April 2018

April 28, 2018

Today marked the initial training of 17 new probationary members of our department. This included 16 University of Delaware students who are training to be Emergency Medical Technicians as part of their educational requirements. As part of their training all members receive basic fire, rescue, and emergency medical training. New members are always needed and there are many ways to serve. Learn more about opportunities with our department https://www.aetnahhl.org/join

April 28, 2018

At 1301 hours Aetna along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the unit block of Westfield Dr in Westfield for a vehicle fire with extension to the dwelling. Chief Bowerson arrived to find a vehicle on fire extending to the garage of a 2 story single family dwelling which added New Castle County Paramedics to the response. The fire was quickly knocked down and there were no reported injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.

April 22, 2018

Aetna units just cleared a stubborn vehicle fire resulting from a motor vehicle collision in the 3000 block of Ogletown Rd. Crews faced electrical hazards from a pole and wires down as well as a fuel-fed fire.

April 22, 2018

This afternoon after several other responses, Aetna was dispatched to the Carlton Court Apartment for an animal rescue. Crews were able to rescue a 10 day old kitten from a storm drain. With no sign of the mother, the kitten was taken to Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware for an evaluation and will be fostered by one of our members until it can be adopted. "Service for Others" comes in many forms!

April 16, 2018

Congratulations to our own Steve Austin who will be one of the recipients of the 2018 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award from the Congressional Fire Services Institute. This prestigious award is reflective of Mr. Austin's many years of dedicated service and leadership in the fire service. A well deserved recognition!


April 10, 2018

At 1813 hours Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the Bryans Field Trail in the Whitley Farms area of the White Clay Creek State Park for an unconscious person. With assistance from the 911 caller and New Castle County 911, crews had an accurate GPS location of the patient. Chief Bowerson established Newark Command and coordinated crews responding on foot, by SUV, and by gator. They were quickly able to locate the patient on the trail and begin patient care. Delaware State Police Aviation Section helicopter Trooper 4 also responded and set down in a nearby field while the Trooper Medic hiked into the woods to began patient care. Crews packaged the patient on a backboard and stokes basket. The patient was carried to Trooper 4 and then was flown to Christiana Hospital.

Aetna responds to numerous emergencies in the White Clay Creek State Park many of which are challenging due to limited access to trails, difficult terrain, limited cell phone and radio reception. This incident in particular demonstrated how well the system can work: from the 911 caller, to the assistance of the 911 center, and the first responders. This patient was located in a very short time frame and was quickly transferred to definitive care. Outstanding work by all of the responders!

April 10, 2018

Come join us and Newark, Delaware FOP Lodge 4 this Saturday April 14 at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen for the 3rd Annual Wing Championship! The competition starts at 3pm, see you there!

April 6, 2018

At 1709 hours Aetna was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a commercial structure fire in the 900 block of Blue Ball Rd in Elkton, MD. Crews arrived to find fire through the roof of a 30'x60' commercial building with explosions. Squad 9 operated for 2.5 hours while other Aetna crews responded to several additional emergencies in Elkton and Newark. Photo courtesy of the Cecil Whig.

April 4, 2018

Aetna will be hosting the Drive to Survive program on May 19th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark. This training is open to surrounding departments, please download the flyer for more information on how to register.

DrivetosurviveFlyer - NEWARK.pdf