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Fire Ops 101 Class!

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:

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Arrangements for Lt. James Bethea, BCFD

November 14th, 2014 - Funeral Arrangements have been made for Lt. James Bethea of the Baltimore City Fire Department. Lt. Bethea was killed in the line of duty, when he fell through the floor of an exposure during a rowhouse fire on November 5th, 2014. Members attending the services for Lt. Bethea are requested to wear their dress uniforms:

(photo courtesy of Brother Stan Jaworski, L-36)

Wylie Funeral Home
701 N. Mount Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
Tuesday November 18, 2014
Wednesday November 19, 2014
3:00PM-5:00PM & 7:00PM-9:00 PM

Thursday November 20, 2014 - 11:00AM
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
5200 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210


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Remembering John Carter

October 24th, 2014 - In Memory of Sgt. John Carter Died in the line of duty while operating at Box #872 on October 24th, 1997. Rest in Peace John, you are not forgotten by your brothers and sisters in Local 36.



Capital City Firefighter - John Carter Memorial Edition


Remembering the Death of Brother John Carter Rich Duffy




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Ebola Response Round Table

For the latest info on a Ebola Response click here The IAFF is committed to keeping us informed and will continue to update the website so check back often for new information.

The Executive Board needs to know about any problems encountered during a response so it can be addressed at . This is not to meant to take away from the normal process of notifying through the chain of command.

Please stay viligant and take time to read and learn any material the department has issued. Its incumbent for us to look out for each other.

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2014 Election Endorsements!

October 13th, 2014 - 

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2014 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

October 13th, 2014 - 


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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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Ebola Virus Information

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.

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DC Firefighter's Burn Foundation gives back!

September 30th, 2014 - 

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Fire & EMS Blood Drive

September 19th, 2014 - 

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Ben Self


Ben Self has been an angel to many a DC Fire Fighter. A long time IAFF member, Ben was very active with Local 36 -  all the way up to when he became to weakened from his own bout with ALS. We owe him a debt of gratitude which can never be repaid.

He has always answered the call when someone needed help. Its time for us to step up and help Ben!


Ed Smith


Donate directly here: A note from Ben's son, Dave Self:

I am working to pass the word about Dad's 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS team. We're walking in DC on November 1 and are seeking donations and / or folks to join our team. I was wondering if you could share the link to our team page to the DCRFA membership.

I also invite any of your members who are on Facebook to like the Ben's Buddies Facebook page.



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Justify it!

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July 28, 2014,

HEROES, what is it and what do they do? You may hear this question every now and then, and for those that are unaware of the benefits that HEROES inc. provides to the families left behind when tragedy strikes please watch the video below. Unfortunatley in the District of Columbia we have had 62 families that have had to call on HEROES to provide when a loved one has made the supreme sacrifice while protecting our city. Additionally since their inception HEROES inc has taken care of 191 families including 231 dependant children throughout the DC Metro Region.

The annual contribution period has been extended to August 15th, please find your house representative and give. Lets honor our commitment to Never Forget!



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“#JustifyIt” Public Safety Campaign

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.


“Texting and driving is a big problem for drivers of all ages across the nation, and our community is not immune,” says Ed Smith, President.


More than 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).


Texting 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 beers.


Moreover, recent research shows the texting in traffic isn’t simply a problem among teens – 47 percent of adults admit that they text while driving. 


Fire 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.


“Keeping 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:

  • Never use your phone while driving

  • Put your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!

  • Silence your phone while driving. If you can’t hear your notifications, you are less likely to check them.

  • Designate a texter. Ask a friend to read and reply to your texts while you’re driving.

  • Pull over or wait until parked to check or send messages.


Local 36 urges everyone to be safe on the roads and avoid distractions while driving. Visit the #JustifyIt campaign web site at: 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.






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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. 


Ed Smith 

Also here is the statement from Council Member Wells who has been a staunch supporter:   


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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

Use the chart to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in D.C., visit

The District of Columbia Fire Fighters Association Local 36 wishes you a joyous Independence Day.





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Members Assistance Program

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:

Members Assistance Program

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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:


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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.

Stay Blessed,

- Joe




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Happy Memorial Day from Local 36

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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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