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December 5, 2018

At 1716 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 Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 were dispatched to the unit block of Newbrook Road in Windy Hills for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the 1st floor C-side of a 2 story single family dwelling. The upgrade added New Castle County Paramedics to the response as well as an additional ambulance from Hockessin Fire Company. The fire had extended to the second floor and basement but was quickly extinguished. Searches were negative and two cats were rescued from the house in good condition. One occupant was evaluated by ALS/BLS for smoke inhalation but refused transport to the hospital. Two adults and three children were displaced and the Red Cross is assisting them with temporary housing. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and found that there were no working smoke detectors in the house. Assistant Chief Sands had Newark Command.


December 5, 2018

At 0643 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the intersection of South College Avenue and West Chestnut Hill Road for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. As units responded, New Castle County 911 advised that the incident involved a bus with one patient not alert adding New Castle County Paramedics to the response. Crews arrived to find a 2 vehicle collision with one subject trapped and 6 additional patients with minor injuries on the bus. A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was declared bringing ambulances from University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and Christiana Fire as well as additional ALS resources to the scene. The entrapped patient was quickly extricated and was transported in critical condition by ALS and BLS to Christiana Hospital. The 6 additional patients were transported by BLS. Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.


November 20, 2018

At 2342 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid, were dispatched to the 600 block of Arbour Drive in Arbour Park for a residential fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a two story single family dwelling with fire showing from an attached garage. The fire was quickly controlled, searches were negative, and there were no reported civilian or fire service injuries. Occupants were alerted by a smoke detector and were able to evacuate prior to fire department arrival, they were not displaced. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command. Photos courtesy of Aetna Photographer Dave Wilson.

Companies Responded:

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company

Christiana Fire

Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21

New Castle County Paramedics

Five Points Fire Company provided station coverage.


November 19, 2018

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark DE recently hosted a ceremony for their 2018 Fire Prevention Poster & Essay contest winners.

Children from many Newark area grade schools competed in the annual State of Delaware Poster & Essay contest. Members of the fire department poured over hundreds of local entries. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners were chosen from each grade level. Grades kindergarten through grade 3 designed posters depicting themes for each grade. Grades 4 through 8 wrote essays about a topics chosen for each grade. This year's themes were by the chosen by the Life Safety Committee of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Each Newark winner was presented with a certificate and a money award at the annual ceremony held in the Aetna Banquet Hall. The fire department has been hosting these awards ceremonies for more than 40 years.


November 16, 2018

Congratulations to Aetna Cadet Firefighter Tucker Greene who has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout! Tucker worked extremely hard in school, with the Scouts, and around the firehouse and we are very proud of his achievement. Chief Bowerson and numerous members were on hand to congratulate him this evening. Congrats Tucker!



November 12, 2018

At 1009 hours, Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Minquas Fire, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the unit block of Waltham Street in Kimberton Townhouses for a residential fire with entrapment. Crews arrived on scene to find fire showing from a 2 story townhouse and a trapped occupant hanging out of a 2nd floor rear window. The occupant was rescued by ground ladder and was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS in critical condition. Simultaneously crews worked to extinguish the fire and search for any additional victims. One Aetna firefighter was transported to Christiana Hospital for minor burns. The incident was placed under control at 1051 hours. Assistant Chief Fleming had Newark Command and the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation. Additional details will be released when they become available.


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