Cleveland Park Firehouse – Community Open House Update

June 27, 2014

With the conclusion of an important historical community project earlier this year, the CPCA worked with other Cleveland Park neighborhood organizations to host an open house for residents to stop in and tour the newly renovated firehouse. Working with Engine 28 Captain Robert Leland and other members of DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS), the firehouse opened its doors to the community on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Firefighters turned on the grill and graciously cooked more than 200 hamburgers and hot dogs. Clowns Judy, Gary and Sarah greeted children with creative balloon creations and the fire trucks were available for those special parent photos ops of little ones.

DC FEMS Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Jones stopped by for a visit with neighbors, firefighters and EMS employees. The theme of community resonated in Captain Leland’s remarks indicating that he grew up in Cleveland Park and shared a few fond memories with residents. CPCA’s new President, Helen Chamberlin spoke briefly of her grandfather’s service as a Battalion Chief’s Aide assigned to Engine 28 and dying in the line of duty while responding to a fire at the lounge, Club Soda, in 1965. Others thanked firefighters for helping them in past years with fire and other emergency responses.

We would like to thank our partners, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Cleveland Park Business Association, Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, and DC FEMS for their support. A special thank you to the Open House Planning Committee and volunteers who made the community event a success: Helen Chamberlin – Chair, Martha Baron, Elizabeth Fox, Rhona Hartman, Danny Ince, Judy Kopff, Judy Levin, Susan Lihn, Suzanne Rooney, Barbara Stevens, Susie Taylor, and Jane Treacy. Additional volunteers included: Michael Goldstein, Bill Ince, Christopher Jordan, Karen Leven, Roberta Mathews, and Lois Orr.

Cleveland Park Firehouse Before and After
Cleveland Park Firehouse Before and After
Photograph courtesy of Elliot H. Stonehill

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Firehouse Renovation page for photographs from the Community Open House and the project history.