Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company
January 19, 2022
We are hiring for two positions, the first is a full time Firefighter/ EMT and the second is a Manager of Emergency Medical Services Operations. More information along with applications can be found HERE.
December 4, 2021
Aetna regrets to announce that Life member, Richard "Dick" A. Pyle, Sr., age 83, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Dickie joined Aetna in 1963 and served in many capacities including Ambulance Captain.
Born in Wilmington, DE on September 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Edward Madison and Ethel Marina (Buckingham) Pyle. He went by Dick, Dickie, Dad and the occasional, "Damn, you can smack that softball!" (508 ft. to be exact with one mighty historic swing–and with a wooden bat, to boot.)
After graduating Newark High School in 1959, he made it to the Philadelphia Phillies minor league team, but an injury ended his dream. He then made it to the Senior Olympic Softball Team, but old age retired him early. But as for the love of the game, well … that will never be taken from him
He is survived by his loving wife, Judith "Judy" A. (Pullin) Pyle; his hardworking sons, Richard "Rick" A. Pyle, Jr. (Debra Jo) of Middletown and Keith "Kip" A. Pyle (Kate) of Palm Harbor, FL; his loyal siblings, Lois Yoder of Newark, Kenneth Pyle (Debbie) of Bear, and Bruce Pyle (Jennifer) of Newark; and his deeply loved 7 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren.
All services were held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's memory to https://seasonsfoundation.org/donate/
November 30, 2021
Santa will be swinging through neighborhoods across our district on a fire engine again this year to bring some holiday cheer! See the attached list for dates and times. Please keep in mind that they are subject to change based on weather and emergency responses. As usual, we are collecting canned goods and non-perishables for local food banks.
We know that some may be disappointed that their neighborhoods are not listed. Please understand that we protect a district of 41.9 square miles with a population of nearly 100,000 people. It is simply not possible for us to make it to every neighborhood while responding to nearly 12,000 emergencies a year. Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you have a safe and healthy holiday season.
October 1, 2021
Aetna will be participating in the Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony honoring our brother and sister firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty during the year 2020. Aetna has been holding this annual event for over 40 years. The ceremony will take place on October 3, 2021 in the Memorial Garden at Station 7 on Thorn Lane. We will strike the bell once for each loss. The ceremony will begin at 12 Noon. All are welcome to attend.
If you would like to join us but cannot be there in person please use the zoom information below:
Topic: Aetna Bells Across America 2021
Time: Oct 3, 2021 11:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kdlq88SPmu
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June 26, 2021
UPDATE: closed bids for the Tahoe listed on June 19th have been extended through 7/18, $10,000 minimum bid. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your bid, the email subject must say "Tahoe Bid."
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August 28, 2020
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company will officially cease fire suppression response operations from its Ogletown Road Station on August 30, 2020. Fire Station 8 was originally placed in service in 1963 to better service the eastern side of the fire district. Over the past decade increased development and congestion as well as declining volunteerism have severely impacted the Departments ability to staff the station on a routine basis.
A 2019 Standard of Cover Consultants report noted that Aetna could improve overall response operations by consolidating stations and focusing on staffing of three stations as opposed to four.
“With limited funding options available, we must look at a model that can efficiently maintain a minimum fire and EMS response level 24/7 to our entire district” stated Fire Chief Drew Bowerson. “We believe the consolidation of two stations as well as upgrades to other aging facilities will assist the Department in continuing to provide Newark and the surrounding community with the level of service that they have come to expect” added President Dan Seador.
Aetna’s Strategic Plan is focused on developing an organization and updating facilities to meet the needs of a combination fire department that requires both volunteer, part-time and full time staff to operate on a shift basis at stations. The Department’s plan currently calls for over $12 million dollars in capital expenditures over the next five years between facilities and apparatus to accomplish these goals.
An Aetna Basic Life Support ambulance and a New Castle County Paramedic unit will continue operations out of the station for the next several months.
May 27, 2020
Check out this fantastic story about our dedicated University of Delaware student members who are still serving on the front lines during COVID-19.
March 7, 2020
At 0945 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire in the 200 block of Mike Drive in Elkton, MD. Quint 7 assisted for just over an hour.
March 7, 2020
At 0347 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid companies, were dispatched to the 100 block of Delaplane Avenue in Delaplane Manor for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find fire showing from a two-story residential over commercial structure. Initial reports of subjects trapped proved unfounded and there were no civilian or fire service injuries. Units remained on scene for several hours. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire and Assistant Chief Berkley had Newark Command. Photos courtesy of Christiana.
Assisting Agencies: Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15, New Castle County Paramedics, and University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit.
March 4, 2020
This evening Aetna welcomes the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) from the Center for Disabilities Studies. Program Coordinator Kara Downey and instructor Chris Budesheim are teaching a fantastic Autism Awareness Training for First Responders. Chris is a first responder, Behavioral Support Specialist, and also the parent of a child with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). DNEA partners with instructors working in a variety of different first responder roles including law enforcement, fire, ems, healthcare, and more, and they can tailor classes for your agency. This outstanding, informative program is available to agencies around the state, check out their website for more details! This class is another example of how we are working to provide the best possible "Service for Others". Thank you DNEA!
March 3, 2020
At 0411 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics, were dispatched to the 1400 block of Otts Chapel Road for a motor vehicle collision with a subject unconscious. Crews arrived to find a two vehicle collision with a subject trapped. Paramedics began patient care as firefighters performed a side-wall removal using hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the trapped occupant. Extrication was completed in just over 10 minutes. The occupant was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and New Castle County Paramedics. The occupant of the second vehicle was evaluated on scene by Aetna EMT's but refused transport to the hospital. The Delaware State Police are investigating the collision and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command.
February 28, 2020
On Wednesday evening, 29 personnel from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company were recognized at the 8th Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Reunion hosted by New Castle County Paramedics. This fantastic event is an opportunity for all of the people who contribute to the "Chain of Survival" to reunite with the survivors of sudden cardiac arrest who they saved. A testament to the success of the "Chain of Survival" in New Castle County is that in the last quarter of 2019, victims who went into cardiac arrest in New Castle County with a shockable rhythm were resuscitated an incredible 83% of the time. This would not be possible were it not for early notification of 911, fast recognition of cardiac arrest by 911 dispatchers along with CPR instructions, bystander CPR, fast response and continued CPR by first responders, rapid defibrillation, early intervention of advanced life support treatment by paramedics, and continued treatment at the hospital. Congratulations to all of the bystanders, responders, and survivors who were recognized! Photos courtesy of Paul McCloskey. #markrosc
Recognized Aetna Responders:
Chief Andrew Bowerson
Deputy Chief Jeff Sands
Assistant Chief Bryan Berkley
Captain Brandon Stombaugh
Captain Benjamin Adams
Lieutenant Ryan Contino (2 saves)
Lieutenant Aubrey Eveland (2 saves)
Lieutenant McKenzie Schurman
Lieutenant Ralph Tucker
FF/EMT Derrick Brode
FF/EMT David Carey
FF/EMT Connor Davis
FF/EMT Marc Doyle
FF/EMT Jonathon Huntley
FF/EMT Martin Krasavage
FF/EMT Timothy Long
FF/EMT Michael McLain
FF/EMT Walter Meredith
FF/EMT Greg Pahlavi
FF/EMT Sabrina Weiner
FF/EMT John Witzke
EMT Krista Carlozzi
EMT Elizabeth DeBruin
EMT Janie Grossman
EMT Chris King
EMT Clarissa Nowak
EMT Julianna Ritter
EMT Barbara Taylor
EMT Matthew Wolter