February 2018

February 26, 2018

At 1552 hours, Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section were dispatched to the intersection of Otts Chapel Rd and Welsh Tract Rd for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Units arrived to find a three vehicle collision with rollover, a subject trapped, and 4 patients. A second medic unit and additional BLS units were requested. Crews removed the roof to free the trapped occupant who was treated by NCCEMS and was flown to Christiana Hospital by Trooper 4. A total of 3 patients were transported to Christiana Hospital, 2 with advanced life support, and one patient refused service. Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.

February 22, 2018

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company regrets to announce the passing of Assistant Engineer Arlynn Hall. Funeral services will be held at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2509 Limestone Road on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2 PM, where friends may visit from 12 Noon to 2 PM. See the link for further information. http://www.mealeyfuneralhomes.com/ob…/arlynn-quinton-hall-jr

February 22, 2018

Overnight at 01:50, Aetna and New Castle County Paramedics responded to South College Ave and Welsh Tract Road for the report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Squad 9 arrived to find a single vehicle vs pole with one trapped. Crews worked for 15 minutes to free the patient who was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and NCC Paramedics. Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation.

February 22, 2018

Just before Midnight on Tuesday, Aetna and Singerly were dispatched to a tractor trailer on fire on Interstate 95 at the DE/MD border. Singerly units arrived to find the trailer portion of the truck fully involved. Engine and Squad 9 arrived and assisted.

February 14, 2018

At 2309 hours last evening, Aetna along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, and Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21 were dispatched to 15 Innovation Way in the Delaware Industrial Park for a commercial structure fire. University of Delaware Police were on scene with smoke in the building. With the assistance of UD Facilities, crews were able to isolate the source to a burned up compressor. Crews operated for 45 minutes and there were no injuries. Captain Farley had Newark Command. Photos courtesy of Aetna Photographer Dave Wilson.

February 12, 2018

This morning a couple of Aetna firefighters took on officers from Newark Police in a "training" wing eating contest at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen. More information on our 3rd annual Wing Bowl with NFD vs the FOP on April 14th will be coming soon!

February 11, 2018

Aetna is now hiring for a full-time EMT position, more information can be found HERE

February 11, 2018

At 1:30pm today Aetna was dispatched for an engine to assist Singerly Fire Company at a commercial structure fire on East High Street in Elkton. Engine 9, Ladder 9, and 9-8 all responded. Personnel worked for 1.5 hours before clearing. Additional Aetna units remained staffed in town for the duration.

February 9, 2018

Friday afternoon Aetna, Christiana Fire, Singerly Fire Company, Volunteer Hose Co., Wilmington Manor Fire Company, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Fire Marshal News Room responded to a structure fire on Sunny Bend in Four Seasons. Engine 12 arrived with fire showing from the first floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and minor extension was found to an exposure building. No civilians were injured, however one firefighter was transported to Christiana ER with minor burns to his ears and face. The Red Cross also responded to assist the homeowners. Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.

February 7, 2018

Early this morning, Engine 9 assisted Singerly (Elkton, Maryland) with a house fire. Singerly units arrived to find fire throughout the home. Engine 9 arrived and assisted with searching the structure.

February 2, 2018

Aetna and Christiana Fire responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of King William St, Williamsburg Village Townhouses this afternoon. The second floor fire was was quickly extinguished and placed under control. Additional units responded from Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Elsmere Fire Company No.1, Cranston Heights Fire Company, West Grove Fire Company and the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office.

Cranston Heights Fire Company and West Grove Fire Company covered the district during this incident.

February 1, 2018

Ed Klima, one of Aetna's Safety Officers, is playing a role in the Super Bowl for the 13th year in a row. Check out this article from Delawareonline.

February 1, 2018

Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up

Whether you cheer for the Patriots or the Eagles or maybe just watch for the half time show and commercials, the Super Bowl has become an American holiday. Share the information below to keep your communities safe.

Super Bowl Sunday is the USA’s second biggest day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these tips for safer cooking.

Kitchen Huddle

Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.

Penalty Flag

Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.


Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

Illegal Contact

Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

Defensive Linemen

Children need constant adult supervision. If you have young children in the home, keep them three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.


Keep safety in mind when serving on game day too. If you burn candles, position them out of reach of children and away from anything that can burn. Consider using flameless candles that are lit by battery power instead. Food warmers and slow cookers get hot. Place them toward the back of the serving table so they won’t get knocked off. Provide hot pads to prevent burns. Light the chafing dish fuel can after it is placed under the warmer. Make sure nothing comes in contact with the flame. If young children are in your home, supervise them and keep matches and lighters locked away.

For additional fire safety and burn prevention information, visit USFA online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html. Follow USFA on Twitter at @USfire and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfire.