November 2017

November 29, 2017

Aetna will be selling Christmas trees again this year at Station 10 located at 501 Old County Road. Newark, DE 19702. Christmas tree sales will run from 5pm to 9pm on weeknights and from 9am to 9pm on weekdays.

November 28, 2017

We are excited to announce that Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company has launched our Explorer Program. We're looking for High School Students who are interested in getting hands-on experience in Fire and EMS while developing their leadership and life skills. Interested? Join us at Station 7 on December 4th at 7pm, 7 Thorn Lane, Newark. Bring your friends!"

November 18, 2017

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark and the U.S. Fire Administration offer fire safety tips for your Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of house fires in the United States doubles on Thanksgiving Day.

When cooking on your stove top at high temperatures, turn off the burners before leaving the kitchen. Keep the area around the stove clear of oven mitts, food packaging, wooden utensils, hand towels, curtains, and anything that can burn. Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don't bump them. Keep a large pan lid or cooking sheet close by so you can smother a pan fire.

Look inside your oven before using it. The oven portion of the stove is used less today for cooking than when your Mom made dinner years ago. Many ovens today are used more for storage than cooking. Our fire department responds to many oven fires caused by melting pot handles, smoldering pizza boxes and flaming Tupperware.

If you are roasting your turkey in the oven, make sure you set a timer. This way you won't forget about the bird as you entertain family and friends.

If you are frying your turkey, there are several important things to remember.

* Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become overheated.

* Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the hot oil to splatter. Ice inside the bird will cause the bird, and the hot oil, to explode.

* Don't over fill the pot with oil. If you do, the hot oil will overflow when you add the turkey.

* Always use the fryer outdoors. Never use a fryer on a wooden deck or inside the garage.

This safety message is offered by the Newark Fire Department and the U.S. Fire Administration. Follow these safety tips and let our Firefighters and EMT's have dinner with their families, not yours.

November 15, 2017

On Friday, December 1 at 7:00pm, join more than 1,000 runners and walkers at the Reindeer Run & Romp 5K for @Special Olympics Delaware. Learn more or register online at #ReindeerRunSODE

November 13, 2017

In concert with National Traffic Incident Response Week, has launched a new page specifically for public information officers (PIOs) and public educators to get the message out to the public about the dangers distracted and careless drivers pose to emergency responders operating on the roadway. The page is available now at

Every year, dozens of responders from fire, law enforcement, EMS, DOT, safety service patrols, and towing and recovery are killed and many more injured when they are struck by passing vehicles at roadway incidents. These deaths and injuries are preventable. The public education materials found at help make the public our partners in reducing the dangers to emergency responders who are working roadway incidents. These materials include video PSAs, media advisory templates, downloadable resources including a push card, backgrounders, an infographic, and much more. These resources will help PIOs and public educators communicate messages like Move Over Slow Down, Move It (Fender Bender laws), and anti-distracted driving.

Stop by the page today to download resources to educate your community on how to protect the protectors! This week and every week, we're all in this together.

November 11, 2017

At 1211 hours, Aetna 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 Hawthorne Ave in Stafford for a residential fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a fire on the exterior of the residence extending to the siding and into the attic space. The upgrade added New Castle County Paramedics, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, and Belvedere Fire Company to the response. Two handlines were quickly placed in service containing the fire and searches were negative. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation and Deputy Chief Schall had Newark Command.