April 2019

April 28,2019

At 2155 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the 600 block of Apple Road in Newark for a house fire. Command 9 arrived within 3 minutes of dispatch and found fire showing from the second floor of a 2 story single family dwelling. This added New Castle County Paramedics and an ambulance from University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit to the response. Engine 9 arrived shortly after, established a water supply, and deployed a hand line to the second floor to extinguish the bedroom fire. The fire was held to the room of origin due to the door being closed (either by the occupant as they exited or by NPD). Check out https://closeyourdoor.org to learn more about the importance of sleeping with closed doors and closing the door to the fire room (if safe to do so) as you exit the structure. The two homeowners were transported to Christiana Hospital with minor injuries by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS. Two Newark Delaware Police Department officers were evaluated by EMS on scene for smoke inhalation but refused transport. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Captain Happer had Newark Command.

April 28,2019

At 1612 hours the Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of Pulaski Highway and Glasgow Avenue for a MVC with rollover. Deputy 9 arrived on scene and established command after confirming a total of 5 patients, 3 of which were trapped in the overturned vehicle. Squad 9 stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof to free the trapped occupants. 5 patients were transported by EMS, 3 were transported ALS by Aetna BLS ambulances with NCCEMS and 2 were transported by Aetna BLS. Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

April 25, 2019

At 1227 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to Paper Mill Road in the area of the Paper Mill Plaza for a single vehicle motor vehicle collision. Squad 9 arrived on scene to find a vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole. The patient was transported to the trauma center by ambulance A-8. An ALS unit from New Castle County EMS intercepted en route to the hospital and a "Trauma Alert" was activated. Due to the pole being unstable, Squad 9 along with Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and units from Delaware State Police established a safe zone and blocked off the roadway until Delmarva Power (Delmarva Connect) arrived on scene to make repairs. The scene was turned over to DSP and Delmarva.

April 22, 2019

This afternoon proved busy for our crews and neighboring departments:

At 1216 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Cranston Heights Fire Company were dispatched to the 100 block of Orchard Ave in Lumbrook for a residential structure fire. Alert neighbors noticed smoke coming from the rear deck of the address, called 911, and alerted the occupant. Without question this prevented a much more severe incident from taking place. Engine and Ladder 9 quickly responded and extinguished the fire, containing it to the deck. The assignment was reduced to Newark and Christiana units. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

At 1402 hours Engine 9 responded to Cherry Hill Manor Townhouses for a residential carbon monoxide detector activation. Engine 9 crew checked the residence with a 4-gas meter with all readings normal. The activation was caused by a faulty detector.

At 1429 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Engine and Tower 12 responded to the 200 block of East Main Street for a commercial gas leak. A roadwork crew struck a gas line causing a leak in the middle of the street. Fire department personnel worked quickly to establish a water supply, deploy a charged hose line for protection, and evacuate surrounding occupancies all while performing air monitoring with gas meters. Newark Delaware Police Department and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) controlled traffic and limited access to the scene to prevent further issues. Delmarva Power (Delmarva Connect) crews had difficulty accessing the leak and did a fantastic job breaching through nearly a foot of concrete before they were able to contain it. Once the leak had been secured, all surrounding occupancies were again checked for gas prior to being reoccupied. Crews operated for just over 2 hours and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command. Gas leaks have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. If you smell gas always exit the structure, move away from the area, and call 911.

April 22, 2019

Ladder 9 and Quint 7 along with departments from across Delaware, New Jersey, and New York are rendering honors as SSGT Christopher Slutman (USMC, FDNY, and Kentland VFD) is escorted to NYC. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the USMC, and all of the departments with which he served.

April 16, 2019

This weekend Aetna welcomed 9 new probationary firefighters and EMT's to our family. That brings us to 37 new recruits so far this year! Their initial training included administrative and operations topics, apparatus orientations, structural turnout gear, hydrants, hand lines, ground ladders, hydraulic rescue tools, power tools, ventilation, CPR certification, and basic EMS. Welcome aboard!

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"Service for Others"

April 12, 2019

Come on out to Grain tomorrow afternoon to support New Castle County Fire Companies as we take on the Delaware State Police in the fourth annual Wing Championship!

April 9, 2019

Now hiring part-time EMT's and Firefighter/EMT's!

April 6, 2019

We were happy to stop by the Canal Little League opening day ceremonies this morning. Have a safe and fun season!

April 4, 2019

At 1740 hours Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South Chapel Street for a motor vehicle collision. While crews were responding New Castle County 911 received additional information that 2 subjects were trapped adding New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police Aviation Section. Crews arrived and quickly extricated the two trapped patients. A total of 2 patients were transported to CER: one ALS via Trooper 4, one BLS by ground, and one patient refusal. Delaware State Police handled the investigation and Captain Happer had Newark Command.