Fort Myer Fire Department


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.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015  At 1100 hours Engine 161 was dispatched to Box 7204 for a possible basement fire. Dispatch reported that the occupants were evacuating the house and that they had smoke inside the house. Engine 102 arrived on scene 1st due and reported smoke coming from the front door. E102 stretched a handline to the door and made entry with Rescue 109. Trucks 410 (Fairfax) and 106 positioned ladders and set up ventilation; as command ordered a "back-up" line to be pulled by E108's crew. E161 went to side "Charlie" and found smoke coming from a basement window. E161's driver hooked into the hydrant and established secondary water supply. Interior crews extinguished the fire and there were no injuries. All units returned to service at 1140 hours.

Engine 161: D/O: Jackson, Capt. Long, F/F Sullivan, F/F Galien




Friday, February 20, 2015  Just after 2000 hours, Engine 161 was dispatched for the "Box Assingment" at 2300 Columbia Pike. While enroute dispatch reported that they had mulitple calls coming in for flames visable inside a mechanics garage. Engine 101 arrived first due and reported a small fire visable and they were dropping a line. Engine 109 picked up their water supply, while E161 found the secondary water supply. E161's crew pulled a line off and Battalion 111 assigned them to go to the roof and search with Truck 105. E101 extinguished the fire with little extension. Squad 109 ventilated the building and all units returned to service at 2035 hours.

Engine 161: D/O: Jackson, Capt. Montgomery, F/F: Galien, F/F Bailey




Monday, February 16, 2015  The officers and firefighters of the department would like to congratulate F/F Mike Humphreys and his wife on the birth of their new son. Joeseph Humphreys was born Monday at 1220pm. He was 8lbs 2oz and 20.5" long. Mom and baby are healthy and now at home resting. Congratulations Mike, see you back soon.


Uncle F/F Jason Humphreys was able to take a couple hours off shift to visit his new nephew

Uncle F/F Jason Humphreys was able to
      take a couple hours off shift to visit
      his new nephew



Wednesday, February 11, 2015  At 1346 hours, Engine 161 was dispatched for the "Box Assignment" at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Dispatch reported that there was a fire down in the tunnels of the metro line. E110 arrived 1st due, and its crew went down to investigate. E161 took its 2nd due assignment and set up water supply, while its crew grabbed the highrise packs and headed down into the station. Truck 105, Rescue 104 arrived and started to secure the power to the station; while the remaining engine companies set up secondary water and EMS staging provided my Medic 110. Crews were down in the Metro and found nothing, just then dispatch reported the fire was closer to the Courthouse Metro Station. Command ordered all units to pack up and head to the Courthouse Station, about 12 blocks away. E301 (MWAA Airport) arrived 1st due along with T106. E161 set up water supply to the station, while the rest of the crew was assigned to RIT with T105. E105 found the secondary water supply. Metro PD shut down and secured the station. E301 was able to extinguish the fire and there were no injuries. Units returned to service just after 1530.

Engine 161: D/O Jackson, Capt. Long, F/F Galien, F/F Drake




Thursday, February 5, 2015  At 1637 hours, Box 7002 was sounded for a fire in the building at 1021 Arlington Blvd., bringing Engine 161 2nd due.  Engine 110 arrived on the scene of high rise residential with "nothing evident" from the street.  Upon entering the building, Engine 110's OIC was advised by a resident in the building that there were cabinets on fire in a apartment on the 12th floor.  Engine 161 arrived on the scene and established their own water supply and secured the water supply to the building's connections.  Once reaching the 12th floor, Engine 110's crew found a working fire in Apartment 1213.  Engine 161's crew arrived on the 12th floor after taking the steps to back up Engine 110's crew.  Command (Battalion 112-Fitch) requested the 2nd alarm to be dispatched and stage out on North Lynn Street.  Battalion 161 responded on the 2nd alarm and reported to staging before being released with other 2nd alarm units.  Engine 161 picked up and cleared the scene at 1723 hours.

Engine 161: D/O M. Humphreys, Capt. Angerett, F/F Leubke, F/F Thompson

Battalion 161: A/C Surette photo photo photo photo



Thursday, January 22, 2015  At 0440 hours, Engine 161 was dispatched to a house fire in (Box 7906) at 2112 South Randolph St. Engine 109 (Walter Reed) arrived on scene 1st due, and reported a "Working Fire." Engine 161 took their 4th due assignment on Side Alpha, and established RIT. Interior crews worked to extinguish the fire as well as conduct a search of the home. Rescue 109 (Walter Reed) found a victim trapped and removed the vitim from the structure. EMS crews awaiting outside took over and immediately began to treat the victim. A crewmember from Engine 161 took over driving the Medic Unit to the area hospital, while paramedics treated the patient. Unfortunately the victim later succumbed to thier injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Engine 161 returned to service at 0636 hours.

Engine 161: D/O: D'Agostino, Capt. Angerett, F/F Grossman, F/F Thompson

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015  Just after 0300 hours, crews from both Arlington and Fairfax were dispatched to the house fire in the north side of Arlington County. First arriving crews arrived on scene of (Box 7816) 4543 North 40th St. and reported "smoke showing." Due to heavy "Colliers Mansion" conditions, Command requested a 2nd Alarm and an additional Level 2 RIT. Engine 161 responded along with ACFD Rescue 109 (Walter Reed) to fill the Level 2 RIT assignment. Engine 161 met up with Engine 106's (Falls Church) officer and helped fill the already established RIT on Side Alpha. Interior attack crews extignguished the fire on the 2nd floor that had spread into multiple rooms. During this time 2 occupants were rescue off the roof by Truck 106 (Falls Church.) The occupants were transported to area hospitals for further evalutation. Engine 161 returned to service at 0420 hours.

Engine 161: D/O Parise, Capt. Pine, F/F Grierson, F/F Galien

Photo courtesy of BFC Herbert

Photo courtesy of BFC Herbert

Photo courtesy of BFC Herbert

Photo courtesy of BFC Herbert



Monday, January 12, 2015  The Officers and FIrefighters of this department would like to welcome firefighter Andretti Colon. Firefighter Colon comes to us from Oceana NAS VA. We look forward to working with you.




Thursday, January 1, 2015  The officers and firefighters of this department would like to welcome firefighter Joe Thompson. Firefighter Thompson comes to us from Beaufort NAS, SC. Joe was also prior USAF CFR before that. We look foward to working with you as part of our team.




Friday, November 28, 2014  Today, the crews of the 61 House gathered, along with their families and close friends to give thanks, and to break bread together. We were even blessed with the honor of having Retiree Dave Flick and his famous potato salad in the station. Members spent all morning prepping the meal, and getting the station ready for our visitors. The Engine took in a couple of runs during the day, but everyone got a chance to sit down and get there share of the grub, while enjoying nice conversation. We are very thankful to be able to share these Holidays away from our homes with our families. Thank you to all who contributed food and goodies, we have enough to go around for the next shift. Happy Thanksgiving once again from the men of the 61 House.

Fort Myer Family

Fort Myer Family

Engine 161 Taking in a Run

Engine 161 Taking in a Run


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