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The History of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in Images and Videos

We are very happy to announce that the Foundation has received an FY 24 Capital Project grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to fund the planning, equipment, and consultant costs to survey photo and video archives documenting the DC Fire and EMS Department since its founding in 1871. We will publish those archives on a new website that will be accessible to DC residents and virtual visitors from around the world. The project will demonstrate the evolution of the Department from an amalgam of 19th century volunteer organizations using horse drawn apparatus, to one of the largest, most diverse, and best performing fire and EMS Departments in country that is innovating in each of its disciplines. ​This project is being done in partnership with the Friendship Fire Association and the DC Fire/EMS Museum. It is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.​ Meet our Archivist, Kate Fogle.

To support this project, we are making a call for photos and videos to be included in the collection! If you or anyone you know has items of historical interest that help tell the story of the DC Fire & EMS Department, please fill out this form and we will be in touch.  


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Meet Our Archivist, Kate Fogle

Kate is managing our photo and history project. She previously served as an Associate Curator of Photography at the Library of Congress, where she curated photographic materials, made recommendations for historical and contemporary acquisitions, and wrote for the Library's Picture This blog. She has had fellowships or internships at the National Women’s History Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and several museums and archives in New York. Kate has a Master of Arts in Film and Photography Preservation & Collections Management from Toronto Metropolitan University in Ontario, Canada. She lives in the DC area with her young daughter and her husband, who is an active-duty Coast Guard Officer.

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