October 2019

October 29, 2019

19 years ago today, our department had a really bad day. An Assistant Chief was seriously injured (and spent considerable time in the burn center) and two other firefighters were also injured. From that bad day, our department, county, and state reviewed existing policies and implemented some positive changes to improve firefighter safety and help prevent this from happening again. The NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was brought in to investigate and the report details the incident, outlines the factors involved, and suggests changes. Take a minute today to read about our bad day and help prevent your department from having one like it. Read The Report Here

October 26, 2019

A view inside the Command Post at today's University of Delaware homecoming football game! Aetna is operating in Unified Command with University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and University of Delaware Police to ensure a safe and fun game day. The Command Post is where the incident is managed and where police, fire, and EMS units are dispatched to handle any emergencies in and around the stadium. #serviceforothers #gobluehens

October 24, 2019

PSA: Last evening our crews were dispatched to a gas leak inside a multi-residential structure in the 400 block of Wollaston Ave. One of the tasks crucial to the successful outcome of a fire incident is to establish a continuous water supply. Our fire engines carry 750 gallons of water which can last less than 5 minutes during a firefight. This means that our crews must deploy large diameter supply hose from a fire hydrant to the fire engine in order to ensure that we have enough water. Gas leaks have the explosive potential to cause even greater damage than a structure fire and, as a result, we take the same precaution of establishing a water supply.

Last evening a citizen drove over our supply hose in an attempt to pass our apparatus that were positioned near the building and blocking the roadway. This damaged the vehicle as well as destroyed two sections of our supply hose. Fortunately the gas leak was minor and was quickly controlled but had it been worse, our crews would have been in danger without a water supply. Never drive over fire hose at a fire scene! It places our firefighters in danger, will damage your vehicle, and is illegal. The driver was cited by Newark Delaware Police Department and over $1,400 of new supply hose will need to be purchased to replace what was damaged.

October 21, 2019

At 2259 hours, the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched for an engine and a ladder to assist Christiana Fire on a residential structure fire in the 1100 block of Musket Road. Crews arrived to find one house involved with extension into a second and subjects trapped. Ladder 9 and Engine 8 operated for 2 hours.

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October 18, 2019

At 1558 hours the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21, Cranston Heights Fire Company, and Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 were dispatched to the 2300 block of Ogletown Road for a electrical fire in a commercial structure. Crews arrived to find a smoke condition in the rear of the building. The situation was quickly placed under control.

October 10, 2019

Aetna Career Lieutenant Ryan Contino's family is facing some challenges as his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. To help offset some of their medical expenses a beef & beer will be held at Magnolia Fire Company. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or donating any raffle items please take a look at the link or let us know. Ryan and Megan, you are part of the family and we are all behind you 100% of the way! #continostrong #family #serviceforothers Link to Event

October 7, 2019

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” Remember to make a home escape plan with all members of your household and practice it! https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

October 6, 2019

Officers and members of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark commemorated the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters this year with the ringing of our 114 year old bell at noon on Sunday, October 6.

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 119 times, once each for firefighters who lost their lives directly or from past injuries in the line of duty in 2018.

Our 1200 pound memorial bell was purchased in 1905 for $90. It hung in the siren tower at Station 9 on Academy St until being moved two years ago 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.

Source: Aetna Public Information Officer John H. Farrell, IV.

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