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August 28, 2020

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company will officially cease fire suppression response operations from its Ogletown Road Station on August 30, 2020. Fire Station 8 was originally placed in service in 1963 to better service the eastern side of the fire district. Over the past decade increased development and congestion as well as declining volunteerism have severely impacted the Departments ability to staff the station on a routine basis.

A 2019 Standard of Cover Consultants report noted that Aetna could improve overall response operations by consolidating stations and focusing on staffing of three stations as opposed to four.

“With limited funding options available, we must look at a model that can efficiently maintain a minimum fire and EMS response level 24/7 to our entire district” stated Fire Chief Drew Bowerson. “We believe the consolidation of two stations as well as upgrades to other aging facilities will assist the Department in continuing to provide Newark and the surrounding community with the level of service that they have come to expect” added President Dan Seador.

Aetna’s Strategic Plan is focused on developing an organization and updating facilities to meet the needs of a combination fire department that requires both volunteer, part-time and full time staff to operate on a shift basis at stations. The Department’s plan currently calls for over $12 million dollars in capital expenditures over the next five years between facilities and apparatus to accomplish these goals.

An Aetna Basic Life Support ambulance and a New Castle County Paramedic unit will continue operations out of the station for the next several months.

August 16, 2020

Rescue For Sale:

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company has for sale a 2010 Pierce heavy rescue. With only 26,000 miles, this truck is in excellent shape. Asking price is $375,000 and equipment is negotiable. For more information interested parties can contact Ed Klima

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July 27, 2020

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company regrets to announce the passing of active member Eugene "Gene" Christmann III.


Eugene Christmann III, age 72, of Newark, DE for 67 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, DE.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 3, 1947, he was a son of the late Eugene and Harriet (Reimers) Christmann, Jr. Eugene graduated from Christiana High School in 1965 where he was a high school athlete and played baseball and basketball. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tanager.

Eugene started his working career as a Wilmington Police Officer and subsequently became a Newark Police Officer. He left the police force after four years and started his own business doing home improvements. Eugene later transitioned his business into roofing and asphalt. He then worked various jobs in security, paving and sales. For the past twelve years, Eugene volunteered and then worked part time for Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder in Newark, DE, as a first responder and ambulance driver.

In addition to his twelve-year membership with Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, he was also a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as well as a volunteer EMT with Right Coast Pro Wrestling, where they added a second star to their logo in honor and memory of Eugene.

A dedicated family man, Eugene was completely devoted to his wife and two boys. He and his son, Jamie, had a particularly strong bond. In his spare time, Eugene enjoyed golfing, going to auctions, yard work and working with his hands. Known for his great sense of humor, he was liked by all and had many friends, including his weekly Sunday Morning Breakfast Group.

In addition to his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Scott “Chris” Christmann. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Gail (Hunsinger) Christmann, with whom he would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 1st; son, Jamie Christmann; and brother, Jon Christmann of Timonium, MD.

All services will be held privately, with a memorial service to be scheduled once it is safe to congregate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eugene’s memory to Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.

May 27, 2020

Check out this fantastic story about our dedicated University of Delaware student members who are still serving on the front lines during COVID-19.

May 4, 2020

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company regrets to announce the passing of Past President George B. Robinson. George joined Aetna in 1967 serving as President for 6 years, Director for 30 years, and Hall Manager for over 30 years. His presence will be missed and we are grateful for his many years of dedicated service to our department and the community. Services will be held privately and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Obituary can be found here.

March 7, 2020

At 0945 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire in the 200 block of Mike Drive in Elkton, MD. Quint 7 assisted for just over an hour.

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March 7, 2020

At 0347 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid companies, were dispatched to the 100 block of Delaplane Avenue in Delaplane Manor for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find fire showing from a two-story residential over commercial structure. Initial reports of subjects trapped proved unfounded and there were no civilian or fire service injuries. Units remained on scene for several hours. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire and Assistant Chief Berkley had Newark Command. Photos courtesy of Christiana.

Assisting Agencies: Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15, New Castle County Paramedics, and University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit.

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March 7, 2020

Don't forget, when you change your clocks this weekend (or when they automatically change), check your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to ensure that they are working. Many smoke detectors require the batteries to be replaced twice a year. For detectors with the new 10 year batteries, ensure that they are still working. And remember to replace smoke detectors if they are >10 years old (they should have a date of manufacture on the back).

March 4, 2020

This evening Aetna welcomes the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) from the Center for Disabilities Studies. Program Coordinator Kara Downey and instructor Chris Budesheim are teaching a fantastic Autism Awareness Training for First Responders. Chris is a first responder, Behavioral Support Specialist, and also the parent of a child with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). DNEA partners with instructors working in a variety of different first responder roles including law enforcement, fire, ems, healthcare, and more, and they can tailor classes for your agency. This outstanding, informative program is available to agencies around the state, check out their website for more details! This class is another example of how we are working to provide the best possible "Service for Others". Thank you DNEA!

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March 3, 2020

At 0411 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics, were dispatched to the 1400 block of Otts Chapel Road for a motor vehicle collision with a subject unconscious. Crews arrived to find a two vehicle collision with a subject trapped. Paramedics began patient care as firefighters performed a side-wall removal using hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the trapped occupant. Extrication was completed in just over 10 minutes. The occupant was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and New Castle County Paramedics. The occupant of the second vehicle was evaluated on scene by Aetna EMT's but refused transport to the hospital. The Delaware State Police are investigating the collision and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command.

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February 28, 2020

On Wednesday evening, 29 personnel from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company were recognized at the 8th Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Reunion hosted by New Castle County Paramedics. This fantastic event is an opportunity for all of the people who contribute to the "Chain of Survival" to reunite with the survivors of sudden cardiac arrest who they saved. A testament to the success of the "Chain of Survival" in New Castle County is that in the last quarter of 2019, victims who went into cardiac arrest in New Castle County with a shockable rhythm were resuscitated an incredible 83% of the time. This would not be possible were it not for early notification of 911, fast recognition of cardiac arrest by 911 dispatchers along with CPR instructions, bystander CPR, fast response and continued CPR by first responders, rapid defibrillation, early intervention of advanced life support treatment by paramedics, and continued treatment at the hospital. Congratulations to all of the bystanders, responders, and survivors who were recognized! Photos courtesy of Paul McCloskey. #markrosc

Recognized Aetna Responders:

Chief Andrew Bowerson

Deputy Chief Jeff Sands

Assistant Chief Bryan Berkley

Captain Brandon Stombaugh

Captain Benjamin Adams

Lieutenant Ryan Contino (2 saves)

Lieutenant Aubrey Eveland (2 saves)

Lieutenant McKenzie Schurman

Lieutenant Ralph Tucker

FF/EMT Derrick Brode

FF/EMT David Carey

FF/EMT Connor Davis

FF/EMT Marc Doyle

FF/EMT Jonathon Huntley

FF/EMT Martin Krasavage

FF/EMT Timothy Long

FF/EMT Michael McLain

FF/EMT Walter Meredith

FF/EMT Greg Pahlavi

FF/EMT Sabrina Weiner

FF/EMT John Witzke

EMT Krista Carlozzi

EMT Elizabeth DeBruin

EMT Janie Grossman

EMT Chris King

EMT Clarissa Nowak

EMT Julianna Ritter

EMT Barbara Taylor

EMT Matthew Wolter

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