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April 12, 2019

Come on out to Grain tomorrow afternoon to support New Castle County Fire Companies as we take on the Delaware State Police in the fourth annual Wing Championship!

April 9, 2019

Now hiring part-time EMT's and Firefighter/EMT's!

April 6, 2019

We were happy to stop by the Canal Little League opening day ceremonies this morning. Have a safe and fun season!

April 4, 2019

At 1740 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South Chapel Street for a motor vehicle collision. While crews were responding New Castle County 911 received additional information that 2 subjects were trapped adding New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police Aviation Section. Crews arrived and quickly extricated the two trapped patients. A total of 2 patients were transported to CER: one ALS via Trooper 4, one BLS by ground, and one patient refusal. Delaware State Police handled the investigation and Captain Happer had Newark Command.

March 31, 2019

At 0105 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire and Newark Delaware Police Department responded to the 100 block of Timberline Drive in Woodmere for a vehicle fire threatening the structure. Deputy Chief 12 arrived on scene shortly after and reported a vehicle fire with extension to the dwelling which upgraded the response. Engine 9 arrived on scene and quickly controlled the fire limiting damage to the structure. Crews checked for extension and the assignment was reduced to Engine 9, Engine 12, and Tower 12. Smoke was removed from the residence prior to the structure being reoccupied and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command.

March 30, 2019

Spring has arrived and with it brush fires! Fire departments across New Castle County and throughout the state have been battling brush fires large and small today. Engine 9 and Brush 9-0 just cleared a brush fire in Elkton, MD assisting Singerly Fire Company. While the Delaware burn ban doesn't take effect until April 30th, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some safety tips to prevent controlled burns from becoming out of control. Per DNREC, it is acceptable to burn "small amounts of cut or fallen branches, limbs, or shrubbery from your residence (limited to 27 cubic feet at one time). This total represents the size of a fire that can be reasonably extinguished with a garden hose." Remember to avoid burning on windy days, ensure that the fire is far away from any structures, and is clear of any trees or dry brush. Never leave a fire unattended and always have a garden hose nearby just in case. Check out DNREC's Guide to Residential Open Burning for more information.

March 27, 2019

This evening marked the 2nd Annual Medal Day hosted by the New Castle County Firefighter's Association and New Castle County Fire Chiefs Association. The following Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company personnel received recognition:

Bronze Medal for Valor for Actions at a House Fire with a Rescue at 901 Linfield Rd on September 6, 2018

• FF/EMT Erin Browne

• FF/EMT Ryan Contino

• FF/EMT Paul Garcia

• Claymont Assistant Chief Eric J. Haley received the Silver Medal for Valor from this incident as well.

Life Saving Award for actions in providing care and treatment to a victim rescued from a House fire at 901 Linfield Rd on September 6, 2018

• FF/EMT John Farrell

• FF/EMT James Read

• EMT Shreya Kolipaka

Bronze Medal for Valor for Actions at a House Fire with a Rescue in Kimberton on November 12, 2018

• FF/EMT Greg Pahlavi

• FF/EMT Matthew Heebner

• FF Connor Sproat

Meritorious Service Awards for Actions at a House Fire with a Rescue in Kimberton on November 12, 2018

• Safety Officer Bryan T. Berkley

• FF/EMT Randall J. Myers

Meritorious Service Awards for Actions at an MVC with Multiple entrapment on August 18, 2018 at Salem Church Rd and Deasy Dr:


• EMT Aubrey Eveland

• EMT Taylor Shelman


• FF/EMT McKenzie Schurman

• EMT Ryan Rembold

• EMT Matthew Rodgers


• FF/EMT John Farrell

• FF Gene Christmann

Meritorious Service Award for assistance at a motor vehicle collision with heavy entrapment on I-295 on April 14, 2018:

• Deputy Chief AJ Schall

Congratulations to all of those recognized for their efforts! "Service for Others"

March 27, 2019

Tonight Aetna hosted Nikki Testa from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (also a part-time Aetna firefighter/EMT) who taught her "Stop the Bleed" bleeding control class. Students had the opportunity to get hands-on training with tourniquet application as well as wound packing. These basic skills can make a huge difference for patients during every day emergencies and natural disasters. For more information about bleeding control check out and if your organization is interested in hosting a similar "Stop the Bleed" class contact DEMA. Prepare Delaware

March 15, 2019

Check out this awesome article from University of Delaware UDaily about some of our dedicated student volunteers and the live-in opportunities that exist with our department!

March 10, 2019

At 1239 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist the Singerly Fire Company of Elkton, MD on a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Appleton Road. Singerly crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a single story, single family dwelling which had been divided into at least two apartments. Engine 9 arrived as the second engine and advanced a hand line into the left apartment while Singerly's engine advanced a line into the right apartment. Crews were met with a well advanced fire requiring Ladder 9's crew to ventilate the roof in order for crews to advance inside. During the firefight, two Aetna firefighters sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Christiana Hospital by Singerly Fire Company ambulances and were treated and subsequently released. We are extremely fortunate that the injuries were not more severe. Thank you to Christiana Fire and Elsmere Fire Company No.1 who covered our district during the incident, as well as all of those who reached out to offer their support. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal along with the ATF are handling the investigation.

March 10, 2019

Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks!

February 28, 2019

At 0236 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Minquas Fire were dispatched to 1 Easton Court for a high rise structure fire. Crews arrived to the 6 story wood-framed 220 unit high rise structure to find a fire on the 4th floor which was contained by the sprinkler system. Firefighters searched for victims and checked for fire extension. Searches were negative, smoke was ventilated from the structure, and the sprinkler system was secured. 36 units sustained water damage and building management are assisting displaced residents. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Bailey had Newark Command.

High rise fires pose unique challenges for firefighters: they are manpower intensive, require the use of standpipes to deploy hose lines to the fire floor, and have increased complexity due to the size of the building. This incident highlights the importance of having a sprinkler system, which in this case contained what could have been a much more severe incident until firefighters arrived.

Newark Delaware Police Department and the Newark Fire Marshal's Office also responded to the incident.

February 25, 2019

At 0552 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, Christiana Fire, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of the service plaza for a motor vehicle collision reported with a cardiac arrest. Crews arrived to find a multi-vehicle accident with one subject trapped and a total of 4 patients, reports of a cardiac arrest were fortunately unfounded. As fire department personnel worked to extricate the patient, ALS performed triage and initiated patient care along with BLS. The trapped patient was extricated in just under 15 minutes. Two patients were transported by ALS and BLS to Christiana Hospital, one patient was transported BLS, and a fourth patient was assessed but refused transport to the hospital. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Sands had command

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