A look back: Firefighting in DC in 1968 from film you’ve likely never seen

My friend Vito Maggiolo and I usually make mental note of the file film we’ve seen through the years of the April, 1968 riot in Washington, DC following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Usually it’s footage we’ve been well aware that is dredged up through the decades during anniversaries of the riots or other milestones. Every once in a while one of us finds something showing DCFD in action that we’ve never seen before. Today is one of those days.

On this page are film clips of, to our eyes, fresh scenes from 46 years ago. Some include bits of audio and even views of mutual aid companies (like the one immediately below).

I found these clips during one of my daily searches for fire videos on YouTube. It all has been posted by CriticalPast, a company that describes itself this way:

57,000+ broadcast-quality historic clips for immediate download.
Fully digitized and searchable, the CriticalPast collection is one of the largest archival footage collections in the world. All clips are licensed royalty-free, worldwide, in perpetuity. CriticalPast offers immediate downloads of full-resolution HD and SD masters and full-resolution time-coded screeners, 24 hours a day, to serve the needs of broadcast news, TV, film, and publishing professionals worldwide. Still photo images extracted from the vintage footage are also available for immediate download. CriticalPast is your source for imagery of worldwide events, people, and B-roll spanning the 20th century.


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