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VOLUME 21, NO. 2


APRIL 2018

See story on page 34. -DFSN photo by Andrew Greene

Delaware Fire Service News Welcome All to CFSI & FDIC

April 2018

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In this issue... $5 Million Fire in Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, assisted by Stations 82 and 70, responded to a house fire on Sand Dune Drive. See story page 9

Broad Water Fire On January 25, 2018, Indian River, Lewes, Millsboro and local EMS were dispatched to the 34500 block of Broad Water Road for a house fire. See story page 11

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 bi-monthly 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

Wilmington Bedroom Fire On March 21, 2018, Wilmington firefighters of the C Platoon were alerted for a structure fire on Maryland Avenue. See story page 14

K9 “Sparks” Passes On February 19, 2018, Deputy Brian Schad of Headquarters Division in Kent County, laid to rest his K9 partner “Sparks.” See story page 20

NCCo Paramedics Host 6th Annual Survivors’ Reunion On February 27, 2018, the New Castle County Paramedics hosted their 6th Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors’ Reunion. See story page 46

Contributors: Mark Anderson, Steve Austin, Wayne Barrall, Christine Bennett, Dave Bosco, Earl Brode, B. Scott Bullock, Sean Byron, Dave Carpenter, Mike Carroll, Skip Carrow, Michael G. Chionchio, Fred Cullis, Michele Ehart, Mary Eisenbrey, Mark Felicetti, Dave Ferguson, Robert Fox, Jon Gallo, Claudia Garner, Glenn Gillespie, Larry Gum, Chuck Hayes, Dave Horack, Doug Hudson, Jerry Hull, Sean Humphreys, Chad Ingram, Bill Ireland, Jr., Terry Jester, James Jobes, Warren F. Jones, Ed Kalinowski, Kevin Keating, Ryan Knowles, Randall Lee, Michael Lowe, Chris Lucas, Karen Majewski, Candice McDonald, Mike McMichael, Harry Miller, Patrick Miller, Tom Mitten, Joseph Mriss, Joe Mullen, Amy Murray, Tim Murray, Michael J. O’Connor Jr., Dwayne Pearson, Phil Pennington Sr., Gary Plotts, Bob Powell, Patricia Quigley, Patrick Quigley, John Randolph, James Read, Matthew Read, Lauden Robertson, Bob Romig, D. Ruff, Gene Shaner, Kevin Sipple, Chuck Snyder, Russell Stinson, William Thomas, Eugene Tucker, Lisa Turner, Leonard Tylecki, Rob Watts, Jim Watson, Steve Watson, Matt Williams, Dave Wilson, Jack Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Jim Woznicki ADVERTISING: Rate card and marketing information are available on request. To advertise call 631-776-0500 x111 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 631-776-0500 x111 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 $25.00 per year, paid in advance to Delaware Fire Service News, 146 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713.

Obituaries Brandywine’s Board of Director Emeritus Stephen A. Raign See story page 51

PLUS: Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 4 Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pages 47, 57 Up Close & Personal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 48 Fire Marshal’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 58 Industry News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 58

Index of Advertisers 1st Choice Safety Equipment .... 10 Fire, Rescue, & EMS Today... 43 AdvantEdge Healthcare ........ 4 Firehouse Expo ........... 35 & 47 American Military University Harrisburg Expo .................. 51 ............................................... 25 Kimtek .................................. 11 ASI ....................................... 39 Provident Agency Inc. ........... 9 Atlantic Emergency Solutions Records Gebhart Agency ...... 49 ................... 5, 23, 30, 31, 45, 59 Roll-N-Rack ......................... 21 Bayhealth ............................. 13 Rush Uniforms ...................... 9 Breaking News Network ...... 55 Spicer Mullikin .................... 41 Delaware Democrats ........... 33 Sutphen .................................. 7 Delaware Republicans ........ 37 Terry Farrell DPC ............................. 2, 27, 60 Firefighters Fund ....... 17 & 19 ESI ....................................... 19 Ultra Bright Lightz .............. 19 FDIC ................................... 29 VCI ....................................... 15

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Understanding PTSD I often remember the photo of a firefighter carrying a lifeless bloodied child, who was a victim of the Oklahoma City bombing. Recently, I read about the impact that incident had on Firefighter Chris Fields who retired with over 31 years of service to the Oklahoma City Fire Department. In the article, it said that Fields took counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The good news was that despite this horrible day, Firefighter Fields “was finally in a good place.” However, this incident took time to understand and it definitely affected his personal life. I look back at the careers of other firefighters, especially those who worked side-by-side with their brothers and sisters who perished while answering the call of duty. How many of you have operated at serious calls that claimed the life of innocent victims? I am sure you can close your eyes and be haunted by the memory of a child, a mother, a father, or even a fellow responder who lost their life at a call at which you worked feverishly, as you tried to save them. How many of you have had close calls and found yourselves paralyzed from fear when you realized your life was spared for some mysterious reason? It has

happened to me, it has happened to family members in the service and it probably has happened to you. Whether you realize it or not, all in the fire service are exposed to events every day, which could psychologically affect you as months, or even years, pass after an incident. It is how you deal with PTSD that will make a difference on how the PTSD impacts you. Have you ever woken up at night and could not get back to sleep, because you were thinking of what you could have done differently at a call? According to an article in the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), there are five warning signs for PTSD: isolation from others, disturbed sleep, increased irritability, decreased interest in significant activities, and self-destructive or reckless behavior are all signs that you may need to talk to a professional to determine if PTSD is a concern. It may be easy for a co-worker to realize your personality has changed. It takes strength for you to realize you may have a problem; sometimes a close friend can make you realize you need help. Understand that the military, only recently, started to understand the toll that war takes on

soldiers and that PTSD is real. Like soldiers, all of you are on the frontlines at home, protecting your communities. With this, comes exposure to traumatic events. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has addressed PTSD. First responders need to know it is OK to have an emotional reaction to a traumatic event. There is no shame if you suffer from PTSD, but you do need help. Your department should have a plan in place so you can debrief after a serious call. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has some great reading about behavioral health. Check out Everyone Goes Home Initiative 13 at …Dennis

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Serving Delaware’s First Responders Since 1921

DVFA OFFICE First Net/A T & T: To give you some brief history, in 2010 the DVFA under the leadership of President Bill Tobin traveled to Washington, DC, to attend a Senate hearing, with Governor Markell, on a proposal to set aside a block of broadband for public safety. The block was known as “D” Block. Eventually D Block was approved by Congress and set aside for public safety. This was the start of a nationwide public safety broadband network. In order to start the network and to operate it, First Net was formed. Ground work was laid by First Net up to the point where they had to acquire a vendor to operate the system. RFPs were sent out and the eventually low bidder was AT&T. Governor Carney had the option of opting in to First Net, opting out or staying neutral. If they opted out they would have to build their own system. The Governor chose to opt in. So Delaware became a part of First Net/AT&T. First Net is designed to give all first responders priority access to the internet for their MDTs, cellphones and other internet devices. On a large-scale incident, on the First Net AT&T system, the first responder devices will have priority over all other internet customers.

