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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.

October 31, 2018

Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Funeral Service Announcement

Aetna Life Member Curt Baldwin

Saturday November 3, 2018

-Viewing: 10am-12pm

-Service: 12pm

-Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church

1314 Foulk Road

Wilmington, DE 19803

This will be a fireman’s funeral.

Apparatus that wish to be a part of the static display must arrive by 0915.

All uniformed firefighters will be shown where to sit for the service and be directed for the final paying of respects at the end of the service while FF Baldwin proceeds to the Engine for his last ride.

There is no procession. Lunch will follow.

Any questions contact D/C Fox

October 26, 2018

At 0907 hours, Aetna along with Christiana Fire were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South College Avenue for a vehicle fire. Command 9, Engine 9, Engine 12, and Ladder 12 all responded.

It has been a busy day in district with numerous responses including a motor vehicle collision with a cardiac arrest, medical emergencies, and an off-road rescue for an injured bicyclist in the White Clay Creek State Park.

October 8, 2018

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

· Look for places fire could start.

· Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.

· Learn 2 ways out of every room.

While NFPA and the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Fire Chief Andrew Bowerson. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit

October 7, 2018

Officers and members of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark commemorated the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Bells Across America this year with the ringing of our 113 year old bell at noon on Sunday, October 7.

The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the fire station for an alarm & notified departments of a call for help.

Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the one of duty. The tolling of the bell alerted all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time honored tradition continues today during funerals or memorial services for firefighters.

Bells rang this year from coast to coast as a grateful nation joined the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation for Bells Across America, in conjunction with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, MD.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co officers, members and their families gathered and took turns ringing the memorial bell 103 times, once each for firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017.

Our 1200 pound memorial bell was purchased in 1905 for $90. It was recently restored and moved from Station 9 on Academy St to the Aetna Memorial Garden at Station 7 on Thorn lane. We have been ringing this bell on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend since 1984.

September 26, 2018

At 1257 hours Aetna along with University of Delaware Police, UD Environmental Health & Safety, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, NCC HAZMAT/DECON Team, DNREC, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to Drake Hall on the University of Delaware campus for a hazardous materials incident. Initial reports indicated a small explosion in a lab involving hazardous materials with 2 patients. Chief Bowerson established Newark Command and operated in Unified Command with UDPD. Crews quickly located the 2 victims and evacuated both Drake Hall and attached Brown Lab (where the incident actually occurred). After being decontaminated, the two patients were transported to Christiana Hospital in good condition. Two UDPD Officers also underwent decontamination and were evaluated on scene by EMS as a precaution. HAZMAT technicians from UD EHS made entry into the lab to ensure containment of the hazard. All crews were thoroughly decontaminated by the HAZMAT/DECON team upon exiting the structure. Crews operated for approximately 2 hours and the scene was turned over UD EHS and UDPD. Chief Bowerson would like to thank all responding units for their assistance. Photos courtesy of Aetna photographer Dave Wilson.

Companies Responded:

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company

Christiana Fire






Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21

Cranston Heights Fire Company

Elsmere Fire Company No.1

Five Points Fire Company

Belvedere Fire Company

St. Francis Hospital EMS Rehab

September 7, 2018

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, for approx. $65,000, will be used to purchase turnout gear washers and dryers for all 4 of our stations. Cancer is a major hazard facing firefighters. This will in turn help to reduce the risk to our firefighters by enabling them to wash their structural turnout gear following any fires or hazardous incidents. For more information about firefighter cancer see the link to the NFPA and CDC websites.…/Health-and-W…/Firefighters-and-cancer

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Chief Andrew Bowerson stated, "We are extremely grateful for the receipt of this grant. The safety of our firefighters is incredibly important and this grant will help to reduce the increased risk of cancer that we face."

August 20, 2018

Aetna firefighters are assisting University of Delaware Environmental Health & Safety along with the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, and University of Delaware Police with the annual Resident Assistant training! RA's are learning about fire safety and fire extinguisher use!

August 15, 2018

Today President Seador and members of our department had the opportunity to meet with Willow Hodge. Willow is the young lady from Cherry Hill who decided to run a lemonade stand to help raise money for Aetna's capital campaign to purchase a new fire engine. In about 7 hours this past Saturday she raised just over $200.00 - that's a lot of lemonade! Beyond that, Willow should be commended for her willingness to get involved in the community and support her local fire and EMS services. Assistant Chief Sands presented her with an Aetna T shirt, hat and a Chief's challenge coin. Willow's actions epitomize Aetna's motto of "Service for Others" and we are very grateful for her efforts!

If you are interested in making a donation to support our new fire engine, donations can be made online through PayPal

August 5, 2018

At 23:46 hours Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to the intersection of Glasgow Ave and Summit Bridge Rd for a motor vehicle collision with an unconscious person. Subsequent reports advised that one patient was trapped. Medic 6 arrived to find a two vehicle collision with a total of 2 patients, the trapped patient was in respiratory arrest. The next due rescue was requested adding Christiana Fire to the response. Crews worked to extricate the patient while Advanced Life Support interventions were performed, subsequently the patient went into cardiac arrest. Extrication was completed at 0013 hours and the patient was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna BLS and NCC*EMS. The second patient was also transported by Aetna BLS to Christiana Hospital. Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Sands had Newark Command.

August 4, 2018

At 12:01 hours, Aetna Stations 7,8,9,10 along with New Castle County Paramedics and multiple Police agencies were alerted for a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train. Units responded to the train’s stopped location behind the Newark Oaks Neighborhood and began searching the area along the tracks. New Castle County Police Department located the patient underneath the Red Mill Rd Overpass, and Fire/EMS crews treated the patient who was later transported to the Christiana Hospital in critical condition. Crews operated for several hours.

August 2, 2018

At 1506 hours Aetna was dispatched to I-95 Southbound at the Toll Plaza for a large uncontained spill. Crews found a tractor trailer with a ruptured saddle tank leaking approx. 60 gallons of diesel fuel. Additional resources were requested from Belvedere Fire Company including HAZMAT 30 and CAT 30, as well as DNREC, and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Lane restrictions were put into place to allow for safe operations to mitigate the hazard. Crews operated for several hours containing the leak and cleaning up the spill.

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