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July 7, 2019

At 2024 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road a motor vehicle collision with multiple patients. Squad 10 and Chief Bowerson arrived on scene at the time of dispatch and found a subject trapped. Extrication was completed in under 10 minutes and a total of 3 patients were transported to Christiana Hospital. Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Berkley had Newark Command.


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July 5, 2019

At 2030, Quint 7 was on the road and alerted to a small outside fire at the Villa Belmont Condominiums. Upon arrival Quint 7 found two buildings with electrical issues around a courtyard with an obvious underground electrical fire.

City of Newark Power was requested to fix the underground power line. The power had to be cut to both buildings which held approximately 100 residents. On a night with very high temperatures and an initial restoration of power estimate of 36 hours, the American Red Cross, City of Newark, and New Castle County OEM were alerted to assist in sheltering residents who could not stay in the buildings without air conditioning or power.

Aetna Engine 9 and Christiana Fire Company Engine 12 and Tower 12 responded to assist with the evacuation. A shelter for both residents and their pets was set up by Red Cross, Delaware Animal Response, and New Castle County OEM at Aetna Station 8.

A total of 35 firefighters operated for approximately five hours. Captain Johnson had Newark Command.


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July 4, 2019

At 0608 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and mutual aid companies were dispatched to the area of West Delaware Ave and Orchard Ave for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find a 2.5 story residence with fire showing from the B side. Several handlines were used to extinguish the fire and searches were negative. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command. This is the second in district working fire in less than 12 hours, crews also handled a fire in Todd Estates just after 9pm last night.

Responding Companies: Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, New Castle County Paramedics, Newark Delaware Police Department.


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July 3, 2019

@mattygreggruns has run nearly 5000 out of his 5445 mile cross country run over the past 8 months to raise money for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). He stopped by Aetna Station 9 today to say hello to the crew and talk about this amazing fundraiser. Check out his page and please consider donating and/or sharing awareness about such a great cause (link to his page: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1633587 ). Aetna is sending love and support to Matty as he continues his incredible journey!


June 28, 2019

Tickets are on sale now for the Inaugural First Responders Dinner on Academy Street!

Thursday, July 25th 6:30-9:30

Purchase Tickets HERE

The Newark Partnership will be hosting a unique open air dining experience on Thursday July 25 benefiting our Capital Campaign Fund and Newark, Delaware FOP Lodge 4 Catastrophe fund. This fun opportunity will feature a 6 course dinner by chefs from 14 of our local restaurants. Great food, live music, and a cash bar all to support some great causes. Limited tickets available, check out the event link for details!



June 27, 2019

REMINDER: Use, possession, or sale of fireworks remains illegal in City of Newark

In the run-up to our annual 4th of July celebration, the City of Newark would like to remind residents and visitors that the use, possession, and/or sale of fireworks remains illegal within the city limits.

This law extends to sparklers, fireworks, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, roman candles, or other fireworks or substances designed or intended for pyrotechnic display, all of which can cause serious burns and injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 12,900 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals during 2017, with 67% occurring during the Fourth of July period.

Fireworks have limited legality in other parts of Delaware. Further information about the purchase and use of fireworks in Delaware can be found at the State of Delaware’s official website. The full text of the Newark city ordinance prohibiting fireworks can be found here.

Members of the public are invited to enjoy the City of Newark's annual fireworks display on July 4th from 4 to 6 PM at the UD Athletic Complex. More information on activities, parking, and vendors is available at the City of Newark’s official 4th of July Fireworks event page.


June 23, 2019

At 1407 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section Trooper 4 were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South Chapel Street for an motor vehicle collision with a subject reported unconscious. Engine 12 and Battalion 6 were already on the road and made the response along with Squad 9. Engine 12 and Battalion 6 arrived on location shortly after and reported a single vehicle off the roadway with one patient. NCCEMS the arrived and advised that Trooper 4 would be utilized. I-95 SB was then shut down by Squad 9 and Engine 12 while Trooper 4 made a landing. Once patient care was transferred, I-95 SB was reopened and units returned to service. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation.


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June 21, 2019

Wednesday evening crews trained for off-road rescues in Rittenhouse Park. With many miles of trails stretching through Newark, and especially in the White Clay Creek State Park, we frequently respond to emergencies in difficult-to-access areas. Many of these rescues require specialized equipment and even rope systems to facilitate the removal of the victims. Remember to use the buddy system and keep track of your location in the event that you need help while exploring the great outdoors.


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June 13, 2019

At 2002 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to Elkton Road at Stine Haskell Road for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Newark Delaware Police Department were on scene advising entrapment with 2' of intrusion. Crews arrived to find a vehicle vs a electrical box with a subject trapped. Utility 7 was used to pull the vehicle away from the electrical box with chains to eliminate the hazard. The occupant was then extricated in less than 10 minutes and was subsequently transported to CER. Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.


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June 12, 2019

Last evening our firefighters trained at the Delaware State Fire School in New Castle. Crews practiced hose handling and fire attack, searches, and self-survival. Regular training helps prepare our firefighters for any emergency. Thank you to Townsend Fire Company for covering our district during the training.


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