ENGINE COMPANY 20 WAS ORGANIZED ON JANUARY 23, 1907 AT IT'S PRESENT LOCATION 4300 WISCONSIN AVE. NW. WASHINGTON D.C. IT WAS HOUSED AS A SINGLE ENGINE COMPANY AT THAT TIME. ON JULY 7, 1913 TRUCK COMPANY 12 WAS PLACED IN SERVICE AND HOUSED AT IT'S QUARTERS. PRESENTLY THE BIG HOUSE IS COMPRISED OF ENGINE 20 A 2003 PIERCE DASH ENGINE, TRUCK 12 2003 AMERICAN LA FRANCE 100 FOOT TILLER TRUCK, AMBULANCE 20 A 2006 HORTON BLS UNIT, AND FINALLY BATTALION CHIEF CAR 5 WHICH IS A 2003 FORD EXPEDITION. THE HOUSE WAS APART OF A 7 MILLION DOLLAR REFURBISHMENT PROCESS WHICH TOOK SEVERAL YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE NEW HOUSE IS EQUIPPED WITH ALL THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY, AND MODERN FEATURES SUCH AS NEW KITCHEN, WEIGHT ROOM, OFFICERS AND CHIEF QUARTERS, A LARGE BUNKROOM, MANY STORAGE ROOMS, GEAR CLEANING AND DRYING ROOM, A LARGE EATING AND SITTING ROOM WITH BIG SCREEN TV'S BASICALLY ANYTHING ANYONE COULD DREAM OF. WHILE THE PROCESS OF BUILING WAS BEING DONE ENGINE 20 WAS HOUSED ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY BASE ON NEBRASKA AVE. NW. OPERATING OUT OF A MODULAR HOME HENCE THE NAME TRAILER TRASH WHICH STILL STANDS TODAY. TRUCK 12 WAS HOUSED AT ENGINE CO. 31 ON CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. SOON TO BE FOLLOWED BY ENGINE 20 ALSO BEING HELD THERE ALSO. AMBULANCE 20 AND BATTALION CHEIF 5 WERE HOUSED AT ENGINE 21 ON LANIER PLACE NW. AMBULANCE 20 AT THAT TIME WAS THE SECOND BUSIEST AMBULANCE IN THE CITY. THE NEW HOUSE IS COMPLETELY OPERATIONAL AND HAS BEEN OCCUPIED BY THE MEMBERS SINCE OCTOBER OF 2006.
|2501 Calvert Street N.W.|
|Below Photos By Elliot J Goodman|
December 16, 2013: Story By Vito Maggiolo
DC firefighters faced a tough battle as flames consumed an apartment in a Woodley Park hi-rise building on Monday evening, December 16th. The rush hour blaze broke out around 5:30 PM on the fifth floor of a nine story building at 2501 Calvert Street NW, opposite the Shoreham Hotel. Fire was leaping from a window on side A upon arrival, and a working fire dispatch and second alarm were immediately ordered. Long hallways filled with heavy heat and dense smoke made it a challenge to get first water on the fire. Flames sweeping up the face of the building auto ignited the apartment above, but that fire was quickly contained. It took about an hour to declare the incident under control. One civilian was hospitalized with smoke inhalation, and a firefighter was transported with exhaustion.
|3919 Benton Place N.W.|
December 19, 2013: Story By Vito Maggiolo
Dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in a Northwest DC home sent four people to the hospital in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 19th. Engine 20 was initially called to the home at 3919 Benton Street NW in the two AM hour on a medical local for a sick child. They quickly realized they were dealing with a CO incident and called for additional resources. Metering determined that there were potentially fatal levels of 1000 parts per million in the home. All four occupants, two adults and two children, were pulled from the home by engine 20 crew and rushed to area hospitals. A dog that was also removed from the house was successfully revived by Rescue Squad 2.
Second Alarm 3435 Quebec Street N.W.
