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November 18, 2019

Feeding the Finest, in conjunction with Grain on Main and other area restaurants, will be offering a Thanksgiving meal at Aetna Station 8. This will be open to all Public Safety personnel on duty or off duty who wish to have a hot fresh meal.

Unlike past years the meal will take place on Wednesday, November 27th from about 1330/1400 hrs until about 1800 hours, or when we run out of food. Please note the change in day

November 14, 2019

Last evening your Aetna firefighters performed training fire evolutions at the Delaware State Fire School in New Castle. Despite the cold, crews practiced fire suppression as well as Vent, Enter, Isolate, and Search (VEIS) with victim rescue. Simultaneously Captains had the opportunity to practice Incident Command skills by managing the incident, communicating with crews, and tracking resources with a tactical worksheet. Thank you to Townsend Fire Company for covering our district during training.

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November 13, 2019

At 1203 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road for a motor vehicle collision with multiple patients. Crews arrived on scene to find a two vehicle collision: one vehicle had a subject egress challenged and another had collided with a generator resulting in downed power lines and an active natural gas leak. Two patients were transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna and Christiana ambulances. DELMARVA secured the gas leak. Newark Police are investigating the collision and Deputy Chief Debold had Newark Command.

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November 10, 2019

Aetna and Camp Fury Delaware were pleased to welcome Mark VonAppen to Newark today. Mark led his Fully Involved leadership workshop combining examples from his observations of his father, a former NFL Coach, and his own fire service experiences. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host him! #thebig4 #fullyinvolved

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November 7, 2019

At 1927 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to the 200 block of Lake Drive in the Pencader Corporate Center for a industrial entrapment. Responding crews were advised that a worker had their leg stuck in a large processing machine. Due to the report, Chief Bowerson requested that New Castle County Special Operations and Wilmington Fire Squad 4 respond also respond. Upon arrival, crews were able to disassemble a portion of the conveyor system to free the subject in about 15 minutes and the specialized units were cancelled. The patient was treated on scene by Aetna BLS and NCCEMS, and was flown to Christiana Hospital by DSP Helicopter Trooper 4. Photos courtesy of NCCEMS.

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November 6, 2019

At 1807 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, Christiana Fire ambulances A-6 and B-6, New Castle County Paramedics​, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to Frazer Road and Pine View Drive for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Crews arrived on scene to find a two vehicle collision with one vehicle on its side and a subject trapped. Engine 9, Squad 9, and Rescue 8 crews stabilized the vehicle and cut the windshield to extricate the patient in under 10 minutes. A-10 and Medic 9 transported one patient and A-6 transported one patient to Christiana Emergency Room. A-7 evaluated another patient who declined transport to the hospital. New Castle County Police are investigating the collision and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.

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November 1, 2019

At 1252 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with Christiana Fire, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to the I-95 Southbound ramp to 896 Southbound for a motor vehicle collision with rollover. Delaware State Police were on scene advising a tanker tractor-trailer had rolled over with the driver trapped and was leaking an unknown substance. New Castle County 911 also dispatched HAZMAT/DECON units from Cranston Heights Fire Company, Elsmere Fire Company No.1, Five Points Fire Company, Belvedere Fire Company, and DNREC. The Rescue Towing Policy was also activated due to the report bringing a heavy rotator/wrecker and the USAR unit from Claymont Fire Company. The driver was extricated in approx. 20 minutes and was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS. The truck was carrying plastic pellets and fortunately there was only a small leak from a saddle tank which was quickly contained. Additional HAZMAT units were cleared. The ramp is still closed for cleanup at the time of this post. Delaware State Police are investigating the incident and Captain Creek had Newark Command.

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October 31, 2019

Did you ever want to join a volunteer fire department, but don't want to run into burning buildings? Are you outgoing? Love to be on stage? Are 18+? Know how to work a computer?

Then we have an opening: Monday Night Bingo Caller.

That's right we are looking for someone to help volunteer to call bingo on Monday nights.

Please email questions to or see link and details about our Associate Membership below!


Associate Membership is an option for members of our community who are interested in serving the fire company and the community but are not interested in responding on emergency incidents. Associate members work on the non-emergency operations and administration of the department. There are many aspects to running a fire company in addition to emergency responses.

A few examples: Fundraising, Recruiting, Building Maintenance, Project Management, Website and Technology work, Accounting, Marketing, Community Outreach and Fire Prevention.

We ask that people applying for associate membership outline the types of projects they are interested in helping out with.

October 30, 2019

Don't forget, when you change your clocks this weekend (or when they automatically change), check your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to ensure that they are working. Many smoke detectors require the batteries to be replaced twice a year. For detectors with the new 10 year batteries, ensure that they are still working. And remember to replace smoke detectors if they are >10 years old (they should have a date of manufacture on the back).

October 29, 2019

19 years ago today, our department had a really bad day. An Assistant Chief was seriously injured (and spent considerable time in the burn center) and two other firefighters were also injured. From that bad day, our department, county, and state reviewed existing policies and implemented some positive changes to improve firefighter safety and help prevent this from happening again. The NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was brought in to investigate and the report details the incident, outlines the factors involved, and suggests changes. Take a minute today to read about our bad day and help prevent your department from having one like it. Read The Report Here

October 26, 2019

A view inside the Command Post at today's University of Delaware homecoming football game! Aetna is operating in Unified Command with University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and University of Delaware Police to ensure a safe and fun game day. The Command Post is where the incident is managed and where police, fire, and EMS units are dispatched to handle any emergencies in and around the stadium. #serviceforothers #gobluehens

October 24, 2019

PSA: Last evening our crews were dispatched to a gas leak inside a multi-residential structure in the 400 block of Wollaston Ave. One of the tasks crucial to the successful outcome of a fire incident is to establish a continuous water supply. Our fire engines carry 750 gallons of water which can last less than 5 minutes during a firefight. This means that our crews must deploy large diameter supply hose from a fire hydrant to the fire engine in order to ensure that we have enough water. Gas leaks have the explosive potential to cause even greater damage than a structure fire and, as a result, we take the same precaution of establishing a water supply.

Last evening a citizen drove over our supply hose in an attempt to pass our apparatus that were positioned near the building and blocking the roadway. This damaged the vehicle as well as destroyed two sections of our supply hose. Fortunately the gas leak was minor and was quickly controlled but had it been worse, our crews would have been in danger without a water supply. Never drive over fire hose at a fire scene! It places our firefighters in danger, will damage your vehicle, and is illegal. The driver was cited by Newark Delaware Police Department and over $1,400 of new supply hose will need to be purchased to replace what was damaged.

October 21, 2019

At 2259 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched for an engine and a ladder to assist Christiana Fire on a residential structure fire in the 1100 block of Musket Road. Crews arrived to find one house involved with extension into a second and subjects trapped. Ladder 9 and Engine 8 operated for 2 hours.

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