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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. https://www.nfpa.org/…/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."

https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant

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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