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March 15, 2019

Check out this awesome article from University of Delaware UDaily about some of our dedicated student volunteers and the live-in opportunities that exist with our department!


March 10, 2019

At 1239 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist the Singerly Fire Company of Elkton, MD on a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Appleton Road. Singerly crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a single story, single family dwelling which had been divided into at least two apartments. Engine 9 arrived as the second engine and advanced a hand line into the left apartment while Singerly's engine advanced a line into the right apartment. Crews were met with a well advanced fire requiring Ladder 9's crew to ventilate the roof in order for crews to advance inside. During the firefight, two Aetna firefighters sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Christiana Hospital by Singerly Fire Company ambulances and were treated and subsequently released. We are extremely fortunate that the injuries were not more severe. Thank you to Christiana Fire and Elsmere Fire Company No.1 who covered our district during the incident, as well as all of those who reached out to offer their support. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal along with the ATF are handling the investigation.



March 10, 2019

Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks!

February 28, 2019

At 0236 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Minquas Fire were dispatched to 1 Easton Court for a high rise structure fire. Crews arrived to the 6 story wood-framed 220 unit high rise structure to find a fire on the 4th floor which was contained by the sprinkler system. Firefighters searched for victims and checked for fire extension. Searches were negative, smoke was ventilated from the structure, and the sprinkler system was secured. 36 units sustained water damage and building management are assisting displaced residents. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Bailey had Newark Command.

High rise fires pose unique challenges for firefighters: they are manpower intensive, require the use of standpipes to deploy hose lines to the fire floor, and have increased complexity due to the size of the building. This incident highlights the importance of having a sprinkler system, which in this case contained what could have been a much more severe incident until firefighters arrived.

Newark Delaware Police Department and the Newark Fire Marshal's Office also responded to the incident.


February 25, 2019

At 0552 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, Christiana Fire, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of the service plaza for a motor vehicle collision reported with a cardiac arrest. Crews arrived to find a multi-vehicle accident with one subject trapped and a total of 4 patients, reports of a cardiac arrest were fortunately unfounded. As fire department personnel worked to extricate the patient, ALS performed triage and initiated patient care along with BLS. The trapped patient was extricated in just under 15 minutes. Two patients were transported by ALS and BLS to Christiana Hospital, one patient was transported BLS, and a fourth patient was assessed but refused transport to the hospital. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Sands had command


February 24, 2019

This afternoon in between other emergencies the crew of Ladder 9 assisted an adventurous feline down from a tree in Scottfield. We save lives of all kinds! "Service for Others"



February 18, 2018

At 1248 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, West Grove Fire Company, and University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit were dispatched to the 300 block of David Hollowell Drive on the University of Delaware campus for a multi-residential structure fire. Crews arrived to find a trash can fire in the kitchen which had been extinguished and the assignment was reduced to Engine and Ladder 9. Smoke was ventilated from the building prior to it being reoccupied. Deputy Chief Debold had Newark Command.

Other responding agencies: University of Delaware Police and UD Environmental Health & Safety. Photo courtesy of UDECU.


February 5, 2019

It was another busy evening for our crews. At 1940 hours Engine and Ladder 9 assisted Christiana Fire on a dispatched building fire at Prides Court Apartments.

As the scene was reduced to Christiana units, Engine 9 redirected to the 1800 block of E Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton to assist Singerly Fire Company on a working residential fire. Engine 9 operated for an hour and a half. Photo courtesy of Singerly FD.

As they cleared the scene, our department along with Christiana Fire were dispatched to the Frenchtown Woods Townhouses section of our district for a Level 2 outside residential gas leak. Crews arrived to find a car that had struck a gas meter on the exterior of the structure and worked to secure the scene.

An hour later Engine 9 responded to assist Christiana on a dispatched townhouse fire which was reduced down prior to arrival.


February 2, 2019

At 1820 hours the Newark Fire Department along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, and Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the 200 block of South Main Street for a commercial structure fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the Alpha side of a large single-story strip shopping center adding New Castle County Paramedics and a BLS from Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21 to the response. Crews quickly extinguished a clothes dryer that was on fire and checked for extension. The assignment was scaled back but extensive ventilation was required to remove smoke from the fire occupancy and both immediate exposures. Crews operated for one hour and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries. This occupancy does not have fire sprinklers. Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command.

This was the 11th fire response of the day for Newark and the 3rd working fire.


February 2, 2019

At 1648 hours, the Newark Fire Department was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a garage fire. Engine and Ladder 9 operated for just under an hour.

February 2, 2019

At 0101 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, and New Castle County Paramedics, were dispatched to the unit block of Park Drive in the Silverbrook neighborhood for a residential structure fire with entrapment.

Initial caller reports indicated a fire in the bedroom with a person trapped in the basement. Quint 7 and Command 7 (7-8B) responded on dispatch from Station 7, and arrived to find a 1650 square foot split-level residence with smoke showing from the front door. Deputies 12 and 9 arrived immediately after.

Newark Delaware Police Department Officers were on scene working to remove the occupant from the house and were assisted by the crew from Quint 7. The other two residents of the house and multiple animals were accounted for, but two cats were missing. Quint 7 crew secured a water supply from a fire hydrant across the street and the crew advanced a 1 3/4” handline through the house to extinguish a fire in the 2nd floor bedroom. Quint 7 crew, along with Deputy 12, investigated the area as well as the attic to confirm there was no additional fire spread.

Tower 12 arrived on scene, performed searches, and laddered the residence. Engine 12 and Ladder 21 also assisted. 21-6 was the RIT.

All animals were ultimately accounted for, and the citizen removed from the fire was evaluated by Aetna and NCC EMS but refused service.

This fire was contained to one bedroom thanks to the quick response from staffed crews, but also due to working smoke detectors and a closed bedroom door! If you and your family members do not sleep with your doors closed at night please do so right away! Should you ever have a fire in your house you are buying your family critical minutes of protection. It is also beneficial to keep the doors closed when you’re not home. Help save your possessions from additional fire and smoke damage. Check out https://closeyourdoor.org for more examples.

Thank you to Engine 6 and Squad 14 for covering our district during this incident.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Guzzo had Newark Command.


February 2, 2019

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company is pleased to announce the delivery of structural firefighting gear dryers with washers arriving shortly. With help from a FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant our department was able to purchase four turnout gear washers and four turnout gear dryers. Due to the increased risk of cancer that firefighters face, the Chief's office made it a priority to do everything possible to reduce that risk to our firefighters. Decon kits will be placed on all apparatus containing Firewipes, nitrile gloves, a brush, and a section of garden hose to allow for gross decon on scene after a fire. Then our firefighters will be able to return to the station, wash and dry their gear, and shower to complete the decon process in keeping with National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and First Responder Center for Excellence recommendations. Thank you to all of those who helped to make this possible. TheFireStore.com Jay Abel at TheFireStore


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