Fort Myer Fire Department

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IAFF Local F-253 is located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA, which is home to the 3rd Infantry Regiment, US Army Band, Army Fife and Drum Corps, USMC and numerous civilian and military administrative personnel. We also provide response to Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC and the Arlington National Cemetery. On top of all of that, we also provide Aircraft Fire / Rescue at the Pentagon, as well as mutual aid to the Arlington County Fire Department and surrounding NOVA jurisdictions. We are a 31 personnel department in which the Assistant Chiefs, Captains, and Firefighters work a 48 on / 72 off work schedule. Our Apparatus fleet consists of 2 Engines, 1 Reserve Engine, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Crash Truck, 1 Special Operations Unit, and several Utility / Support Vehicles.

EXTRICATION ON THE NORTHSIDE

Saturday, May 30, 2015  At 0710 hour, Arlington ECC dispatched an "Accident with injuries with Rescue" in the unit block of North Irving Street.  The assignment included Engine and Medic 101 (Glebe), Engine 161, Rescue and Tower 104 (Clarendon), Battalion 111, and EMS 112.  Engine 101 arrived on the scene first to find a vehicle on its side with the driver still inside.  Engine 161, Rescue and Tower 104 quickly arrived on the scene to assist Engine 101 with extricating the driver from the vehicle.  Crews worked together putting "Res Q Jacks" and "Come-A-Longs" in service to stabilize the vehicle.  Once the vehicle was stabilized, Hurst Spreaders and "O" Cutters were used along side "Saws Alls" to peel down the roof of the vehicle to gain access to the driver.  Once the driver was removed, he was evaluated by Medic 101 and all other units picked back up and returned to service 40 minutes later.


Engine 161: D/O M. Humphreys, Capt. Rearden, F/F Sullivan, F/F Minor


     



 

WELCOME BABY XANDER!

Monday, May 25, 2015  At 1041 hours, Fireman Alex Galien welcomed into the world his son, Xander Liam Galien.  Baby Galien or "Pretty Rick Jr." as we have affectionately called him, came in weighing 7 lbs, and stood at a solid 20".  It is also noted that "Pretty Rick Jr." has phenomenally perfect hair just like Fireman Galien.


   


 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015  Every year, this great Country pauses and remembers all the servicemen/women who gave their lives protecting our Freedom.  Memorial Day weekend is a very unique and busy time for the men of Engine House No. 61.  Arlington National Cemetery receives  hundreds, if not thousands of visitors in just 3 days during this time of remembrance.  On Saturday (5/23) at 1959 hours, Engine 161 was alerted by Arlington ECC along with Engine and Truck 105 (Crystal City), to respond to a report of a bus on fire located on Interstate 395  in the area of Washington Blvd.  While approaching the scene, a large column of smoke was noticed by Engine 161's crew.  The bus was located on the Southbound lanes of I-395 @ Boundry Chanel Drive in the area of the Pentagon.  Engines 161 and 105 arrived at the same time, both deploying 1 line each to the bus.  Crews worked together to extinguish the flames with just tank water in each.  Engine 161 returned to service in about 30 minutes.  On Sunday (5/24), Engine 161 and UTV 161 provided stand by at the North Parking lot of the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder.  UTV 161 (staffed with Engine 161's backstep Firemen), roamed the area of North Parking taking in any medical emergencies that occurred.  Engine 161 (Driver and OIC) secured a hydrant to once again, provide a "mist" using the deck gun to cool off riders.  UTV 161's crew treated between 5-10 patients with only a couple that needed to be transported.  On Monday (5/25), Company 61 provided another stand by at Arlington National Cemetery for the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony done by President Obama.  Company 61 staffed the JBMHH Command Bus (Culberson), Chief 161, Battalion 161 (Pine), Engine 161B (Long), UTV 161 (Leubke), and provided a driver (M. Humphreys) for UTV 509 (Manassas Park FD).  Inspectors 161 (Dansereau) and 46 (Grierson) stood by the FACP to monitor any possible alarms that came in.  Around a dozen patients were treated with 2 transported to area hospitals.  Also a newly purchased air conditioned tent was put in service by the Department. 





