A shout-out for Engine Co. 6

Fire Engine at Watergate, originally uploaded by Vicki’s Pics.

I couldn’t find a photo of Engine Co. 6 but props to them! From a reader:

“I just wanted to give the firefighters of DC Engine Company 6 a much-needed shout out. My carbon monoxide detector started going off this morning, and my roommate and I called 311 after going outside. We were immediately and professionally transferred to 911, who sent a truck within 5 or 10 minutes. The firefighters were super-friendly and polite, and even got along great with the landlord’s two dogs. They had to call in another unit with a carbon monoxide detector, who also showed up promptly, and led the way into the apartment to test it. It turned out to be a false alarm, but the whole thing was handled really well by DCFD. They made what could have been a worrying occasion much easier and really helped out.”

Sometimes we take the good guys for granted.

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  • On all ocassions when they have responded to incidents which I have personally observed, DCFD has always impressed me as a courteous and great bunch of professionals. They send representatives to monthly ANC and PSA meetings to provide the community with useful information, and they will check your blood pressure and glucose level.

    Shout out to the Ward 4 engine company 24!

  • I don’t know which engine company responded when I contact 911 a few weeks ago, but let me echo the praise of the DCFD’s professionalism and prompt arrival. I found a man who had fallen off a bus stop bench at Sherman Circle one Sat night. He seemed very drunk, non-responsive and potentially had hit his head when he fell off the bench (which I saw from the distance as I approached). I contacted 911 and had a very helpful dispatcher. The firefighters were there within 2 – 3 minutes and the ambulance arrived within one minute of the firefighters. They were so prompt I was able to give them the information I had, which was minimal, and still catch my bush, so this whole thing took 5 minutes at the most. It really helped me feel safer in the city knowing help would arrive so quickly.

  • “They had to call in another unit with a carbon monoxide detector”

    Shouldn’t that unit have arrived with them since it was the carbon monoxide detector that went off?

  • Thor, most FD’s follow a model of respond with what you have first and foremost, in case there’s a real emergency. In this case, the caller could have dropped over from poisoning moments after they made the call, in which case the responding unit would have been absolutely critical.

    Basically, FD never quite knows what to expect based on a call. A chum of mine who worked for the DC FD has a favorite story about a call on someone having trouble breathing. When they arrived they found a 400 pound guy up twelve flights of steps. They needed about 15 firemen to eventually get him down and to a hospital.

    Thanks for the opportunity to waste time on a Monday.

  • Thor,

    Engine companies don’t carry CO detectors. However, truck companies, rescue squads and the Hazmat do. An engine and truck are sent on all CO calls. Which ever company is closest will obviously show up first, a lot of times they will come from the same firehouse and arrive at the same time. However, in the case above, they didn’t actually have to call for another unit, one was on the way, just further out. Engines go for exactly the reason Pennywise said, we can drag you out, and we have water if there is fire. The truck will come and can zero in on the problem with their detectors and shut off the appliance (usually hot water heaters or furnaces/boilers) that are in the room with the highest concentration. The trucks also have fans to ventilate the building.

    CPT_Doom, were you wearing some monster shit kicking, almost knee high, boots when you found that guy?

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