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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.


January 6, 2019

Thank you to these three students from The Independence School who stopped by Station 9 to drop off some treats and cards. Thank YOU! We appreciate the kind gesture!


January 6, 2019

At 0542 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the 2700 block of Old Elk Neck Road in Elkton, MD to assist Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire with subjects trapped. Engine 9 and Squad 9 operated for just over 2 hours.


January 4, 2019

The annual Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. Lt. John P. Murphy Memorial EMT of the Year award for 2018 was presented to EMT Savannah Thompson. Savannah was selected for her strong work ethic and her reliability. Savannah fills multiple weekly shifts and has one of the highest run totals in the department.

EMS Deputy Chief Amy Cavanaugh said Savannah is enthusiastic about EMS and the medical field in general, and she complimented Savannah for her excellent patient care.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., the Newark Fire Department, is one of the leading EMS teaching agencies in the State, and Savannah is one of Aetna's Field Training Officers. Savannah is enthusiastic to teach and is excited to discuss the details of her last call with her EMT Candidate. EMS Deputy Chief Cavanaugh said "Savannah is a great asset to our field training program, working with new EMTs to ensure they are receiving the training needed to be proficient."

Aetna Fire Chief Drew Bowerson congratulated Savannah saying "EMT Savannah Thompson exemplifies the Aetna motto of "Service for Others".


January 3, 2019

Engine 9 assisted Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire in the 100 block of Silchester Drive in Elkton, MD. Photo courtesy of Cecil County Fire Blog.


January 2, 2019

At 1957 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 unit block of Innovation Way for a commercial structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a small fire in a lab which appeared to be contained inside of a fume hood. The fire was quickly extinguished. As a precaution HAZMAT Resources were requested from University of Delaware Environmental Health and Safety (UD EHS), the New Castle HAZMAT/Decon Team (consisting of Elsmere Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. Station 16, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Belvedere Fire Company, and Five Points Fire Company), and DNREC. A BLS ambulance from Minquas Fire Company #1 and New Castle County Paramedics also responded and stood by. An entry team of HAZMAT technicians used specialized monitoring equipment to determine that the issue was contained inside the fume hood and there was no hazard inside the building or to the public. There were no civilian or fire service injuries and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command. Fire department resources turned the scene over to UD EHS and University of Delaware Police. Photos courtesy of Delaware Online.


December 30, 2018

At 1027 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to the intersection of South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment and multiple patients. Crews arrived to find 4 patients including 1 trapped. A Level I MCI was declared bringing additional ALS units and a BLS unit from Christiana Fire to the scene. The trapped patient was quickly extricated, was stabilized by Aetna BLS and NCCEMS, and was then flown to Christiana Hospital by DSP Helicopter Trooper 4. Two additional ALS patients and one BLS patient were also transported to Christiana Hospital. The Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.


December 26, 2018

At 1624 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Road and Old Coach Road for a motor vehicle collision. Chief Bowerson arrived on scene advising 1 trapped and requested ALS and a total of 3 BLS units. Extrication was quickly completed and the trapped patient was transported to Christiana Hospital with New Castle County Paramedics. 2 additional patients were transported to Christiana Hospital by BLS. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.


December 23, 2018

Engine and Ladder 9 assisted Singerly Fire Company with a working fire in the 200 block of Cherry Hill Road in Elkton, MD.

December 20, 2018

Our Aetna firefighters and public safety partners Newark Delaware Police Department participating in the annual Toys for Tots event. Great work! We even heard that Santa drove the Squad!

December 15, 2018

December 14, 2018

At 1741 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of Christina Parkway and Science Boulevard for an MVC with rollover. Harrington Fire Company, Inc. Engine 50-5 was providing a cover-up and also responded. An off-duty NCC Special Operations member was on scene advising a two vehicle MVC with a rollover and one trapped. Responders arrived to find one vehicle on its side with the driver still in the vehicle and their leg pinned under it. Crews quickly worked to stabilize the vehicle, flap the roof, and then lift with air bags to free the patient. The occupant was transported by ALS and BLS to Christiana Hospital. A second patient was transported by BLS also to Christiana Hospital. The Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.


December 11, 2018

This evening Aetna had two members sworn into leadership positions with the New Castle County Fire Police Association. Paige Seppanen was sworn in as President and Jerry Daniels was sworn in as the Training Officer. Aetna member, retired Delaware State Police Major (and current UDPD Deputy Chief) Jeff Evans was the installation officer. Our dedicated Fire Police officers provide traffic control at scenes and help to keep our responders safe. Congratulations Paige and Jerry!


December 7, 2018

At 2243 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, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel in the 200 block of East Main Street for a multi-residential structure fire with entrapment. Newark Delaware Police Department were able to rescue the trapped occupant prior to fire department arrival. Engine 9 arrived to find fire showing from a 2nd floor unit of the 2 story motel. Deputy Chief Schall struck a 2nd alarm bringing Five Points Fire Company, Minquas Fire, and Belvedere Fire Company to the scene as well as FIELDCOM (New Castle County 911 mobile communications post) and the St. Francis Hospital EMS Rehab Unit. The fire was controlled and all searches were negative. One patient was transported to Christiana Hospital by ALS and BLS in stable condition. This building is not equipped with fire sprinklers. 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.

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