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October 7, 2019

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” Remember to make a home escape plan with all members of your household and practice it! https://www.nfpa.org/fpw


October 6, 2019

Officers and members of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark commemorated the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters this year with the ringing of our 114 year old bell at noon on Sunday, October 6.

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 119 times, once each for firefighters who lost their lives directly or from past injuries in the line of duty in 2018.

Our 1200 pound memorial bell was purchased in 1905 for $90. It hung in the siren tower at Station 9 on Academy St until being moved two years ago 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.

Source: Aetna Public Information Officer John H. Farrell, IV.


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September 26, 2019

Congratulations to Aetna member and past Captain Alex Ciolek who graduated today from United States Air Force Officer Training School and has been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. No surprise that the firefighter carried the ax in the class photo! Outstanding work and best wishes on a safe career!


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September 24, 2019

After a busy day of fires and crashes, Aetna was alerted to assist Newark Delaware Police Department with a unique situation on West Park Place. Squad 9, 9-0, and the duty officer assisted with removing a tree and cutting part of the side off of a box truck so it could be towed from an accident scene.


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September 24, 2019

As crews were cleaning up at the collision on I-95, New Castle County 911 advised the Incident Commander that they were receiving calls for an apartment fire at 20 Stamford Drive in the Fairfield section of Newark. Aetna, Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and West Grove Fire Company were dispatched. Shortly after the incident was upgraded adding University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and New Castle County Paramedics. Engine 9 arrived on scene to find a 3-story 11-unit apartment building with smoke showing from the 3rd floor and the roof. As hose lines were stretched to the third floor, fire extended through the roof and a 2nd Alarm was transmitted bringing Minquas Fire Company #1, Five Points Fire Company, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Singerly Fire Company, and the Saint Francis EMS Rehab Unit to the scene. Deputy 9 (Schall) arrived on scene and established Newark Command. Crews simultaneously attacked the fire while searching for any victims. Several cats were rescued, including one in cardiac arrest which was revived on scene and was transported to an animal hospital. One resident was evaluated by EMS but did not require transport the hospital. The American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region and City of Newark, Delaware Emergency Management are assisting the displaced residents. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office was assisted in the investigation by the ATF and has determined that the cause of the fire was candles coming in contact with combustibles in a 3rd floor apartment. Damages are estimated in excess of $1,000,000. The apartment building was not equipped with sprinklers since it was constructed in 1962, prior to the passage of a Newark law mandating sprinklers in residential buildings. "This fire today, with sprinklers, would have been held to one room and been a 30-minute fire," said Aetna Public Information Officer John H. Farrell, IV.

Thank you to the many agencies who assisted on scene and covered Newark during the incident. This was a challenging fire that fortunately did not result in any civilian or firefighter injuries. Fires of this magnitude require more than the standard structure fire response to extinguish. Normal staffing of each fire apparatus is 4 personnel.

A normal house fire response includes:

• 4 fire engines

• 1 rescue truck

• 2 ladder trucks

• chief officers

• 1 ambulance

• 1 paramedic unit.

Fairfield Apartments Response (2nd Alarm +):

• 12 engines (3 from Aetna)

• 4 ladder trucks (1 from Aetna)

• 1 rescue truck (1 from Aetna)

• 1 utility truck (1 from Aetna)

• 7 chief officers (3 from Aetna)

• 4 ambulances (2 from Aetna)

• 2 paramedic units

• 2 paramedic supervisors

• 1 rehab unit

• 4 fire marshals

In total over 66 firefighters, 10 paramedics and EMTs, and numerous other personnel operated on scene. Apparatus responded from across New Castle County, Chester County, and Cecil County. This was just one of the numerous calls for service that Aetna responded to yesterday including a working fire in Elkton, a serious tractor trailer rollover with entrapment on I-95, and then responded from I-95 to this fire. In total Aetna responded to 12 fire responses and 19 EMS responses in a 24 hour period.


