January 2019

January 30, 2019

At 1431 hours, Aetna along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of South College Avenue and Winsome Way for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Christiana Fire Rescue-Engine 12 also responded. Responding units arrived to find a 2 vehicle collision with one patient trapped. Crews worked together to remove both driver's side doors and the B post to extricate the patient. The patient was was subsequently transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance and NCCEMS. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Captain Ciolek had Newark Command.


January 30, 2019

At 1053 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the Middle Run Crossing section of the White Clay Creek State Park for a rescue for an injured person on the trail. Crews quickly located the patient with the assistance of bystanders. Basic Life Support treatment was initiated by our EMT's and the patient was carried out in a Stokes basket. The patient was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance in stable condition just 30 minutes after 911 was activated. We are fortunate to have specialized equipment such as a Gator (4wd ATV) and a Mule (off-road stretcher), and regularly train for this type of incident. Accurate location information obtained by New Castle County 911 combined with the assistance of bystanders (which included one of our firefighters) led to a successful and fast rescue in very cold conditions. Capt. Bailey had Newark Command.


January 26, 2019

At 1618 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 200 block of Oakfield Dr in the Scottfield Development of Newark for a residential fire. The incident was upgraded to a working alarm adding New Castle County Paramedics, a BLS unit from Cranston Heights, Minquas Fire Company #1, as well as utility companies, a fire marshal, and regional coverups. Simultaneously Special Ops 201 arrived on scene reporting a 2 story single family dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the top floor and a priority patient in the front yard. Additional ALS and BLS were dispatched and the patient was rapidly transported to the hospital in critical condition. Arriving crews deployed hose lines to extinguish the fire while searches were conducted to ensure that the structure was clear of occupants. A K-9 was located during the searches and regretfully was deceased. Crews operated for several hours performing overhaul. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

For a first hand look at the conditions our firefighters faced check out the link to helmet camera footage from Engine 9 courtesy of Firefighter John Hoffman.


January 19, 2019

At 2030 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Road and Foxfire Drive for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. Crews arrived on scene to find a serious 2 vehicle collision with a driver trapped and in traumatic arrest.New Castle County Paramedics and Cranston Heights Fire Company Engine 14 were added to the response. Crews worked to extricate the driver while EMT's provided Basic Life Support interventions. The driver was extricated and was transported to Christiana Hospital by Aetna ambulance with ALS on board. The driver of the second vehicle was also transported to Christiana by ALS and BLS. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation and Asst. Chief Guzzo had Newark Command.

January 17, 2019

At 1224 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to assist Singerly Fire Company on a motor vehicle collision with rollover and entrapment on I-95 at Mile Marker 108.5. Chief 9-8, Squad 9, and Rescue 8 all responded to assist. Crews were faced with a challenging heavy entrapment requiring an extended operation. Further requests were made for Christiana Fire Rescue-Engine 12, Claymont Fire Company USAR 13, and Wilmington Fire Squad 4. Numerous Maryland companies also responded including the GO-TEAM from the R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center. Crews worked for over 90 minutes to free the trapped driver who was subsequently flown to Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police - Aviation Command. Outstanding teamwork by all responding companies to effect this rescue!

Photos courtesy of Aetna Photographer Dave Wilson. Thank you to Christiana Fire for covering our district during the incident.


January 9, 2019

At 2318 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, and Minquas Fire Company #1 were dispatched to the 800 block of Broadfield Drive in Scottfield for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the rear of a 2 story, split-level single family dwelling with a fire in the walls. The upgrade added New Castle County Paramedics to the response. The fire was quickly controlled and searches were negative. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries and crews operated for less than one hour. Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command and Five Points Fire Company provided station coverage during the incident. Photo courtesy of Minquas Fire Company #1.


January 6, 2019

Thank you to these three students from The Independence School who stopped by Station 9 to drop off some treats and cards. Thank YOU! We appreciate the kind gesture!


January 6, 2019

At 0542 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the 2700 block of Old Elk Neck Road in Elkton, MD to assist Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire with subjects trapped. Engine 9 and Squad 9 operated for just over 2 hours.


January 4, 2019

The annual Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. Lt. John P. Murphy Memorial EMT of the Year award for 2018 was presented to EMT Savannah Thompson. Savannah was selected for her strong work ethic and her reliability. Savannah fills multiple weekly shifts and has one of the highest run totals in the department.

EMS Deputy Chief Amy Cavanaugh said Savannah is enthusiastic about EMS and the medical field in general, and she complimented Savannah for her excellent patient care.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., the Newark Fire Department, is one of the leading EMS teaching agencies in the State, and Savannah is one of Aetna's Field Training Officers. Savannah is enthusiastic to teach and is excited to discuss the details of her last call with her EMT Candidate. EMS Deputy Chief Cavanaugh said "Savannah is a great asset to our field training program, working with new EMTs to ensure they are receiving the training needed to be proficient."

Aetna Fire Chief Drew Bowerson congratulated Savannah saying "EMT Savannah Thompson exemplifies the Aetna motto of "Service for Others".


January 3, 2019

Engine 9 assisted Singerly Fire Company on a residential fire in the 100 block of Silchester Drive in Elkton, MD. Photo courtesy of Cecil County Fire Blog.


January 2, 2019

At 1957 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 unit block of Innovation Way for a commercial structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a small fire in a lab which appeared to be contained inside of a fume hood. The fire was quickly extinguished. As a precaution HAZMAT Resources were requested from University of Delaware Environmental Health and Safety (UD EHS), the New Castle HAZMAT/Decon Team (consisting of Elsmere Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. Station 16, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Belvedere Fire Company, and Five Points Fire Company), and DNREC. A BLS ambulance from Minquas Fire Company #1 and New Castle County Paramedics also responded and stood by. An entry team of HAZMAT technicians used specialized monitoring equipment to determine that the issue was contained inside the fume hood and there was no hazard inside the building or to the public. There were no civilian or fire service injuries and Deputy Chief Sands had Newark Command. Fire department resources turned the scene over to UD EHS and University of Delaware Police. Photos courtesy of Delaware Online.