JBAB-based fire units provide emergency assistance to D.C.

Once again providing neighborly service to the community outside of our gates, Naval District Washington’s Fire Department JBAB-Based Engine Co. 41 and Tower Ladder 21 provided mutual aid to the D.C. Fire Department (DCFD).

A short time before, the two units returned to their JBAB fire house after handling an emergency situation along with NDW’s Engine 42 and Hazmat unit 43 at a nearby naval installation.

DCFD units were fighting a second alarm fire on Fort Davis Pl., in Southeast D.C. with “heavy” fire in a basement and a first floor, according to reports.

JBAB’s firefighters, like all NDW and federal firefighters, are trained to the same professional qualification standards as their counterparts in D.C. and other communities in the area. Additionally, some JBAB firefighters and military and civilian employees employed in other career fields on the installation, provide additional service to area communities by serving as volunteer firefighters, adding to the level of experience.

Minutes after arriving at a DCFD firehouse to help cover the surrounding community, Tower Ladder 21 was dispatched by DCFD to an emergency medical call for help.

Shortly after, Engine 41 was dispatched by DCFD to a totally different emergency medical call, but was cancelled en-route.

An NDW firefighter conducts a daily morning check of Tower Ladder 21 to ensure all equipment is operational. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Airman J. McDonald, USAF)

While providing coverage for D.C. Fire department units, the JBAB-based units were valuable in assisting D.C. residents and visitors, including Tower Ladder 21’s response to assist a citizen with a carbon monoxide detector situation.

Providing emergency assistance to the community outside of the JBAB gates is a component of JBAB’s community relations program and military support to civil authorities.

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