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.


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

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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



Thursday, November 27, 2014  The Officers and Members of the Fort Myer Professional Firefighters, Local F-253, would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday, from our Family to yours.




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Tuesday, November 4, 2014  Just after 0400 hours, Arlington ECC alerted units to a reported house on fire in the 1100 block of South Emerson Street in the 7912 Box Area.  Engine 101 was 1st to arrive and found both smoke and fire showing from the 1st floor with rapid extension to the 2nd floor.  Also upon arrival, crews were met with an adult male who had self rescued himself along with a minor child.  He reported to crews that there were 2 more people still in the residence.  Crews made an aggressive push in while Command requested the EMS Task Force to be sent to the scene which included Engine 161 and Rescue 104.  Engine 161 staged upon arrival and then relieved Engine 102's crew on Side C.  The 2 citizens inside unfortunately succumbed to their injuries on the scene and the other 2 were transported to local Burn/Trauma Centers.  Engine 161 cleared the scene at 0557 hours.

Engine 161: D/O J. Humphreys, Capt. Montgomery, Insp. Dansereau, F/F Leubke




Tuesday, September 23, 2014  At 1444 hours, Arlington ECC alerted units to the Whole Foods located at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard for multiple reports of smoke coming from the roof.  Battalion Chief 112 (Fitch) was quick to arrive and reported light smoke from the roof but reports that the fire was out.  Engine 161 was dispatched as the 2nd due Engine but arrived 1st and took their own hydrant and streched the 400' 1 3/4" into the building.  The crew found a fire involving the duct work and hood unit from a cooking device.  Crews extinguished the fire and ensured there was no other extension to the rest of the building before returning to service at 1614 hours.

Engine 161: D/O Strybing, Capt. Angerett, F/F M. Humphreys, F/F Minor




Saturday, September 13, 2014  At 0939 hours, Engine 161 was alerted for a EMS call on South Wayne Street in Company 1's 1st due.  While enroute, the crew could smell something burning in the area and noticed a haze acorss Columbia Pike.  The OIC of Engine 161 called Arlington ECC to see if they had any calls in the area for any fires, Arlington ECC advised that they did and will be dispatching it shortly.  Engine 161 continued to the EMS call but once arriving, was waved off by the Medic Unit.  Engine 161 asked Battalion Chief 111 (Vitalie) for permission to be added to the call, and were granted to be the 1st due Engine.  Battalion 111 arrived to find "smoke showing".  Engine 161 arrived and streched the 400' 1 3/4" into the building where they found another boiler room on fire just as they had before a few weeks prior.  The fire was extinguished and there was no extension.  Engine 161 picked up and returned to service at 1225 hours.

**NOTE, this was the 1st working fire for the new Engine 161**

Engine 161: D/O Jackson, Capt. Angerett, F/F Drake, F/F Grossman




Friday, August 29, 2014  At 1817 hours, Engine 161 was alerted to Box 7003 for multiple reports of fire and smoke coming from the roof of a building located at 1401 North Adams Street in the Rosslyn section of Arlington County.  Engine 110 (Rosslyn) arrived 1st to find "smoke showing" from the roof of the building.  Engine 161 arrived to pick up a hydrant and the crew entered the building with their high rise racks.  Units found a stubborn fire in the HVAC unit on the roof of the building.  Crews worked together both on the roof and floors below to get to the fire and remove smoke from the building.  Engine 161 picked up and returned to service at 1949 hours.

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



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