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.


Friday, June 27, 2014  At 1306 hours Engine 161 responded to Clarendon Blvd and North Cleveland Street for the MVC with entrapment. Medic 110 arrived to find one vehicle overturned with no entrapment. Medic 110 handled patient care while the crew from E161 secured the vehicle and controlled fluid runoff. E161 returned to service at 1315 hours.

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




Tuesday, June 24, 2014  Just before 0200 hours, Engine 161 was dispatched for the Structure Fire at 1706 South Oakland Street in Arlington County. Upon arrival, E161 picked up E107's secondary water supply on side Charlie of the structure. The crew gathered equipment and staged on side Alpha as the RIT company. The crew positioned ground ladders and vented windows, taking an active RIT role on the fire ground. Moments later, a MAYDAY was called by a member of E107. Crews rushed to his aide after he had fallen through the floor on Division 2. He was able to make it to the exterior on his own ability and crews quickly went back to work in their assigned roles. Command reassigned E161 to the interior to extinguish any remaining fire and perform extensive overhaul on the knee walls on Division 2. E161 operated for several hours before returning to service. Two ACFD members were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. We would like to wish both of them a speedy recovery. Photos courtesy of

Engine 161: D/O M. Humphreys, OIC F/F Strybing, F/F Grossman, F/F Drake





The Officers and Members of the Fort Myer Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local F-253, would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Naval District Washington Fire Department, IAFF Local F-121, Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, and to the McDonald family on the Line of Duty Death of Battalion Chief John "Mac" McDonald. Chief Mac was a great friend and colleague to many members of Fort Myer, and has always been looked at as a fire service legend and inspiration. Chief McDonald was always willing to teach you something new about the fire service, and always had an interesting story to go along with it. Mac started as a Volunteer Firefighter in Stafford, Va., where he remained a Life Member and Past Fire Chief until his death. To his family and friends, we Thank You for sharing his friendship and wisdom with all of us over the years. RIP Chief Mac, we will take it from here Brother.




Monday, May 26, 2014  As with every year during the Memorial Day weekend, Engine 161 provided services and assistance to the visitors to Arlington National Cemetery as well as the surrounding area.  Engine 161 handled a few medicals that were related to the heat as well as a Motorcycle accident on Washington Blvd. This year however was a little different.  The personnel at the station wanted to truly honor those who had fallen while protecting our freedom.  Each person picked a service member to research including their hometown, family, military service, and how they perished at war.  Part of this project included going to the service man's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery to pay personal respect.  While there, coincidentally, the crew on Engine 161 ran into Lcpl. Terry Honeycutt's parents.  Lcpl. Honeycutt was one of the service member's selected by one of our Firefighters.  We spoke with his parents and explained what we were doing.  They were honored that we were doing what we did and explained to us that when parents lose a son at war, their biggest fear is that they would not be remembered and that they would be just another name on a headstone in ANC.  On Sunday, Engine and UTV 161 provided a stand by at Rolling Thunder at North Parking of the Pentagon.  A couple minor EMS calls were handled and the annual "Master Stream Cooling Device" was put in service.  Also all the poster boards were on display for visitors and participants to read.  Also while there, a couple walked up to read what we had and were in shock when they read their own friend's story.  On  Monday, Battalion 161, Engine 161 B, UTV 161 and 509 (Manassas Park FD) provided stand by at the annual wreath laying ceremony by The President of The United States.  Another few medicals were taken in by crews with around an additional 20 visitors needing to cool off in the cooling tent. With no major incidents the weekend was a success.




Thursday, May 22, 2014  On May 19th, we received word at the station that Retired Member Forest Benton passed away at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. The following is the Memorial Service information. Monday June 9, 2014 Moose Lodge located @ 7701 Beulah Street Alexandria, VA Time: 1300 hours There will also be a reception to follow at the same location.




Friday, May 16, 2014  Today at 0630 hours, Captain Tony McGillin left Fort Myer for the final time.  Captain McGillin accepted a job offer as a Firefighter with the DLA Susquehanna Fire Department located in New Cumberland, PA.  Captain McGillin served our department for 10 years before making his departure.  He will always be remembered for his aggressive attack skills and mentality in reference to firefighting as well as his joking personality which was the reason for him being referred to as a 10 year old in a 38 year old man's body.  He makes the move up north that shaves an hour off his commute time and joins a department that is just as aggressive as he is.  We will all miss Tony here and will stay in contact with him.  We are sure that there will be incident photographs traded between us and them.  We hope that his new department welcomes him with open arms and realize how great of a fireman they just received.  Below are some pictures from last evening's activities.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014  At 0853 hours, Engines 161 and 110 were sent to the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) and 15th Street South for the reported vehicle fire.  Engine 161 arrived 1st on the scene reporting a recreational vehicle "well off".  Engine 161's crew deployed the 150' 1 3/4" bumper line.  Engine 110 arrived on scene also deploying a line to help extinguish the blaze.  Engine 161 remained on scene for a tow truck and did a wash down of the area before returning to service at 1027 hours. 

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


Picture taken from Engine 161B crew at Fort McNair SW Washington, DC

Picture taken from Engine 161B crew at
      Fort McNair SW Washington, DC



Monday, April 7, 2014  At 2008 hours, ACFD ECC sounded the "Metro Incident" assignment to the Arlington National Cemetery Metro Station for a reported person struck by a train.  Engine 161 arrived 1st on the scene and headed down to the tracks.  Once to the tracks, information was gathered from the train operator and power properly secured to the third rail, personnel walked down the tracks to find a victim who was pronounced dead on the scene.  Units remained on the scene with police and Metro officials before returning to service 1 hour later.

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




Wednesday, March 26, 2014  Just before 0500 hours, Engine 161 responded to Box 71-20 for the reported structure fire in the 4400 block of South Pershing Court. First arriving Engine 101 reported a working fire and quickly went to work. Engine 161 arrived and set up the RIT on side Alpha of the dwelling, while the driver established a secondary water supply for E109 a block away. Engine 101 found a fire in a bedroom on the top floor and quickly knocked the fire down while crews vented and opened up. Crews operated for an hour before being released.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014   At 1645 hours, Boston Fire Alarm sounded Box 1579 for a structure fire, units arrived on scene reporting fire in the basement of a 4 story "Brownstone" located at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay portion of the City.  Heavy winds hampered conditions for Firefighters from the beginning.  A Mayday was sounded by Engine 33's Officer reporting to being located in the basement.  Despite the valiant efforts by Fire and EMS personnel, 2 members' lives were lost.  Lieutenant Ed Walsh a 9 1/2 year veteran of the Department assigned to Engine 33 and Firefighter Mike Kennedy a 6 1/2 year veteran of the Department as well as a USMC veteran assigned to Ladder 15.

Our own James Dansereau along with other members of the IAFF Burn Foundation from the United States and Canada are in Boston for a previously scheduled event and went by the Quarters of Engine 33/Ladder 15 located on Boylston Street not far from Fenway Park to pay their respects.  A photo below shows the group which was sent by Dansereau.  

Members of IAFF F-253 are keeping the Boston Fire members in our thoughts and prayers as well as the families and friends of Lt. Walsh and F/F Kennedy. 

Side C of 298 Beacon Street

Side C of 298 Beacon Street


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