Job Posting: Full-time Firefighter/EMT

posted May 13, 2017, 3:33 PM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company

Would like to announce an employment opportunity for a

Full-Time Firefighter / EMT


Description:  This is a Full-Time position for an experienced Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician.   A July start date is anticipated.

Hours of Work: 24 hours on, 72 hours off.  Other shifts may be required as needed.

Benefits: Employee will be enrolled in health care benefits and be offered paid holidays, sick and vacation time.  Some other benefits may apply.

 Starting Salary: $19.00 per hour

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or GED equivalent
  • Possess a valid driver’s license with no DUI’s and less than 5 points
  • DE EVO License
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Certification
  • Minimum of NR-EMT and DE-EMT
  • 2 years active fire/EMT experience
  • Pump Operator Certified
  • Vehicle Rescue Certified
  • Structural Firefighting Certified
  • Preferred National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) Firefighter I&II

Application Procedure:

Interested individuals may obtain an application in person at:

Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company,
Fire Station #9
31 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19711

Applications may also be obtained by calling David Carey at 302-454-3309
Or may be found at

Completed applications should be returned to attention David Carey at

Aetna H., H. & L. Co.
P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715

Applicants must complete the State of Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Criminal History Affidavit attached to the back of this application.

The deadline for applications is June 2, 2017

Aetna H.H. & L. Fire Company is an equal opportunity employer. The Company offers equal employment opportunities for all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or national origin.


Application below

Job Posting: Part-time Firefighter/EMT's

posted May 3, 2017, 11:45 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

Aetna is actively hiring part-time Firefighter/EMT's to join our team.  See the posting at the bottom of the page for further details!

House Fire

posted Apr 25, 2017, 6:21 PM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 6:24 PM ]

At 1839 hours, Aetna along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the 900 block of Devon Drive in Newark for a residental fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from a 2 story single family dwelling with a fire in the basement. New Castle County Paramedics were added to the response. The fire was quickly extinguished, searches were negative, and two cats were safely removed from the structure. Two occupants were displaced by the fire and crews operated for just over an hour. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

 Newark Post Article

Photos courtesy of Mike Dao


LuLaRoe Bingo

posted Apr 18, 2017, 12:40 PM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

LuLaRoe Angela Charles, Jennifer Murphy and Emily Walker are happy to sponsor Bingo!!

Bingo $15 for 15 games ($20 at the door). 

Over $1100 in prizes, Leggings, Dresses and Much More! LuLaRoe Retailers will be set up for shopping before and after bingo games. 

You will be able to claim your size and print in the style you won after bingo is over from the retailer who sponsored that game prize.

For more information see the Aetna Bingo Facebook Page

Obituary for Norma L Knox

posted Apr 17, 2017, 4:56 AM by Charles Mitchell

Norma Lee Knox of Newark, DE passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She was born in 1936 to the late Walter and Edna (French) Foraker.

Norma was a graduate of Newark High School Class of 1954. She was a homemaker prior to pursuing a career with the Christina School District as a baker and eventually a manager of several elementary school cafeterias. Norma was dedicated to the Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary at the local and county levels. She was a life member of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company Ladies Auxiliary with 53 years of active service, holding offices such as President, Treasurer, and Director Emeritus, as well as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer for the New Castle County Firefighter Ladies Auxiliary. Norma also enjoyed many other interests including being an avid bowler at Blue Hen Lanes, and a very creative soul, she custom decorated cakes, loved flower arranging, and often amazed family and friends with her beautiful paintings.

In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Raymond; their daughter, Sharon Skidmore; and her brother, Warren Foraker. She is survived by her son, James Knox (Rosa Nolan), son-in-law Stephen Skidmore, grandchildren; Jennifer Scott (Jon), Stephanie Skidmore, Michael Knox, and Deborah Knox, great-grandchildren; Gavin Ward, Dylan Skidmore and Brantley Scott, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, March 28 from 6 to 8pm at Aetna Hall Station 8 - 410 Ogletown Rd., Newark, DE 19711. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30 AM with a visitation a half hour prior in the Aetna Hall. Burial will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ladies Auxiliary of Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder, P.O. Box 7862, Newark, DE 19714.

House Fire

posted Mar 14, 2017, 10:03 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co was dispatched for a residential fire in the Binns Tract section of west Newark, shortly before 10 AM.

Fire units arrived in the 800 block of Lehigh Rd to find smoke showing from a single family dwelling. The residents of the home had exited safely and were standing outside in the snow and sleet.

Approximately 40 firefighters and EMS personnel from several area companies contained the fire to the second floor of the home. The house sustained fir...e and heat damage to the second floor, and smoke damage throughout. 5 adults and one child were displaced as the home was deemed uninhabitable. The Red Cross was called to assist the family with temporary lodging.

The fire was under control in 20 minutes. Firefighters were on the scene for 90 minutes.

During the residential fire, fire department units handled many other calls for service, including alarm bells, trees down and utility wires on fire.

The house fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

There were no injuries.

Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Singerly Fire Company, and New Castle County Paramedics all responded.

Photos courtesy of Mike Dao of SJ Fire Photos


Residential Fire

posted Mar 14, 2017, 9:44 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

At 1826 hours on 3/12/2017 Aetna along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, and Five Points Fire Company were dispatched to the unit block of Terry Lane in the Terry Manor development for a multi-residential structure fire. Due to smoke visible from a distance, Squad 9 requested New Castle County Paramedics and a BLS from Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 to be added to the response. Crews arrived on scene to find a single story residence with smoke and fire showing from the Alpha side. The fire was quickly controlled and searches were negative. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Units remained on scene for two hours due to extensive overhaul. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.


Assist on 3rd Alarm Commercial Structure

posted Mar 14, 2017, 9:38 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

Early in the morning of 3/12/17, Aetna was dispatched to assist Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21 on what ultimately turned into a 3rd alarm commercial structure fire in Pike Creek. 9-3 and the Chief operated for several hours.


NFPA encourages testing smoke alarms as Daylight Saving Time begins

posted Mar 13, 2017, 5:43 AM by Charles Mitchell

Daylight Saving Time began Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., when we sprung forward one hour for the purpose of making better use of daylight. As we set our clocks ahead, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing your smoke alarms.

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead. NFPA provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
  • For more on smoke alarm safety, check out NFPA’s smoke alarm safety tip sheet (PDF, 219 KB), and new 9-volt battery tip sheet (PDF, 541 KB), which explains the importance of storing and disposing of batteries with care to avoid a fire hazard.


Designer Bag Bingo!

posted Mar 10, 2017, 8:40 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B

Aetna is holding a designer bag bingo on April 1, 2017 at the hall.  See the link for details.

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