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February 8, 2019

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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


January 30, 2019

At 1431 hours, Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of South College Avenue and Winsome Way for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Christiana Fire Rescue-Engine 12 also responded. Responding units arrived to find a 2 vehicle collision with one patient trapped. Crews worked together to remove both driver's side doors and the B post to extricate the patient. The patient was was subsequently transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Captain Ciolek had Newark Command.


January 30, 2019

At 1053 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the Middle Run Crossing section of the White Clay Creek State Park for a rescue for an injured person on the trail. Crews quickly located the patient with the assistance of bystanders. Basic Life Support treatment was initiated by our EMT's and the patient was carried out in a Stokes basket. The patient was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance in stable condition just 30 minutes after 911 was activated. We are fortunate to have specialized equipment such as a Gator (4wd ATV) and a Mule (off-road stretcher), and regularly train for this type of incident. Accurate location information obtained by New Castle County 911 combined with the assistance of bystanders (which included one of our firefighters) led to a successful and fast rescue in very cold conditions. Capt. Bailey had Newark Command.


January 26, 2019

At 1618 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the 200 block of Oakfield Dr in the Scottfield Development of Newark for a residential fire. The incident was upgraded to a working alarm adding New Castle County Paramedics, a BLS unit from Cranston Heights, Minquas Fire Company #1, as well as utility companies, a fire marshal, and regional coverups. Simultaneously Special Ops 201 arrived on scene reporting a 2 story single family dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the top floor and a priority patient in the front yard. Additional ALS and BLS were dispatched and the patient was rapidly transported to the hospital in critical condition. Arriving crews deployed hose lines to extinguish the fire while searches were conducted to ensure that the structure was clear of occupants. A K-9 was located during the searches and regretfully was deceased. Crews operated for several hours performing overhaul. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

For a first hand look at the conditions our firefighters faced check out the link to helmet camera footage from Engine 9 courtesy of Firefighter John Hoffman.


January 19, 2019

At 2030 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Road and Foxfire Drive for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. Crews arrived on scene to find a serious 2 vehicle collision with a driver trapped and in traumatic arrest.New Castle County Paramedics and Cranston Heights Fire Company Engine 14 were added to the response. Crews worked to extricate the driver while EMT's provided Basic Life Support interventions. The driver was extricated and was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance with ALS on board. The driver of the second vehicle was also transported to Christiana by ALS and BLS. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Asst. Chief Guzzo had Newark Command.

January 17, 2019

At 1224 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a motor vehicle collision with rollover and entrapment on I-95 at Mile Marker 108.5. Chief 9-8, Squad 9, and Rescue 8 all responded to assist. Crews were faced with a challenging heavy entrapment requiring an extended operation. Further requests were made for Christiana Fire Rescue-Engine 12, Claymont Fire Company USAR 13, and Wilmington Fire Squad 4. Numerous Maryland companies also responded including the GO-TEAM from the R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center. Crews worked for over 90 minutes to free the trapped driver who was subsequently flown to Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police - Aviation Command. Outstanding teamwork by all responding companies to effect this rescue!

Photos courtesy of Aetna Photographer Dave Wilson. Thank you to Christiana Fire for covering our district during the incident.


January 9, 2019

At 2318 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Minquas Fire Company #1 were dispatched to the 800 block of Broadfield Drive in Scottfield for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the rear of a 2 story, split-level single family dwelling with a fire in the walls. The upgrade added New Castle County Paramedics to the response. The fire was quickly controlled and searches were negative. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries and crews operated for less than one hour. Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command and Five Points Fire Company provided station coverage during the incident. Photo courtesy of Minquas Fire Company #1.


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