     
I-395 @ Boundry Chanel

I-395 @ Boundry Chanel

I-395 @ Boundry Chanel

I-395 @ Boundry Chanel



 

LAST ALARM

Friday, May 15, 2015  Crew members from Co.61 paid their respects to fallen Fire Lieutenant Kevin McRae. Lt. McRae died Wednesday morning, (5/6/2015) while working at a 2 alarm highrise fire. His funeral was at the DC Armory, then from there a spectacular procession of fire apparatus escorted his casket to Fort Lincoln cemetery. Engine 6 carried his casket through the city streets and passed the building where he answered his last alarm. The procession then passed his firehouse (where Engine 6 is quartered). Engine 161 attended the funeral and was part of the procession. They staged at the intersection of 7th/N Streets N.W. and rendered their salutes as the procession passed by. Our condolences go out to the family of Lt. McRae, and to his brothers/sisters at Engine 6 and the DCFD.

     
LODD (@iaff36)

LODD (@iaff36)

E6 escorting their fallen brother (@iaff36)

E6 escorting their fallen brother
      (@iaff36)



 

STRUCTURE FIRE COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Tuesday, May 12, 2015  1000 Hours: The tones were dropped for Box 7111, for the structure fire in the 2700 block of Columbia Pike. Engine 161 arrived on scene and confirmed the address of 2704 Columbia Pike. E161's officer reported "heavy smoke showing form the roof." E161 pulled their 400ft attack line and began to make entry. Engines: 101, 105, and 301B arrived on scene, and began to set up water supply and pull secondary/backup lines to the structure. Tower 104 (Clarendon) set up its aerial and began to check the roof with Truck 105 (Crystal City.) Interior crews were reporting heavy fire conditions and Battalion 111 (South Side) requested the 2nd Alarm. 4 additional engines and 2 more trucks arrived on scene and began to go to work. The fire was in the "void space" between the 2nd floor ceiling and exterior roof; making it difficult to gain access to. Truck companies assigned to the roof made several cuts to gain access to the fire, while interior crews began to pull the ceiling. Command requested a full RIT assignment and began reassigning crews to rehab, while sending fresh crews in from their staging locations. Interior crews were finally able to control the fire and extinguish it. All occupants had made it out of the building with no injuries. Engine 161 cleared and returned in-service to quarters at 1240 hours.


Engine 161: D/O D'Agostino, Capt. Montgomery, F/F Sullivan, F/F Grierson

     
Units on scene (arlnow.com photo)

Units on scene (arlnow.com photo)

E161

E161



 

RIT ASSIGNMENT ON 2 ALARM FIRE

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  At 1640 hours, Box 7802 was struck for the Structure Fire at 4643 15th Street North. Engine 103 (Cherrydale) arrived on scene first and reported smoke and flames showing from a single family home. As other companies were responding, Arlington ECC notified Co.61 to transfer to Clarendon Station 4. While Engine 161 was en route, they were dispatched to fill the Level 1 RIT assignment on the structure fire. Engine 161 arrived on scene and set up the RIT staging area with Rescue 109. Command (Battalion 112) requested a second alarm to be dispatched to the box, bringing Battalion 161 to the call. Battalion 161 responded to the scene and was assigned as the "Staging Chief." Engine 161 began to assist throwing ladders and taking out windows. Interior crews began to get a knock on the fire, and eventually were able to extinguish it. Rescue crews preformed primary and secondary searches and found no victims. Command began reassigning interior crews to rehab and had Engine 161 report to Division 2, for overhaul. Once all hotspots were out, units began to clear and return to service by 1800. One dog was rescued from the inside of the home during this fire. The dog did not require any medical treatment.


