Radio traffic: Car crash turns into shots fired for DC firefighters

Tense moments Thursday night as shots are fired while DC firefighters are on the scene of crash

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Some tense moments for DC Fire & EMS Department firefighters Thursday night. Engine 33, Truck 8 and other units were dispatched to an upgraded car crash around 8:30 p.m. at South Capitol Street and Elmira Street Southeast. The people in the crashed vehicle ran off and a short time later a series of shots were fired at or near the firefighters already at the scene.

A microphone was keyed as some of the shots were heard. Both Truck 8 and Engine 33 declared 10-33s. That indicates firefighters are in trouble and need police immediately.

As you’ll hear, there was a little confusion due to the two units being on different channels. The Fire Operations Center, which has become a backstop and, at times, a workaround for the troubled 911 center can be heard on the radio. BC 3 was already on the crash. Battalion chiefs are dispatched when a company declares a 10-33. BC 6 was sent until it was determined BC 3 was okay and had things under control.

The companies at the scene did a quick accountability check. As police arrived, the firefighters then worked to determine if any civilians were struck. They apparently weren’t.

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