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VOLUME 15, NO. 1


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Dove Run Shopping Center fire guts Fiendly’s restaurant. See story on page 40. -DFSN photo by Paul Watts

A Publication of


Welcome To The DVFA/LADVFA Conference see pages 22 and 23

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Delaware Fire Service News, Page 3

In this issue... Hot Conditions at Carlisle Blaze Multiple Companies respond to the alarm of this South Washington Street blaze. See story page 10

Dover Responds to House Fire Barrister Place fire is quelched by Dover firefighters. See story page 16

New Castle County EMS Honor Guard Leads Opening Ceremony NCC EMS Honor Guard presented the colors at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. See story page 25

Competition Winners The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Juniors captured the top prize in the Sussex County Junior Firefighter competition. See story page 31

Delaware Burn Camp Photos from the 2012 Delaware Burn camp at Camp Barnes in Sussex County. See story page 33

Wilmington Fire Explorers at Conference Fourteen Explorers and three adult advisors attended the conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado See story page 51


Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 4 Up Close & Personal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 36 Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pages 37, 38 Awards & Community Service . .pages 39, 41-43 Antique Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 44 Delaware Fire Service In Action . . .pages 45-47 Special Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 52 Industry News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 53

An independently owned news and information resource for the dedicated firefighters, emergency medical technicians, auxiliary members, and public safety officials in the State of Delaware. Thanks to the support of its advertisers, this newspaper is distributed free of charge to every fire station in the First State. Published quarterly by Fire News, Inc., 146 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713. Delaware Fire Service News is a registered trademark and all material contained herein is copyrighted. All rights reserved. Frank C. Trotta, Publisher Tim Edwards, Executive Editor Dennis Whittam, Editor Gary Joyce, Asst. Editor Marie Trotta, Vice President, Production/Sales Cliff Chiesa, Art Director Barbara Connolly, Director of Sales & Marketing Greg Jones, Lynn Sedler Graphic Artists Warren F. Jones and Thomas J. Mitten, Publishers Emeritus Sal DeVivo, Founding Publisher Contributors: Lou Angeli, Steve Austin, Wayne Barrall, B. Scott Bullock, Michael G. Chionchio, Richard S. Danner, Michele Ehart, Robert Fox, Charles Frampton Jr., Glenn Gillespie, Chuck Hayes, Davis Horack, Chad Ingram, Warren F. Jones, Ed Kalinowski, Melissa Kiser, Ryan Knowles, Ann Marie Krystopolski, Randall Lee, Michael Lowe, Harry Miller, Joe Mullen, Michael J. O’Connor Jr., Phil Pennington Sr., Bob Powell, Louden Robertson, Gene Shaner, Brian Slattery, Stephanie Wales, Steve Watson, Paul Watts, Matt Williams ADVERTISING: Rate card and marketing information are available on request. To advertise call 631-776-0500 or email We reserve the right to reject, edit, or decline to publish any advertising material submitted. Deadline for ads is the 15th of the month prior to the month of publication. NEWS: News items about fire, rescue, and EMS activities in our coverage area are welcome. Contact us at 631-687-0343 or email: Deadline for news is the 15th of the month prior to the month of publication. Material submitted is subject to editing and cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. SUBSCRIPTIONS: All fire stations in Delaware receive a sufficient number of copies for their personnel. Those wishing to receive direct delivery may subscribe for $15.00 per year, paid in advance to Delaware Fire Service News, 146 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713.

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

PTSD; is your department prepared to help YOU? Many years ago, I responded to a horrific motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a young child. Several days later I received a call from my chief, asking me to attend a meeting at our firehouse. When I walked into the room, everyone who was on the call was there. After several cups of coffee, my chief walked into the room and sat down to talk to us. The meeting was informal, but as we progressed, the meeting targeted the fatal call we all responded to. The intention was simple. My chief wanted to make sure that everyone understood that we did the best we could do to save this child's life. It was made clear that if we needed to talk more about what happened, he would be available to us at anytime. He also urged us to look out for one another and to accept everyone's feelings about the call. I have always respected Chief Doug Lotten for his concern about his responders. This entire story came to mind the second I heard about the Aurora movie theater massacre. My mind immediately thought of the responders that went home after the call and had to deal with the flashbacks of this horrific situation. The responders went home and had to grasp the scope of the tragedy. They had to deal with the visualizations of 12 killings and dozens of people that were in dire need of medical help. The only comfort to be taken from the situation was the knowledge that you did your best and saved the lives of the dozens of people who were wounded or injured. In the true tradition of our brotherhood, I think it is commendable that the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) shared

their experiences of 9/11 and sent a group of trained responders to offer counseling to the Aurora responders. To be traumatized by a tragic event is normal. However it is important that everyone debriefs about the situation and understands that it is okay to be sad and even disturbed by the event. Every department must take the time to let their members know that the department chaplain, senior members everyone respects, or brother and sister responders are there to talk to for reassurance that you had done the best you could. The type of events that lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) will usually follow a traumatic event; one in which your understanding of your normal world and the sense of safety and trust we normally feel is shattered. Bad dreams, feeling fearful and finding it hard to put the event out of your mind are normal reactions. For many these feelings are short-lived but if you are suffering from PTSD these symptoms can last for weeks, months and even years and may even increase in severity. There are three generic symptoms: Re-experiencing the traumatic event; avoiding reminders of the trauma; and increased anxiety and emotional arousal. If you or any of your fellow first responders are suffering in this way, seek help, whether from a friend, a co-worker, a chaplain or a psychologist. PTSD is insidious, and it is real. Ignoring it will not make it go away. Seek help. In closing, I ask you this; is your department ready to counsel its responders should the need arise? -Dennis


Casting a Fire Service Ballot by Steve Austin Party affiliation aside, firefighters should consider a broader view when they cast ballots on November 6, 2012. Firefighters have a crucial role in public safety. There are candidates in both parties as well as independents who recognize our contributions and share many of the same viewpoints as most of the fire service. Unfortunately some do not. We can’t always expect elected officials to agree with us on every issue. However there are some core principles that are clearly in the interest of fire safety and should be litmus test for a firefighter’s vote. For instance, there are candidates who oppose residential sprinkler requirements. Some have worked to defeat these efforts in the face of almost 100 percent support by the fire service. When it comes to funding issues, those who openly support Delaware’s firefighters, both volunteer and paid, are worthy of our support. Public safety is the first duty of government. Candidates who understand the contribution of Delaware fire departments to the safety of the state and are willing to provide funding should be enthusiastically supported. In evaluating candidates several considerations come into play. Is there a track record? If an aspiring politician has held other offices or is an incumbent, how did he or she vote on previous fire service issues? If the candidate is a long term incumbent, is there a consistent record of votes or was the last vote in our favor cast just before the election to gain support? For new candidates without a voting record evaluation becomes a little tricky. As a private citizen, is the aspiring politician a person who has fire service roots or has relationships with the fire company in the district? Candidates should be contacted by firefighters and asked specific questions as to what positions they will take on fire safety issues. A good test would be to pin them down on the aforementioned funding and residential sprinkler issues. Another consideration is to look behind the curtain to see the members of the candidate’s campaign team. A candidate who has advisors that are unknown to the fire service or worse yet are identified as people who do not sup-

port us is problematic. Should the candidate be elected, these people will most likely have influence or could be on staff. Is there a long term commitment to community volunteerism? If a candidate has served as a volunteer in a service organization or community group you can bet that there will be a better understanding of the issues volunteer firefighters face. Has the candidate ever called 911 for our services? What was the outcome? Was there ever a contact or a thank you to the responding agency? This is a great question to ask at a town hall meeting. For the volunteer fire service, does the candidate contribute to fire company fund raisers? If the candidate is an incumbent, how many times has he or she visited your station? Does staff regularly reach out to fire company leadership? Are letters and phone calls returned promptly? If the campaign is county or statewide, is sufficient attention paid to every geographic area so that all the fire companies, not just a few in one area, receive regular communications. Does the candidate really understand the relationship that Delaware has with its firefighters and how the Delaware Fire Service is viewed by the rest of the nation? We can easily get caught up in the Democrat/Republican thing. But when the smoke clears the day after the election we need elected officials who support our mission of protecting the citizens of Delaware. We can shape our future by voting for those who support us on Election Day. Put on your fire department logo wear and head to the polls. Let them know Delaware Firefighters vote.

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Serving Delaware’s First Responders Since 1921 Conference: The DVFA Office would like to thank all the fire companies who sent in all their conference documents early. While we were not quite up to our eyeballs, it was a very busy time. Your cooperation was certainly appreciated. Conference Exhibitors: This year we have 41 inside and 17 outside vendor spaces. Please take the time to visit each one, see their products and thank them for supporting us. Opening Ceremony: This year, at the Opening Ceremony, on Thursday, September 13 at 0830, we will be presenting a special show. Part of it will be a salute to the 75th Anniversary of the Ladies Auxiliary. Stop by to see the show. NFFF at Dover Speedway: The National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation annual fund raising event at Dover International Speedway will be Sunday, September 30, 2012. Support the NFFF! The fire company with the most members to attend gets the keep the Monster Trophy until the next race.

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Let's keep Delaware #1. Legislative Session: We wanted to thank all the political leaders for supporting our efforts in Legislative Hall this past session. We were successful in getting an increase in Grant in Aid and our Fire Prevention money back to the 2008 level. We also were successful in obtaining free surf fishing licenses for all active firefighters and life members. This will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Conference Seminars: There are many exciting and informative seminars at this year's conference. One in particular is the DVFA Round Table. It will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 1300. The DVFA Attorney, Bill Preston will be there to discuss updating your by-laws. The DVFA Public Relations Expert, Dave Bonar, will be there to speak about promoting you fire company and the DVFA Executive Manager will be there to talk about, what else, Politics! Hope to see you there. Company Meetings: We are looking forward

to continuing with attending the fire company meetings after the conference. We are over half way done. Please contact the office to schedule our visit. We do a 20 minute power point on the DVFA that has gotten good reviews from the companies we have visited so far. We would love to come to you company meeting. Partners in Progress: This year we have a larger number of Partners in Progress than ever before. Please read the list and support the businesses that support our conference. On behalf of the DVFA Office, we wish to say, it has been a pleasure to serve you and look forward to doing the same in this next conference year. If you have any questions or need any help please call the DVFA Office. See you in Dover. Be safe and have a great Conference!! Warren Jones Melissa Kiser

DVFA President – Thanks For A Great Year Ann Marie and all the Ladies for a successful year. by Charles Frampton Jr., I enjoyed working with her and her officers. I also President, DVFA enjoyed all the Ladies It is hard to believe that my year as President of Executive Meetings and the DVFA is almost up. I can say it has been a busy, Ladies County Meetings fulfilling, and exciting year. I have traveled to I attended. It was most Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia enjoyable to spend the where I have meet many fire service leaders. I had night out with the ladies. to opportunity to learn how other states work and to On the legislative see what they do that can benefit us here in front I wanted to thank Delaware. the Executive Manager, I also had the pleasure to attend many fire comWarren Jones, Secretary pany functions right here in Delaware. I truly Bob Sutton and the enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Government Affairs Your hospitality was sincerely appreciated. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Committee for a very successful year in legislative

hall. We receive almost every one of our goals for 2012. I also wanted to thank my officers of an outstanding job. It there is one highlight of my year it was the cooperation, working environment and openness we experienced. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. Lastly, I wanted to thank the Brandywine Hundred Fire Company for their support during my years working with the DVFA. Without their support, the job would have been very difficult. In closing, I wanted to say what an honor it was to be your president. I wish to thank you for what you do, day and day out, serving the citizens of Delaware. Keep up the good work!


by Ann Marie Krystopolski It is hard to believe that my year as President has come to an end. It has been a special honor to serve as President during this the 75th Anniversary of the LADVFA. Back in 1937 when a group of women met at Robbins Hose in Dover and elected Nan Laws Woods from Five Points as President did they have any idea the legacy they were leaving for future generations? In 1938 the Auxiliary raised $5,000.00 and donated half to the DVFA. Today, I am pleased to announce that donations to the fire companies throughout the state totaled over $600,000.00. Thank you to all the fire companies and auxiliaries for your many invitations, and the warm hospitality you have shown to me and my guests as we have shared in your celebrations. My congratulations are extended to those fire companies and auxiliaries who celebrated milestone anniversaries. I attended open houses and banquets for companies celebrating 125th, 100th, 90th and 75th anniversaries, proving that the legacy of the fire service in Delaware is still alive today.

In October, I attended the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg. This service is very moving as well as uplifting. Please, if you can, attend one year and see how those members throughout the country who have died in the line of duty are honored. During the past year I also attended memorials honoring Fire Company and auxiliary members who passed away. The LADVFAwas saddened by the death of Past State President Joanne Sweetman of Aetna. Joanne served as President in 1990-1991 and will be deeply missed. The LADVFA had 47 members pass away during the past year. Our sympathies go out to their fire companies and auxiliaries on their loss. Congratulations are extended to President Charles Frampton and his officers on a very successful year. My thanks to you for including the LADVFA in your officer meetings; being a part of the delegation to the Maryland State Firemen’s Convention; and for those times you “drove Miss Daisy.” It has been my pleasure to serve along with you. A special thank you to 1st VP Penny and 2nd VP

Saralee for those times you attended a banquet for me because I could not be in two places at once. Your help and friendship means a lot to me. To my officers, the Past Presidents, the County Associations and all auxiliary members, thanks for your support during my term of office. Cranston Heights Ladies and Fire Company, thank you!! Ladies you have been there from the beginning as County President to the end as State President (the first from Cranston Heights). I am so proud to call you all friends. Gene, you started me on this journey when you joined Cranston Heights over 40 years ago and have been with me all of the way. Thanks to you and Tiffany for your understanding and support during my journey. I would like to end with a quote from A.A. Milne. “And Pooh gave Christopher Robin the biggest Pooh hug he could because he knew that goodbyes were not far away.” Thanks for allowing me to serve as your president - consider yourself hugged!

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Smoked Fish in Two-Truck Fire/Crash

At approximately 2223 on a hot June 20, 2012, multiple calls were received by the Kent County 911 Center reporting what was first believed as commercial truck fire on State Route 1 just north of Smyrna. Station 44 was alerted for the truck fire and ambulances from American Legion Ambulance (Station 64) and Leipsic Fire Co (Station 53) as well as Kent County Medics (KM 6) were started for the call. Engine 44-4 under the direction of Captain Brian Jarrell responded and was given additional information reporting possibly two tractor trailers on fire. At 2231, Engine 44-4 arrived to find two

tractor trailers heavily involved; one carrying peat moss and the other carrying seafood. The Route 1 incident had approximately 50 firefighters in service for over two hours with five units from Station 44 on scene with assistance from Delaware State Police, DNREC and DELDOT. Other units on scene were Engine 44-4, 44-3, 53-5, R-44 44-0, Tanker 44, Tanker 53, Ambulance B64, B53 and Kent County ALS KM6. -DFSN Photos by Gene Shaner/ Story by Eugene Tucker

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Hot Conditions In and Out at Carlisle Blaze

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Carlisle was dispatched to a structure fire on S. Washington Street. Command 42 responded with 4219 (Assistant Chief Ingram) and was advised by Kent Center that this was a working alarm. Assistant Chief Vanaman (42-17) was in the area and quickly went on scene advising that he had heavy fire from the "c" side of the residence and requested Kent Center sound a second alarm. Engine 42-4 responded with 42-21(Fire Captain Hinton) and was advised by 42-17 to lay a five-inch supply line from the hydrant which was a short distance from the residence and place two 1-3/4 inch handlines in service for an interior attack. Ladder 42 was responded with 42-15 (Chief Carpenter) and was advised to position on the "b" side of the residence and prepare for ventilation operations. Command arrived on scene with 42-19 taking over command from 42-17 who moved to an interior officer. Tanker 42 responded with 42-20 (Fire Captain Justin Konesey) and was advised to stage short of 42-4 and have masked men place two

more 1-3/4 inch lines in service on the exterior to protect the exposure problems of a propane tank and large oil tank. Rescue 42 responded with Firefighter Ricky Deputy and was advised to assist with the interior operations. As result of the extreme heat Kent county stations 47, 49, 50 and 52 along with Sussex county stations 75 and 89 responded to the scene to assist with both interior and exterior operations, Ambulance 42 and Sussex County Medic 101 were quickly on scene assessing the occupants of the home and then set up a rehab area. Kent County Station 40 and Sussex County Station 78 responded to 42 for cover up assignments. Other responding units Milford PD, 42 Fire police and several fire Police from other responding companies. A special thanks to crews from Greenwood and Bowers who assisted in quickly getting all the trucks back in service at completion of the alarm. -DFSN story by Ryan Knowles CFC /PIO; photos by FITHP

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House Fire in Seaford

On Saturday July 28th Seaford Station 87 was alerted to a house fire on Figgs Road. -DFSN Photos By Rick Stewart

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Smyrna Structure Fire

On Friday, August 24th at 08:45 hours Citizens’ Hose Company was Company and Ambulance 64. The fire was quickly brought under alerted to a structure fire on Severson Neck Road in Smyrna. control. -DFSN Photo by Gene Shaner Station 44 was assisted by Clayton Fire Company, Leipsic Fire

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Millville VFC Handles Dumpster Fire

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 1156, the Millville Volunteer Fire undergoing renovations. Fire Chief R.C. Evans declared the situaCompany was dispatched to an outside fire on the 37000 Block of tion under control at 1229. -DFSN photo by Bob Powell Seaside Drive in the development White Creek at Bethany. The emergency personnel arrived to a dumpster fire in front of a house

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Dover Dispatched to Barrister Pl.

On June 6, 2012, at 1947, the Dover Fire Department was dispatched for a working house fire on Barrister Place. Engine 4, under the direction of Asst Chief D. Carey, was first on scene to find a middle of the Row, 2-story town house with fire showing from Division 2 on the “C” side. The crew established a water supply and advanced a 1-3/4 inch attack line through the front door. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions in a second floor, rear bedroom with extension into the hallway. L2 arrived on scene and performed

search and rescue for an unaccounted subject. The search proved negative and the subject was later located outside. L1 arrived on scene and established the RIT and later, assisted in overhaul. L2’s crew performed horizontal ventilation. E7 and R1 arrived on scene and laddered the “B” and “D” exposures to check for extension. The scene was placed under control at 2014. The fire is being investigated by the City of Dover FMO. -DFSN photos and story submitted by Michael J. O’Connor, Jr.

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Home Ablaze on 4th Street

A 4th Street fire. The building was fully involved on arrival. One owner/occupant was taken to hospital with non-life threatning injuries. Seaford and Blades were on scene, and Laurel was on standby at Station71. -DFSN photos by Rick Stewart

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Shared Tragedy, Personal Loss, Thoughtful Reflection Drive This Composer’s Creativity There are many moments in life when one looks for an answer; the right words, the appropriate response, the charitable gesture. For so many people, those life-altering moments are so overpowering that they find the tank dry. Try as hard as they can, they just can't articulate a fitting response. That is not so for Delaware composer Wilson Gault Somers. In the early 1990's, Somers lost a close musician friend to suicide. Somers was deeply struck by this personal tragedy, and he was compelled to create. He partnered with his wife, Joan, to create their Mass for the Homeless, a deeply emotive work that premiered at Wilmington's Grand Opera House in 1997. Then came September 11, 2001. The tragedies of that day personally affected thousands. Wilson Somers was among those who suffered extreme personal loss. Somers is a choral music educator at The Tatnall School in Greenville, Delaware. Let him tell the story. "On September 11, 2001, class began at 8:15 am with Young Men's Chorus. Among the twentysome boys in my class, one was the older brother of a close friend of my son, Tyler. who had been killed in a boating accident in July of 2000." "On that fateful morning, the choral class continued until 8:55 am, when news of the tower's being hit reached us. We were all devastated. The next day, upon taking roll in class, I observed that the brother of Tyler's deceased friend was absent. One of my choristers told me that he went with his parents to New York City to search for his older brother,

who had started employment a few weeks earlier in the World Trade Center. His loss was too close for us to bear." A moving visit to Ground Zero a few months later cemented Somers' resolve to help us all grieve, then heal through the power of music. Somers composed Requiem for 9/11 in order to "reflect through music that shared moment of grief in our lives: embracing our emotions, facing the tragedy, and holding on to hope. Requiem for 9/11 demonstrates an enduring vision of hope for the future, based on the faith of the founders of this great nation." The sheer power of Requiem for 9/11 will transform its audience. The work will be performed by a 40 piece orchestra with a 50 voice chorus and 5 featured vocal soloists. The Requiem for 9/11 texts are drawn from the books sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is from these sources that selections which speak to the concept of Peace have been made. They complement the ancient Latin Requiem Mass text. Requiem for 9/11 is a reflection of our shared grief and ultimately an emotional catharsis that will enable us to honor the victims and heroes of that day with love and admiration. Requiem for 9/11 will premiere on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7 PM at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. For tickets, please call (800) 37-GRAND. The proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

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Millville Responds to MVC

On Monday June 11, 2012, at 1925, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Sussex County Paramedics were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident located in the 34000 Block of Burton Farm Road. The firefighters and EMS personnel arrived to a single vehicle accident. A Pontiac Vibe left the roadway and impacted a utility pole approximately 35 feet away in a field. Millville ambulance personnel and the Sussex County Paramedics treated the driver and

passenger at the scene prior to both of them being transported to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Chief R.C. Evans declared the situation under control at 1957 and turned the accident scene over to the Delaware State Police for investigation. -DFSN photo and story by Bob Powell; PIO

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Where Are Your Company’s Photos? As Delaware Fire Service News celebrates 15 years of publication, we would like to remind our readers that we are always happy to receive photos and stories. Feel free to e-mail your photos to We ask that any photo you do send be high resolution (300 dpi or better) and that you do not retouch, crop, alter or reduce your photos in size when you e-mail them to us. Please send two to four photos per incident. Also, include a brief write-up of the incident, event, or family news, which includes basic "who, what, when, and where information." We look forward to seeing your department in our next issue. - Ed.

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EMS Emergency Upgraded to Haz-Mat Response

At 1640 hours, on June 27, 2012, Kent Center alerted Ambulance B42 (career staff) and Sussex County Medic 101 to an inhalation emergency at L.D. Caulk on Lakeview Avenue. After gathering more information during the initial 911 call, Kent Center upgraded the emergency to a Haz-Mat incident, alerting Carlisle and DNREC at 1644. B-42 arrived on scene and was escorted to the location of the patient by Caulk staff. Upon arrival on scene, Chief Bill Carpenter (42-15) established L.D. Caulk Command and was advised by Kent Center that there was a reported spill in Lab #3 of about four liters of sulfuric acid with one person exposed. B-42 crew transported the one patient to Milford Memorial Hospital, canceling Medic 101. Engine 42-4 with (42-17 Assistant Chief Vanaman) responded. Upon arrival, Engine 4's crew entered the building to assess and size up the amount of spill. It was determined that the spill was much bigger than originally reported. At that point it was decided that DNREC and L.D. Caulk (Entry Teams) would need to

access the building to contain and clean up the spill. L.D. Caulk Command also requested a two-piece engine company cover-up at their station. Assistant Chief Wayne Ingram (42-19) arrived on scene and assumed accountability at the entry point. Rescue 42 with (F/F Stephens) responded and staged on the east side of the incident and prepared to recharge bottles if necessary. As the entry teams prepared to enter the building, L.D. Caulk placed their decontamination team in service, setting up a Decon unit near the entrance into the lab building. Once DNREC was satisfied the spill was under control and manageable inside the building, Command placed the incident under control at 1820. Units responding were: Chief's Car 42, Command 42, Engine 42-4, Ladder 42, Rescue 42, B-42, Station 42 Fire Police, SCEMS Medic Unit 101, Engine 52-5 and 75-8, DNREC, L.D. Caulk Haz-Mat and Decon Teams. -DFSN story by Glenn Gillespie; photos by FITHP

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2012 Conference Agenda 18th Annual Conference September 10 -15, 2012 Saturday, September 8, 2012 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, September 9, 2012 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday, September 10, 2012 7:00 am - 8:00 am 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:00 am - 8:00 am 8:00 am - 3:45 pm 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 9:00 am - 11:00 am 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:00 am - 8:00 am 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 9:00 am - 11:00 am 9:00 am - 11:00 am 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 8:30 am 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:30 am - 10:30 am 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Friday, September 14, 2012 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:30 am - 10:30 am 10:30 am - 11:00 am 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 10:45 am - 11:45 am 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 8:30 pm - 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:00 am - 9:00 am 9:00 am - 10:00 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 8:00 am - 10:00 am 1:00 pm

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Welcome Robin Myers

Welcome Leah O’Boyle

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services would like to welcome Robin Myers to SCEMS. She started her out-of-state process on Monday, July 9, 2012. Robin grew up surrounded by family members that were in the field of emergency medicine. She obtained her NREMT-B in 2006 at the Delaware State Fire School and has worked as an EMT throughout Sussex County, Delaware. She recently attended paramedic school in Pittsburgh, PA, graduating in May 2012. Robin currently resides in Dagsboro and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services would like to welcome Leah O'Boyle to SCEMS. She started her out of state process on Monday, July 9, 2012. Leah's pre-hospital emergency care career started when she joined the Sea Colony Patrol in 2008. She obtained her NREMT-B in 2010 with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and recently graduate paramedic school in May 2012. Leah currently resides in the Ocean View, Delaware-area where she enjoys surfing, running, activities in the ocean, spending time with family and two rescued dogs.

