Andrew joined the fire service in 2005, joining Aetna HH&L 2008. Andrew has served the department in several leadership roles including Safety Officer, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chief. Andrew is currently assigned as the Captain of Training, assisting with the department's training and certification programs. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is chair of the live in program, health and wellness, and accident investigation and safety committees. Andrew works for the Wilmington Fire Department as a Captain assigned to Ladder Company No. 1. He has received his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration from Neumann University. He has Pro Board certifications including Fire Officer II, Confined Space, Vehicle Rescue, Rope Rescue, and NFA's Incident Safety Officer.
Sam is currently a Life Member, joining Aetna in 1977, after 13 years with Minquas in Newport [Sta. 23]. He has been an active member since joining, holding the office of Assistant Chief [78-B] from 2001 until 2006 and Fire recorder since 2007. Sam also served on the By-laws committee and Review Board. Sam has conducted probationary training and helped revise the Aetna probie manual.
Currently, Sam is a haz mat instructor at the DSFS, since 1973 and currently operates with both the county decon team and the county haz mat team. He is also an engine driver and operates out of Station 7. Sam designed the "Junkyard Dog" patch and wall logo at Station 7.
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Deputy Chief Sands has been a member of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company since 2011. He previously held the position of Captain for 3 years and Assistant Chief for 3 years. He has completed a wide variety of training in fire suppression and rescue including Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I, Swiftwater Rescue Technician I, Advanced Vehicle Rescue, Blue Card Incident Command, National Fire Academy Safety Officer, and Fire Officer I. Jeff has an extensive EMS background and is a past coordinator of the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit (UDECU). He has been an EMT since 2008 and is a Field Training Officer. Jeff previously worked as a Sergeant for St. Francis EMS in Wilmington and as a career firefighter/EMT with the Mill Creek Fire Company and then the Christiana Fire Company. He currently works in emergency management. Deputy Sands also acts as our Operational Public Information Officer.
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