DC Firefighters were dispatched for the report of smoke in the house at 3435 Quebec Street N.W. Upon arrival Truck 3 first Due, they had just finished getting fuel at 2D, reported nothing evident. As Firefighters made there way to the upper floors of this large home, they encountered moderate smoke conditions which increased to heavy smoke in minutes. The fire on the top floor had gotten into the attic, and due to the construction of the house and its contents made it very difficult to fight. The fire progressed into the roof and very heavy smoke conditions prevailed. It took about 45 minutes to control this very difficult fire. A 2nd alarm was sounded and two firefighters were transported with injuries non life threatening.
A fire involving a large Spring Valley neighborhood home required a second alarm assignment to control in the early morning hours of Monday, July 22nd. A box alarm assignment was dispatched around 3:45 AM to the 2.5 story, detached house at 5114 Cathedral Avenue NW. Truck 12 was among the first units to arrive and reported fire showing from the eaves. Units entering the interior encountered fire on the first floor that was extending to the second floor and attic. Due to the amount of fire and labor intensive operation, a second alarm was requested. It took about 45 minutes before the fire was knocked down sufficiently to be declared under control. One civilian was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation and burns.
3818 Harrison Street N.W.
Fire thru the roof greeted box alarm units arriving at a house fire in upper Northwest on Saturday morning, May 18th. The dawn blaze was reported around 5:30 AM at 3818 Harrison Street NW, a large 2.5 story occupied detached frame house. With heavy fire showing and an initial report of people trapped, the 5th Battalion quickly requested a working fire dispatch, than a second alarm. Despite the conditions, companies mounted an aggressive interior attack, knocking down the flames in relatively short order. All searches of the home proved negative.
3818 HARRISON STY NW 3STY HOUSE TOP FLOOR/ATTIC FIRE
BOX E-31, 20, 29, 28, 21 TK 14 & 12 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD -E 22 TK 11
2ND ALARN E-11, 24, 14, & 5 & TK 5 & 6 RS 1 BCSO
5900 9th Street N.W.
DC firefighters battled their first multiple alarm of the New Year on a frigid Wednesday night, January 23rd. The blaze took place at 5900 9th Street NW, a vacant two story apartment building, and was reported around 8:45 PM. A working fire dispatch was sounded when flames were discovered burning in the building’s crawl space. As units began opening up, they found fire traveling up the walls on both floors, and a second alarm was sounded when the blaze reached the cockloft. It took about an hour to declare the fire under control, without any injuries. The Friendship Fire Association’s canteen and rehab units responded to the scene, providing comfort in the sub freezing temperatures.
Box Alarm: E22, 24, 14, 11, 04, T11 & 06, BC4, BCSO, RS2
WFD: E31, T14, A54, M14, EMS5, FM212, FM213, AIR1, SAFO, DFCOP
Second Alarm: E21, 28, 09, 20, T4 & 09, TW3, BC5, RS1, HM1, CU, REHAB
WSTF: E54WS, E51WS, E56WS (w/E16), BC1, Special Alarm, FM209 (with the canine)
3127 Newark St. NW. for the house fire.
Engines 20, 31, 21, 28, 11 Trucks 12, 14 Rescue 1 BFC's 5, 4 B31
Working fire dispatch Engine 5, Truck 6, Air 1, SAFO, Deputy Fire Chief Ops.
Engine and Truck 12 arrived on the scene to find a 2 story duplex with fire showing side c.
The 20 house has been running multiple working fires the past few days basically all first due for the engine, truck, and chief.
4201 Mass. Ave. NW. for the trash room fire with trash shoot off #1 platoon
Box Alarm Engines - 20, 5, 31, 29, 21
Trucks - 12, 14
BFC 5, 4 A20
2300 41st. St. NW. for the apartment fire with heavy fire showing #4 platoon 1st fire of the day
Box Alarm Engines - 5, 20, 1, 21, 28
Trucks - 12, 2
Rescue - 1
BFC 2 , 6 Medic 5
2315 40st. St. NW. for the apartment fire with smoke showing #4 platoon 2nd fire of the day an hour and half later
Box Alarm Engines - 20, 4, 5, 1, 21
Trucks - 2, 5
Rescue - 2
BFC - 5, 6 Medic 5
4300 41st Street N.W.