Sussex County Emergency Medical Trains With National Guard

State Park Rookie Lifeguards Get A Day Of Training

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services recently participated in a training exercise with 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and 166th Medical Group of the Delaware Air National Guard at the training center in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The crew from Medic 105 presented an overview of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, locations of paramedic stations, current staffing levels, location of area hospitals and local volunteer fire companies. The crew then reviewed the Delaware Trauma system, and operation of the equipment carried on the medic unit. We are looking forward to future training opportunities and exercises with the Delaware Air National Guard. -Submitted by Eric Huovinen, Sr., SCEMS

The Delaware State Park managers initiated a joint emergency medical training day with their rookie lifeguards, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Sussex County Emergency Services Paramedics, and the Delaware State Police Aviation section. The crews spent several hours discussing and reviewing the Delaware EMS system, ambulance operations, advanced life support technologies, and aviation transport. This is the ninth consecutive year that this cooperative training has taken place. -Submitted by Eric Huovinen, Sr., SCEMS

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NCCo Paramedic Corporal Aaron T. Tarpine Receives Quarterly Kiwanis Award

(L to R) County Councilwoman Janet T. Kilpatrick, EMS Chief Lawrence E. Tan, Paramedic Corporal Aaron M. Tarpine and his wife, Erica Tarpine at the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington awards luncheon on July 18,2012.

On July 18, 2012, Paramedic Corporal Aaron M. Tarpine from the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division was recognized as the Paramedic of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2012 by the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington. Paramedic Corporal Tarpine was cited for his community service that goes beyond his primary role as an emergency medical services provider. Paramedic Corporal Tarpine voluntarily took the task of organizing an EMS Division team for the 2011 and 2012 Central New Castle County Relay for Life event with the American Cancer Society. This year, he solicited the participation of the EMS Division Honor Guard to lead the “Survivor Lap” at the beginning of the Cancer Society event. The New Castle County Relay for Life event raised over $91,000 for the American Cancer Society. Paramedic Corporal Tarpine has also participated in the EMS Division’s annual holiday dinner at Our Lady of Grace Home for Children in Newark. County Executive Paul G. Clark was joined by County Councilwoman Janet T. Kilpatrick (NCC Third District) and Chief Lawrence E. Tan of the Emergency Medical Services Division at the Kiwanis Civil Service Awards luncheon at the Hotel DuPont. “I applaud Paramedic Corporal Tarpine for his commitment to the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life,” said NCC Executive Paul G. Clark. “Recognition such as the Kiwanis award shows that the community appreciates the dedication of our public safe-

ty employees, both on and off the job.” “Paramedic Corporal Tarpine’s dedication to public service exemplifies his personal values and character,” said Chief Tan of the New Castle County Paramedics. “Although his service as a paramedic is notable, his community engagement beyond his full time career is worthy of recognition.” Tarpine received his paramedic training from Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also attended the University of Delaware. He was appointed to New Castle County EMS in August 2003. Tarpine was promoted to the rank of Paramedic First Class in April 2004 and was advanced to the rank of Paramedic Corporal in July 2012. He received an official commendation in 2007 for his actions at the scene of a house fire in Highland Woods with multiple patients. He has also received several compliments from receiving hospitals for “Heart Alert” patients, in addition to numerous complimentary letters from the public. Paramedic Corporal Tarpine is assigned to Platoon 3 in the Field Operations Section of the Emergency Medical Services Division. He serves as a mentor to EMS students from the St. Georges Technical High School, and is also a member of the EMS Division Honor Guard. -Submitted by New Castle County EMS

New Castle County EMS Honor Guard Leads Opening Ceremony

The New Castle County EMS Honor Guard led the opening PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The NCC*EMS Honor Guard ceremony for the start of the Philadelphia Union Major League presented the colors in the 18,500-seat stadium as the fans sang the -Submitted by New Castle County EMS Soccer team game against the Chicago Fire on August 12, 2012, at national anthem.

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The Delaware Office of Highway Safety initiated their eleventh annual “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign on May 14, 2012. This year, the annual public awareness effort included stories of crashes encountered by Delaware paramedics. New Castle County Paramedic Corporal Stacy L. Press-Johnson and Paramedic Corporal Crystal D. DiMauro participated in the preparation of public service announcements that were disseminated in the form of billboards, radio, Pandora radio, television, print and internet advertising. Click It or Ticket is a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign aimed at saving lives by getting more people to wear their seat belts. This year the Click It or Ticket campaign message “Seat Belts Save More Lives Than We Do” speak about real life unbelted crashes, injuries, and fatals encountered by Delaware paramedics. “Our paramedics see firsthand the serious injuries and deaths resulting from crashes when seat belts are not used,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell. “It is important we heed their advice and wear our seat belts on every trip. Each year far too many Delawareans die in fatal crashes. Buckling up is one quick and easy way to keep our loved ones safe as we travel throughout the State.” “I encourage you to make it a habit every time you get into a vehicle. You never know when it may just save your life.” said Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro. “The only true treatment of trauma is prevention,” said Chief Lawrence E. Tan of the New Castle County Paramedics. “We were pleased to have been asked by the Office of Highway Safety to participate, and look forward to future opportunities to reduce injuries and death on our state's highways.” -Submitted by New Castle County EMS

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Cardiac Arrest Survivor Competes in Delaware Marathon Athlete encourages others to learn CPR

Goebels suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in January 2011 at an indoor marathon in Northfield, MN, and survived as a result of rapid CPR initiated by a fellow runner and spectator. He now wears a sign encouraging others to “Learn CPR It saved MY life.”

The New Castle County Paramedics coordinated the event medical coverage for the annual Delaware Marathon held in Wilmington, Delaware on May 13, 2012. This year, the estimated 3,000 participants included Greg Goebel from Sarasota, Florida, as he worked to join a group of less than 700 people to have completed a full 26.2 mile marathon in all 50 states. A wire service news story that identified Goebel as a sudden cardiac arrest survivor from January 2011 caught the attention of the event planners from New Castle County EMS (NCC*EMS). “We had a sudden cardiac arrest case near the finish line

about two years ago,” said Chief Lawrence E. Tan of the New Castle County Paramedics. “A prompt response by event medical personnel that year enabled us to successfully revive the patient before we initiated transport to the hospital. The patient was actually awake in the ambulance and asking if he had finished the race.” The EMS Special Operations Order for the 2012 Delaware Marathon included a notation of Goebel’s participation, his runner number and a copy of the news story. He had previously completed several other marathons before participating in the Delaware Marathon. Although his participation was uneventful, Goebels visited with EMS providers after successfully completing the race. “He wanted to meet the EMS person-

nel that were working the event,” said Chief Tan. “He laughed about being included in the Special Operations Order, and showed us the sign he wore on his jersey encouraging people to learn CPR.” The Delaware Marathon is an annual event that consists of a full (26.2 miles) marathon, half marathon, and four- and eight-person relays. The event starts and finishes at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington. The event EMS coverage included personnel and resources from the New Castle County Paramedics, Wilmington Fire Department, St. Francis Hospital EMS, Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark and the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit. -Submitted by New Castle County EMS

Greg Goebel (center) of Sarasota, FL takes a moment with New Castle County Paramedic Michael Pietruczenia (left) and Chief Lawrence Tan (right) at the EMS command post for the Delaware Marathon.