While other cellphone and internet devices will have limited access to internet connections and may suffer dropped connections of no contact, the first responders on First Net AT&T will continue with access. AT&T has committed to set up 14 new towers in Delaware before the end of the year to improve coverage in Delaware. It is our suggestion that at least your ambulance, fire apparatus, command MDTs and chief officer’s cellphones be on this system. All firefighter’s personnel cellphones are allowed on the system as well. The cost is also a key. AT&T has to be cost competitive, if not better, than the current carriers. The DVFA has approved the system and signed a master agreement. Each member company of the DVFA is now eligible to sign a participation agreement so that they can then purchase FirstNet service for their organization and allow their first responders to purchase FirstNet services as individuals for their personal devices and cellphones. Station Inventory: Each fire station is required by statute to submit an annual equipment inventory to the Insurance Office. The DVFA Office compiles this information and

by Richard T. Perillo, President, DVFA Hello Ladies and Gentleman. Another season has come and gone, Spring is here, new and vibrant things are to come. What will be coming to you and your company? This year you have selected not to have a separate symposium, but to have some new speakers at your conference. Please contact 2nd Vice President Jones if you know of someone you would like to listen to and learn from. Jay’s contact information is on the DVFA website. Yes, we want to hear from you. This is your Association, and without your involvement and participation we cannot move forward.

We are trying to give everyone the information they need prior to attending the DVFA Executive meetings. Your Executive Manager had emailed everyone on the email list the agenda for March’s meeting. We hope that this information gave you the opportunity to have an educated opinion and vote when the vote was asked of you. We are striving to give you the information when we have it so you are up to date on the issues at hand. At your March Executive meeting your Delegates and Alternates voted to contract with Dover Downs for the next three years. We hope you have been told this. They also approved best practice policies our accountant said your Association should have. Please look at these policies, as they may be helpful to your company. Secretary Steele puts all of the minutes from the DVFA Officer’s meeting and your DVFA

by Lynn Warner, President LADVFA Spring is finally here. I am always happy to celebrate Easter. To me Easter is always a time of new beginnings and new life. Well this spring is uniquely special to me. The past few months have been very difficult; I was diagnosed with cancer in December 2017, which meant many test and procedures and finally an operation in February. On February 23, the doctor informed me that the cancer was contained and removed and that I didn’t need any other treatments. I will just have to be on watch for the next five years. I have been very blessed and have been given a new life, and I look forward to fulfilling my duties as President of the LADVA as soon as I am able. At this time, I want to thank my 1st Vice-

President Penny Gentry, 2nd Vice-President Karen Workman, and Secretary Karen Barlow for attending all the banquets and meetings in my place. You are the best! I apologize to all the fire companies whose banquets I missed, as I always looked forward to seeing everyone up and down the state. I also want to thank everyone in the DVFA and the LADVFA for all your prayers, flowers and cards during my illness. You have been a great support system to Harry and I, and we couldn’t have done it without you. My grandsons couldn’t believe all the cards that I received. I did get to attend the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Annual Poster and Essay event at the Cheswold Fire Company. The Life Safety Committee does a great job on this event and the Cheswold Ladies Auxiliary served a great lunch. But the best part was seeing the winner’s faces as they receive their awards. They are so excited and proud. They

forwards it to the Insurance Office. If you go to the DVFA Website: On the left side click on “Documents and Forms.” When the page comes up, in the third block under “Various Documents,” is “Station Apparatus Inventory.” Download the forms (one for each station), fill out and fax or e-mail to the DVFA Office as listed below. CFSI: Steve Austin and Lou Amabili are to be honored at the Congressional Fire Services Annual Dinner. The Dinner is Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Washington Hilton. Registration forms are on the DVFA Website. Let’s salute Steve and pay a tribute to the memory of Lou this year in Washington. Conference 2018: The dates for Conference 2018 are September 12-15, 2018, at Dover Downs. If there is anything the DVFA Office can do for you please contact the office. Thank you and be safe. Warren Jones, Executive Manager 302-535-4566 (cell) 302-734-9404 (fax)

DVFA PRESIDENT Executive Meeting on the DVFA web site. In my last article I had asked you to check your smoke detectors and CO detectors, for you are the first responders. Did you remember to check, please make sure you and your family are safe, then we can branch out to the residents we serve. I am sure everyone has read the paper about another Volunteer Department having funds misappropriated. It saddens me that some people paint all of us with the same brush, they think all of their Volunteer/Combination Fire Departments are the same, when in fact we are not. Please let your Legislators and residents know about the best practices your department uses so this cannot happen to you. On behalf of your DVFA Officer’s I thank you and your families for what you continue to do.

LADVFA CORNER stand on boxes set up like the Olympics. As it starts out, we have to help the little ones up on the boxes and by the end most of them are taller than the presenters. It was nice of the Lt. Governor to help us give out the awards to the children. I am looking forward to attending the 30th Annual CFSI Dinner in Washington on April 19, 2018. I understand that our own Steve Austin is going to be honored with a Prestigious CFSI Award. Congratulation Steve for all you do for the fire service! I hope there is a big delegation there from Delaware to see Steve receive his award. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter and I look forward to seeing you at LADVFA Executive Meeting on May 7 at Cheswold. Always remember that volunteers are God’s angels in disguise.

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Clayton Assists On February 16, 2018, the Clayton Fire Company assisted Stations 4 and 24 at a house fire on Appoquin Drive. - DFSN photo by Mike Carroll

House Fire in Linfield On February 20, 2018, a box assignment was struck for the 100 block of Bette Road in the Linfield section of BrandywineHundreds. Claymont Ladder 13 and Engine 132 were on the street with 10 personnel moments after dispatch. Engine 113 arrived to report fire showing from a private dwelling. Ladder 13 arrived and went to work throwing ground ladders and began searches for trapped occupants. E132 crew ran a backup line to assist 11’s crew. Ladder 13 officer (B.Harris) reported searches complete and negative with only minimal extension. Station 13 manpower assisted in opening up before being released. - Submitted by Claymont Fire Company

While You’re Out There… On February 21, 2018, Seaford Fire responded to a vehicle fire in the Walmart parking lot. While E87-2 and E87-5 were on scene, Rescue 87 handled an MVC on Atlanta Road. - Submitted by Matt Read

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$5 Million Fire in Rehoboth Bch.

