I came home Tuesday night to find a decent sized blaze had taken hold on the pile of leaves that had gathered along my fence (raked on Friday, resistance is futile).
Some good neighbors had already stopped and called the Fire Department when I got there, but I was too consumed with trying to make sure the fire didn’t spread further to get their names.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m grateful to live in a neighborhood where people look out for each other. These Good Samaritans will certainly be in our thoughts and my wife and I would like to send them a token of our appreciation.
If you could post this and help connect us, we would greatly appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving DC!
Inhabitants of the Green Monster, who are also thankful for the fast response of DCFD and MPD.”
“The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) announces the launch of its mobile app for Apple, Android and Windows devices.
“Smartphones and other mobile devices can help people access a lot of information quickly,” said DCFEMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe. “This app is another way for people to interact with the Department and get information that can help in an emergency.”
The app contains safety and emergency information for users that includes:
• Steps to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
• Steps to perform abdominal thrusts;
• Steps to create a family emergency plan;
• Finding the nearest engine company based on your location;
• Evacuation routes to exit the District; and
• Updates from DCFEMS Facebook and Twitter feeds
The app was developed in partnership with DataNet Systems Corporation, a District-based information technology firm that focuses on application and software development solutions for government agencies.
The app can be downloaded for free at the following locations (click links):
Thanks to a couple of readers for sending. One writes at 1pm:
“The brand new pop up on meridian in Columbia heights near 14th… Happening right now. Looks like they were able to put it out, but the flames were massive.”
The other writes:
“The Scarface-style pop-up condos at 1429 Meridian Place just caught fire. DC ladder trucks responded and extinguished, but it looked like there may be pretty significant damage. The top unit is currently under contract. Combined total list price for the two units was 2,000,000.”
There was a fire last night at T and 7th NW. This is behind that new brewery next to Howard Theater. My friend said people watching the firefighters putting it out said it might have been started by a port-o-potty. Cue jokes about gas.”
“Just got in from work and see this fire burning on the roof of the factory next to the lofts on Lamont…
It was pretty ugly a few minutes ago but seems to be under control now.
Three are 5-6 fire trucks and a dozen or so firemen in the scene. The block is currently closed to traffic. No word on injuries.”
“The DCFD are responding to a fire in the 700 block of Lamont St. I was working on my front porch on Keefer Pl. when I looked up and saw smoke coming over the roof of the new building on the SW corner of Lamont and Georgia, shortly after a helicopter came over from the medical center and EMS started to arrive, they had it out in less than 15 minutes. Very cool to watch, they put firefighters on the roofs of all the surrounding buildings to fight it and keep it from spreading, they are starting to clear out now.”
“Update – 700blk Lamont St NW – 1-story warehouse, fire in cockloft, extinguished, checking for extension, 2nd alarm staging”
“The first two of 30 new ambulances scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year have arrived and already have been put in service, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced today.
Additionally, 60 firefighter recruits/cadets are in training and will hit D.C. streets by the end of the year, and nine paramedics were hired last week to eventually begin working on the ambulances that are being delivered, Mayor Gray said.
Weekly deliveries of new ambulances to augment the FEMS fleet are expected through the end of September. In October, Horton Emergency Vehicles will be providing another 17 new ambulances through Fesco Sales, Horton’s local distributor. By the end of December, FEMS will have received 30 new ambulances to respond to emergency medical calls.
FEMS will have $24 million in capital funds to purchase new ambulances, fire engines and other apparatus from FY 2014 through FY2016.”
Ed. Note: We previously spoke about DC’s ambulance problems here.
A firetruck sideswiped my friend’s legally parked, unoccupied car this week. I didn’t see the accident, but it appeared that the truck pulled over so the firemen could grab coffee/breakfast at the coffee shop in my building – something I’ve seen them do several times. My friend arrived at her car, needing to leave for work, was told by a fireman – who identified himself as a “public safety officer” – that she was not allowed to leave until the fire chief arrived to take pictures and document the scene. My friend was forced to stay at the scene for over an hour, so that several firemen and police officers could arrive, take pictures, and fill out reports. She had to show her ID and insurance information to three separate officers/firemen. She also had to cancel a client meeting because, again, when she asked to leave, she was told that she could not do so until the fire chief arrived. (She couldn’t disregard their orders either, as the fire truck hit at an angle, pinning her car between the truck, the sidewalk, and another car parked behind it.) Finally, after all that, they moved the truck – revealing relatively minor damage to my friend’s car.
Something just rubs me the wrong way here. I’m not aware of any law requiring someone to stay at the scene when someone hits his/her parked car – especially when they didn’t witness the accident. I’m also not aware of any authority permitting firemen or “public safety officers” to detain people and their vehicles for no reason other than to fulfill the fire department’s own bureaucratic rules and limit the city’s liability. Again, it wasn’t “it will be easier for you to get reimbursement if you stay because the city government is a mess sometimes” – it was “I’m a public safety officer, and you are not permitted to leave.” I also think it’s notable that the firemen were not rushing to an emergency or responding to a call – literally just getting coffee. I see no reason why they should be treated any differently than anyone else in this instance.