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.

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


   


 

FIRE ON THE PENTHOUSE LEVEL

Saturday, April 11, 2015  Just after 1530 hours, Engine 161 was alerted 2nd due for the "box assignment" at 2200 Columbia Pike. Engine and Rescue 109 arrived on scene of a residential high rise with "nothing evident" from the street level. Engine 161 secured their own water supply and established water supply to the building's standpipe connection. While Engines 109 and 161 along with Rescue 109 proceeded up to the penthouse level via Stairwell B, due to no elevator keys being on the building key sets, Engine 105 reported "smoke showing" from Side Charlie. Once arriving on the fire floor, crews were met with heavy smoke creating zero visibility conditions. Both Engine 109's and 161's crews advanced their 200' 1 3/4" high rise racks to the fire. Crews found a commercial grade dryer full of towels on fire. There was minimal extension and ventilation of the smoke was conducted by the Special Services. Battalion Chief 111 (Herbert) had Command. 1 member from Engine 161's crew was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and check up. The crew member was treated and released a few hours later and is now home doing fine. Engine 161: D/O Jackson, Capt. Angerett, F/F M. Humphreys, F/F Colon

   


 

BALLSTON BASEMENT FIRE

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

     



 

COLUMBIA PIKE GARAGE

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

     



 
 
 

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