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Rehoboth Beach Juniors Wins Competition

L to R: Rehoboth Beach Junior Team: Nick Priddy, Chris Simpler, Jared McCabe, Rebecca Blizzard. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Juniors captured the top prize in the Sussex County Junior Firefighter competition. The competition was the idea of Donald Welsh of the Millville Fire Company. Welsh presented the idea to the Sussex County Fire Chiefs and the Delaware State Fire School who judged the competition. The event was held on June 16, 2012, at the Georgetown divi-

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sion of the Delaware State Fire School. Competition included victim drag, extension ladder carry, placement, and climb, hose hook up, advancement and water flow, gear and breathing apparatus donning, and vehicle rescue. Second place in the competition went to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. -Photos and Story Submitted by Warren Jones

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Seaford Hosts 31st Annual Softball Tournament The Tournament results are as follows:

Pictured are Tournament Committee: Jack Wilson, Danny Short, Mike Vincent and Bill Bennett and the Winners of their bracket the Coach of the Little Creek Fire Company.

On August 17, 18 and 19, 2012, the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department held its 31st Annual Softball Tournament. This year's proceeds benefited the children of the Delaware Burn Camp. On Friday, the pre- tournament events were held, including a Home Run Derby; Jeff Hill from Talleyville Fire won the event. Also for the first time, Blades Fire Company held a Cornhole Tournament with 26 teams entered and the team of Jewell & Jewell, of Blades, taking home the prize. A heartfelt "Thank you" to all of the com-

Win Bad Division 1st Little Creek 2nd Clayton 3rd Carlisle of Milford 4th Bridgeville Don't Want to Get Hurt Division 1st Talleyville 2nd Georgetown 3rd Frankford 4th Christiana MVP's Jason Courtney - Little Creek EJ Castagna - Talleyville Sportsmanship Awards Delaware City Blades Most Money Raised Georgetown

mittee members, volunteers, Ladies Auxiliary of SVFD, Georgetown VFD, Blades VFD, sponsors such as Advanced Security, 16 Mile Brewery, City of Seaford, Sussex County USSSA Umpires, Pepsi Cola Ventures LLC, Herr's Potato Chips, Heritage Jewelers and ASAP Screen Printing. The anticipated donation to the Delaware Burn Camp will be over $4,000. -Photos and Story Submitted by Warren Jones

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DVFA Treasurer Allen Metheny takes Burn Camp Campers on a pontoon boat ride L-R Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Senator Joe Booth, DVFA 2nd VP Richard Toulson, DVFA President Charles Frampton, DVFA Exe. Mgr. Warren Jones, Senator Tom Carper, Burn Camp Director John Lattomus, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Fire School Director, Ret. Lou Amabili. Not pictured Rep. Gerald Hocker and Rep. Dave Wilson. The 2012 Delaware Burn Camp was a held on the week of August 13-17, 2012 at Camp Barnes in Sussex County. This year was the largest turnout with 14 children campers. According to John Lattomus the father of the burn camp, “This year's camp was a resounding success and I wish to thank all

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Lt. Governor Matt Denn Visits Wilmington Manor Fire Company

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Up Close & Personal

Carlisle Fire Company Captain Justin Konesey discusses operations at a recent structure fire. -DFSN Photo by Brian Slattery

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In this day and age, more and more emergency responders are ending up in dangerous situations when they respond to requests for assistance. Recently, our EMT's have been involved in calls that have resulted in them being assaulted on the scene either by the patient or bystanders while they are trying to provide emergency aid. Our Officers and Alternative Funding Committee reached out to our local Senators and Representatives to assist us in funding a project to provide our EMT's protective ballistic vests. For us to attempt to provide this asset on our own would have been nearly impossible due to the costs involved. Senator Robert Marshall and Senator Patricia Blevins went to work trying to get the support for us. The senators were successful in securing funding from House Bond Bill 410. At our regular company meeting held Tuesday, August 7, both Senators attended and presented President Ed Kuzepski, Chief Gene Johnson and Alternative Funding committee Chairman Bob Borkowski a check for $25,000 to fund this project. This will allow us to purchase 25 vests for our first responders to protect them as they provide emergency service. We are very thankful to our senators and representatives as they continue to work with us in our quest to provide optimum emergency services to our community. -Submitted by Chuck Hayes

Memorial Fire Co. is pleased to announce that the former Engine 831 has been purchased by Memorial Fire Co. and placed in service. Engine 89-5 will run from the Argos Corner Station and be first due on Mutual Aid. -Photo Submitted by Michael Lowe

INDIAN RIVER VFC TO HOST FALL CARNIVAL The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company and the Oak OrchardRiverdale American Legion Post #28 are hosting the 2nd Annual Fall Carnival from Tuesday, October 2nd thru Saturday, October 6th, 2012.The operational times are as follows: Tuesday-Thursday: Food Court 5-9 p.m. & Carnival 6-10 pm, Friday: Food Court 5-10 pm & Carnival 6 pm - ?, Saturday: Food Court 12 - 10 pm & Carnival 6 pm - ?. The carnival will feature great food, games and rides for all ages. Prizes Presale wristbands are available at Indian River VFC & American Legion Post #28. -Submitted by Patrick Miller

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also be vendors for you to purchase from. Paddles are $5.00 for the first and $3.00 for each additional. For more information please call Stephanie at 302-751-1219.

Bethany Beach First Triathlon-Duathlon, presented by Meris Properties will be held on September 23, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. The event will benefit Bethany Beach's First Responders and the 2ND ANNUAL REGIONAL Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company with options to support Autism TRAINING SCHOOL Speaks, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic®, and Share-A-Lot. The Salisbury Fire Department, the Salisbury Career Firefighter's It will feature finishing medals, overall, first-timers, masters, Clydesdale, Athena, First Responder, and age group awards, and a post Association, and Delmarva Emerald Society are hosting the 2nd Annual race party, featuring Over Time classic rock band, at the Bethany Beach Regional Training School from October 26th to 28th. A vendor fair will Bandstand in downtown Bethany Beach and a beer garden at Mango's. be held October 27th and 28th. Vendors will be onsite to demonstrate and showcase their equipment. Registration fee is $50 and should be Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in one of two races: made payable to Salisbury Career Firefighter's Association and mailed The Triathlon - 1000 meter ocean swim, 30k bike and 7k run or The to Salisbury Fire Department 2012 Regional Training School, 325 Cypress St, Salisbury, MD 21801. For more information call 410-548Duathlon - 1k beach run, 30k bike and 7k run. 3120 or email Race packet pick up will be at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, September 22, 4-8 p.m. Packet pick up will BLOOD DRIVE feature a Pasta Dinner buffet, a sports expo and a health fair for all athTO HONOR letes and their guests. Tickets for the Pasta Dinner will be available for WILMINGTON $12 for adults and $5 children under 10 years old. For more details, including registration information, sponsorship FIRE CHIEF information, or to volunteer, visit: A blood drive is being held to honor Wilmington Fire Chief James Ford. You can donate blood in Chief UPCOMING EVENTS FOR BOWERS FIRE Ford's memory through September COMPANY LADIES AUXILIARY 15th at any Blood Bank of Delmarva September 22 - All you can eat beef and dumplings platter are $10.00 location. To schedule an appointment and children 2-5 are $5.00 and 4 and under are free. call 1 888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit October 16 - Coach Bingo. Doors open at 5pm bingo starts at 7. You must be 18 or order to play please bring id. For more information please call Stephanie at 302-751-1219. December 15th - Quarter Auction 7 doors open at 5:30. There will

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Carlisle Recognizes Local Civilians Heroic Performance On Thursday evening, August 16, 2012, the Carlisle Fire Company hosted a special recognition ceremony resulting from the actions six civilians undertook during a working house fire earlier this summer. On the evening of Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Carlisle was dispatched to a structure fire at 523 South Washington Street. Command 42 with (4219, Asst. Chief Ingram) responded and was advised by Kent Center that this was a working alarm reported by Houston Fire Company, Captain Mike Edwards. Captain Edwards along with his daughter Samantha Wright were attending a Little League baseball game at the Milford Little League complex a block east of Washington Street. As the fire intensified more people present at the Little League Park began noticing the house on fire resulting in several concerned citizens responding to the location in an effort to assist if necessary. As these citizens began arriving at the scene they quickly learned that there could be several occupants trapped in the residence. One was identified as extremely ill and confined to a wheel chair, and other reports indicated there were several children unaccounted for and feared still in the house. One of the first civilians to enter the house quickly located an adult female confined to a wheel chair. With no regard for their own safety the female was lifted from her chair and carried outside to safety. As the female victim was removed several other civilians entered the residence in an attempt to locate and rescue the children reportedly trapped. By this time conditions within the interior of the structure were beginning to deteriorate. Fortunately, it was learned the children were fine. The female victim indicated that specific medical supplies including her chair, oxygen tanks and other medicines were still in the house. Again

