Member in Need.


 We were notified this morning of the passing of EMS Committee Co-Chair Daniel Lottes' son, Harrison.   The family has reached out to the brotherhood/sisterhood for support.   If you are able to consider any monetary support, please click this link to be taken to the fundraiser 

As further information becomes available on ways to assist the family, we will let the membership know.

If you know of any members needing support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the local's executive board and we will assist.   The helpahero platform is available thru our web/app provider and has benefits over traditional consumer fundraising platforms.   

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DC Firefighters Memorial Foundation Fundraiser

 The DC Fallen Firefighters Foundation is working hard to raise funds for a memorial to all DC Firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Please support the cause by purchasing tickets to the Nationals vs. Padres game on Sunday, July 18 using this link:
For questions, please contact Lt. Robert Alvarado (T-7-4) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Hope to see you there!

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2021 Firefighter Memorial Day

The Executive Board of Local 36 held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Last Alarm Gardens this morning as a way to honor and remember all of the District's Firefighters that have given their lives in the line of duty.

We hope you take a few minutes and watch the video below of the ceremony which is followed by the list of all the names of DC Firefighters that we remember and honor on a daily basis, but especially on this day. 

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DC Firefighters Association Supports OUC Audit

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Congratulating Chief Dean

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Firefighter Memorial Day Ceremony

The Executive Board of Local 36 held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Last Alarm Gardens this morning as a way to honor and remember all of the District's Firefighters that have given their lives in the line of duty.

We hope you take a few minutes and watch the video below of the ceremony which is followed by the list of all the names of DC Firefighters that we remember and honor on a daily basis, but especially on this day.  

If you are on the app, here  is a link to the video posted below:

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Teletown Hall Opening Statement from Local 36


If you logged in slightly after the start of the town hall we wanted you to be able to read the opening statement from your board member on the call, Joe Papariello:

“Thank the Chief for the opportunity to participate today. More importantly I want to thank our members for doing everything that they are doing day in and day out to provide the service to the residents of dc. Wearing an n95 and googles for one medical local is uncomfortable enough, let alone doing it 20-30 times a day coupled with the anxiety of the invisible enemy that we are working so hard not to expose ourselves, coworkers and family to. We must continue to adjust our response to ensure that our members have all the tools and ability to continue to protect our Nation’s Capital.

We urge the city treat the Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics as the valuable asset they are. We will continue to work and lobby for members because we understand it is they who are essential to the city.


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Retired Members Dues Online Option

We are excited to announce that our retired brothers and sisters will now be able to pay their retired dues online with a debit/credit card. Visit here to pay:

We are grateful that our retired members are our highest donors to the COPA fund and you are able to contribute on the page listed above in addition to your dues. Thank you for your continued generosity allowing us to support those that support us.

We will still accept checks if you are not comfortable paying online (mailed or delivered to 3002 12th St NE, Washington DC 20017). We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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Fire on Sargent RD NE this morning

This morning at 4:21AM, a house fire was dispatched and reported with people trapped. Luckily, the house had working smoke detectors and reports are that everyone made it out. Tonight we change our clocks and that is the time we ask you to change the batteries in your smoke detector to make sure you are alerted when a fire occurs! 

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January 2020 Message from President Hudson

A quick 3-minute message from President Hudson discussing some of the issues the Local leadership has been working on for the members.  

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Line of Duty Death Funeral Arrangements: Alex Graham

Firefighter-Technician Alex Graham - Finalized Funeral/Memorial Service Details:


Thursday November 7, 2019 (#2)


Viewing: 1000-1200

Service: 1200

Repass: Following the procession


DC Armory

2001 East Capitol St SE

Washington D.C.


Parking for attendees will be in Lot 3 at the DC Armory

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Arrangements for Firefighter Drapeau

 Wayne Allen Drapeau "Droopy" was born on February 17, 1970 in Meriden, CT and passed away on October 28, 2019. Wayne started his fire service career as soon as he was old enough in Wallingford, CT. He moved to MD in 1990 and became a live-in member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. He also became a day-crew member of Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) before moving to Pawley's Island, SC and joining Midway Fire Rescue. He returned to MD in 2001 and resumed working at BCCRS until he was hired at DCFD in 2002. Wayne spent his entire career at 33 Engine, Truck 8 including four years at the Fire Investigations Unit (FIU).