2315 40th Street N.W.
December 19, 2012: Story by Vito Maggiolo
Heavy smoke from a blazing storeroom filled a Glover Park apartment building Wednesday morning, December 19th. The fire erupted around 10:45 in the occupied three story building at 4300 41st Street NW. A working fire dispatch was sounded when arriving units reported fire showing from the basement. Several residents had to be sheltered in place due to the heavy smoke on all floors. Once the flames were knocked down, the hazmat unit was called to the scene due to the nature of some stored materials. Many of the same units that fought the fire above responded back to the same neighborhood several hours later to once again battle the red devil .The second blaze was reported shortly after 1:30 PM at 2315 40th Street NW, a two story, occupied apartment building. This latest incident was caused by a water heater igniting the flooring. The flames than spread into the walls and ceilings, and extended into the attic.Once again, a working fire dispatch was sounded, and it took approximately 30 minutes to completely root out the hidden fire and bring the blaze under control.
Box Alarm 2800 Quebec St. N.W. fire on 10th floor apartment room and contents...
Engines 20, 31, 21, 28, 11 Trucks 14, 12, Rescue 2, BFC 5, 4, Ambo 20
The past 2 to 3 weeks the house has run several working jobs 1st and 2nd due.
Box Alarms with working fires Tunlaw Rd. N.W. for the house fire, 2200 blk of 40th Place N.W. for the apartment fire 2nd floor, 4201 Cathedral Ave. N.W. apartment fire 8 floor. 4426 Lowell St. N.W. for the attic fire....
4426 Lowell Street N.W.
November 2, 2012: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo
A large home in the exclusive Spring Valley neighborhood suffered serious damage when an exterior fire extended to the interior on Friday evening, November 2nd. The blaze took place around 6 PM in a 2.5 story frame, detached house at 4426 Lowell Street NW. The fire apparently started on the outside of side D and ate its way into the first and second floors, and attic. It took an extensive and labor intensive effort by box alarm and working fire dispatch companies to root out and extinguish the flames.
Wisconsin & Brandywine N.W.
October22, 2012: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo
A blazing tractor trailer packed with goods resulted in arduous work for 5th Battalion companies on Monday evening, October 22. The vehicle was getting ready to unload in the rear of the CVS drugstore at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street NW around 5:30 PM when it caught fire. A box alarm assignment got several hand lines in service, knocking down the heavy fire that burned off the roof of the vehicle. However, it than became a long, labor intensive process to removed the mass of smoldering debris inside. Saws were also used in helping to open up the side of the trailer. Initial uncertainty regarding the contents resulted in the hazmat unit being called to the scene, but further investigation determined the products inside were primary dry goods like cigarettes and candy. The event was controlled without any injuries, but traffic on busy northbound Wisconsin Avenue was brought to a halt at the height of rush hour.
DC Firefighters again this past weekend proved they are the best in the world. Firefighters were tasked with handling high humid heat conditions, massive amounts of downed trees due to severe storms of proportions not seen in decades, house and structure fires, and 100's of medical locals and public service calls in a short 72 hour period. On Sunday, there were several working fires, and the FFA Rehab unit was there right away to provide support, FFA members have manned their units everyday during this heat wave. So as always, a spectacular job by all DC Firefighters and EMS personnel, and of course the Friendship Fire Association for their hard work in helping as well. The members of 20 engine, 12 Truck, BFC 5, Ambo20, EMS 5 ran well over 50 runs some documented others not, but regardless a beat down was given to all of the dept.
4869 Glenbrook Road N.W.
June 29, 2012, Story & Video by Vito Maggiolo
The quiet of a Spring Valley neighborhood dawn was shattered on Friday, June 29th, when a large home was found engulfed in flames. Units were dispatched to 4869 Glenbrook Road shortly before 5:30AM, and arrived to find a very large, 2 1/2 story detached home with flames raging through the second floor, attic and through the roof. A second alarm was requested almost immediately, and the fire was so well advanced that an interior attack was not feasible. Firefighters worked to establish a sufficient water supply for a master stream assault, and the blaze was eventually fought from the outside with three ladder pipes, Tower 3, and large handlines. The interior of the house was completely consumed and collapsed internally, leaving nothing but a shell. There were no injuries. The occupants were reported to be away from home.
Second Alarm 4100 Mass Avenue N.W.
February 12, 2012: Photos By Elliot J Goodman
Story By: Vito Maggiolo
An apartment blaze in the American University neighborhood brought a second alarm assignment to the scene Sunday afternoon, February 12th.
Callers reported a fire on the second floor of a multi-story occupied apartment building at 4100 Massachusetts Avenue NW. When firefighters reached that floor, they encountered significant smoke conditions.
Faced with a working fire in a very large building set well back from the street, Command Five requested a 2nd alarm to ensure he had sufficient resources to deal with the potential life hazard.
Fortunately, the flames were confined to the apartment of origin. An extensive search of the fire floor proved negative.
Box Alarm: E20, 5, 31, 29, 28, T14, 12, BC5, BC4, R2, A20
WFD: E21, T5, M05, M31, EMS5, FM206, FM208, AIR1, SAFO, DFCOP
2nd Alarm: E1, 11, 4, 16, T9, 2, BC6, R1, HM1, CU, REHAB
WSTF: E6 w/E55WS, E2 w/E56WS, E13 w/E52WS
Engines 5, 29, 1, 20, 23 Tks 12, 5 BFC's 5, 6, R2
Basement Fire reported in a house.
5719 Chevy Chase Parkway N.W.
October 25, 2011: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo
An automatic fire alarm may have saved an upper NW home from serious damage Tuesday afternoon, October 25th. Units were dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 5719 Chevy Chase Parkway NW. While enroute, additional calls were received for smoke coming from the house, and the box was filled. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a room involved on the second floor of the 2.5 story detached frame dwelling. The blaze was quickly contained to the area involved, and searches of the dwelling proved negative.
Vice President Biden Visits Engine 20
September 11, 2011: Story By Vito Maggiolo
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit firefighters at D.C. Fire Department Engine 20, Truck 12, in Washington, DC., Sep. 11, 2011. The Vice President and Dr. Biden stopped by with coffee and breakfast to thank the firefighters for their service. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
Crane Collapses At National Cathedral
September 7, 2011: Story & Photos By Elliot J. Goodman
Late this morning DC Firefighters responded for the report of a large crane that had fallen at the National Cathedral on Wisconsin Ave. Upon arrival units encountered a massive five hundred foot, fifty ton crane that had totally fallen over.
The crane luckily for all, fell in alignment of the street just barely missing the National Cathedral structure and adjacent buildings, The crane did land on cars and and a truck parked nearby. Miraculously the only injury was the crane operator who was transported with non-life threatening injuries.
Search's were made by the rescue squads and a K-9 search dog of the affected buildings and cars, those searchs were negative. The initial operation lasted approximately two hours and were then cleared by Special Operations Chief Bashore. Best wishes to Chief Bashore on his last day in Special Operations and his new assignment in the Fire Marshals office.
It was a night of wind, rain and fire as Hurricane Irene bulldozed into DC and gave the city’s firefighters a run for their money.
August 28, 2011: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo
It all began Saturday afternoon as rains from the storm began pounding the city and the wind slowly but surely began to pick up speed. As it did, the call load began to steadily increase with reports of wires arching and trees down. As day turned into darkness, the howling winds created mayhem, and added to the mix were two working fires.
