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THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT CONSISTS OF 33 ENGINE COMPANIES,
16 TRUCK COMPANIES AND 3 HEAVY DUTY RESCUE SQUADS.
THEY ALSO STAFF A HAZMAT UNIT, METRO SUPPORT UNIT, AIR UNIT,
TWO TWINNED AGENT UNITS, TWO FOAM UNITS, AND TWO FIREBOATS.
THE DEPARTMENT IS MADE UP OF 6 BATTALIONS WHICH PROTECT
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AN AREA OF 69 SQUARE MILES AND A
DAYTIME POPULATION EXCEEDING 1 MILLION.
   
DCFD.com is not an "official" organization site
however this website will easily exceed
the expectations of any veiwer.
There is an incredible amount of interesting
information within these pages and
I can't remember any site that has
so much detail about the history
and operation of such a large department.

"FRANKLIN SQUARE"..................................
ENGINE 16 & TRUCK 3 . . . BATTALION 6
Anywhere
you see a camera

you may
view video
of one the companies runs
     
The sample menu below only shows the highlights. Each of these pages has a wealth of information, pictures and videos about DCFD.

ENGINE 1 & TRUCK 2 "WEST END"........... PIRATES
-- typical station picture set --

The DCFD website has an amazing number of great pictures of engines,
stations, and fire ground action. The "DCFD News" page has recent call info.
You may find this site slow loading at times because it is so picture intense
but it is worth the wait. Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and let the
page finish loading. It loads full images, so once you click a small pic
you'll get the large version right away.

   
Many of the pics were taken at night which is very difficult, but as you can see, they did a great job with them.
   
DCFD's "Fire History" will provide you with a brief history of the department,
such as major fires, when companies were organized, line of duty death and other items.
 

Here is an example of the "Fire History" for the day of February 3rd :

In 1931,
Box 125 was sounded at 1816 followed by a second alarm for a fire
in the shoe store located at 437-441 7 ST NW
In 1975, Box 385 was sounded at 1439 followed by a second alarm for a fire
in the hotel located at 1127 CONNECTICUT AV NW
In 1979, Box 8171 was sounded at 1324 followed by a second alarm for a fire
in the church located at 4112 GEORGIA AV NW
In 1994, Box 979 was sounded at 1424 followed by a second alarm
for a fire at 600 DIVISION AV NE

 
There is lots of very interesting reading within this site !!

This is a brief excerpt from the department history.

September 8, 1804: The Union Fire Company organized. The company was located at the Western Market
at a triangular space formed by 26th street, "I" Street, and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. in a frame shed at the
west end of the Market. This company disbanded after short service but was reorganized in 1814.
The apparatus consisted of an old fashioned hand engine (make unknown).
In the 1830's they procured and ran a two wheel reel or "crab".

 
FIREBOAT........."PIER 5" ENGINE 12 & HAZMAT UNIT
BATTALION 1
 
Take your time and look around, and be sure to
sign the guestbook letting them know you visited.


>>>>>>>> Click the DCFD image at the top of this page to go there. <<<<<<<<
 
The DCFD web site is owned and operated by John Mullen.

John is the son of a Retired DC Fire Department Lieutenant.
He is involved with DCFD.com as a hobby which makes this site even more impressive.
It takes an incredible amount of time and involvement to build and maintain
a site of this quality and he has done an outstanding job !!