On March 13, 2018, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, assisted by Stations 82 and 70 on the initial alarm responded, to a house fire on Sand Dune Drive off of East Lake Drive in South Rehoboth. Arriving units found two large beach homes well involved with a strong Northeast wind blowing off the ocean moving the flames towards two other structures. Crews put a master stream and handline in service to slow the progress while setting up tower ladders. Limited access was problematic. At the height of the blaze, Tower 86, Ladder 82, Tower 70 and Quint 70 had their aeri-

al devices applying water. Three other residences suffered heat and smoke damage only, due to the efforts of over 100 firefighters from all over Sussex County. Tower 86 took over drafting, as a Rehoboth engine was damaged by the fire. RBVFC would like to thank everyone who assisted with the call along with our Auxiliary. Thank You to Terry Jester and Patty Marvel, Danny and Don Don Mitchell, Ronnie Blizzard for sharing their photos. - DFSN photos by Chuck Snyder

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UD Plant Ops 2-Alarmer

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Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder responded to a fire at the University of Delaware Plant Operations complex on January 30, 2018. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the second floor offices of a building on Academy Street. Access was made difficult because the second-floor offices had no window or door access to the outside. Crews making their way to the fire area through interior stairs were met by blast furnace type conditions. Vertical ventilation by ladder companies was slowed as the roof was covered in slate. The fire quickly went to two alarms, bringing a dozen departments from New Castle, Cecil (MD) and Chester (PA) counties. Frigid temperatures quickly coated walkways and streets with ice. Multiple area agencies also assisted, including Mobile Command units from NCC 911 and NCC EMS, along with the St. Francis Hospital EMS Rehab trailer. The fire was placed under control in two hours. - Submitted by Dave Wilson

Cheswold’s Structure Fire On February 8, 2018, Cheswold responded to a structure fire in Station 43’s locale. Duty Crew Engine 53 and Brush 53 responded to assist with fire suppression, salvage and overhaul. Also responding were Hartly EMS, Ambulance Co. 64, Kent County EMS, Citizens Hose Company, Clayton Fire Company, State Fire Marshals, and Leipsic Fire Company. - Submitted by Quint Boots

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1 Injured in Townsend Fire

On January 20, 2018, Townsend Station 26 was dispatched for a residential structure fire in the 100 block of Blackbird Forest Road. Crews arrived to find a two-story single-family dwelling with smoke showing from the second floor. First Assistant Chief Ray Clark established command. Crews placed a 1-3/4 inch line in service and extinguished the fire. There was heavy damage to the second floor and one person was transported to Middletown ER with minor injuries. Also on scene were Middletown (27), Odessa (24), Port Penn (29), Smyrna (44), Clayton (45), Leipsic (53), Cheswold (43) and Christiana (12). - Submitted by Brandy O’Neal

Broad Water Rd. Fire

On January 25, 2018, Indian River, Lewes, Millsboro and local EMS were dispatched to the 34500 block Broad Water Road for a residential fire. Upon arrival of Engine 80-3, there was heavy smoke and fire showing from a mobile home with exposure to other structures. Three lines were put in service while other units assisted with water supply, fire attack, salvage and overhaul. - Submitted by Derrick Pry

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Farmington Assists at Trailer Fire

Farmington Station 47 assisted Station 78 on a trailer fire on Owens Station Road. - Submitted by Tom Williams

Millsboro Responds to Brush Fire

On January 27, 2018, Millsboro was alerted for an outside fire in suppression, overhaul and water supply. Georgetown covered the 28200 block of Washington Street. First units from Millsboro Millsboro fire district while Lewes covered Indian River. - Submitted by Derrick Pry, encountered a brush fire, which had extended into a barn. Mutual DFSN photos by Larry Gum aid came from Indian River and Dagsboro. Units conducted fire

Boxwood Road House Fire Draws a Crowd On February 20, 2018, Five Points and surrounding companies were alerted for a residential structure fire in the 400 block of Boxwood Road. Chief Manley arrived and reported smoke showing. Engine 17 stretched a four-inch supply line from Boxwood Avenue while Minqua Squad 23 stretched a four-inch supply line from Conrad Drive. Squad 23’s crew stretched a line to the first floor, while Engine 17’s crew stretched to the second floor. Crews were met with fire through the front door but were able to make a quick extinguishment. Crews were also met with hoarding conditions which led to extensive overhaul. The incident was quickly placed under control. On scene were: Command 17-8, Engine 17, Squad 17, Ladder 17, Safety 17, Minquas Squad 23, Elsmere Ladder 16, Cranston Heights Rescue 14, Belvedere Engine 30-6,

Wilmington Manor Engine 28, Christiana Engine 12, Mill Creek Ladder 21-7, Hockessin Rescue Engine 19, New Castle County Paramedics' Medic-2A and ALS 21, Ambulance 19, Command 14, Command 18, Command 23, Command 16, and the Delaware State Fire Marshals. - Submitted by Chuck Hayes, photo by Delaware Online’s William Bretzger

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Wilmington Bedroom Fire On March 21, 2018, Wilmington firefighters of the C Platoon were alerted for a structure fire on Maryland Avenue. Units arrived to fire coming from the second floor of a two-story, semi-detached, residential dwelling. Battalion Chief Michael Schaal requested an additional engine company. Firefighters quickly advanced a line to find fire in a second-floor bedroom. All residents had escaped prior to fire department arrival. Crews contained the fire to the area of origin and the scene was placed under control. The following units responded: Engine 1, Engine 6, Squad 4, Engine 5, Ladder 2, Battalion-2, Battalion-1, F-1, Deputy 2, Deputy 4, Battalion 12, F-9, FMO, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Licenses & Inspections, Red Cross and DP&L. - Submitted by John M. Looney

Brenford Road Garage Fire

On the evening of February 8, 2018, Cheswold was alerted to a garage fire on Brenford Road, along with a ladder from Clayton and a tanker from Citizens Hose. Command 43 arrived to find a three-car detached garage with fire throughout and exposure to the residence in front of it. Engine 43-3 arrived and deployed three

handlines. The house sustained some melted siding and there were several vehicles damaged or destroyed. Units on the scene were Command 43, 43-3, 43-2, Rescue 43, A-43, Quint 45, Engine 45, Tanker 44, 44-3, A-64, A-51, KCEMS, and DSFMO. - Submitted by Tucker Dempsey and Quint Boots

Seaford Assists Blades On February 4, 2018, Seaford assisted the Blades VFC on an apartment fire. Units arrived to find burnt food and quickly placed the fire under control. - Submitted by Matt Read

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Fatality at Millville Blaze

On November 27, 2017, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a house fire in the 36000 Block of Club House Road in Millville. Bethany Beach, Frankford, Sussex County Paramedics, BBVFC Ambulance, Fire Marshal’s Office and State Medical Examiner also responded. The structure was engulfed on arrival and Chief R.C. Evans coordinated logistics of arriving apparatus. The structure was set back off the roadway without paved access. Chief Brian Martin (BBVFC) assisted with directing the firefighters in battling this blaze. Unfortunately, once entry was made, a body was discovered in the home. The State Medical Examiner took custody of the remains. - Submitted by Tony Petralia

Luray Road Box Alarm On February 7, 2018, a box alarm was dispatched for Luray Road in Jefferson Farms. Units arrived to find smoke showing from a two-story home. Crews placed two lines in service and extinguished the fire in less than 30 minutes. Units operating included Engines 18,22,12,20, Ladders 18, 12, 28, Rescue 23, Ambulance 30, and New Castle County Paramedics. - Submitted by David Majewski, Jr.