The first blaze of the evening erupted in Southeast, where a box alarm was dispatched to a carry-out in the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue SE. There was nothing showing initially, but it was quickly determined that the fire was next door in an attached market. A working fire dispatch was sounded as the store was opened up and flames were encountered in a storage room. Despite fierce winds and torrents of rain hampering response and operations, the fire was quickly knocked down.
On the storm side, calls began to pour in to communications for all sorts of hurricane related events, including structural collapses. Two of the more significant events tool place in the 500 Block of R Street NW, and the 3900 block of Edmunds Street NW. On the R Street incident, the attic facades on three attached row dwellings fell off and crashed in the front yards below. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the structures were declared uninhabitable.
On Edmunds Street, a massive tree came smashing down on three, two story apartment buildings. Once again, luck was with the District, and there were no injuries, despite the fact that one of the buildings suffered significant structural damage. Firefighters evacuated the structures and conducted surveys for structural integrity.
As night turned into the pre-dawn hours, another fire erupted at 711 57th Place NE. Box alarm units arrived to find heavy fire in the rear of a two, story detached brick house, Once again, DC Fire/EMS personnel had to battle brutal weather conditions as well as flames in order to bring this blaze under control.
1524HRS 7025 WYNDALE ST NW FIRE IN A 1STY GARAGE
E 29, 31, 22, 20, 24 TK 14 & 12 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD E 14 TK 6
0454HRS PLAT # 4 3333 DENT PL NW 2STY ROW FIRE 1ST FLOOR
BOX E- 29, 1, 5, 23, 9 TK 2 & 5 RS 1 BC 5 & 6
DC 4205 FOXBORO PL NW 3STY DWELLING HAD FIRE ON THE PORCH W/ EXTEN INTO THE DWELLING
One Overturned 39th & Alton Place N.W.
June 30, 2011: Story & Photos by Vito Maggiolo
A two car collision with one vehicle overturned injured several people in the Tenleytown neighborhood of DC on Thursday afternoon, June 30th. A rescue assignment was dispatched to 39th Street and Alton Place NW around 3:30 PM. They found a vehicle on its roof, with all occupants self extricated. Two adults and two children required transport to area hospitals. Two additional EMS units were called to the scene. While the truck and chief were battling a 2 alarmer engine 20 was busy covering NW. running multiple runs including this mva and several box alarms on 1634 I street NW., 1055 Thomas Jefferson street NW., 4123 Harrison street NW. and the usual medical locals.
Just after noon today DC Firefighters were dispatched for the report of a building fire in the 3200 block of M Street N.W., in the heart of Georgetown. Reports were being given by units not on the scene of heavy smoke visible from blocks away. Units arriving on the scene reported heavy smoke and fire showing in the rear extending to the adjacent building. The fire originated in the rear of the Tackle Box Restaurant. Lines were rapidly advanced and a Second Alarm was requested. The fire was declared under control in about 30 minutes. Also on the scene as pictured above was Deputy Fire Chief Ronnie Gill who will retire this Friday and we all wish him the best.
House Fire 4601 Grant Rd N.W.
May 24, 2011: Story & Photos By: Vito Maggiolo
Fifth Battalion firefighters battled a house fire in the Tenleytown area of DC on Tuesday afternoon, May 24th.
The fire broke out in the two story, semi-detached home at 4601 Grant Road NW during the evening rush hour.
Flames involved the first floor kitchen area, and were brought under control after a working fire dispatch was sounded.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
1907HRS PLAT # 3 4226 FESSENDEN ST NW 2STY DWELLING BASEMENT FIRE taken by 20 engine
BOX E-31, 20, 5, 21, 28 TK 14 & 12 RS 2 BC 5 BC4 WFD E-29 TK 5
5 of DCFD firemen were courageously injured in a fire in northeast DC. searching for possibly trapped victims. Keep in your thoughts and prayers Lt. Alvardo, Sgt. Hounshell, F/F Deavers, and F/F Ryan and their families. All are currently doing well as well can be in this situation.
