January 2018

January 30, 2018

This evening as units were clearing the 2nd alarm building fire at University of Delaware they were alerted to a detached garage fire. Units from Aetna, Christiana and Delaware City operated for just over an hour.


January 30, 2018

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co responded to a fire at the University of Delaware Plant Operations complex on the evening of January 30. The fire department arrived at 6:15 PM to find heavy smoke pouring from the 2nd floor offices of a building at 200 Academy St.

Access to the fire was made difficult because the 2nd floor offices had no windows or door openings to the outside. Crews making their way to the fire area through interior stairs were met by blast furnace type conditions, since the heat and smoke had no openings to the outside. Vertical ventilation by Ladder Companies was slowed due to the fact the normal roof material was covered in slate.

The fire quickly went to 2 alarms, bringing a dozen fire departments from New Castle Co, Cecil Co, MD and Chester Co PA. Frigid temperatures quickly turned water from hose lines into ice on walk ways and streets.

Multiple area agencies assisted on the fire scene. Mobile Command units from NCC 911 and NCC EMS, along with the St Francis Hospital EMS Rehab trailer assisted fire department command staff with resources.

The fire was placed under control in 2 hours. Approximately 100 Fire, EMS and support staff worked the incident with 12 Engine Companies, 5 Ladder Companies, 1 Heavy Rescue Company, 4 ambulances and 2 NCC Medic Units.

One Aetna firefighter was transported to the Christiana Hospital by ambulance with non life threatening injuries.

The fire is under investigation by the State of Delaware Fire Marshal's Office, assisted by the City of Newark and the University of Delaware Fire Marshals.


January 30, 2018

This morning crews were dispatched to a wires down call in the 1100 block of Church Road as the result of a minor property damage MVC. Upon arrival crews found a leaking oil tanker that had rolled over across the roadway along with wires down in the roadway. Responding units included 9-8, Squad 7, Utility 7, A-9 and Engine 12 along with zone fire police. Crews stood by until Delmarva secured power and DNREC began the oil transfer, Chief Bowerson had Newark Command.


January 29, 2018

Earlier this morning, Engine 9 and Engine 12 handled a commercial vehicle fire in the unit block of East Main St.



January 27, 2018

Aetna had two firefighters graduate from the Wilmington Fire Department's 39th Recruit Academy today. Probationary Firefighter Sands will report to Engine 5A and Probationary Firefighter Altemus will report to Squrt 3B.

Congratulations gentlemen and best of luck!


January 22, 2018

Congratulations to our very own Steve Austin, one of the co-recipients of the 2018 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award!

Steve joined Aetna in 1974 and has devoted his life to Aetna and the fire service as a whole.

In addition to leadership roles at Aetna, Steve has been a leader in Delaware and Cumberland Valley volunteer fire associations.

Steve is the only four-time chair of the CFSI National Advisory Committee and is a founding member of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. Steve served more than three decades as the Director of the Governmental Relations International Association of Arson Investigators. He is a member of the NFPA Fire Service Professional Qualifications Correlating Committee. He is an Board Member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section, and Vice Chairman of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). Steve is also Director Emeritus of the Delaware Crime Stoppers.

Congratulations Steve and thank you for your lifetime of Service to Others!