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  • House Fire on Linden St. July 6, 2013
  • Photo Courtesy of Jim Craige. Medic 206 stands as a memorial to fallen brother Josh Weissman
  • Alexandria Paramedics and Firefighters send off fallen brother Joshua Weissman on Feb. 16th
  • Local 2141 Members Salute Rolling Thunder Participants as they pass under the Seminary Road Circle.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/afdlocal2141/
    Firefighter Ken Salfelder and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis at the Faith and Politics Breakfast in DC
  • AFD and ACFD crews work to extricate the driver of a SUV on Mt. Vernon Avenue in August 2009
  • Apartment Fire on Lyons Lane
  • Linden Street House Fire
  • Seminary Road Church Fire
  • E 201"B"



Special Guests Visit AFD Firehouses

On Thursday August 14, 2014 members of the AFD received some special visitors.  The Carr family, accompanied by MDA representative Rachael, stopped by a few stations to say "Thank You" for all of the continued support and participation in the Fill the Boot Drive for MDA.  They were also very thankful for all the fire service does to raise money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy.

On Labor Day weekend, the Alexandria Fire Department will once again take pride in participating in the annual Fill the Boot campaign.  We will be at designated locations collecting money from Thursday-Monday, August 29-September 1.  More information will be forthcoming regarding times and collection locations.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

L-2141


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"UN-WINE-D WITH US" Firefighters Fundraiser

 

 

Refresh Yoga in Old Town Alexandria (110 King Street) will be hosting an event tomorrow, Sunday August 10th from 6pm-8pm.  This event is to help raise money for local firefighters in need.  For a  minimum $20 donation you will receive your choice of wine and/or beer along with appetizers.

The event is taking place at Virtue Feed and Grain at 106 South Union Street in Alexandria, VA.  Donations collected will go to the Helping Hands Fund, which helps Firefighters and Paramedics in their time of need.

So come on out and enjoy yourselves, it's for a great cause!

 


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Members Attend VPFF Convention

L-2141 President Don Scott and Secretary Jason Cage take a minute to pose with IAFF President Harold Schaitberger and 4th District V.P. William Taylor.  Both were on hand at this year's annual Virginia Professional Fire Fighters convention.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141

Alexandria Firefighters


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A Brother In Need

Help A Brother From Montgomery County Fire-Rescue 


Short Summary

On May 19th, Mike and Kristen had a fire in their new home in Virginia.  Mike was at work in the Montgomery County Maryland Fire Academy, and Kristen was woken up by neighbors.  While both are healthy, they have lost their home, a guinea pig and almost everything they own, approximately 95%.

As a son of a firefighter from NYC and a rookie in the Montgomery County Fire Department himself, Mike knows the power of brotherhood.  Because he is now following his firefighting dream in Virginia, we hoped we can use the Internet to reach out to people all over to help him and Kristen in this time of need.

Below is a photo of the living room after the fire...

 

What They Need

We are looking to raise some money to assist them in buying new furniture, clothing and other household items.


Other Ways You Can Help

We would also be happy to send any gift cards to Mike and Kristen.

 

 

Here is the link to the website where you can donate >>>>  www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-brother-in-need--2#home


 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141

Alexandria Firefighters Inc.

 


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Memorial Weekend Event at Arlington National Cemetery

 

 

Memorial Day Flowers

at Arlington National Cemetery

All are welcome to attend and to assist placing flowers on the headstones of our fallen heroes and providing flowers to visiting guests so that they to can remember our fallen service members.


What:  Annual Event supported by the Northern Virginia Fools at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend

When: Sunday, May 25th at 1400 and Monday, May 26th starting at 0700

Where: Arlington National Cemetery

Contact:  Scott Schermerhorn at co10ff@yahoo.com for more information or to confirm attendance

Learn more at www.memorialdayflowers.org

 

 

 


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Spring for Alexandria

On Saturday May 16, 2014 from the hours of 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. members of Alexandria Firefighters Inc., IAFF Local 2141 participated in Alexandria's annual Spring for Alexandria event.  This event is held every year around this time, and it gives employees a chance to give back to the community by pitching in to help clean and beautify a local park, cemetery or other piece of land designated by the city.

This year the members of Local 2141 were honored to have been given the opportunity to clean and beautify Ivy Hill Cemetery, located on King Street.  Ivy Hill holds a special place in the hearts of the Alexandria Fire Department, as past members are laid to rest there, in which we honor every year during a special ceremony.  This was a chance for members to mow, trim, and pick up any trash and/or debris that may have found it's way there after recent storms.  Our members took a lot of pride in this year's assignment, and were honored to have volunteered their free time for this event.

Thank you to all of those who took time out of their day to help, and also to those on duty crews who also were on hand to help.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141


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Happy Easter

Hoping everyone has a Safe and Happy Easter!