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September 24, 2019

At 1659 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to I-95 in the area of the Old Baltimore Pike Industrial Park for a motor vehicle collision with rollover and entrapment. Crews arrived to find a horrific collision involving a tractor trailer that had crossed the center median and rolled over trapping multiple patients. Hazmat 30 from Belvedere Fire Company also assisted.

September 24, 2019

Squad and Ladder 9 are currently assisting Singerly Fire Company on a working fire with collapse in the 300 block of Lewisville Road, Elkton, MD. Minquas Fire Company #1 is covering Newark during the incident.


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September 21, 2019

Kicking off the first Jerry Fickes Memorial RIT Training this weekend with Capitol Fire Training.

Supported by FAST Rescue Solutions, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, and 3M.


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September 17, 2019

At 2313 hours, Engine 9 was dispatched to 131 East Chestnut Hill Road for a commercial fire alarm. Engine 9 arrived to find smoke in the 2 story commercial building and requested a structure fire assignment adding Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, and New Castle County Paramedics to the response. The crew of Engine 9 was able to quickly locate the source, a water cooler on fire in the 2nd floor kitchen. A fire sprinkler had controlled the fire which was extinguished with a water can. The assignment was reduced to the first two engines and the first ladder. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is the investigating the cause.



September 15, 2019

Do you know a high school student, ages 14-18, interested in learning more about becoming a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician? Or maybe someone interested in learning important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and how to challenge yourself physically and mentally? Come join us September 19, 2019 at Station 7 (7 Thorn Lane, Newark, DE 19711) to learn more about our explorer program!

September 13, 2019

At 1646 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana ambulance A-6, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to East Chestnut Hill Road and West Cherokee Drive for a motor vehicle collision with rollover. Crews arrived to find a subject trapped and began extrication. Two patients were transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and Christiana ambulance while one patient was transported by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS to A.I. Dupont Hospital. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation Deputy Chief Debold had Newark Command.


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September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Aetna Firefighter/EMT's Erin Browne, Ryan Contino, Paul Garcia, and Claymont Fire Company Assistant Chief Eric Haley who received the Heroic Firefighter of the Year Award this evening at the Delaware State Fire Chiefs Association meeting for a rescue they performed at a house fire in Scottfield in September of 2018. Outstanding work!


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September 4, 2019

Engine and Ladder 9 operating at a vehicle fire that drove up to Station 8. The driver of the shredding truck smelled smoke and pulled in to the firehouse. Crews extinguished burning paper in the semitrailer.


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August 27, 2019

Join us and Camp Fury Delaware Sunday November 10, 2019 as we welcome Captain Mark Von Appen of Fully Involved.

For tickets check out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fully-involved-leadership-tickets-69895235531


August 20, 2019

Last evening, Aetna participated in the annual University of Delaware Resident Assistants training along with UD Environmental Health & Safety, City of Newark, Delaware Fire Prevention, Delaware State Fire School, and University of Delaware Police Department. 195 students and staff were trained in basic fire safety and fire extinguisher use to help create a safer campus!


August 18, 2019

At 1905 hours a phone call was received at Station 10 reporting a possible fire. Squad 10 and Chief Bowerson immediately responded and reported the incident to the New Castle County 911. Subsequently the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid, was dispatched to a residence in the 2200 block of Pleasant Valley Road for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find a fire that had self-extinguished. The incident was quickly scaled back to Newark and Christiana Fire. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command. Remember to always call 911 to report an emergency, do not call the fire station directly.


August 11, 2019

At 0123 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, along with New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police Aviation Section, was dispatched to Otts Chapel Road at Interstate 95 for a motor vehicle collision with rollover. Crews arrived to find a multi-vehicle collision with one vehicle on its roof and two occupants trapped. A second medic unit and the next due rescue (Christiana Fire) were requested to respond to assist. The crew from Squad 9 worked to stabilize the vehicle and the occupants were extricated in less than 15 minutes. Both patients were transported in stable condition to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulances with New Castle County Paramedics. The Delaware State Police are investigating the cause of the collision and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command.


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