Wayne had a 16+ year career with the DCFD and it was his dream job. Due to the nature of public service and first responders' careers, Wayne was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of the on the job trauma and tragedies that he experienced and witnessed. Even with consistent treatment over the past year and a half, he was consumed by the disease and succumbed from injuries related to it.

Wayne is survived by his wife, daughter, two step-daughters, parents, brother, and two god-daughters. The brothers and sisters "Droopy" has touched over the years are far reaching, and to everyone who met him he is a gentle giant with the intimidating mustache! Wayne has left behind a legacy whether he knew it or not.

In Lieu of flowers please send condolence donations to:

We will be hosting a celebration of Wayne's life. Please join us on Sunday, November 3rd from 1pm-4pm at Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) located at 5020 Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814. We will be serving light refreshments upstairs in the hall for everyone to gather and share their memories together.
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Memorial Fundraising Effort

 Our past president, Ed Smith, is doing some heavy lifting trying to get the fundraising started for the DC Fallen Firefighters Memorial Foundation. Read about his passion to bring/build a memorial to DC in our fallen members' honor and donate today! 


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Death of Active Member

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our own, Technician Alex Graham from Engine Company 21. Our condolences are extended to his family and all who knew Alex.

Alex suffered a medical emergency on Thursday while at work at our training academy. Our members responded and began EMS care immediately. The staff and physicians at George Washington University Hospital battled alongside Alex, doing all that they could to improve his condition.

Alex passed away late this afternoon.

We will be by the side of Technician Graham's loved ones as we assist them with funeral arrangements. We will convey them to you as soon as possible.

We thank the community for their support during this difficult time.

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Members attend Labor Law conference


 The Exeuctive Board is always working hard to make sure we are prepared to represent our members. This week, two of our eboard members (Joe Papariello & David Hoagland) are participating in the Labor Law and Labor Arbitration conference in Baltimore. Understanding how arbitrators make their decisions helps us make better cases and arguments when we go before them.

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Education Reimbursement

Please follow the instructions in the email below from the department in reference to submitting requests for reimbursement. You must do this so that the department can better budget for the education/classes that our members wish to take.
The Department would like to remind all members that requests for tuition reimbursement for the 2020 academic year are due by July 1, 2019. These requests shall be made in the form of a Special Report addressed to John A. Donnelly, Assistant Fire Chief of Professional Development, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuition reimbursement requests must include the following:

1. College and course information. If specific course information is not available, the number of credits the member intends to take is sufficient to document the request;
2. Educational standing and accreditation of the facility offering the course;
3. The estimated cost of tuition and mandatory fees; and
4. Semester or session of the course offering.

The Department will compile the requests and notify the members by August 1, 2019, of the number of funds that will be available to him/her for reimbursement.

Please refer to Bulletin 85A, Tuition Reimbursement, for more information on the tuition reimbursement program. 
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Home buying assistance program expanded!

Check out this article on a new program offering lower interest rates for dc employees!

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20th Anniversary of Cherry RD Fire

Thank you to @DCFDRescue3 for capturing these moments during our rememberance ceremony.   Like their page:

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Apartment Fire: Hiatt Pl NW

Early this morning our members in the 4th Battalion responded for the apartment fire on Hiatt Pl NW in the Columbia Heights section of the city. This is the most densely populated area in the city and apartment fires pose great risk to the occupants. Our members extinguished the fire quickly keeping that risk at a minimum. Units stayed on scene for several hours removing smoke and overhauling the scene. Raw video footage from DC Fire And EMS

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Passing of Active Member

Local 36 is saddened to announce the passing of an active member, Battalion EMS Supervisor Michael M. Watson. 

Michael passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 11. He was 61, an 11 year veteran of DC FEMS, and was always known to strive in providing high-quality, compassionate patient care. 

Our thoughts are with his family & friends and our fellow brother and sisters.mikewatson

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International endorses Joe Biden

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Our Internatioanal organization has annouced its endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States. 

Read more here:


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Do you contribute to the deferred comp 457?

An interesting perspective on the 457 plan.   We always recommend you talk with a financial advisor when dealing with yourfinances and planning for retirement.   If you need recommendations, please call or email the office!  Contact Us piggy.jpeg

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