 


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Training Opportunity from IAFF Local 794


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Boston Fire Department Double LODD

 

Local 2141 would like to extend it's deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy for the Boston Fire Department as they mourn the loss of 2 of their own today. And to the 16 other members of the department who were injured, all while battling a 9-Alarm fire in a four-story brownstone on Beacon Street.  The fire began around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon and quickly spread as they were encountering 45 mph winds at the time.  Click on the link below for the story from the Boston Globe...

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/26/five-alarm-fire-breaks-out-beacon-street-back-bay/RopoEtQsZ0bgRXwBhggqQl/story.html


 

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

Alexandria Firefighters Inc.

IAFF Local 2141


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Fox5DC Story on Closing of E204

Fox5DC did a great story on removing Engine 204 from Powhatan St.  What the City Manager does not mention in his interview is that Engine 205 is often dispatched into Fairfax County or Prince George's County as part of our Mutual Aid agreement with surrounding jurisdictions.  Engine 209 is often dispatched throughout the city as it is the Hazardous Materials Unit, and Engine 201 will most likely spend a lot of time on the Potomac River this summer training and running calls with the new fireboat.  Engine 204 is essential to the fire protection and safety of the residents it serves.

Call City Hall and let the Mayor and Council know you do not want Engine 204 moved to the West End.  You may also come to the T&ES office at 2900 Business Center Dr. at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 26, 2014 and show your support in favor of keeping Engine 204 right where it is in North Old Town.  Note:  Residents are not allowed to speak at this event but please show up in support anyway.

Also, you may come and let your voice be heard on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library where the City Manager will be presenting the budget to the public.  And finally you may come and speak on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Council Chambers.  

You may also write you council member and call City Hall to let them know you do not approve of the plan to remove Engine 204 from North Old Town.   Remember, this is YOUR Engine Company and YOUR tax dollars pay to have it where it is to protect you and your family.  Do not let them take that away.

Here is a list of City Council members email addresses so that you may write and voice your concern:

Rashad Young, City Manager - Rashad.Young@alexandriava.gov

Mark Jinks, Deputy City Manager - Mark.Jinks@alexandriava.gov

Laura Triggs, Chief Financial Officer - Laura.Triggs@alexandriava.gov

Bill Euille, Mayor - William.Euille@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @BillEuille

Allison Silberberg, Vice Mayor - Allison.Silberberg@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @A_Silberberg

Del Pepper, Councilwoman - Del.Pepper@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @DelPepper

John T. Chapman, Councilman - J.Taylor.Chapman@gmail.com; Twitter @j_chapman99

Justin Wilson, Councilman - justin@justin.net; Twitter @justindotnet

Timothy Lovain, Councilman - timothy.lovain@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @TimLovain or @tlovain

Paul Smedberg, Councilmanr - paulcsmedberg@aol.com; Twitter @Paul_Smedberg

 

Click on the link below to watch the story from Fox5DC:

 

www.myfoxdc.com/video/clipld=9969239&autostart=true#axzz2wYpcUMqs

 

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141


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Winds of Change

Brothers and Sisters,
Please click on the following link to read the article titled "WINDS OF CHANGE" by our own President Don Scott.  The article was featured in the January issue of the International Association of Fire Chief's "On Scene" publication.


Fraternally,
Jason Cage
Secretary
IAFF Local 2141
 


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24 Day Challenge


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Crews Attend Friendship Fire Association Breakfast

Picture of crews and President Scott at the annual Friendship Fire Association Breakfast.

 

J.Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141


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Andrew Snead Named Alexandria's Interim Fire Chief

 

Andrew Snead Named Alexandria's Interim Fire Chief

(from AlexandriaNEWS.org)

  City Manager Rashad M. Young has announced the appointment of Assistant Fire/EMS Chief Andrew D. Snead as Interim Fire Chief for the Alexandria Fire Department.  Snead  replaces Fire Chief Adam K. Thiel, who is resigning his position to accept an appointment by Governor Terence McAuliffe as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Snead, who joined the Alexandria Fire Department in 2008, has extensive experience in emergency medical incidents, safety, management of EMS, resource management, communications, apparatus, information technology, all hazards incident management, and human resources.  Prior to his appointment in Alexandria, Snead served 26 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, progressing through the ranks and retiring at the rank of Deputy Fire Chief.

"Chief Snead brings more than 30 years of experience to his position and he has the leadership, management skills and dedication that the Fire Department needs during this time of transition," said City Manager Young.  "I am confident that the Department is in capable hands as we begin the search for a permanent fire chief."

Snead, a 2007 graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program, holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Urban Studies and Planning.  He has served as President of the Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax, a chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters.  He also served as an Executive Board member for International Association of Firefighters Local 2068.

In addition, Chief Snead has appointed Assistant Fire/EMS Chief Rudy Thomas to head the Alexandria Fire Department Operations Section, which includes fire suppression and EMS.


