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Retirement Dinner April 23rd, 2014

 April 8th, 2014 -




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Brother Michael Kennedy, L-718

April 3rd, 2013 - May the light of heaven shine on your grave, May the smile of God light you to glory.





All images are courtesy of the Boston Globe

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Brother Edward J. Walsh, L-718

April 2nd, 2014 - May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.



All images are courtesy of the Boston Globe Newspaper



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Boston Line of Duty Deaths Notification

March 27th, 2014 - Local 36 extends our heartfelt sympathy to the members of the Boston Fire Department and their families as they cope with the tragic loss of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy in the line of duty. A benevolent fund has been established for the families of both men. It can be accessed by following this link. Lt. Walsh was married and a father of three young children, two boys and one girl. He has been with the Boston Fire Department for nine and a half years.  Firefighter Michael Kennedy, of Hyde Park, is a United States Marine, and veteran. He has been with the Boston Fire Department for seven years. Both members were killed while operating at a 9th Alarm fire at 298 Beacon St., in the Back Bay section of the city. The fire began in the basement of a brownstone building, and was driven by the raging 45 mph sustained winds felt throughout the northeast yesterday. Photo courtesy of Boston L-718
Current reports indicate that both members were operating with their company, Engine 33, and became trapped in the basement, issuing a mayday. Compounding this tragedy, are the close personal associations we share, with members of Boston Fire Department's IAFF Local 718, and the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation , (of which Firefighter Kennedy was a serving board member) an organization whose members helped to mentor our own DC Firefighters Burn Foundation in it's infancy.

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Bands 4 Burns Benefit Show

March 28th, 2014 - Potomac Heights VFD will be hosting a fundraiser called Bands 4 Burns.  A portion of the proceeds is going to raise money for the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation. This is a non-profit foundation founded by active and retired D.C. firefighters. The foundation is dedicated to assisting in the recovery of burn victims in the D.C. Metropolitan area. For more information on this foundation you can visit



Bands 4 Burns is a concert featuring local bands.  The lineup includes: Sara Gray, Franklin Square Band, Rock Bottom, Come Back Iris, Johnny 5, and Brad Turner. This is a BYOB event with food and refreshments available for purchase.  Other attractions to include: 50/50 Raffles, Raffle Prizes, Money Wheel and Pull-Tabs.


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Local 36 Hospitality Night a Success!

March 18th, 2014 - Local 36 hosted a Hospitality Night event at Mission Bienvenidos on 16th St. The yearly event coincides with the IAFF's Legislative Conference held annually here in Washington, D.C. Many of Local 36's members were on hand to meet & greet visiting officials from other IAFF affilliates from around the US & Canada. Stopping by this years conference, was 2014 Mayoral Candidate, and current DC Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells - recently endorsed by Local 36 in his bid for the upcoming Mayoral Election. We had visiting members from New York City, Boston, San Antonio, and Cincinatti, stop by to meet and discuss issues with Local 36 members, and an appearance and performance by the Emerald Society's Pipe & Drum Band. Local 36 would like to thank everyone who organized, and assisted with the event, and to all who stopped by, to make the event truly a memorable evening.




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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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EMS Protocols now online

IAFF36 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.

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