Video: DC Fire and EMS celebrates 150 years of service, honors 101 fallen firefighters

The department’s parade and apparatus muster displayed both modern and antique equipment

By FireRescue1 staff

WASHINGTON — D.C. Fire and EMS celebrated 150 years serving the district on Saturday with a parade and apparatus muster. The department also marked the milestone anniversary by honoring its 101 fallen firefighters.

The parade moved along the National Mall, and a display of both modern and antique department equipment stretched several blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue. “Among the items on display will be relics such as a steamer, one of the first fire chief’s horse-drawn buggies, a piece of equipment that was hand-pulled through the streets of D.C. back in the 1800s and more,” reported WTOP news.

“This is the first time in 25 years that our department will have a parade that is dedicated solely to the service that we provide to the city and celebrating another historic landmark in our history,” Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Kelleher said Wednesday.

Paying tribute to the 101 members who have died in the line of duty since 1871, the parade featured 102 District of Columbia flags carried by probationary recruit and cadet members: “Each one of those 101 flags will represent the line of duty deaths that I’ve spoken about,” Kelleher said, “the 102nd flag is going to be for anyone that historically was not documented as having died in the line of duty.”


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