June 2019

June 28, 2019

Tickets are on sale now for the Inaugural First Responders Dinner on Academy Street!

Thursday, July 25th 6:30-9:30

Purchase Tickets HERE

The Newark Partnership will be hosting a unique open air dining experience on Thursday July 25 benefiting our Capital Campaign Fund and Newark, Delaware FOP Lodge 4 Catastrophe fund. This fun opportunity will feature a 6 course dinner by chefs from 14 of our local restaurants. Great food, live music, and a cash bar all to support some great causes. Limited tickets available, check out the event link for details!



June 27, 2019

REMINDER: Use, possession, or sale of fireworks remains illegal in City of Newark

In the run-up to our annual 4th of July celebration, the City of Newark would like to remind residents and visitors that the use, possession, and/or sale of fireworks remains illegal within the city limits.

This law extends to sparklers, fireworks, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, roman candles, or other fireworks or substances designed or intended for pyrotechnic display, all of which can cause serious burns and injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 12,900 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals during 2017, with 67% occurring during the Fourth of July period.

Fireworks have limited legality in other parts of Delaware. Further information about the purchase and use of fireworks in Delaware can be found at the State of Delaware’s official website. The full text of the Newark city ordinance prohibiting fireworks can be found here.

Members of the public are invited to enjoy the City of Newark's annual fireworks display on July 4th from 4 to 6 PM at the UD Athletic Complex. More information on activities, parking, and vendors is available at the City of Newark’s official 4th of July Fireworks event page.


June 23, 2019

At 1407 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with Christiana Fire, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation Section Trooper 4 were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South Chapel Street for an motor vehicle collision with a subject reported unconscious. Engine 12 and Battalion 6 were already on the road and made the response along with Squad 9. Engine 12 and Battalion 6 arrived on location shortly after and reported a single vehicle off the roadway with one patient. NCCEMS the arrived and advised that Trooper 4 would be utilized. I-95 SB was then shut down by Squad 9 and Engine 12 while Trooper 4 made a landing. Once patient care was transferred, I-95 SB was reopened and units returned to service. The Delaware State Police are handling the investigation.


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June 21, 2019

Wednesday evening crews trained for off-road rescues in Rittenhouse Park. With many miles of trails stretching through Newark, and especially in the White Clay Creek State Park, we frequently respond to emergencies in difficult-to-access areas. Many of these rescues require specialized equipment and even rope systems to facilitate the removal of the victims. Remember to use the buddy system and keep track of your location in the event that you need help while exploring the great outdoors.


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June 13, 2019

At 2002 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to Elkton Road at Stine Haskell Road for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. Newark Delaware Police Department were on scene advising entrapment with 2' of intrusion. Crews arrived to find a vehicle vs a electrical box with a subject trapped. Utility 7 was used to pull the vehicle away from the electrical box with chains to eliminate the hazard. The occupant was then extricated in less than 10 minutes and was subsequently transported to CER. Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.


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June 12, 2019

Last evening our firefighters trained at the Delaware State Fire School in New Castle. Crews practiced hose handling and fire attack, searches, and self-survival. Regular training helps prepare our firefighters for any emergency. Thank you to Townsend Fire Company for covering our district during the training.


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June 11, 2019

At 1443 hours Christiana Fire and Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company were dispatched to Route 896 at Glasgow High School for a motor vehicle collision. While responding, the incident was upgraded to entrapment adding New Castle County Paramedics to the response. Crews arrived to find two patients with one trapped. Engine 12, Engine 9, Tower 12, and Squad 10 worked to extricate the patient who was subsequently transported to Christiana Hospital. The incident was in Christiana's district and Deputy 6 had command.

With the district line between Newark and Christiana running down 896, a dual response for motor vehicle collisions on 896 south of I-95 was implemented earlier in the year by the Chiefs of both districts. This dual response helps to provide the best possible service to the public regardless of district lines. The agreement is in addition to pre-existing dual responses on I-95 to ensure apparatus are responding from both ditections.


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June 7, 2019

This morning Engine 9 and A-9 stopped by an Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation lemonade stand at Otts Chapel Rd and Wenark Drive. The lemonade sure hit the spot on this warm day and supported a great cause!


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June 5, 2019

This evening Aetna had the opportunity to welcome local elected officials from City of Newark, Delaware and other community members to our department. A presentation by Safety Officer Ed Klima, President Dan Seador, and Chief Drew Bowerson gave an overview of our department and its operations. Following the presentation attendees had the opportunity to put on structural gear and get some hands-on training to better understand what we do! The first training included vehicle extrication with Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools. This was followed by a brief structural turnout gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) orientation. Next they had the chance to practice advancing charged hose lines through acquired structures on Main Street while in full firefighting ensemble and breathing from the SCBA. The last evolution included search and rescue of simulated trapped victims. Our firefighters thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to host our elected officials and to give them a small view of what we do on a daily basis. Thank you Mayor Jerry Clifton, Deputy Mayor Stu Markham, Council Member Horning, Council Member Jen Wallace and Council Member Lawhorn for attending and learning more about our department and the fire service!


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June 2, 2019

At 0315 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid companies were dispatched to the 400 block of Tree of Heaven Way in Chestnut Hill Preserve for a multi-residential structure fire. Callers reported several under-construction residences on fire. Deputy Chief Schall arrived to find a significant fire with one house on the ground and extension to both exposure occupancies. Heat from the blaze was so intense that it melted the siding on residences across the street. While a deck gun was used on the original fire building, crews initiated aggressive interior attacks on both exposures while simultaneously searching for any victims. Numerous hose lines were operated to bring the fire under control and extensive overhaul was required. Crews remained on scene for approx. 5 hours wetting down hot spots and checking for extension. One unoccupied residence was completely destroyed, a second suffered extensive damage, and a third moderate damage. These residences were not equipped with fire sprinklers. Fortunately there were no civilian or fire service injuries. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.

Thank you to West Grove Fire Company and Port Penn Fire Company for providing standby coverage to the area during the incident.

Mutual Aid Companies: Christiana Fire, Minquas of Newport Vol. Fire Co., Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Elsmere Fire Company No.1, Five Points Fire Company, Wilmington Manor Fire Company, Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15, and New Castle County Paramedics.


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