Fifteen years ago this morning, Brother John Carter, a member of IAFF Local 36 and the Washington, DC Fire Department was tragically killed in a neighborhood grocery store fire in the District.

The Department and Local 36 conducted a formal investigation of this fire and I was privileged to serve on the team.  We spent months reconstructing this fire incident and producing the final report and recommendations, which can be found here.

The members of Local 36 will always remember Brother Carter, as a fire fighter, fire officer, husband, father and brother.  But we all must never forget this tragedy and the recommendations from this report, which should be considered and implemented by all fire departments, especially in these times of fire house roulettes, brown outs as well as reductions in force, training and resources!

We owe it to John.