In the late 1940's, from the back seat of a reserve DCFD sedan, the canteen service was initiated and has been operated uninterruptedly to this day.
In the early 1970's, the days of the "Coffee Car" were over when the DCFD shops built out, to the Association's specidications, the first mobile "Coffee Shop".
In the late 1980's, the soon-to-retire Fire Chief, Theodore Coleman, requested the Association to draw up specifications for a new "Canteen Unit", the result being the purchase by DCFD of a larger, more versatile vehicle. This vehicle is currently operated by DC Metro Police as their canteen unit.
In 2005, the DC fire department was granted a purchase of a new canteen unit, FFA was requested to draw up specifications for a new "Canteen Unit". This unit is currently housed at DCFD Engine Co. # 5 which is located on 3412 Dent Pl NW, Washington DC, 20007.
The Canteen Unit responds to all second alarm or greater fires or any special requested by any chief officer.
Friendship Fire Association also operates a Ready Reserve Unit located at the quarters of DC Engine #31.
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