Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company
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.
March 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) both of which suffered line of duty deaths and serious injuries in the last 24 hours.
March 20, 2018
Just before 5:30 this evening Aetna, Christiana Fire, Singerly Fire Company, Wilmington Manor Fire Company, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, New Castle County Paramedics, and the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a House Fire in Pencader Village. Command 7 arrived to find a garage fire extending to the house. While crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire Aetna also responded to an MVC with rollover on the 896 ramp to I-95.
Thank you Minquas of Newport Vol. Fire Co., Elsmere Fire Company No.1, and Good Will Fire Company for covering our district during these alarms.
The roads are getting bad out there; if you can stay inside please do for your own safety!
Photo courtesy of AJ Eschelweck
March 18, 2018
Our crews are always moving! While this hasn't been our busiest week for calls (55 fire/rescue and 175 EMS since Monday) it has been a very active week for training. We had in-station Delaware State Fire School driver/pump operator training Tuesday and Thursday nights, Vehicle Rescue training at Goodchild's Towing (they donate their facility and cars for Aetna training) Wednesday night, ladder company training Saturday, and live fire training in West Chester Sunday. Thanks to Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 for participating in our training today and Townsend Fire Company for covering our district today.
And... on top of all of that, additional members were at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover this weekend for Basic Firefighting Skills, Vehicle Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response Skills and National Fire Academy Leadership classes.
We're gearing up for a busy weather week so stay safe out there!
YTD Totals: 690 fire/rescue calls 2005 EMS calls as of 22:00 3/18.
March 8, 2018
This morning Engine 9 operated at a vehicle fire in the 1000 block of Elkton Rd.