Just before 8:30 Tuesday night units from the Fifth Battalion were alerted for house fire in the 4400 block of Linnean Ave NW.
First arriving units reported working fire between the first and second floors of a two-story house. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire were able to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes with no extension to the upper floors. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation
2037HRS PLAT # 2 4435 LINNEAN AVE NW 2STY HOUSE FIRE BETWEEN THE FLOORS
BOX E- 31, 20, 11, 24, 28 TK 14 & 12 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD E-21 TK 9
1427 HRS 3815 INGOMAR ST NW. 2STY DWELLING BASEMENT FIRE
BOX E-31, 20, 22, 28, 21 TK 14 & 12 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD E-24 TK 11
House Fire 5225 Manning Place N.W.
1402hrs PLAT 1 2ND ALARM 5225 MANNING PL NW 3STY HOUSE FIRE IN THE WALLS
BOX 29, 5, 20 21, 1 TK 5 & 12 RS 1 BC 5 & 6 WFD E 23 TK 2
2ND ALARM E-9, 22, 11, 4 TK 2 & 9 RS 2 BC 4 WSU E-53 & 54
Firefighters responded for a house fire at 5225 Manning Place N.W.,
first arriving units reported smoke showing. There was found to be fire
on the first floor with extention to the second floor and roof area,
with extremely heavy smoke conditions. A
Second Alarm was sounded with the Water Supply Task Force assigned as a
precaution. The fire was placed under control in about 30 minutes, the
canteen unit with Mr. Walter Gold, Steve Bobby and E were also on the
scene supporting the firefighters on an extremely cold and windy
afternoon. Engine 20 took charge by taking the fire from the first in company while truck 12 handling the vent group...
December 27, 2010 A woman has died in an apartment fire in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington, firefighters had a hard time entering her home because of large amounts of clutter. The fire broke out about 11 p.m Sunday in a second-floor apartment located at 1731 S Street N.W. A woman in the apartment was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The apartment was described as a "hoarding situation." The fire was confined to the apartment of origin, no one else was injured or displaced. The cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials.
Box Alarm Engines 22, 14, 31, 4, 21, 54, Trucks 11, 6 BFC 5, 4 Rescue 2, BLS 11....
Working fire dispatched Engine 28, Truck 4 medic 21, EMS 1, AIR 1 SAFETY OFF., DEPUTY CHIEF OPS..
2 Alarm Engines 9, 17, 6, 16, Trucks 14, 9, 3 BFC 1, Rescue 3, Mobile command 1, rehab, EMS 8...
Water supply task force Engines 54, 55, 53 BFC 6....
3 Alarm Engines 3, 24, 1, 12, Trucks 12, 15 BFC 2, Hazmat 1, car 10, fm 11, ncr 3, mcu 1 sok 9,
The Fire Chief.....
|Three Alarm School Fire In N.W.|
House Fire 1561 Locust Street N.W.
0930 PLAT 1 1561 LOCUST RD NW 2STY DWELLING ATTIC FI
BOX E-31, 28, 21, 9, 22 TKs 14 &11 RS 2 BC 4 BC5 WFD E-20 TK 9
The Shepherd Park home of Redskins Hall of Fame player Bobby Mitchell caught fire Wednesday morning. D.C. firefighters could be spotted inside the attic tossing out furniture and charred furniture and clothing. Mitchell’s
wife, Gwen told 9NEWS NOW she and a daughter were inside the home on
Locust Street NW when a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the attic. engine 20 operated on the working fire dispatched as the fifth due engine company ops. BFC 5 ran 2nd due chief on the box.
Georgetown Rowhouse Fire
December 11, 2010: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo
An elderly woman was burned while fighting a fire in her Georgetown home on Sunday, December 11. The blaze involved the rear porch of the home in the 1600 block of 34th Street NW, a stone’s throw from the quarters of Engine 5. So close, in fact, that the engine laid out from the station hydrant. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the victim was treated for her burns.