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MVC on the Tracks

On February 25, 2018, Cheswold was alerted for an MVC at the intersection of Moorton and Lynnbury Woods Roads. Units arrived to find one vehicle on the tracks with the driver still inside and another vehicle on Moorton Road. The crew of Rescue 43 performed a door pop to help remove the driver. Norfolk Southern was notified of the obstructed track. All injured parties were transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. - Submitted by Tucker Dempsey

Millsboro Handles MVC Millsboro responded to a car-versus-semi with entrapment call MVC on Dupont Highway. - DFSN photo by Larry Gum

Duty Crew Assists at Elsmere Crash January 29, 2018, Five Points was alerted, as part of the Area-7 Duty Crew, for an MVC with rollover at the intersection of Barley Mill Road and Montchanin Road. Squad-17 and Engine-17 responded. Elsmere Fire Company’s Fire Police Officer 16-9 confirmed the rollover and one victim trapped. Squad-17 arrived shortly after Elsmere’s A-16 along with New Castle County Medic-7. Crews removed the victim through the sunroof of the vehicle. Engine-17 and Talleyville Fire Company’s Rescue-25 arrived and assisted with vehicle stabilization. In less than two minutes, the victim was safely extricated from the vehicle and transported by A-16 to St. Francis ER in a stable condition. - Submitted by Chuck Hayes

Claymont Handles Extrication, Medevac Recently, the Claymont Fire Company responded to an MVC with possible entrapment. Ambulance C13 arrived to confirm entrapment. Rescue 13 (T.Buddy) staffed with six arrived and quickly put two spreaders and two cutters in service and removed the B-post to gain access. Command-13 (Mark Harris) had Trooper-4 land in the highway for transport. The trapped driver was freed in under 10 minutes, packaged and handed off the flight staff and flown to Christiana Hospital. Assisting was Medic 1 and Rescue Company 11. - Submitted by Claymont Fire Company

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Rollover in Felton

Felton Station 48 was alerted for an MVC with rollover on February 22, 2018, at the intersection of Burnite Mill and Berrytown Roads in Felton. - Submitted by Robert Watts

MVC in Little Creek On February 28, 2018, Little Creek Station 54, Station 53, KM5, KM7, Trooper 4 and Ambulance 43 responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Bayside Drive in the area of Persimmon Tree Lane. First units arrived on scene four minutes after dispatch reporting a vehicle on its side with two subjects inside. Both patients were safely extricated after just 12 minutes. Ambulances 53 and 43 transported to Kent General Hospital with ALS onboard. - Submitted by Richard Hand

Seaford Handles Sussex Hwy. MVC On January 17, 2018, Seaford Fire and EMS were dispatched to Sussex Highway for an MVC. Units arrived to find an accident involving a tractor trailer and a piece of farm equipment. EMS transported one patient to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. - Submitted by Matt Read

Wires Down on Church Road Crews were dispatched to a wires down call in the 1100 block of Church Road as the result of a minor property damage accident. Personnel arrived to find a leaking oil tanker truck that had rolled over across the roadway, along with wires down. Responding units included Chief 9-8, Squad 7, Utility 7, A-9 and Engine 12 along with zone fire police. Crews stood by until Delmarva secured power and DNREC began the oil transfer. Chief 9-8 had Newark Command. - Submitted by Dave Wilson

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Townsend Responds to MVC On February 28, 2018, Townsend units responded to a call for an MVC. Units arrived to find a two-vehicle MVC with two patients. While EMS provided patient care, crews from Rescue Engine 26 and Squad 26 worked to secure the vehicle and remove any hazards as a result of the crash. EMS transported one patient to Christiana Hospital and the other refused treatment. Crews remained on scene until the vehicles were removed from the scene by the wrecker. - Submitted by Brandy O’Neal

Propane Tanker MVC Farmington Tanker 47 and Engine 47-4 assisted Station 50 with an MVC involving a propane tanker. - Submitted by Tom Williams

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K9 “Sparks” Laid to Rest

On February 19, 2018, Deputy Brian Schad of Headquarters Division in Kent County, laid to rest his K9 partner “Sparks.” K9 Sparks began her service with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 2008, after the retirement of K9 “Kelly.”. K9 Sparks respectfully served the agency for six years with Deputy Brian Schad as her primary handler. K9 Sparks retired in 2014 after examining over 200 arson scenes during her career. K9 Sparks was replaced by K9 “Tanya” and her handler, Deputy John Galaska. K9 Sparks was honored on February 19, 2018, by Deputy State Fire Marshals with an escort from her home to the Brenford Animal Hospital in Dover where she spent her final moments surrounded by her family. The Office of the State Fire Marshal extends our thoughts and prayers to the Schad family for their loss. K9 Sparks was 13-years old. The State Fire Marshal has utilized an Accelerant Detection Canine Team for over 25 years. The canine and training is initially funded by State Farm Insurance and certified by the Maine State Police to work in all 50 states. These canines have continued to prove themselves as a valuable asset to battle Arson in the State of Delaware - Submitted by B. Scott Bullock

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DVFA: Your Support Has Made a Difference in Washington, DC By Bill Webb, Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute Once again, the Congressional Fire Services Institute has the distinct honor of hosting the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner Program. We are truly grateful to our friends from Delaware who understand the importance of attending this program. Each year, CFSI encourages our guests to use their time in Washington wisely, whether in meetings with their members of Congress, or attending our seminars and other activities. But as you know, it is also our major fundraising event of the year. And with your support, we can continue to perform our mission each year on Capitol Hill. Last year was an extremely important year for CFSI — and for that matter the entire fire and emergency services. It was a year in which Congress reauthorized the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs, and the United States Fire Administration. The grant programs have already distributed over $8.2 million to the Delaware fire service since 2010 and $14 billion in grants to departments across the nation since 2000, and it will remain authorized for another six years. CFSI scored other important legislative victories. After a 15-year effort, the Institute and other fire organizations, including the National Fire Sprinkler Association, convinced Congress to approve the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. We hope businesse will take advantage of a new tax incentive to retrofit properties with automatic fire sprinklers.

Congress also approved the Length of Service Award Program CAP Adjustment Act. The measure raises the annual cap on contributions to Length of Service Award Programs to $6,000 and allows for adjustments for inflation. The legislation was included in the tax reform legislation signed into law by President Trump. CFSI was proud to be involved in the effort to gain passage of this. This year’s dinner program will feature special moments to recognize two Delaware fire service leaders. First, the late Louis J. Amabili. As you know, Lou was a member of the CFSI Board of Directors. But he was more than that; he was a dear friend of many, a life-long educator, and a national fire service treasure. He leaves behind an incredible legacy, some of which we will highlight during a special tribute during the dinner program. We will also honor Steve Austin. The CFSI Board of Directors selected Steve and Mr. Tony O’Neill as the co-recipients of the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. This is a very fitting tribute to two fire service leaders who have remain dedicated to our organization since they were first established in 1989. CFSI is a privately-funded organization. We do not receive federal grants. We want those funds to go to your departments to address your needs and make your jobs safer. That is why we seek your support — to enable us to continue advocating for your needs and challenges. I hope you can join us on April 18-19, 2018, as we pay tribute to you and your fellow firefighters and emergency services personnel for your dedication and commitment to service.

