Engine Company 26 (Washington, D.C.)

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Engine Company 26
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Engine Company 26 (Washington, D.C.) is located in District of Columbia
Engine Company 26 (Washington, D.C.)
Location 1340 Rhode Island Ave., NE, Washington, District of Columbia
Coordinates 38°55′29″N 76°59′12″W / 38.92472°N 76.98667°W / 38.92472; -76.98667Coordinates: 38°55′29″N 76°59′12″W / 38.92472°N 76.98667°W / 38.92472; -76.98667
Area less than one acre
Built 1937
Governing body Local
MPS Firehouses in Washington DC MPS
NRHP Reference # 11000283[1]
Added to NRHP May 18, 2011

Engine Company 26 in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C., USA, is a historic firehouse located at 1340 Rhode Island Avenue. The building was listed by the National Register of Historic Places in May, 2011. The same Engine Company was located at 2715 22nd St. until 1940, and that building is also listed by the NRHP, as Old Engine Company 26 (Washington, D.C.). Both buildings were listed as part of the "Firehouses in Washington DC" Multiple Property Submission.[2]

The new building was put into service on April 27, 1937, as the home of Truck Company 15. Its address was originally listed as 1340 Brentwood Road NE, but later changed to 1340 Rhode Island Ave., NE. The original equipment was a 1919 American LaFrance 85' aerial ladder truck, which was soon replaced with a 1923 American LaFrance 75' aerial ladder truck. Engine Company 26 made the short move to the new building in 1940.[2]

On January 25, 2014, 77-year-old Medric Mills went into cardiac arrest in a shopping center parking lot across the street from Engine Company 26. Several witnesses have stated that they requested help in person from station personnel, who replied that they could only assist if dispatched from 911. Calls to 911 reportedly resulted in a unit from another station responding to an incorrect address. Mr. Mills was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after the delayed response. The incident resulted in multiple changes to department procedures, including "an official order instructing members to provide assistance wherever possible to individuals in need, regardless of whether they were dispatched to the scene."[3]

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