 


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Box 5201 Trailer Fire

On Saturday February 1, 2014 at approximately 1550 hours a box alarm was dispatched to a possible trailer fire in the vicinity of Rt. 1/ E. Glebe Road. Upon arrival E209 found a free standing construction trailer fully involved.  A quick knock on the fire was done, and units remained on scene with the FM's for approximately 1 hour.  There were no injuries reported.

Box Alarm Units: E204, E209, E105, E203, RS109, T203, T204, M202, BC211, BA215, SO201, EMS231, FM225, FM222

Units Remained On Scene: E209, T203, M202, EMS231, BC211, FM225, FM222

Good job by all....

 

Jason Cage

Secretary/Paramedic

IAFF Local 2141


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Pre-Dawn 2nd Alarm House Fire

Units from the Alexandria Fire Department along with mutual aid units from Fairfax and Arlington Counties battled a early morning 2-Alarm fire this morning.  The pre-dawn fire on Park Road involved a single family cape cod style house.  First arriving units found fire showing through the roof.  2 adults were asleep at the time the fire broke out, but were woken by a working smoke detector.  They escaped without injury.

First Alarm Units: E205, E207, E201, E204, T204, T203, R206, M205, BC211, BC212, BA215, EMS231, SO201, and FM224

Level 1 R.I.T: E209, R411, M207

2nd Alarm: E203, E107, E411, T411, BC406, LA207, and the Rehab Bus.

 

 


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Fire Chief Announces Resignation

The Alexandria Firefighters Inc., IAFF Local 2141 has learned officially that Alexandria Fire Department Fire Chief Adam Thiel has announced his resignation from the department. 

Chief Thiel has been appointed by Governor McAuliffe as a Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security and will be starting work in Richmond soon. 

We will keep you posted on this development as we learn new details.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

Alexandria Firefighters Inc.

IAFF Local 2141


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2141 Members Meet Virginia Governor

Alexandria Firefighters and Local 2141 members C.Pumphrey and B. Thompson meet and talk with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday January 14th.  2141 members and officers were on hand in Richmond, Va for VPFF board meetings and to meet and greet with state representatives.  There are several bills being discussed relating to Fire/EMS.  For a complete list of bills on the table visit the VPFF website at www.vpff.org.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary/Paramedic

Alexandria Firefighters Inc.

IAFF Local 2141


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6-Alarm Fire 801 S. Pickett Street

 Here are some pictures from the 6-Alarm fire at 801 S. Pickett St. in the City of Alexandria on September 2, 2013.  At 11:49 hours on the morning of Monday September 2, while Fill the Boot was in full force,  units from the Alexandria Fire Department, along with units from Fairfax County Fire/Rescue were dispatched for smoke coming from a commercial structure.  The dipatched address was a recycling center for used carpet.

Units arrived to find light smoke showing and prepared and began an interior attack.  Within only a few short minutes the fire grew rapidly, forcing command to sound the evacuation tones.  Shortly thereafter a large portion of the roof collapsed, which only minutes earlier could have resulted in serious, if not tragic results.  

The fire received a total of 6-Alarms, bringing units from Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, MWAA, and Prince George's County.  A special Engine Co. task force was also dispatched for additional resources.  Several canteen units from around the COG region were utilized, and even a fuel truck was brought in to prevent units from running out of fuel as units and personnell would end up being on the scene for hours.  Crews and units rotated throughout the night doing firewatch to prevent any rekindles.

In all, 5 firefighters received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for evaluation.

 

 

     

  

     

     

     

Photos courtesy of Jules Clifford of Jules Clifford photography.  Visit www.julesclifford.com to see over 60 photos of the fire at 801 S. Pickett Street.  The above photos were posted with permission from Mr. Clifford.

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141


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Members Travel To Arizona To Remember 19 Fallen Hotshots

19 brave men from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Crew in Prescott, Arizona lost their lives on June 30,2013 while battling a wild land fire.   These men were on the front  line of an out of control forest fire in the Prescott area.  

While battling the blaze a sudden shift in the wind turned the fire onto the 19 men with little to no warning.  Unfortunately, the fire was too overwhelming, and the 19 men perished almost instantly, despite being under the cover of their emergency blankets.  One man survived, as he was the lookout, and was not working directly where the other team members were located.

Any loss of life during the line of duty is too much, but 19 at one time causes the situation to have no words to describe such an event. Honor Guard members from the Alexandria Fire Department, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and City of Manassas all traveled to Prescott, Arizona to take part in the memorial service held  on July 9.

Guest speakers included Vice President Biden, IAFF President Harold Schaitberger, Mayor of Prescott, and the Governor of Arizona and many others.  One distinguished speaker was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot team who managed to escape, lost his brother in the blaze.  His heart felt words including the Hotshot Prayer brought silence to the entire venue, followed by a standing ovation.

It was truly an honor to be a part of the memorial service, and our thoughts and prayers continue for the families.

                                                  

                                 

 

Jason Cage

Secretary

IAFF Local 2141


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