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DSFS Hosts Special Fire Safety Course The Delaware State Fire School was honored to bring to Delaware, Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos to present their program “After the Fire.” The book version of their story appeared on The New York Times best seller list. Promoted to the fire service, as well as local colleges, the program discusses the effect of the devastating fire that took place at Seton Hall University on January 19, 2000. Both men were students at Seton Hall at the time of the fire. The pro-

gram inspires and motivates students, professionals and emergency services personnel that life may provide many obstacles, but they can be overcome by drawing strength, knowledge and motivation from those around you. The program discussed their long, torturous recovery from burn injuries, the effect it had on their families, the investigation of the fire, as well as the court proceedings involving those responsible for setting the fire. (Above, left): Victor Shipman (Del. State Univ.), Jason Osika (Dover Fire Marsha), Kevin McSweeney (Univ. of Del.), Mike Lowe (DSFS), Al Llanos, Paul Eichler (Dover Fire), Shawn Simons, Trey Small (Dover Fire), Nicholas Jones (Holloway Terrace), Kyle Kokoszka (Univ. of Del.). - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

DSFS Featured at 2018 Delaware Dept. of Agriculture Safety Conference The Delaware State Department of Agriculture held its annual Safety Conference on March 7, 2018, at the Delaware State Fair Grounds. The event is sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau. Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse welcomed those in attendance. Presentations took place regarding disaster preparedness, safely working in the sun, hazardous materials handling and others. The Delaware State Fire School was very pleased to have Senior Instructor Jack Wilson invited to speak, familiarizing the agricultural community on fire department responses in rural emergencies. Chief Wilson gave an overview of the Delaware Fire

Service, the resources it has available and specifically what occurs during different types of incidents. The Fire School also had an informational booth addressing the topic of Agricultural Safety for the rural community. Information was discussed regarding the “Progressive Ag Safety Day” Program, which educates children on the prevention of injuries that may occur in a rural environment. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

DSFS at Center for Campus Fire Safety Conference

Mike Lowe, Senior Instructor of the Delaware State Fire School. Instructor Wendy Lowe, was invited by to present to the group regarding the preparation of students graduating high school and The Center for Campus Fire Safety’s Annual Conference took place entering campus life. (Left): Mike Lowe, DSFS; Shawn Simons November 8 through the 11, 2018, in Chapel Hill, NC. The State of (After the Fire Program); Wendy Lowe; Alvaro Llanos (After the Delaware was represented by Kevin McSweeney, of the University Fire); and Kevin McSweeney, University of Delaware. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS of Delaware Environmental Health and Safety Department, and

DVFA Annual Fire Prevention Poster & Essay Contest Winners On January 14, 2018, the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association held its annual Fire Prevention Poster and Essay Contest Awards Program. This year’s event was hosted by the Cheswold Fire Company. Students kindergarten through third grade, prepared posters regarding their assigned fire prevention topic. Students fourth grades through eighth prepared essays. These were judged at the local and county levels. The first-place winners from each county then competed with the winners being honored at the event. We would like to thank Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall Long for her support and attendance at the event. Row 1:

Brenden Albert, Christopher Skilling, Emily Morris, Isabella Johnson, Colton Brennan, Daniel Zlock, Holden Ryall Brown, Kennedy Littleton, Madison Bullard. Row 2: Gianna Plumley, Alyson Adams, Alison Swartz, Sophia Ferris, Rachel Antonio, Alayna Coates, Joshua Page-Bennett, Matthew Heacook. Row 3: Lt. Governor Bethany Hall Long, Lydia Brown, Nicolas Santoro, Celia Pope, Devan Byler, Samantha Dennison, Gracie Ebaugh, Staqhuan Clanton, Allison Swartzentruber, Samuel Joseph Henry Winston, Khang Nguyen. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS, photo by Ron Marvel

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Fire Officer Classes at DSFS

On the weekend of February 24 and 25, 2018, the DSFS held both ICS 400 and Red Card Officer Training. These courses prepare officers for major and complex incidents using Area Command and reviews multiagency coordination of events. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

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New Training Aid in Service The DSFS recently placed in service a Dragon Elevator Door Simulator. This is the most realistic hands-on, table top, shaft-way door trainer on the market. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

Wilmington Recruit Training The DSFS was pleased to conduct training of the Wilmington Fire Department’s 39th Recruit Class. Classes began on December 11, 2017, and concluded on January 22, 2018. - Submitted by Michael Lowe, DSFS

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Clayton Trains on Gas Emergencies On March 5, 2018, the Clayton Fire Company attended at-the-station training from Chesapeake Utilities, Easter Shore Pipeline, and Sharp Energy. They provided information on how to handle, and what not to do during, natural gas and propane emergencies. They had a portable training prop that was able to be backed in the station so the members could see directly what the trainer were talking about. Fire Chief Wes Davis stated, “Training in every aspect of response is the key to a successful operation.” The company would like to thank Chesapeake Utilities and their partners for the training at which 32 members attended. - DFSN photo by Kevin L. Wilson

Volunteers Have A Busy Sunday

Sunday, February 25, 2018, the volunteers of Clayton Fire Company had a fairly active Sunday. The day began with an assist to Townsend on a residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Dexter’s Corner Road. Quint 45 w/4 Assistant Chief Jeff Lightcap arrived to find Townsend units on scene with a line stretched on a small bedroom fire. Quint 45 staged on scene for a few minutes before being released. Engine 45-3 with Capt. Jonathan Burnett also responded. Upon returning members attended the companies CPR/AED recertification at the station. - DFSN photos by Mike Carroll

Vehicle Rescue Training On February 27, 2018, members of the Little Creek Volunteer Fire Company joined with Leipsic firefighters to work a mock MVC. This was a weekly combined training with the two crews. - Submitted by Richard Hand

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Controlled Burn in Clayton On February 17, 2018, the Clayton Fire Company held a controlled burn of an old barn on Longridge and Deer Antler Roads. About 20, members took part. - Photo courtesy of Mike Carroll

Training in Seaford

On February 21, 2018, the Delaware State Fire School presented Rapid Intervention Drills on removing a downed firefighter out of a window. - Submitted by Matt Read

Learning the Ropes ‌ and Knots On February 14, 2018, Minquadale Fire Company held ropes and knots training taught by DSFS on a Wednesday Night Duty Crew. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company

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RIT Training

On February 21, 2018, about 20 members from Five Points headed to the old General Motors plant for an exercise in RIT training. This consisted of locating a downed firefighter and supplying them with air from the rescue air tank and a second scenario of following a 300-foot handline through a maze of twists and turns to find the nozzle. The old General Motors site was recently purchased by the Harvey and Hanna Company. They plan to market the facility as an

industrial park. Harvey and Hanna are local residents and are big supporters of the community and local fire companies. They have graciously offered the use of this facility for any of Point’s training needs. There are other training ideas planned using this site. Five Points appreciates the generosity of the Harvey and Hanna Company very much. - Submitted by Chuck Hayes

Hold on There, Pardner! Clayton Trains on Door Entry

Pictured above: Kneeling Mark Harris, standing Josh Evans “Training in the most basic of skills is what keeps a fire department members attend this training who were able to get hands on trainon their toes,” said Chief Wes Davis of the Clayton Fire Company. ing in the various hand tools and portable hydraulic tools used to This year, the Clayton has 28 scheduled training drills set and that force doors, as well as controlling how much the door should be number does not include training members will take at the state fire allowed to open. “Just opening the door is not enough today,” said school and other training classes throughout the year. On January 1st Assistant Chief John Pridemore, “members need to know how 15, 2018, two training instructors from the Delaware State Fire to control the door so will do not add more air into the facility causSchool were at the Clayton Fire Station with a forcible entry train- ing the fire to increase in size and intensity. It’s not a Wild West sceing trailer teaching members quick entry into a residential facility nario where you kick in a door and let it be open while the hose crew or commercial building. The training included members actually and others get ready.” - DFSN photo by Kevin L. Wilson breaching doors, not just talking about how to do it. Clayton had 28