Engine 161: D/O D'Agostino, OIC Strybing, F/F Grossman, F/F Luebke,


Battalion 161: Angerett




     
Truck 106 (photo courtesy of arlnow.com)

Truck 106 (photo courtesy of arlnow.com)



 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT

Sunday, April 19, 2015  At 0900 hours, Engine 161 responded to Box 7406 for the Accident With Injury Rescue. Arlington ECC reported they had multiple calls for one vehicle on its side with a person trapped, at the intersection of 5th St N. and N. Lincoln St. Engine 101 (Glebe) arrived on scene and deployed a hoseline for fire suppresion, just as Truck 104 (Clarendon) and Engine 161 arrived on scene. Crews from the Truck and Engine 161 began to stabilize the vehicle and began work to extricate the victim from the vehicle. Rescue 109 (Walter Reed) arrived on scene and set up the hydraulic equipment, while Engine 161's crew started cutting the roof of the vehicle. Crews successfully cut the A, B, and C posts and peeled the roof back to remove the victim. Medic 102's (Ballston) crew backboarded the patient and began treatment. Patient was rushed to an area trauma center for further. Crews cleaned up and cleared the scene by 0930.

Engine 161: D/O D'Agostino, Capt. Montgomery, F/F Galien, F/F Luebke

     
(Courtesy of ACFD twitter feed)

(Courtesy of ACFD twitter feed)

(Courtesy of ACFD twitter feed)

(Courtesy of ACFD twitter feed)



 

HOUSE FIRE ON THE SOUTHSIDE

Thursday, April 16, 2015  Just after 1130 hours, as Engine 161 and other ACFD units were OOS at the ACFD Fire Training Academy for the auto extrication drill, Box 7110 was struck for a reported garage fire next to a house located in the 1100 block of South Rolfe St.  Engine and Truck 105 arrived 1st on the scene and reported "heavy fire" from a garage and shed with possible extension to the house.  Upon seeing the column of smoke from the Training Academy, Instructors advised units in the drill to return to service.  Engines 161 and 108 (Hall's Hill) returned to service and were dispatched on the 2nd alarm.  Engine 161 arrived and reported to staging along with Engine 108 just as Command (Battalion 111 Eversburg) requested the evacuation tones to be sounded by ECC.  Engine 161's crew advanced the 400' 1 3/4" attack line to Side Charlie of the house to stand by.  Battalion 112 (Miller) advised the crew to charge the line and put it in service.  The crew was directed to extinguish the shed that was originally on fire as well as other flames that remained on the house and deck.  Truck 105 put a elevated master stream in service and other crews put "ground monitors" in service as the incident changed to defensive operations.  The incident was later scaled back to Engine and Truck 105, Engine 101, and Rescue 109.  Engine 161 returned to service at 1421 hours.


Engine 161: D/O Jackson, OIC F/F M. Humphreys, F/F Leubke, F/F Thompson


     
Courtesy of arlnow.com

Courtesy of arlnow.com

Courtesy of arlnow.com

Courtesy of arlnow.com



 

AUTO-EX TRAINING AT THE FTA

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  For the past few shifts, crews form Co.61 have been doing Auto Extrication training at the Arlington County Fire Training Academy. Crews refreshed their skills, as-well-as learned new ways to stabilize vehciles that have been overtunred due to accident. Firefighters also used hydraulic tools to gain access and rescue possible victims entrapped. Thank you to all the instructors from the FTA.

     



 

APARTMENT FIRE IN ROSSLYN

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  At 2152 hours, Arlington Fire ECC alerted units to Box 7001 for the reported structure fire located at 1121 Arlington Blvd in the River Place Complex.  While units were enroute on Channel 1 Charlie, ECC advised units that they were receiving multiple calls of a balcony on fire.  Engine 110 (Rosslyn) arrived on the scene and reported "nothing evident" from Side Alpha.  Engine 161 arrived seconds later picking up their own water supply and establishing the water supply for the high rise residential apartment building.  ACFD EMS 112 arrived and reported both flames and smoke showing from a balcony on the ground level as both Engines 110 and 161's crews advanced their standpipe racks.  Engine 110 extinguished a balcony fire that had also extended into the living room of the apartment as Engine 161's crew provided a back up line to them.  Engine 161 assisted crews with ventilation once the fire was knocked down.  Battalion 112 (Deavers) had the Command and Battalion 111 (Herbert) had the Interior Division.  Engine 161 picked up and returned to service in just under 1 hour.


Engine 161: D/O Strybing, Capt. Angerett, F/F Winfrey, F/F Grossman


   


 
 
 

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