Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Cheh recently co-introduced the “Firehouse Parking Exception Regulation Amendment Act of 2015” at the September Legislative Meeting. The bill will authorize the Director of the Department of Transportation (DDOT) to reserve parking spaces near firehouses or fire stations for Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) personnel. The bill exclusively authorizes special parking immediately adjacent to a firehouse with insufficient parking for a single on duty shift.
Currently, there is a lack of adequate parking available for FEMS personnel at select fire stations in the District. As firefighters are often required to carry around 65 lbs of gear to and from work, the sheer bulk and weight of the gear often prevents the use of public transportation. As there are only a handful of firehouses with this problem, the impact on public parking is expected to be minimal.
“Ensuring that District firefighters are able to get to work with all of their necessary gear and equipment is essential for the protection of our city. This bill ensures that parking is available to our firefighters while also limiting the impact on neighborhoods by constraining the parking prohibitions to a small number of spaces immediately surrounding the firehouse that are necessary for on-duty personnel,” said Councilmember Cheh.