September 2018

September 26, 2018

At 1257 hours Aetna along with University of Delaware Police, UD Environmental Health & Safety, University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit, NCC HAZMAT/DECON Team, DNREC, and New Castle County Paramedics were dispatched to Drake Hall on the University of Delaware campus for a hazardous materials incident. Initial reports indicated a small explosion in a lab involving hazardous materials with 2 patients. Chief Bowerson established Newark Command and operated in Unified Command with UDPD. Crews quickly located the 2 victims and evacuated both Drake Hall and attached Brown Lab (where the incident actually occurred). After being decontaminated, the two patients were transported to Christiana Hospital in good condition. Two UDPD Officers also underwent decontamination and were evaluated on scene by EMS as a precaution. HAZMAT technicians from UD EHS made entry into the lab to ensure containment of the hazard. All crews were thoroughly decontaminated by the HAZMAT/DECON team upon exiting the structure. Crews operated for approximately 2 hours and the scene was turned over UD EHS and UDPD. Chief Bowerson would like to thank all responding units for their assistance. Photos courtesy of Aetna photographer Dave Wilson.

Companies Responded:

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company

Christiana Fire






Mill Creek Fire Company - Stations 2&21

Cranston Heights Fire Company

Elsmere Fire Company No.1

Five Points Fire Company

Belvedere Fire Company

St. Francis Hospital EMS Rehab

September 7, 2018

The Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, for approx. $65,000, will be used to purchase turnout gear washers and dryers for all 4 of our stations. Cancer is a major hazard facing firefighters. This will in turn help to reduce the risk to our firefighters by enabling them to wash their structural turnout gear following any fires or hazardous incidents. For more information about firefighter cancer see the link to the NFPA and CDC websites.…/Health-and-W…/Firefighters-and-cancer

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Chief Andrew Bowerson stated, "We are extremely grateful for the receipt of this grant. The safety of our firefighters is incredibly important and this grant will help to reduce the increased risk of cancer that we face."