City Council approves Local 36 Compensation Agreement!
July 18th, 2014 - Brothers and Sisters of Local 36,
I'm pleased to announce that our arbitration award has overcome a major hurdle with the City Council's unanimous vote to approve our contract!
After months of stalling and inaction on behalf of Mayor Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has lead the way to see that our members be compensated for what our union bargained for in good faith. Chairman Mendelson authored an emergency bill to allow the council the lawful ability to vote and subsequently allow our contract to pass the purview of the legislative body.
We extend a special thanks to Chairman Mendelson and all members of the city council for their continued support of our rights and the collective bargaining process!
The obstruction and stalling by the executive have been unprecedented and currently, it remains unclear, what or if any further actions will be taken by Mayor Gray to block the implementation of our new contract. I will continue to keep the membership abreast of any and all progress made as this issue continues to evolve.
Also here is the statement from Council Member Wells who has been a staunch supporter:http://www.tommywellsward6.com/2014/07/councilmember-t-18.php
Fire Fighters Urge Caution Near Fireworks on Independence Day
Washington, D.C. - Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of
the busiest days of the year for fire fighters. According to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July
than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents.
IAFF Local 36 advises that the
best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.
“Consumer fireworks are dangerous and the risks to personal safety and the
safety of the community are significant,” says Ed Smith, Local 36 President.
Fireworks injured 9,600 people in
the United States in 2011, according to NFPA. Celebrating the Fourth of July
with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if
proper precautions are not taken.
Children are especially at risk
on July 4. In 2011, 26 percent of victims with fireworks injuries were under
15, says NFPA. Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers can
reach 1200º Fahrenheit.
“Fireworks are legal in Washington,
D.C. Legal or not, if you decide to ignore these words of caution and set off
your own fireworks display, precautions need to be taken, and taken seriously,”
Ed Smith said. “While pretty, fireworks can be very, very dangerous.”
Please only call 9-1-1 for potentially
life-threatening situations so fire fighters are available to respond quickly
when lives are in danger.
“If you are reporting a noise complaint, there is another number to call for
that,” said Ed Smith. Dial 311 for all non-life-threatening situations.
For more information about
fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
Use the chart to become familiar
with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in D.C., visit http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/fireworks-safety.
The District of Columbia Fire Fighters
Association Local 36 wishes you a joyous Independence Day.
The City Council gets it right!
June 11th, 2014 - The City Council's Committee of the Whole held a hearing yesterday, to discuss the continuing delay of the February 2014 Contract Arbitration Decision. Chairman Mendelson's frustration is palpable, when attempting to determine why the Council had not received the Arbitration Decision within the prescribed 60 day time-frame, and why the decision had not been submitted as of 111 days after the decision. With the Committee of the Whole looking at two entirely different looking sets of documents (the original, un-altered decision; and then an "edited" copy provided by the OLRCB's Office), they had to begin a series of questions, trying to determine who in fact authorized the "editing", and why a legal decision was edited in the first place. The testimony is astounding - leaving Councilman Grosso pondering executive arithmetic, and calendars, and at one point Councilman Tommy Wells hits the nail squarely on the head: The Mayor's Office is engaged in open and continued hostility towards the members of Local 36. Please click on the link to view the Council hearings recorded from yesterday. Microsoft Silverlight is a required component to view the hearings.
Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones NBC 4 Interview
June 6th, 2014 - Interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones will take over the Department after Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's departure on July 2nd. Below is the interview by NBC 4's Mark Segraves:
15 Year Anniversary Cherry Rd Fire
May 30th, 2014 -
Click to read the Memorial Issue
May 29th of each year is a date well known to all District of Columbia Firefighters: It is reserved on our calendars as Firemen's Memorial Day; and with each passing year, we hold a service at Local 36's Cox Hall. Fifteen years ago today, on May 30, 1999; tragedy struck while the Department operated on Box 6178, a rowhouse fire at 3146 Cherry Rd NE.
Please keep all those involved that tragic night in your thoughts and prayers today.
Below is a message from Lt. Joe Morgan (Ret.), with a few thoughts concerning that fateful evening:
As I'm sitting here reflecting on the things God has brought me through, today I have been reflecting on the accident. It's hard to believe it's been 15 years. Who would have thought on that day that my life and the life of my family would be changed forever. But as I'm thinking about all the years that have passed, and all the people I have met, there are those that I have never met that I hope t...o reach with this message.
So, many people prayed for me, so many people donated time, blood, and money for me. And through the whirlwind of it all, I said thank you. And here, 15 years later there are many who will never see this message or hear the words. I recently looked through many of the cards that I received, and the long, long list of blood donors. Some of the cards were from elementary students who are now in college and/or graduating this year.
One thing that is very important, one thing that is so significant... one thing that many people don't know and I need to share with you. On May 30, 1999, when Lou Matthews, Tony Phillips and I went on that fateful call... they both had a relationship with Christ and I did not. So, therefore, if I had died that night, I would still be burning to this day and for eternity. But, by the Grace of God, and glory to Him for hearing the prayers of His chosen, I am here to be able to say... I have been "Twice Saved from the Fire", I am saved and have a strong relationship with Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior. I need to thank all of you who stood in the gap and prayed for this lost soul, because I didn't know to pray for myself. There is so much more that I want to say but there is just not enough space for all of my ramblings... God bless you. Amen.
It's hard to believe, 15 years.
Happy Memorial Day from Local 36
Cancer Insurance Products
May 8th, 2014 - Members, please download and review the .pdf attachment below. It contains information on the maturity of a cancer insurance purchased by numerous members during the early 1990's:
Interest Arbitration Award
February 25, 2014
Local 36 Applauds Recent Arbitration Decision on Proposed 3/3/3 Shift Change,
Decision Validates Concerns Union Raised Over Shift
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.
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.
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.