March 2nd, 2015 - Yesterday, the members of Engine 28 & Truck 14 gathered to mark the 50th Anniversary of the line of duty death of DCFD Private Charles M. Chamberlain, Jr. who died of a heart attack while working as the aide to the 5th BFC. The event was captured by E28 Lt. Stan Jaworski, and was attended by members of Pvt. Chamberlains family & relatives. Please click on the link below, to view the ceremony:
December 2nd, 2014 - The World Police & Fire Games will be held in the National Capital Region, in 2015. This event is the second largest multinational sporting event in the world - behind only the Summer Olympic Games. The events are only open to police officers and firefighters from around the world, and will be held all over the area. Many of our members are accomplished cyclists, softball, basketball, & football players; trap, skeet, pistol, & rifle shooters, biathletes, triathletes; Several Local 36 members are already involved with planning & participating in various events. for more information, click on the link below - the time to begin training is yesterday!
The Local 36 Fire Ops 101 Class was a smashing success! A very special thanks to all of the Local 36 members past & present who were there to help, and a very special thanks to Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones for helping to get this off the ground. Congratulations to NBC Washington's Mark Segraves on his introduction to the fire & rescue service:
October 3rd, 2014 - Several questions have surfaced around the rise in Ebola Virus (Hemorrhagic Fever), and the potential for cases here in North America. Please click on this link, to read what the IAFF has learned about Ebola Virus.
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.
driving is a big problem for drivers of all ages across the nation, and our
community is not immune,” says Ed Smith, President.
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).
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
recent research shows the texting in traffic isn’t simply a problem among teens
– 47 percent of adults admit that they text while driving.
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.
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:
use your phone while driving
your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!
your phone while driving. If you can’t hear your notifications, you are less
likely to check them.
a texter. Ask a friend to read and reply to your texts while you’re driving.
over or wait until parked to check or send messages.
urges everyone to be safe on the roads and avoid distractions while driving.
Visit the #JustifyIt campaign web
site at: http://justifyit.org 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.
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:
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.
June 3rd, 2011 - The members of the San Francisco Fire Department, & San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 have lost two of their members in the line of duty. Lt. Vincent Perez, was killed while fighting a fire in the Diamond Heights district; a second member, Firefighter Anthony Valerio has succumbed to injuries sustained while operating at that fire. Both men were assigned to Engine 26, and responded to a house fire in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco. Please keep the men and their families in your thoughts & prayers, as well as our fellow brothers & sisters of the San Francisco Fire Department and L-798. A link to the San Francisco Examiner news story is available here.
Update: June 4th, 2011 - The official media release from the SFFD.