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May 20, 2019

***FYI*** Aetna will be conducting training evolutions inside two acquired structures in the unit block of East Main Street beginning today and continuing intermittently through June 10. Traffic will not be affected. This fantastic opportunity gives our personnel the chance to hone their skills in a realistic training environment and we are grateful to the property owners.

May 15, 2019

Today is #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay and in support of our brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement we wanted to share a recent event in which we had the honor of participating. B-7 was assigned on Friday, May 10 to be part of the Bicycle Procession Support Team for the for the Police Unity Tour - Chapter IX. The primary responsibility of the Bicycle Procession Support Team was to provide safety for the riders. B7's component in this support team was to provide Emergency Medical Service for the riders and staff.

Approximately 160 bicycle riders were participating in a four (4) day ride from Philadelphia to Washington DC. The riders were from different law enforcement agencies across the nation. On this day they were to ride from Sheraton Hotel on Airport Rd, crisscrossing New Castle County, entering the State of Maryland near Chesapeake City, and ending in Aberdeen MD, a distance of 70.2 miles. B-7 was responsible for the first 36.5 miles of the day, from Airport Rd to the end of Bohemia Mill Rd at the DE / MD state line. This included treatment and transport of one rider who suffered minor injuries in a crash. One of our firefighters, also a LEO, again participated in the ride and it was our honor to support our brothers and sisters in blue.

The primary purpose of this noble organization is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. For more information about the tour check out and if you wish to support your local chapter of this organization you may do so at Thank you to all of the Law Enforcement Officers that keep us safe today and every day!

May 13, 2019

At 1128 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the 100 block of S Wynwyd Drive in Woodmere for a residential structure fire. Chief Bowerson arrived to find a 2 story single family residence with fire showing from the 1st and 2nd floor in the rear. Arriving crews performed an aggressive interior attack while simultaneously searching for any victims. Initial reports of trapped occupants fortunately proved false and crews operated for approx. 3 hours extinguishing the fire and performing overhaul. Fire extension to both floors, the attic, and through void spaces led to a long, labor-intensive firefight. American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region is assisting the 3 displaced residents and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause to be accidental due to items on the stove coming in contact with a burner, damages were estimated at $250,000.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identifies cooking fires as the #1 cause of residential fires and injuries, accounting for 48% of residential fires. Check out the following link for some safety tips…/…/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking.

Assisting Agencies: Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, West Grove Fire Company, Elsmere Fire Company No.1, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, New Castle County Paramedics, Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, and Newark Delaware Police Department.

May 8, 2019

Now Hiring: Full-time Firefighter/EMT

May 8, 2019

This afternoon crews from Aetna and Christiana Fire practiced with water supply and master stream operations in between emergency responses. Two of the busiest departments in the state working together to provide the best possible service to those we protect. "Service for Others"

May 6, 2019

Squad 10, Ladder 9, and ambulance A-9 operated at this residential fire in Christiana Fire's local this morning. Squad 10 was the second due engine and advanced a hand line to control the fire on the 2nd floor and in the attic. Ladder 9 was the 1st due ladder and completed the primary search, threw ground ladders, and opened up for the engine. Crews operated for 2.5 hours.

May 2, 2019

At 1458 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist Christiana Fire on a residential structure fire in the 400 block of Pheasant Circle. Crews arrived to find fire showing from the attached garage. Ladder 9 arrived as the 2nd due ladder and operated for just under an hour.

May 1, 2019

Its May 1st, which means that the Statewide Burn Ban is now in effect. See the below guide for more details.

Recreational open burning activities including cooking fires (limited to 10 cubic feet at one time), campfires (limited to 27 cubic feet at one time), patio fire pits, or chimney are allowed throughout the year and during any time of day. Any open burning is prohibited within city of Newark limits per municipal code year round with the exception of stand-alone single-family residences.

April 28,2019

At 2155 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 600 block of Apple Road in Newark for a house fire. Command 9 arrived within 3 minutes of dispatch and found fire showing from the second floor of a 2 story single family dwelling. This added New Castle County Paramedics and an ambulance from University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit to the response. Engine 9 arrived shortly after, established a water supply, and deployed a hand line to the second floor to extinguish the bedroom fire. The fire was held to the room of origin due to the door being closed (either by the occupant as they exited or by NPD). Check out to learn more about the importance of sleeping with closed doors and closing the door to the fire room (if safe to do so) as you exit the structure. The two homeowners were transported to Christiana Hospital with minor injuries by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS. Two Newark Delaware Police Department officers were evaluated by EMS on scene for smoke inhalation but refused transport. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Captain Happer had Newark Command.

April 28,2019

At 1612 hours the Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of Pulaski Highway and Glasgow Avenue for a MVC with rollover. Deputy 9 arrived on scene and established command after confirming a total of 5 patients, 3 of which were trapped in the overturned vehicle. Squad 9 stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof to free the trapped occupants. 5 patients were transported by EMS, 3 were transported ALS by Aetna BLS ambulances with NCCEMS and 2 were transported by Aetna BLS. Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

April 25, 2019

At 1227 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to Paper Mill Road in the area of the Paper Mill Plaza for a single vehicle motor vehicle collision. Squad 9 arrived on scene to find a vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole. The patient was transported to the trauma center by ambulance A-8. An ALS unit from New Castle County EMS intercepted en route to the hospital and a "Trauma Alert" was activated. Due to the pole being unstable, Squad 9 along with Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and units from Delaware State Police established a safe zone and blocked off the roadway until Delmarva Power (Delmarva Connect) arrived on scene to make repairs. The scene was turned over to DSP and Delmarva.

April 22, 2019

This afternoon proved busy for our crews and neighboring departments:

At 1216 hours 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 100 block of Orchard Ave in Lumbrook for a residential structure fire. Alert neighbors noticed smoke coming from the rear deck of the address, called 911, and alerted the occupant. Without question this prevented a much more severe incident from taking place. Engine and Ladder 9 quickly responded and extinguished the fire, containing it to the deck. The assignment was reduced to Newark and Christiana units. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

At 1402 hours Engine 9 responded to Cherry Hill Manor Townhouses for a residential carbon monoxide detector activation. Engine 9 crew checked the residence with a 4-gas meter with all readings normal. The activation was caused by a faulty detector.

At 1429 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Engine and Tower 12 responded to the 200 block of East Main Street for a commercial gas leak. A roadwork crew struck a gas line causing a leak in the middle of the street. Fire department personnel worked quickly to establish a water supply, deploy a charged hose line for protection, and evacuate surrounding occupancies all while performing air monitoring with gas meters. Newark Delaware Police Department and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) controlled traffic and limited access to the scene to prevent further issues. Delmarva Power (Delmarva Connect) crews had difficulty accessing the leak and did a fantastic job breaching through nearly a foot of concrete before they were able to contain it. Once the leak had been secured, all surrounding occupancies were again checked for gas prior to being reoccupied. Crews operated for just over 2 hours and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command. Gas leaks have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. If you smell gas always exit the structure, move away from the area, and call 911.

April 22, 2019

Ladder 9 and Quint 7 along with departments from across Delaware, New Jersey, and New York are rendering honors as SSGT Christopher Slutman (USMC, FDNY, and Kentland VFD) is escorted to NYC. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the USMC, and all of the departments with which he served.

April 16, 2019

This weekend Aetna welcomed 9 new probationary firefighters and EMT's to our family. That brings us to 37 new recruits so far this year! Their initial training included administrative and operations topics, apparatus orientations, structural turnout gear, hydrants, hand lines, ground ladders, hydraulic rescue tools, power tools, ventilation, CPR certification, and basic EMS. Welcome aboard!

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