July 2019

July 30, 2019

Station 33 hosted members from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and Christiana Fire for a C-130 Familiarization Class which involved a PowerPoint lecture, walkthrough of the C-130 and a tour of the firehouse. Thank you Station 33 - Delaware Air Guard Fire Department and 166th Airlift Wing for the phenomenal training opportunity!


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July 24, 2019

This evening Aetna and members from Five Points Fire Company welcomed Sharp Energy and DART First State who gave an excellent presentation about propane autogas. Many buses in our area operate with propane autogas systems and this training helps to prepare our responders for any emergencies. Thank you Sharp Energy and DART!


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July 22, 2019

In less than 4 hours following the storm Aetna responded to:

-19+ fire responses

-4 reported structure fires

-9 medical emergencies

Mutual aid from as far away as Wilmington was dispatched to assist due to the number of simultaneously reported structure fires. Thank you to Christiana Fire, Minquas Fire Company #1, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, Five Points Fire Company, Elsmere Fire Company No.1, and Wilmington Fire all of whom were dispatched to various incidents. This was in addition to the 11 pieces of apparatus staffed by Aetna personnel. Outstanding job as well by New Castle County 911 receiving, prioritizing, and dispatching so many incidents throughout the county.

Please remember to treat all wires as if they are live and stay away from downed power lines. DELMARVA crews will be working through the night to make repairs and it may take time for them to reach all areas.

July 14, 2019

At 0100 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, along with mutual aid, was dispatched to the Chestnut Hill Plaza Shopping Center for a commercial structure fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from a single story standalone commercial occupancy. A fire in the kitchen had extended to the duct work and roof but was quickly extinguished. Crews remained on scene for just over an hour and there were no civilian or fire service injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigating and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

Photos courtesy of the Newark Post.

Additional Responding Agencies: Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Minquas Fire Company #1, Cranston Heights Fire Company, New Castle County Paramedics, Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15.


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July 7, 2019

At 2024 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road a motor vehicle collision with multiple patients. Squad 10 and Chief Bowerson arrived on scene at the time of dispatch and found a subject trapped. Extrication was completed in under 10 minutes and a total of 3 patients were transported to Christiana Hospital. Newark Delaware Police Department is handling the investigation and Assistant Chief Berkley had Newark Command.


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July 5, 2019

At 2030, Quint 7 was on the road and alerted to a small outside fire at the Villa Belmont Condominiums. Upon arrival Quint 7 found two buildings with electrical issues around a courtyard with an obvious underground electrical fire.

City of Newark Power was requested to fix the underground power line. The power had to be cut to both buildings which held approximately 100 residents. On a night with very high temperatures and an initial restoration of power estimate of 36 hours, the American Red Cross, City of Newark, and New Castle County OEM were alerted to assist in sheltering residents who could not stay in the buildings without air conditioning or power.

Aetna Engine 9 and Christiana Fire Company Engine 12 and Tower 12 responded to assist with the evacuation. A shelter for both residents and their pets was set up by Red Cross, Delaware Animal Response, and New Castle County OEM at Aetna Station 8.

A total of 35 firefighters operated for approximately five hours. Captain Johnson had Newark Command.


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July 4, 2019

At 0608 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and mutual aid companies were dispatched to the area of West Delaware Ave and Orchard Ave for a residential fire. Crews arrived to find a 2.5 story residence with fire showing from the B side. Several handlines were used to extinguish the fire and searches were negative. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command. This is the second in district working fire in less than 12 hours, crews also handled a fire in Todd Estates just after 9pm last night.

Responding Companies: Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, New Castle County Paramedics, Newark Delaware Police Department.


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July 3, 2019

@mattygreggruns has run nearly 5000 out of his 5445 mile cross country run over the past 8 months to raise money for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). He stopped by Aetna Station 9 today to say hello to the crew and talk about this amazing fundraiser. Check out his page and please consider donating and/or sharing awareness about such a great cause (link to his page: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1633587 ). Aetna is sending love and support to Matty as he continues his incredible journey!