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these civilian rescuers entered the home in an effort to salvage these life sustaining medical supplies. Upon the arrival of the first units from Carlisle all occupants had been removed and accounted for from the dwelling allowing Fire Company personnel to concentrate extinguishing the fire. As the incident was deescalating Incident Commander Ingram as well as Carlisle Fire Chief, Bill Carpenter began learning of the intervention performed by the civilians prior to the fire company's arrival. The following names are those civilians recognized for their unselfish heroism. Tom Cahall, Shane Casper, Michael Edwards, Larry Jarrell, Casey Sharp and Samantha Wright. These six citizens truly demonstrated personal sacrifice of their own safety and welfare by reaching out and helping a family avoid facing a much greater disaster then losing their home. The evening festivities provided an opportunity not only for Carlisle but in addition allowed representatives from local as well as state legislators the opportunity to acknowledge the heroic performance and unselfish valor displayed on June 20, 2012, by these six special individuals. Rarely does Carlisle have an opportunity to publicly recognize and give thanks to the civilian community in a heroic performance such as the case that occurred on South Washington Street. The Officers and Members of the Carlisle Fire Company Inc. and Carlisle Ladies Auxiliary want to take this opportunity to individually thank each one of you in the unselfish performance of your civic duty towards your fellow Milfordian's. - DFSN story by Glenn Gillespie; photo by R Knowles and B Caiola

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Unfriendly Fire at Dove Run Shopping Center Restaurant

Wednesday June 27, 2012, at 1531, the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, Odessa, Townsend, Port Penn and Delaware City were alerted for a building fire in the Dove Run Shopping Center at the Friendly’s Restaurant. The fire was initially reported to be bushes along the exterior of the building. At the same time, crews from Middletown and Odessa were operating at a working barn fire in Townsend. At 1535, 27-1 arrived on scene confirming a working building fire

with fire through the roof of the structure. Engine 1-6 arrived moments after 27-1 and positioned on the B/C corner of the building and placed two 1-3/4 inch lines in service as well as the deck gun. They had their own hydrant at the entrance to the complex. Engine 27-5 was next to arrive and established a second hydrant at the entrance to the neighboring Hardees and positioned on the C/D corner of the building, leaving access for 15-7 on the A side. Engine 27-5’s crew placed lines in service, as well as supplied the next arriving unit, Engine 29-4, on the D side of the structure. Delaware City’s Ladder and Aetna’s Engine 9 were next to arrive. Engine 9 laid the supply line to 15-7, bringing the total hydrants used at three. Water pressure was not an issue. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within the first 20 minutes of units arriving on scene with crews from multiple departments working several hours to contain hot spots. Tower 27 and 15-7 remained in service flowing water to the structure. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigated the cause of the fire. The building was a total loss. Fire departments responding to assist Middletown were Odessa, Port Penn, Delaware City, Clayton and Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder of Newark. Clayton also provided a ladder cover up for the area along with the Wilmington Manor Fire Company. New Castle County Paramedic unit 5D and ALS-21 also stood by for possible injuries. -DFSN Story and Photos by Paul Watts - Deputy Chief Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown

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Five Points Firefighter Graduates from Firefighter 1 Course

Mill Creek Firefighter Named President at NFPA Meeting

Five Points Fire Company Firefighter Chad Hayes graduated from the Salem County Fire Academy Firefighter 1 Certification Course. The Firefighter I Certification Course offers recruits all of the required training and certifications necessary to begin a career in the fire service and NBFSOB-Pro Board national FF1 certification. A graduation ceremony was held for the 19 new graduates of Class #1634 and Class #1635 at Salem Community College's Davidow Theater on Tuesday night, June 5, 2012, to recognize this achievement. Chad was presented his certificate by his father, Past Chief Chuck Hayes. Firefighter Chad Hayes was awarded the "Instructor's Recruit Award" sponsored by the PSEG Nuclear Fire Department. This award is given to the firefighter recruit in the graduating class who displays the highest level of dedication and commitment to his educational requirements, as well as their skill set, during throughout the entire program. The recipient of this award is chosen by the academy's instructor staff. -DFSN Photo by B.J.Ayars, Story by Chuck Hayes

On June 10, 2012, at the annual meeting of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. R.T. Leicht was named President of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA). Leicht has been a Member of NFPA since 1973 and has served on the IFMA Board of Directors since 1998. Leicht (aka W h i t e y ) i s a l s o Vi c e President of the Mill Creek Fire Company and is employed by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office as the Chief Fire Protection Specialist where he has served as the Chief of the Technical Services Division since 2002. Only once before, in the late 1980's, has a Delawarean, State Fire Marshal (now retired) Ben Roy of Cheswold, held the position of President at IFMA. The President of NFPA, Mr. James Shannon, who had recognized Leicht for his many years of service to the profession and his dedicated manner in maintaining his interest in related activities, thanked him for his continued and enduring commitment to safeguarding humanity against the hazards of fire. -Submitted by Mark Dolan

Jeff Brown is 1st to Complete Blue Card Incident Command Course Our own Jeff Brown became the first Fire Chief in the state to complete the Blue Card Incident Command course offered by the Delaware State Fire School. The course consisted of 50 hours of training and three days of fire simulations that better prepared him for controlling fires in homes, apartments, strip malls, commercial, and big box buildings. This training is in addition to the hundreds of hours that he has completed over his career. Congratulations Jeff! -Story By: Tucker Dempsey -Photo by Gene Shaner

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Awards & Community Service

Greir Hall Makeover

Fall 2012

2012 DVFA Scholarship Winners The members of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association and the DVFA Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate the 2012 scholarship winners and wish them good luck for their 2012-2013 school year. Listed below are the winners and their respective colleges. -Story by Bob Powell, DVFA Scholarship Chairman Albright College - Dallas McKenzie Argosy University - Rickie Clark Beebe School of Nursing - Amy Willey Columbia Southern University - Marc Perry Delaware Technical Community College - Tyler Balas, Marissa Carmello, Sarah Davis, Alyssa Forsman, Brian Keszler, Melissa Lanman, Joseph Majewski, Brandon Mohler, Carrie Rambo, Brian Rasmussen, David Roberts, Christopher Simpler, Brandon Thompson Delaware State University - Lauren Nickerson Eastern Kentucky University - Mark Sheridan Holy Family University - Paul Hassel Jefferson Medical College - Brian Lee Neumann University - Katherine Poppe University of Delaware - Emily Albright, Michael Edison, Shane Miller, Jacqueline Marshall, Kyle Mench, Megan Young University of Pittsburgh - Amanda Fisher Virginia Wesleyan College - Rochelle Moretti Walden University - Jacqueline Szczerba Wesley College - Raymond Clark Widener University - Jamie Watson Wilmington University - Daniel Fox, Dennis Hitchens, Christopher Johnson, Kevin Semonelle, Ashley Wilson Wor-Wic Community College - Rancel C. Evans, Jr.

On the evenings of July 10 and 11, 2012, a member of Milford Boy Scout Troop 116 decided his "Eagle Project" should have a positive impact on his community. Christopher Fox, a member of BSA Troop 116 working towards the highest award in Boy Scouting, decided to develop a plan that would benefit the local fire company. Christopher comes from an extended Fire Service family, approached the membership of Carlisle and presented his project that would earn him this prestigious honor. Greir Hall is definitely a focal point within the Milford community and Chris decided to help out the volunteers by repainting the walls of Greir enhancing the appearance of the facility for the members of the fire company and Ladies Auxiliary. Friends, family, members of his scout troop as well as members from Carlisle pitched in and helped Christopher complete his project. At the end of the project all the walls in Grier had received a fresh coat of paint. With his project successfully completed. Christopher is well on his way to achieving his Eagle Badge from scouting. On behalf of the officers and members of the Carlisle Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary we would like to extend our sincerest appreciations with choosing Carlisle for your Eagle Project. In addition, Carlisle would like to express our sincere thanks to Shawn Gooden from Gooden Painting for his assistance and oversight with Christopher throughout the entire project.Great Job Chris and Thank You! -DFSN Photo and Story by Glenn Gillespie

