January 2019

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.