December 8, 1905 the first Fire Boat was placed in service and organized as the first Engine Company 19. The boat was named the "Firefighter" and was built by the Harlan & Hollingsworth Co. of Wilmington, Delaware in 1905 and equipped with two Duplex fire pumps, built by the Blake Pump Co., Cambridge, Mass. and rated at 6,000 GPM total capacity.
December 9, 1925 Engine Company 29 was organized and placed in service at 4811 Conduit Road N.W. (now renamed MacArthur Blvd.) with a 1919 American La France 750 GPM pumper and a 1919 American La France gasoline combination chemical/hose wagon.
Also on December 9,1925 Truck Company 13 was organized and placed in service at 1342 Florida Ave. N.E. with a 1925 Seagrave 75' aerial ladder truck.