Posts Tagged ‘Pete Piringer’

By Muzzling Public Safety Info On Twitter, Is The City Government Hurting Itself?

Sommer Mathis takes to the pages of the Atlantic Cities to talk about the decline of @dcfireems, the Twitter account for the District's fire department. On the removal of Pete Piringer, the fire department's public information officer, Mathis writes:
The hiring and firing of individual public information officers is the kind of story that only journalists [...]

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Building Collapse, Gas Leak on Morgan Street [UPDATED]

A rowhouse being renovated at 216 Morgan Street NW has partially collapsed, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Pete Piringer tells City Desk. "There are no reported injuries," he says.
But that's not all. Piringer says there's also a gas leak in the area. Streets are cordoned off. Canine units have been dispatched to sniff out the leak. [...]

Motorist Mom Mows Down Cyclist Son

Details are slowly emerging about a bizarre bicycling collision earlier this week.
On Monday, D.C. Fire and EMS announced via Twitter: "reported cyclist struck – Minn Av & Baline[sic] St NE 2:38 PM Apr 26th."
Contacted by City Desk that day, spokesperson Pete Piringer thought the tweet was mistaken. A cyclist hadn't been hit by a car, Piringer had heard, [...]

Workers Caught in Georgetown Blaze Suffer Minor Injuries

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Pete Piringer says that two Georgetown University maintenance workers caught in campus blaze on Thursday morning  aren't as badly injured as previously thought.
The two workers were removing carpet and glue from a floor in a building called New North, using lacquer thinner. Moments later, they plugged in a floor stripping [...]

Skateboarder Hitches Ride On Fire Truck. Bad Idea!

The AP is reporting that a 14-year-old skateboarder grabbed a hook-and-ladder truck as it was leaving the scene of a fire for a joy ride. This was a bad idea. The kid got himself run over by the fire truck Thursday evening. Details are still sketchy. But here's what the AP wrote:

"It happened Thursday [...]

D.C. Fire And EMS Respond To 250 Calls, Deliver Baby In Shaw

D.C. Fire and EMS have responded to 250 calls since midnight, according to spokesperson Pete Piringer. "The calls that we've had are taking us longer for obvious reasons," he tells City Desk. "We've had a few collapses, a few babies. I don't know if it's the barometric pressure or what."
There have been six calls for [...]

Columbia Heights Fire Displaces 75; “All My Things There—Trashed”

Columbia Heights resident Oscar Echeverria got a rude wake-up call around 3:45 this morning: a fire burning in the corner of his apartment. Echeverria only had time to grab his computer and wake some neighbors before fleeing the building at 1514 Newton St. NW.
"All my things there—trashed," Echeverria said, standing across the street from the [...]

Embassy of Switzerland No Longer Gassy

Traffic is flowing again now on 16th Street, after being closed for about an hour between Euclid St. and Columbia Rd. NW. while police and fire departments responded to a reported gas leak at the Embassy of Switzerland Cuban Interests Section.

Capitol Hill Residents Enduring Another Round Of Trash Fires

Trash fires are again becoming a trend in Capitol Hill. WJLA has a small story on the trend and notes that investigators are looking into it. Of course, the last time trash-can fires had worried Capitol Hill residents occurred around the time of the Eastern Market fire. The D.C. Fire Department quietly dispatched a team [...]