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Awards & Community Service

Congratulations and Good Luck Barry and Eugene

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the officers and members of the Carlisle Fire Company and the Ladies Auxiliary extended our sincerest congratulations to Past President and Life Member, Barry Fry, as well as to Past Chief Engineer and Life Member, Eugene Rust, following their installation to the Milford School Board last evening. Earlier this spring both men won their respective seats on the board following a successful campaign. Both men are retired employees of the school district and desire to continue working for the future of our children and our community. Good luck and much success, Barry and Eugene, in your endeavors with the School Board! -DFSN story and photo by Ryan Knowles/PIO

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Girl Scouts Introduced to Fire and EMS Opportunities

On May 3, 2012, Girl Scout Troop 918 was a guest of the Memorial Fire Company of Slaughter Beach. The focus of the program was to demonstrate potential careers available to these young ladies within the Fire and EMS Service. By attending this event and doing a little home work the girls will receive a merit badge for this program to apply towards their overall scouting achievement. Carlisle's Chief Engineer was invited as one of the guest speakers highlighting her position in the Fire Service as the first female Chief Engineer in the state. Overall it was a successful evening for everyone ‌ in particular the members of Girl Scout Troop 918. Pictured left to right is Danielle Lewes, Jr. Member, Memorial Fire Co., Members of Girl Scout Troop 918, Carlisle Chief Engineer, Dorian Klaus, and EMS Career Staffer, Sharon White, Memorial Fire Co. -DFSN story and photo by Ryan Knowles/PIO

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Antique Corner National SPAAMFAA Muster Held in Frankenmuth, MI by Bob Romig

I was fortunate enough to attend this major muster of antique fire apparatus that was held July 26 through July 28, 2012. There were over 175 pieces of antique fire apparatus on the field. There were field pieces, mini pumpers, ladder trucks (straight and Tiller), pumps of all makes, rescues and one steam pumper. There were over 18 Ahrens Fox rigs present to include the N-S-4’s, a boat tender, and even a tiller. There were units that were driven in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and parts of Canada. Many of the rigs were restored but many were still as found but still running. The muster was hosted by the Great Lakes International Antique Fire Apparatus Association. There was also a very large firematic flea market held where you could find everything from hoses, adapters, ladders,

lights, grilles, fenders, model cars, pictures, tee shirts, brass name plates, old books and magazines, decanters or just about anything that you might want or need or can't afford to own. One of the photos is a 1938 Seagrave Sedan that has been restored to use as a funeral wagon. It is beautiful.The International pumper and 1968 Hahn are Malden Millers from Maryland. . The summer muster of this organization will be held in Cherry Hill, NJ, next summer, so hopefully some of the departments in Delaware can bring their rigs. These meetings draw guests from across the U.S. and Canada and are held twice a year. The winter meeting will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, February 13-16, 2013. It wouldbe nice to see some folks from Delaware in Florida next February. -DFSN photos by Bob Romig

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Delaware Fire Service in Action

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Delaware Fire Service in Action

Working House Fire. tts -DFSN photo by Paul Wa

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Delaware Fire Service in Action

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Delaware State Fire School

Fall 2012

Delaware State Delaware State Fire University Completes School Conducts Fire Safety Training “Blue Card� Incident for Resident Command Training Assistants

On August 13, 2012, 65 Resident Assistant Students from Delaware State University attended the Delaware State Fire School to compete Fire Safety Training. Students learned about fire behavior, escape planning, fire extinguishers, infectious control and sprinkler operations.

Day Camp Visits DSFS for a Field Trip

The Blue Card Incident Command class is designed to teach fire officers a standard, systematic way to manage emergencies. The course includes 50 hours of online instruction and three days of computer simulated fires in houses, apartment buildings, strip malls, commercial buildings, and big box structures. These buildings represent the overwhelming majority of structure fires that a fire officer can expect to encounter.

Fire School Spreads Fire Safety Message at the Delaware State Fair

On July 31, 2012, the Unite Sussex Day Camp, of Dagsboro, visited the Sussex Division of the State Fire School for a Field Trip. Forty-two children and four adults were present for lessons on fire behavior, home hazards, first aid and escape planning. The Fire School again took a very active part in this year's Delaware State Fair. An informational booth was organized along with the School's mobile display and mascots participating in the evening parade on three nights. The booth this year was moved to a location in the Delaware Building which proved to be cleaner, cooler and resulted in more foot traffic. An estimate 5,000 people were directly contacted during the 10 days of the fair. -Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

Delaware State Fire School

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Agencies Assist University of Delaware in Resident Assistant Fire Safety Training

Under the direction of Kevin McSweeney, Fire Protection Engineer with University of Delaware’s Department of Environmental Health, Safety Department resident assistants of the University received Fire Safety Training on the evening of August 21, 2012. Partners included the Mill Creek and Aetna Hose Fire Companies, the city of Newark Fire Marshal’s Office, Campus Law Enforcement










and the State of Delaware’s Fire Marshal’s Office and the Delaware State Fire School. Approximately 250 students received fire extinguisher training, learned of hazards in dorm rooms, stovetop fire safety and did an escape from a residence hall filled with simulated smoke. -Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS



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Fall 2012

News from the

Office of Wilmington Fire Chief Willie J. Patrick, Jr./EFO

New Fireboat for the City of Wilmingtom

In May 2011, The City of Wilmington contracted with MetalCraft Marine of Cape Vincent, New York, to build a new multimission fireboat. The boat was constructed in Kingston, Ontario, and was completed on June 29, 2012. The boat departed from Lake Ontario on July 9 with three members of the Wilmington Fire Department aboard. The vessel then traveled through the Oswego Canal to the Erie Canal where the crew rested in Utica, NY. The following morning the crew traveled down the remaining section of the Erie Canal and exited into the Hudson River. The crew had a second night layover in Troy, NY. On July 11, the boat traveled down the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty and stopped for a crew rest in Perth Amboy, NJ. The following day the boat traveled in the Atlantic Ocean and had a final crew rest in Atlantic City, NJ. The boat

Firefighting pumps can produce a flow of 12,000 gpm. • 300 Gallons of AFFF Foam Concentrate for petroleum fires. • The cabin includes two patient care berth with four secondary care berths in the forepeak. • Its cabin, galley, sleeping quarters, HVAC, and dual onboard generators enable the crew to stay on station for extended periods. • State of the art navigation electronics. This new boat replaces the 35 year old 65foot boat which was sold in June 2012. The new Fireboat cost $3.5 million and entered the Delaware Bay on July 13 and was funded primarily by a Federal traveled up the Christiana River to Marine Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Port Security Grant that the Station 7 where it is permanently berthed. Some of the features of the new boat are: Wilmington Fire Department was awarded. Additional funding was provided by Public • Length 70 feet Service Electric and Gas Company • Width 22 feet (PSE&G), Midstream Magellan Partners, • 100,000 lbs. Displacement • Powered by four Iveco C-13- 825HP located in the Port of Wilmington, and the City of Wilmington. diesel engines with four Hamilton -DFSN Photos by Brian Slattery Jets for propulsion. and Louden Robertson • Top Speed 38 Knots (43 mph)

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News from the

Office of Wilmington Fire Chief Willie J. Patrick, Jr./EFO

-DFSN Photos by Brian Slattery and Louden Robertson

Wilmington Fire Explorers at Conference On July 21, 2012, the Wilmington Fire Department welcomed its Explorer Post #100 back from the 2012 Fire/Emergency Services Explorer Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fourteen Explorers and three adult advisors attended the conference which ran from July 16 to July 21, 2012. The mission of the Explorer conference, held every two years, is to test the knowledge and skills of Explorers in firefighting and EMS relat-

ed subjects through hands-on competitive evolutions. The conference also provided classroom training sessions. The group was led by Post Advisors Captain John Looney, Firefighter Griffith Jordan from the Wilmington Fire Department and Kristina Bensley from the Emergency Services Corps.

The week spent in Fort Collins proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience for the young men & women of Explorer Post 100. Captain Looney indicated that the Explorers displayed teamwork, commitment, perseverance and most importantly "a dig down deep attitude". The Wilmington Fire Department Explorers have attended conferences in previous years at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, Texas AM University and the University of Illinois-Champaign. Wilmington Fire Chief Willie J. Patrick Jr. indicated that as was the case in previous years, the funding for the conference was made possible through the generous support received from government, corporate, and private sponsorships.