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CVVFA By Claudia Garner and Candice McDonald

Cumberland Valley VFA/Emergency Responder Safety Institute Releases New Backing Up Safety Video Since March 2016, four fire service personnel have been killed by emergency response vehicles that were backing up. Despite continuing efforts to educate all emergency responders about how to avoid backing up and back up safely when necessary, clearly enough is not being done to prevent these deaths. has stepped up to produce a new, concise, clear, and engaging video that teaches recommended practices for backing up emergency vehicles. The video was developed in cooperation with lead consultant Mike Wilbur, a nationally-recognized expert in emergency vehicle operations, CEO of Emergency Vehicle Response, and a retired 31year veteran of the FDNY. The video uses fire apparatus as the example, but the safety practices taught are applicable to all emergency response vehicles. The video is freely available on Accompanying the video is a sample Best Practice document that can be used as a resource to develop or revise your department’s backing up SOP. The video defines the important points in a backing up SOP, demonstrates a recommended backing up procedure using a spotter, and reinforces the importance of training on and

enforcing the backing up SOP. “Firefighters today already face so many dangers. Being called to respond to all size and scope emergencies continues to place our firefighters in environments that can cost them their lives,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant. “There is no excuse for needlessly increasing the dangers to firefighters by not using recognized safety procedures while backing up. Death and injuries from our own vehicles is tragic and unacceptable. I call on all firefighters and fire department leaders to implement these safety procedures and use them, immediately.” All departments can access the video and play it for their personnel by going to After the video, departments should follow up by reviewing and revising their current backing up SOP, setting up training on the SOP for all personnel (as new or refresher), examining their current culture for enforcement gaps to fill, and investigating new backing up technologies for possible implementation in department vehicles. The Best Practice document can be used as a resource for your SOP development. Questions about the video and Best Practice document

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Minquadale Battles House Fire

On March 7, 2018, the Minquadale Fire Company was dispatched to a house fire on Wildel Avenue in the Minquadale community. Engine 22-3 arrived on scene to fire showing. Crews placed two handlines in-service and had the bulk of the fire quickly knocked down. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company; photos by FF/EMT Andy Greene

can be directed to the contact us page on and The Responder Safety Learning Network are a project of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association. The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) serves as an advisory group of public safety leaders and transportation experts committed to reducing deaths and injuries to America’s emergency responders ERSI is dedicated to the safety of these men and women by engaging in and promoting activities that include developing educational material to support responder safety training; promoting the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management (TIM) including responder safety; safe, quick clearance and interoperable communications; encouraging the development of TIM Teams, promoting collaboration, communication and cooperation among the nation’s emergency responders and keeping emergency responders up to date on national rules, regulations and trends related to safe roadway incident operations.

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Delaware Fire Service in Action

from ng with mutual aid 18, Aetna HHL, alo ed to Innovation Way On February 14, 20 tch ll Creek, were dispa mercial structure fire. Christiana and Mi ustrial Park for a com lson Ind are law De in the ve Wi - DFSN photo by Da

On January 19, 20 responded to an MV 18, Five Points Squad 17 and A-17 C at the intersection of Bo and Main Avenue. - Submitted by Chuc xwood Road k Hayes Recently, Claymont units responded to an MVC on I-495 southbound. Rescue 13, along with both ambulances and Command 13 (Chief M. Harris), responded from the north. Rescue 11 and their ambulance along with Medic-4 responded from the south. - Submitted by Claymont Fire Company

On March 11, 2018, the Harrington Fire Company assisted the Felton Fire Company with a working trailer fire on Reeves Crossing Road. - Submitted by Earl K. Brode

Farmington Station 47 resp onded to a single-vehicle MV on Williamsville Road. Submitted by Tom William C s

Farmington Engine 47-5 operates at a debris pile on fire on Woodyard Road. - Submitted by Tom Williams

On February 14, 2018, Townsend Station 26 was dispatched to a MVC on DuPont Parkway. - Submitted by Brandy O’Neal

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Delaware Fire Service in Action

On February 16, 2018, at 2215, Engine’s 18 and 32 were alerted for a vehicle fire with exposure problems on Grantham Lane. - Submitted by David Majewski, Jr. probsnow caused traffic 18, a quick blast of t the area. ou gh ou thr On January 17, 20 nts ide and several acc lems on local roads ke Carroll - DFSN photo by Mi

Recently, Claymont Rescue and EMS were dispatched to Philadelphia Pike at Ocean Port for an MVC involving a car and tractor trailer. - Submitted by Claymont Fire Company 7, During the Wednesday Night Duty Crew on March azard high-h a to ched dispat was adale 2018, Minqu structure fire at the Clarion Hotel. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company; photo by FF Brandon Haslam

On March 23, 2018, the Harrington, Greenwood, Farmington and Houston Fire Companies, along with Kent County EMS, were dispatched to a house fire in the 200 Block of Commerce Street. - Submitted by Earl K. Brode

MVC on Bayside Dr. in the area of the Persimmo n Tree Ln. - Submitted by Richard Hand

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2018 SPAAMFAA Convention Held in Florida By Bob Romig

Lynn Rogers stopped in Florida on February 8 and 9 to visit Bob to see the kind of work he does. I was his able bodied assistant. Romig. Lynn was one of our speakers for the 2018 SPAAMFAA Lynn and his staff made a SPAAMFAA item which was given away Convention. Lynn presented a class on the art of golf leafing. He to one of the attendees in this class. Thanks Lynn for a great job. had about 35 people in the class and had many visuals for everyone

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Kent County Public Safety Department Promotes Six Kent County Department of Public Safety announces recent promotions in the Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Communications Divisions. In the Kent County Emergency Medical Services, Scott McMillon, on February 4, 2018 was promoted to Lieutenant. He will continue to respond to emergency calls, however, he will also, supervise a group of nine in the “B Platoon.” McMillon’s Kent County career began in 2003 as a Paramedic. He was instrumental in the development of the SWAT Medic Program in the Special Operations Section in 2006. He was also a Team Leader for the SWAT Medic Team. Another promotion in the EMS Division, Kevin Imhof, who is now a Sergeant. Imhof became a Paramedic through the Paramedic Training Program after serving four years in the Marine Corps. From 2010-2017 he served double-duty; serving the Country in the National Guard and Kent County as a Paramedic. McMillon and Imhof facilitated an Armed Intruder class together which became a popular success. The class focused on law enforcement and the medical aspects of how to treat injured persons before paramedics arrive on the scene. Megan Moerman has worked for Kent County Department of Public Safety, EMS division since 2007. Megan attained Field Training Officer status which she held on from 2013 to 2017. In February 2017, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Megan has been an instrumental member of the State Advanced Life Support protocol committee for eight years. In the Kent County Emergency Communications Division, there were three promotions: Daniel P. McLaughlin, Joshua “Bubba” Norris, and Robert Watts. Daniel P. McLaughlin started with Kent County in 1994, receiving promotions in 2004, 2009, and his most recent in December 2017. He is now an Administrative Officer, managing day to day operations of the 911 Center, performing administrative and supervisory responsibilities for statistical data management, and training and appraisal of the overall effectiveness and quality of service delivered by department personnel. While working for Kent County, McLaughlin also serves the Harrington Fire Company as 2nd Assistant Chief. He joined the fire company in April 1989, and has held many administrative offices, including President in 2006 and 2007. Joshua Norris was promoted to Shift Supervisor of Kent Center’s DShift in February 2018. His career in Public Safety began in Hartly’s

(From left): Sgt. Kevin Imhof, Joshua Norris, Daniel McLaughlin, Robert Watts, and, Lt Scott McMillon. Not pictured: Sgt. Megan Moerman.

