“DC Fire & EMS Department’s 150th Anniversary
Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
Washingtoniana Room, 3rd Floor
Please join the staff of the DC Fire & EMS Museum in the Washingtoniana Room (Room 307) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on the history of the DC Fire & Medical Emergency Service Department. Historians Jim Embrey, Jim Lloyd, Mark Tennyson and Walter Gold of the DC Fire and EMS Museum will discuss 150 years of firefighting in the District, including its establishment as a paid department, segregation and integration of the force, and its critical role in the community. Photos and stories from DC’s biggest fires will be featured.
Be sure to stop in the Great Hall lobby to see a multimedia exhibit on DC Fire history. The exhibit features photos from the Special Collections Prints & Photographs Collection and historic fire equipment on loan from the DC Fire & EMS Museum. Fires to Remember, a slideshow produced by the Friendship Fire Association, is also on view in the Great Hall through mid-July.
District of Columbia Fire and Medical Emergency Service was founded in 1864, although there were various Volunteer Firefighting Companies throughout Washington D.C up until that point. Initially starting with less than 10 firemen, today DC Fire & EMS operates 33 Stations in the District. On average, DC Fire & EMS responds to approximately 160,000 calls in the DC metro area. Since its inception in 1864 DC Fire & EMS has grown tremendously to become one of the premier fire departments in the United States.”
On Wednesday June 4, 2014, at approximately 3:54 pm, personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) received a report of an explosion and fire at an apartment building located in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, firefighters found an apartment building ablaze. During firefighting activities, firefighters observed a deceased person in one of the units.
The case was investigated by members of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, which includes members from MPD, DCFEMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The investigation has determined that the fire was intentionally set by the decedent identified as 46 year-old Christopher Christofi of Northeast, Washington, DC. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the decedent’s death was a suicide.”