He wanted to thank all of those who contributed in making this year's conference a reality. He stated that the financial investment that was made into the lives of our young people will have a huge impact in shaping the fire service of the future. Special thanks to Mayor James M. Baker, Wilmington City Council, Wilmington Firefighter's Association Local 1590, Magellan Partners LLC, Metal Craft Marine, Noramco, Inc., Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Buccini/Pollin Group, Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Dr. Kamar Adeleke, Talleyville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Delaware Association of Police who were major contributors to this year's fund raising effort.

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Terry Farrell FireFighters Fund “Surplus Equipment Program” has assisted fire departments throughout upper New York State with much needed turnout gear, hoses, tools and even several vehicles. All of this is possible through the generous support of Long Island Fire Departments. We now need the help of volunteers to assist us with • Equipment deliveries • Drive our vehicles in parades • Man our booths at Fire Dept. tournaments, festivals & functions • Assist with the collection of gear from donating department No one is paid in our organization but the feeling of helping firefighters who receive our donations and assistance and the gratitude they show to us is payment enough. To Volunteer of for more information about our fund please go to our website Or email Thank You, Brian Farrell

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Tempest Technology Corp Welcomes a New President As promised, this year continues to be a monumental one for Tempest Technology Corp. On June 25th Tempest welcomed a new company President, Johan Gidstedt. He comes to Tempest with over 15 years' experience in the manufacturing industry. In addition, Johan's engineering background, Master's degree in Business Administration and years of operational experience as President of Borga Steel Buildings and Components, located in Fowler, CA, will be an asset to Tempest. Hailing originally from Sweden, Johan has been a long time resident of the San Joaquin Valley in California. He just completed his second official week at Tempest, and has already begun to fit in seamlessly with the culture of the company which roots deep into the fire industry. Much of Johan's past two weeks have been spent diligently studying the industry, the company, and planning for the road ahead. He has large shoes to fill as Leroy Coffman, the previous Tempest President, was a strong catalyst in the company's tremendous success. Tempest's employees are looking toward Johan to continue the fast paced growth the company has experienced throughout its 25 years of service. "Johan brings experience and expertise in the areas of manufacturing and engineering that will allow Tempest to take full advantage of new market opportunities. His style of customer-focused management is well suited to the culture of Tempest Technology Corp," Previous Tempest President Leroy Coffman states. Leroy is just weeks from finishing his Master's degree in Business Administration and is taking this time to pursue other interests and more time with family. He will still be involved with Tempest Technology Corp. in an ownership role as time moves forward. If you have any questions about this story, Tempest Technology Corp. or the products and services in which we offer, please don't hesitate to contact us at 800.346.2143 or emailing us at



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Fire Marshal’s Report Seven Fires Caused By Lightning

Michael G. Chionchio, Assistant State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated seven fires in Sussex County, Delaware caused by lightning strikes from severe storms which occurred over a 24-hour period in late August. The fires have caused over one million dollars in damages. The damages ranged from $5,000 to $800,000 at each location.

Glasgow Building Fire Determined To Be Arson Robert Fox, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that the building fire in Glasgow, Delaware on August 22, 2012, was Arson. The Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Newark were alerted to the fire in the 2800 block of Pulaski Highway, The Wilmington Trap Shooting Association, shortly after 0300. Fire apparatus arrived with heavy fire and smoke coming from a building and a small shed. State Fire Investigators were called to the scene and conducted an investigation. Investigators determined that there were two intentionally set fires, one in a small shed and a second in a building used by the association for a club house. The fire burned the shed completely and heavily damaged the main building. Damage estimates are approximately $75,000. There were no occupants at the time of the fire and no one was injured battling the blaze.

The home was occupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The home was not equipped with working smoke detectors. Damages have been estimated at $5,000. Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigators determined that the fire originated in a second floor bedroom and was caused by the malfunction of an electric extension cord.

Lightning Strike Causes $600,000 In Damage Harry Miller, Deputy Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 0809 on the unit block of Prospect Street in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Rehoboth Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Indian River, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Milton, Georgetown, Millville and Roxana Fire Departments. Upon arrival they encountered heavy smoke showing. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Damages have been estimated at $600,000. Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigators have determined that the fire originated in the utility storage room and was caused by a lightning strike.

Minquadale Restaurant Burns On Two Consecutive Days

Michael G. Chionchio, Assistant State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated an August 20, 2012, fire at a New Castle, Delaware restaurant. The restaurant had been previously involved in a fire on August 19, 2012. The second fire occurred around 0600 at the Casablanca Restaurant located at 4010 N. DuPont Highway in Minquadale. The Minquadale Fire Company extinguished a fire inside the building. There were no reported injuries or additional dollar loss. .

Randall W. Lee, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Monday, August 13, 2012, at 1942 on the 200 block of North Second Avenue in Delmar, Delaware. The Delmar Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Laurel, DE and Sharptown, MD Fire Departments. Upon arrival they encountered smoke conditions on the second floor.

Robert Fox, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that a building fire in Delaware City on July 27, 2012, was accidental. The Delaware City Fire Company was alerted to the fire in the 1600 block of South DuPont Highway shortly before 1100 in the morning. Fire apparatus arrived with heavy fire and smoke coming from the building. State Fire Investigators were called to the scene and conducted an investigation. Investigators determined that the fire originated in a part of the building that housed a salvage garage. The cause of the fire was determined to be vapors from fuel being siphoned from a tank igniting and surrounding combustibles catching fire. The fire heavily damaged the business and caused an estimated $500,000 in damages. One worker was injured attempting to extinguish the fire. He received 1st and 2nd degree burns to his arms. He was treated by New Castle County Paramedics and transported via ambulance to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. No Firefighter injuries were reported.

Randall W. Lee, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

Randall W. Lee, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

Malfunctioning Extension Cord Causes Delmar Fire

Fuel Vapors Ignite Delaware City Building

Dwelling Fire In Lewes

Smoking Ignites Seaford Blaze

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2122 on the 100 block of Fourth Street in Seaford, Delaware. The Seaford Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Blades Fire Department. Upon arrival they encountered heavy fire. The home was occupied at the time of the fire. The victim was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for observation. Damages have been estimated at $25,000. Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigators determined that the fire originated in the living room and was caused by smoking materials igniting nearby combustibles.

On August 1, 2012, the Delaware State Fire Marsha’s Office completed their investigation that resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old female, and two male juveniles, one 13 and one 14 years old. All three were charged with Felony manufacturing and using an explosive device, Misdemeanor Reckless Exploding and Conspiracy. The explosion of the devices did not result in any injuries or damage to any buildings.

Three Arrested After Investigation

B. Scott Bullock, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, Headquarters Division in Kent County, has arrested one adult and two juveniles involved in an explosives investigation in Harrington, DE. The incident occurred shortly before midnight on July 31, 2012, in the Friendship Village Apartment complex in Harrington. Neighbors in the apartment complex reported hearing several loud booms in the complex and notified Harrington Police. Officers from the Harrington PD responded and made contact with a juvenile in the area that had knowledge of the incident and informed the officers. Harrington Police searched the area and found one detonated soda bottle bomb and another that did not appear detonated. Both devices were located behind the apartment building. Deputies from the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Delaware State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team were notified of the incident and requested to respond. Members of the DSP Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team arrived and rendered the second device safe and Deputies from the DE State Fire Marshal’s Office began the investigation.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 1450 in Paynter’s Mill Estates on the 16000 block of John Rowland Trail in Lewes, Delaware. The Lewes Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Milton and Rehoboth Beach Fire Departments. Upon arrival they encountered smoke showing. The home was equipped with working smoke detectors. One occupant was discovered in the kitchen and rescued by Lewes Fire Department personnel. The victim was transported to Beebe Medical Center and later transferred to Crozer Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Damages have been estimated at $50,000.

Dryer Malfunction Causes $75,000 Damage

B. Scott Bullock, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, Headquarters Division in Kent County, has determined that a house fire that occurred on July 10, 2012, in Marydel was accidental in nature. The fire was reported by a passer-by shortly after 1000 in the 900 block of Strauss Ave in Marydel, DE. The Marydel Fire Co arrived on scene with smoke and flames coming from the home. Assistance was requested from the Hartly Fire Co, Camden-Wyoming Fire Co, Goldsboro, MD Vol. Fire Co. and Kent County EMS. The fire was placed under control at 1038. Deputy Fire Marshals responded and investigated the fire and determined the fire originated in the laundry room of the one story manufactured home and was caused by a malfunction with the clothes dryer. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants and damages are estimated at $75,000.

Delaware Fire Service News Fall 2012  
Delaware Fire Service News Fall 2012  

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