Volunteer Fire Company’s Junior Firefighter Program. There, he worked his way through the ranks and developed a love for training after overseeing the Junior Firefighter and Firefighter Qualifying Programs. His love for training followed him in his current position with Kent County where he headed a training program under Kent County’s Public Safety Assistant Director. He obtained an associate degree in Emergency Management and is also EMS Supervisor for the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company. In January 2018, Robert Watts promoted to Operations Support Officer in the Emergency Communications Division where he started in 2002 as a Dispatcher. Watts maintains a computerized dispatch and other software systems. He also, assists in creating and updating the Division’s Standard Operations Policy, assists in CPR/AED recertification of Kent County employees; and is a Mobile Command Post Operator. In addition, Watts has served as a Firefighter/EMT for more than 20 years. He has volunteered with the Felton Community Fire Company, serving in various Fire/EMS and Administrative Officer positions. And, for 11 years and counting, has worked for the Magnolia Fire Company and served as EMS Supervisor for three years. - Submitted by Kelly Pitts, Support Officer

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Sussex EMS Team Brings Home the Gold

A Sussex County EMS team on February 22, 2018, earned a gold medal for the members’ performance in the 2018 Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Games in Charlotte, NC. The competition among elite groups of first-responders was held February 16 through 23 during the EMS Today Conference, an annual educational gathering and exposition for pre-hospital care providers. This year’s competition included 27 teams from EMS agencies across the United States. Sussex County’s team included paramedics Jason Hansen, Bonnie O’Bier, Brandon Rogers, Chaz Tennermann, and Jon Wright. Sussex County’s most recent win is the first for the agency since 2013, and seventh overall since 2005. “I am extremely proud of this team because I know how hard they have worked to represent Sussex County as the finest of their profession,” Sussex County EMS Director Robert Stuart said. “It is a tremendous honor and a testament to the dozens of talented, dedicated, award-winning professionals working every day to save lives here in Sussex County.” Sussex County got out to an early lead and never looked back, placing first in the preliminary round and holding on in the finals against two other teams. The final phase of the competition included an MCI with several medical and trauma patients. Paramedics were judged on their ability to effectively perform simulated patient care, which includ-

ed triage (prioritizing injuries), treatment, and transportation of patients. Joining Sussex County EMS in earning medals at the JEMS Games were Silver - Leland Fire Rescue; and Bronze - Cape Fear Valley EMS. This year’s gold medal adds to Sussex County EMS’s previous successes. Past Sussex County EMS competition teams in the JEMS Games have earned gold medals in 2005 and 2011, as well as silver medals in 2006, 2009 and 2010, and a bronze medal in 2013. Outside of the JEMS games, Sussex County EMS also placed third during the Magen David Adom (MDA) 2008 Olympics, an international EMS competition held in the Dead Sea region of Israel. Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson congratulated the team on its successful showing in the competition, adding that Sussex County residents should be proud of the dedicated professionals who make up the squad and the larger EMS organization. “Sussex County’s paramedics have shown once again that they are among the best of the best, and set a very high bar for their fellow firstresponders,” Lawson said. “We congratulate the team for its success at this year’s JEMS games, and for delivering every day, whether in a competition or out on the streets, the highest quality care available.” - Submitted by Chip Guy

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Sussex County Phoenix Award Ceremony

Sussex County EMS and the Sussex County Ambulance Association hosted the 2018 Phoenix Awards Ceremony. The ceremony recognizes survivors of cardiac arrest and reunites them with their prehospital care providers. This year’s event was held at the Laurel Fire Department and was the most well attended event to date. Five cardiac arrest survivors were in attendance to reunite with their providers. Twenty-seven survivors were inducted with 152

providers recognized. Providers consisted of bystanders, dispatchers, law enforcement and EMS personnel. All who attended enjoyed the acknowledgement that their efforts allowed survivors the opportunity to continue to enjoy quality life with their family and friends. SCEMS is proud of the role that their personnel had in these successful resuscitations. - Submitted by Glenn Marshall

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NCCo Paramedic Retires After 28 Years

Paramedic Senior Corporal Kevin C. Cowperthwait received his retirement credentials and a “walk out” ceremony that was attended by his family, friends, co-workers and representatives from the Christiana Fire Company, Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, Brandywine Hundred Fire Company, and Pennsville (NJ) Fire Company. His retirement marks the conclusion of 28 years of service to New Castle County.

Paramedic Senior Corporal Kevin C. Cowperthwait retired from service with New Castle County on March 24, 2018, following 28 years of service. A “walk out” ceremony was held at New Castle County Paramedic Station 4, which is located at the Brandywine Hundred Fire Company, following his final shift on Sunday, March 18, 2018, where he also received his retirement credentials from Chief Lawrence Tan. Senior Corporal Cowperthwait was appointed to the Emergency Medical Services Division on March 19, 1990, and enrolled in the Medical Center of Delaware Paramedic Education Program. He completed paramedic training and was certified as a paramedic on May 15, 1991. He achieved certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic in August 1991. Cowperthwait was promoted to Paramedic First Class in July 2004, Paramedic Corporal in March 2006, and Paramedic Senior Corporal in October 2015. He attended the Delaware Technical and Community College, University of Cincinnati (OH) and Harrison College (IN). S/Cpl. Cowperthwait was involved in the Students Learn About Mortality, or SLAM program. SLAM was a crash injury prevention pro-

gram that targeted high school drivers and was jointly presented with the New Castle County Police. He also served as a mentor for the St. Georges Technical High School EMS program students who rode with New Castle County Paramedic units. S/Cpl. Cowperthwait’s official commendations include a Letter of Commendation (two awards), Unit Letter of Commendation (three awards), Distinguished Unit Citation (two awards) and Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citation (two awards). He has also received a Phoenix Award, which was a sudden cardiac arrest award that predated the Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citation, a Lifesaving Award from the Cranston Heights Fire Company and Distinguished Unit Citation from the Claymont Fire Company. Cowperthwait also received a County Council Resolution in 2013 and a Trauma Survivor’s Foundation Award. “We thank Kevin for his years of service to the citizens of New Castle County,” said Chief Lawrence Tan, “and wish him the best on his retirement from service with the County.” - Submitted by New Castle County EMS

