Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company
April 22, 2018
Aetna units just cleared a stubborn vehicle fire resulting from a motor vehicle collision in the 3000 block of Ogletown Rd. Crews faced electrical hazards from a pole and wires down as well as a fuel-fed fire.
April 22, 2018
This afternoon after several other responses, Aetna was dispatched to the Carlton Court Apartment for an animal rescue. Crews were able to rescue a 10 day old kitten from a storm drain. With no sign of the mother, the kitten was taken to Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware for an evaluation and will be fostered by one of our members until it can be adopted. "Service for Others" comes in many forms!
April 16, 2018
Congratulations to our own Steve Austin who will be one of the recipients of the 2018 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award from the Congressional Fire Services Institute. This prestigious award is reflective of Mr. Austin's many years of dedicated service and leadership in the fire service. A well deserved recognition!
April 10, 2018
At 1813 hours Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the Bryans Field Trail in the Whitley Farms area of the White Clay Creek State Park for an unconscious person. With assistance from the 911 caller and New Castle County 911, crews had an accurate GPS location of the patient. Chief Bowerson established Newark Command and coordinated crews responding on foot, by SUV, and by gator. They were quickly able to locate the patient on the trail and begin patient care. Delaware State Police Aviation Section helicopter Trooper 4 also responded and set down in a nearby field while the Trooper Medic hiked into the woods to began patient care. Crews packaged the patient on a backboard and stokes basket. The patient was carried to Trooper 4 and then was flown to Christiana Hospital.
Aetna responds to numerous emergencies in the White Clay Creek State Park many of which are challenging due to limited access to trails, difficult terrain, limited cell phone and radio reception. This incident in particular demonstrated how well the system can work: from the 911 caller, to the assistance of the 911 center, and the first responders. This patient was located in a very short time frame and was quickly transferred to definitive care. Outstanding work by all of the responders!
April 6, 2018
At 1709 hours Aetna was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a commercial structure fire in the 900 block of Blue Ball Rd in Elkton, MD. Crews arrived to find fire through the roof of a 30'x60' commercial building with explosions. Squad 9 operated for 2.5 hours while other Aetna crews responded to several additional emergencies in Elkton and Newark. Photo courtesy of the Cecil Whig.
April 4, 2018
Aetna will be hosting the Drive to Survive program on May 19th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark. This training is open to surrounding departments, please download the flyer for more information on how to register.
March 27, 2018
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co responded to a report of a fire in a townhouse community south of Newark just prior to 3PM. The fire in the unit block of Versailles Ct in Frenchtown Woods quickly spread to 2 adjoining homes. The large mid afternoon fire brought fire & EMS units from a dozen fire departments from New Castle Co and Cecil Co.
The fire department found heavy smoke & fire pouring from the 2 story home on their arrival. Multiple hose lines were used for a quick knock down of the fire, however the 3 homes received extensive damage. The community does not have residential fire sprinklers.
Three families were displaced as the homes were uninhabitable. Some residents found refuge with families and friends, while the Red Cross assisted the 3rd family. There were no reported injuries.
A total of 70 fire & EMS personnel worked the fire, bringing it under control in about 35 minutes. Units remained on the scene until after 5PM. The fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.
( pictures by Dave Wilson, Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co.)
March 24, 2018
Last night Quint 7 and Engine 9 assisted the Wilmington Manor Fire Company on a 2nd Alarm commercial structure fire in a strip shopping center. Thank you to West Grove Fire Company for covering our district during the incident.