09/17/13 155 W, 2 I - + 3 - 2 Naval District Washington Fire Department

Here are a couple Associated Press (AP) photos from yesterday's active shooter incident at the Navy Yard in the District of Columbia, and showing the multitude of apparatus and emergency vehicles that were likely there. The top-shot is particularly well-composed. The ladder truck and engine are from the Naval District Washington Fire Department. According to this Federal Fire Departments blog post, the Central Division of the NDWFD has three firehouses: Station 1 at Bolling AFB (E41, T21), Station 2 at Washington Navy Yard (E42), and Station 3 at Naval Research Laboratory (E43, HM43). Other units in the photo include a mobile ambulance bus, which may be from Arlington County, VA. from DCFD. There's also a Metropolitan Police armored vehicle, with an interesting roof-rack or assembly. What's that for, second-story rapid entry? (See this Flickr image of the unit from Mike Cole.) We'll look for a run card for the incident.

AP photos

It’s a MARS (Mobile Adjustable Ramp System) setup. Made by a company called Patriot3. As you guessed it’s used for elevated entry; there’s 2 ramps which can go to different heights.
Paul - 09/17/13 - 09:40

If only police units within 5 miles responded, you’d still have a dozen agencies on scene. There are TONS of alphabet-soup small police agencies in DC.
rfburns - 09/17/13 - 21:05

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