’m attaching the application here. If you could please circulate it, that would be awesome!"

Instructions for applying:

  • Download and fill out the Application – if you have any questions about the application, please reach out to our team.
  • Email the completed Application to
  • Your Application will be reviewed by our Team for completeness and to identify any pre-requisites that will automatically disqualify you.  
    • If for any reason you are disqualified, someone will contact you to let you know.
  • Once that preliminary review is complete, a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule a Leasing Appointment
    • At this appointment you will be asked to bring a $35 application fee as well as additional documentation so that your application can be verified and processed. We will run a full credit and criminal background check. 
  • Once formally approved, applicants will have the opportunity to select their apartment from a list of available units and a lease will be drafted. Units will be selected on a first come first serve basis as applicants are approved. 
  • You will be asked to sign the lease and pay your deposit prior to scheduling a move in date.

We will notify you as soon as we can when the unit is going to be ready for you to move in! Please keep in mind that this building is under construction and move in dates are subject to change due to unforeseen events.

Clicking on the brochure below will open the application. 

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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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