October 2018

October 31, 2018

Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Funeral Service Announcement

Aetna Life Member Curt Baldwin

Saturday November 3, 2018

-Viewing: 10am-12pm

-Service: 12pm

-Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church

1314 Foulk Road

Wilmington, DE 19803

This will be a fireman’s funeral.

Apparatus that wish to be a part of the static display must arrive by 0915.

All uniformed firefighters will be shown where to sit for the service and be directed for the final paying of respects at the end of the service while FF Baldwin proceeds to the Engine for his last ride.

There is no procession. Lunch will follow.

Any questions contact D/C Fox pfox@aetnahhl.org

October 26, 2018

At 0907 hours, Aetna along with Christiana Fire were dispatched to I-95 Southbound in the area of South College Avenue for a vehicle fire. Command 9, Engine 9, Engine 12, and Ladder 12 all responded.

It has been a busy day in district with numerous responses including a motor vehicle collision with a cardiac arrest, medical emergencies, and an off-road rescue for an injured bicyclist in the White Clay Creek State Park.



October 8, 2018

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

· Look for places fire could start.

· Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.

· Learn 2 ways out of every room.

While NFPA and the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Fire Chief Andrew Bowerson. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

October 7, 2018

Officers and members of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark commemorated the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Bells Across America this year with the ringing of our 113 year old bell at noon on Sunday, October 7.

The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the fire station for an alarm & notified departments of a call for help.

Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the one of duty. The tolling of the bell alerted all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time honored tradition continues today during funerals or memorial services for firefighters.

Bells rang this year from coast to coast as a grateful nation joined the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation for Bells Across America, in conjunction with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, MD.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co officers, members and their families gathered and took turns ringing the memorial bell 103 times, once each for firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017.

Our 1200 pound memorial bell was purchased in 1905 for $90. It was recently restored and moved from Station 9 on Academy St to the Aetna Memorial Garden at Station 7 on Thorn lane. We have been ringing this bell on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend since 1984.