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.

HEAVY FIRE IN CLARENDON

Saturday, July 25, 2015  At 1901 hours, Arlington ECC alerted units to a reported "Structure Fire" in the 2700 Block of Washington Boulevard (Box 104-05), which brought Engine 161 1st due.  Rescue 104 (Clarendon) arrived on the scene along with their counterparts, Tower 104, just blocks away from their station reporting "a porch well involved in fire" on Side Alpha of a 3 story detached home.  Engine 161 arrived seconds later and stretched the 200' 1 3/4" crosslay.  While other units marked on scene, Arlington ECC advised Command (Battalion 112 -B/C Fitch) that the caller was unsure if everybody was out of the structure.  Command requested the 2nd alarm which added Battalion 161 to the call.   After darkening down the porch, the crew of Engine 161 made an aggressive push into the house and extinguished the fire on both the 1st and 2nd floors, while being backed up by Engine 101 (Glebe).  Rescue and Tower 104 preformed primary and secondary searches on all 3 floors which proved to be negative.  The fire was deemed "under control and extinguished" just 19 minutes after dispatch.  There were no reported injuries to both personnel or civilians.  Engine 161 remained on scene with the ACFD Fire Marshall and returned to service at 2050 hours.


Engine 161: D/O Sullivan, Capt. Long, F/F Drake, F/F Parise


Battalion 161: A/C Culberson


     
ACFD PIO Photo

ACFD PIO Photo

ACFD PIO Photo

ACFD PIO Photo



 

SMALL FIRE IN ROSSLYN OFFICE BUILDING

Saturday, June 27, 2015  At 0725 hours, as crews were finishing line-up, Box 110-03 was sounded for "smoke coming from a building" in the 1300 block of North Courthouse Rd.  The assignment included Engine 161 as the 2nd due company.  Engine 110 (Rosslyn) arrived on scene at the corrected location of 1320 North Courthouse Rd. and upon entering the building found heavy smoke conditions. Engine 161 arrived shortly after Engine 110 and secured the building's sprinkler/standpipe system as the crew went interior to back up Engine 110. The fire was found behind the front desk on the lobby level where it was being held "in check" by the building's sprinkler system.  Engine 110 extinguished the remaining fire and Tower 104 (Clarendon) and Engine 161 checked for extension and assisted with smoke removal.  Engine 161 cleared the scene at 0829 hours.

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

   


 

STORMS BRING WORKING FIRE

Tower 104 operating, Photo courtesy of arlnow.com

Tower 104 operating, Photo courtesy of
      arlnow.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015   At 2053 hours, E161 was alerted as the 3rd due engine for Box 110-04 on the Structure Fire. E110 was returning from a previous run and had seen the smoke before the dispatch. E110 went on the scene with smoke showing from the roof line and their own hydrant. E110 stretched a 400' 1 3/4" attack line to the third floor. E161 advanced a 200' 1 3/4" attack line to the third floor and worked with R104 opening ceilings searching for the fire. The bulk of the fire was located in the bathroom. E161 made quick work of the fire in the attack space over the bathroom. Command held E110, E161, R104, and TW104.

D/O Parise, OIC Capt. Pine, F/F D'Agostino, F/F Colon



   


 

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)



 
 
 

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