Washington, DC

SO ABOUT THAT

Thanks to Jason for sending: “Power substation at the Amtrak yard in NE just let go.”

@IAFF36 also reported: “A Box Alarm for a reported fire has been sounded at 1401 New York Ave NE. Please use caution in the area to allow our members to work safely.”

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Ed. Note: NBC Washington reported: “2nd DC Firefighter Positive for Coronavirus, As Many as 100 Quarantined: Sources”.

Regarding the police – “Metropolitan Police Department Operational Adjustments During COVID-19”.

“Dear PoPville,

My cousin is a dc firefighter (I know we’re not supposed to start stories with that rn but it’s true!). Last few days have been hearing horror stories about all the non-emergency calls they’re still getting. Thankfully at the end of last week DCFEMS received protective gear + new protocols.

But… been spinning my wheels for how to help get out the message that we need to protect our first responders by not sending them into homes with potential CoVid19. We need to do this by not allowing non-emergency calls (ones with mild symptoms and not life threatening) to be answered by DCFEMS, possibly exposing entire firehouses and extra families to this virus. Can the city/mayor find a way to direct people’s 911 calls with flu-like symptoms elsewhere? Believe Uber is offering vouchers + there’s a nurse line to call for advice. How can we administer some sort of penalty for arriving at the home of someone who is not in fact experiencing life-threatening symptoms? Read More

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Val reports: “the Syphax Gardens housing projects in SW are currently on fire.”

Alert DC reports: ” MPD reports 2nd St between Q St and Delaware Ave SW is closed. The 100 block of P St SW remains closed. Please use alternate routes.”

From DC Fire and EMS: “Update Working Fire 100 block P St SW. Both victims rescued from 3rd floor fire apartment by #DCsBravest. 1 brought down portable ladder & 2nd removed via interior. 1 patient now critical with potential life threatening injuries. 2nd is stable non life threatening injuries.

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1338 Park Road, NW via Change.org

Thanks to Darrell for passing on this Change.org petition (with already over 11,000 signatures:

“In 1900, architect Leon Dessez designed the Renaissance style firehouse then known then as Truck Company F which currently sits at 1338 Park Rd in Columbia Heights. It was later renamed to Truck Company 6 in 1906 and merged with Engine Company 11 in 1940. In 1984, Engine 11 and Truck Company 6 relocated to 3420 14th Street where it now serves the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Food on the Stove seeks to acquire the old vacant DC Firehouse at 1338 Park Road and convert it into a demonstration kitchen for firefighters to take free cooking classes while they are at work. The space will also operate as a full-service restaurant to help Food on the Stove sustain its charitable operations including supplementing the cost of meals in the firehouse, by providing free boxes of food that contain all the ingredients firefighters will need to make healthy meals at the firehouse. Read More

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