2730 WISCONSIN AVE NW.8STY OMD FIRE ON THE # 2 FLOOR
Box Alarm Engines 5,20,28,29,21 Trucks 12,14 Rescue 2, BFC 5,4 Ambo 20
WFD Engine 1, Truck 5, DFC, Air 1, Safety Officer, EMS 5, 8
Rescue 2 arrived first on the scene due to being in there area and found heavy smoke on the #2 floor, and eventually finding an apt off on the #2 floor apt 22. Engine 20 and truck 12 arriving first in found fire showing from side A and truck took first due position while 20 engine remained 2nd due in the rear placing an 1 1/2 inch line place out the window of the #2 floor while 5 engine made an attack engine back them up. Truck 12 placed in service a full compliment of ground ladders and the aerial ladder along with overhaul and forcible entry equipment. The fire was brought under control in 10 minutes. All units cleared the incident some running another box at 1501 K st. NW. A total of 5 working fires for the day occurred.
2053HRS PLAT 1 4105 W ST NW FIRE IN A 2STY ROW
BOX E-5, 20, 29 28, 1 TK 11 & 5 RS 1 BC 5 & 4 WFD E-23 TK 14
1641HRS 3RD ALARM PLAT 2 1444 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW 10STY OMD FIRE 9TH FLOOR
BOX E- 16, 9,1, 6, 23, TK 3 & 9 RS 1 BC 6 BCSO WFD E-4 TK 2
2ND ALARM E-21, 11, 3, 10 TK 10 & 6 RS 3 BC 4 WSU E-54, 55, 58 BC 1
3RD ALARM E-17 , 2, 12, 5 TK 4, 14, & 12 BC 5
2104HRS PLAT # 4 3725 MACOMB ST NW 5sty OMD FIRE # 2 FLOOR
BOX E-20 28, 31, 5, 21 TK 12 & 14 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD E-29 TK 5 & 6
0808HRSPLAT # 4 3900 CHESAPEAKE ST NW WILSON H.S. 3STY BLDG FIRE ON THE ROOF
BOX E-20, 31, 28, 5, 29, TK 12 & 14 RS 2 BC 5 & 4 WFD E-11 TK 5
The Creation of a Fire Fighter
When the Lord was creating Firefighters, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "Your doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said "Have you read the specification on this person? Firefighters have to be able to go for hours fighting fires or tending to a person that the usual every day person would never touch, while putting in the back of their mind the circumstances. They have to be able to move at a second's notice and not think twice of what they are about to do, no matter what danger. They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on half-eaten meals, and they must have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands...no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me problems, " said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a Firefighter has to have."
That's on the standard model? " asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. " One pair that sees through the fire and where they and their fellow Firefighters should fight the fire next. Another pair here in the side of the head to see their fellow Firefighters and keep them safe. And another pair of eyes in the front so that they can look for the victims caught in the fire that need their help."
"Lord" said the angel, touching his sleeve, " Rest and work on this tomorrow."
"I can't, said the Lord, "I already have a model that can carry a 250 pound man down a flight of stairs and to safety from a burning building, and can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the Firefighter very slowly, "Can it think?"
"You bet," said the Lord. It can tell you the elements of a hundred fires; and can recite procedures in their sleep that are needed to care for a person until they reach the hospital. And all the while they have to keep their wits about themselves. This Firefighter also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with a scene full of pain and hurt, coaxing a child's mother into letting go of the child so that they can care for the child in need. And still they rarely get the recognition for a job well done from anybody, other than from fellow Firefighters."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Firefighter. "There's a leak", she pronounced. "Lord, it's a tear."
"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's a tear from bottled-up emotions for fallen comrades. A tear for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American Flag. It's a tear for all the pain and suffering they have encountered. And it's a tear for their commitment to caring for and saving lives of their fellow man!"
"What a wonderful feature Lord, you're a genius" said the angel.
The Lord looked somber and said "I didn't put it there."