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Kiwanis Recognize NCCO Paramedics of the Year On February 21, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of burns, smoke inhalation, and potential respira- tions. A third patient was rescued from the resiWilmington recognized several New Castle tory burns. This patient was later transferred to County Paramedics as “Paramedics of the Chester Crozier Burn Center in Upland, dence and was also in cardiac arrest. Before an additional paramedic unit could reach the rapYear” for 2017. EMS Lieutenant Michael A. Pennsylvania. While Paramedic 1/C Kier from Medic 7 idly deteriorating scene, Paramedic Sergeant McColley. Paramedic Sergeant Abigail E. Haas, Paramedic First Class Scott B. Kier, was attending to the male patient, a second Haas began advanced life support procedures Paramedic First Class Yvonne T. Russell, patient was removed from the structure by fire- in order to restore the pulses to a 60-year-old male victim. Paramedic Paramedic Elizabeth F. Elizabeth Davis, who had Davis, Paramedic Mary also arrived with Medic 1, Kate Selner, and Paramedic immediately assisted David Goroff received the Sergeant Haas. Both paraaward at a dinner hosted by medics accompanied and the Kiwanis Club at the provided advanced life supHotel DuPont. port to the patient during Seven New Castle transport and were able to County Paramedics were restore pulses upon arrival recognized for their actions at the Christiana Hospital. on the morning of “Multiple patient situaNovember 7, 2017, when tions present unique chalthey were dispatched to a lenges to emergency medreported house on fire in the ical services personnel. The unit block of Norway need to prioritize delivery Avenue in Richardson Park. The 2017 Kiwanis Club of Wilmington Paramedics of the Year (left to right): Paramedic 1/C Yvonne Russell, Paramedic Elizabeth Davis, Paramedic David Goroff, Paramedic 1/C Scott Kier, P/Sgt. Abigail Haas of patient care, coordinate The initial reports to the 911 and Lt. Michael McColley. (Not pictured: Paramedic MaryKate Selner.) with multiple EMS units, center indicated that several occupants were trapped inside the residence. fighters and found to be in cardiac arrest with and mobilize hospital resources can be diffiMultiple fire and EMS units were assigned to serious burns to their upper torso and arms. cult. Situations with multiple, critically injured Care was initiated by Paramedic 1/C Yvonne patients, are significantly more challenging”, the incident. Medic 7, with Paramedic 1/C Kier, Russell and Paramedic Goroff from Medic 7, said Chief Lawrence E. Tan of the Emergency Paramedic 1/C Russell and Paramedic Goroff and Paramedic Selner who had just arrived on Medical Services Division. “Their actions, and Medic 1 with Paramedic Selner and scene with Medic 1 and Lieutenant McColley. exemplary clinical care and coordination durParamedic Davis arrived on scene, along with CPR was started and paramedics were able to ing this difficult multi-patient incident upheld Paramedic Sergeant Abigail Haas. Medic 7, as restore the patient’s pulses upon arrival at the highest standards of public service and the the first arriving paramedic unit, immediately Christiana Hospital. Lieutenant McColley traditions of the New Castle County attended to the care of a 59-year-old male, who assisted with the care of the second patient Emergency Medical Service.” - Submitted by New Castle County EMS was conscious but suffering from serious before coordinating the remaining EMS opera-

NCCo Launches App to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival County Executive Matt Meyer and Emergency Medical Services Chief Lawrence E. Tan today announced the launch of a smartphone application that directs citizen responders to locations where CPR is needed to save lives. PulsePoint is an emergency response program that alerts CPRtrained bystanders about a nearby cardiac arrest event and directs citizen responders to the closest automatic external defibrillator (AED) during an emergency medical response. “Every second matters when a heart stops beating,” County Executive Meyer said. “Download PulsePoint. Learn CPR. Help save lives in those critical moments before first responders arrive.” The County’s PulsePoint initiative will further improve New Castle County’s sudden cardiac arrest survival rate, which achieved a new milestone in 2017. Each year, 450,000 Americans die suddenly from sudden cardiac arrest, and nationally the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrests experienced outside of a healthcare facility can be as low as 10 percent. Those grim statistics drove New Castle County, which operates Delaware’s largest emergency medical service, to improve cardiac arrest survival through community engage-

ment, improved training and coordination among first responders and better data collection an analysis. The best chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest begins with immediate CPR. “Less than half of the sudden cardiac arrest

(Left to right): EMS Assistant Chief Mark Allston, EMS Chief Lawrence Tan, New Castle County Recorder of Deeds Michael Kozikowski, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and acting Director of Public Safety Michael Hojnicki.

patients in New Castle County receive bystander-initiated CPR,” said Chief Lawrence E. Tan. “Yet, we know that witnessed cardiac arrests with effective bystander CPR triple a person’s chance of survival in our county. There is power in our community for bystanders to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest.” Members of the public who are trained in CPR are urged to download the free PulsePoint smartphone app, available on the Apple App store and Google Play, and register their will-

ingness to provide CPR during an emergency medical situation. PulsePoint is linked to the dispatch computer in the New Castle County 911 center and when a possible cardiac arrest is reported, the 911 system sends an alert that notifies nearby users. The PulsePoint app also provides a crowd-sourced countywide AED registry. Individuals can use the PulsePoint app to record locations where AEDs are available in public settings, even before a life is in danger. Users place the AED location on a map, add business and descriptor information, and submit photos of the AED in its location in businesses, government facilities and other community sites. Communitysourced AED locations, once confirmed, are available on the PulsePoint app when participating bystanders are notified of nearby sudden cardiac arrest events. County Executive Meyer and EMS Chief Tan thanked New Castle County Recorder of Deeds Michael Kozikowski for supporting the PulsePoint project by providing funding from the Recorder of Deeds Technology Fund to pay the initial set-up and annual subscription fees for the program. - Submitted by New Castle County EMS

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NCCo Paramedics Host 6th Annual Survivors’ Reunion

On February 27, 2018, the New Castle County Paramedics hosted their 6th Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors’ Reunion. The event acknowledged the actions of over 300 citizens, emergency communications personnel, law enforcement officers, basic life support EMS providers and county paramedics that responded to an out-ofhospital cardiac arrest and contributed to the successful discharge of the patient from the hospital. The event was held at the Laird Performing Arts Center at The Tatnall School in Greenville. “Fifty-two members of our community whose hearts stopped beating have received a new lease on life thanks to our commitment to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival,” said County Executive New Castle County EMS Assistant Matt Meyer. “These lives saved are a testa- Chief Mark Allston (left) is joined by his brother, New Castle City ment to the outstanding training and coor- Police Corporal Paul Allston (right) dination of the New Castle County para- who received a Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citation medics and 911 Call Center, the fire serv- for his actions that contributed ice, public safety departments and every- to the successful hospital discharge of a patient. day citizen heroes. This extraordinary effort saved more lives than ever before, giving the gift of life and a brighter future to families across our County.” The Emergency Medical Services Division issued Citizen’s Lifesaving Commendations to 32 people who assisted in the response to a sudden cardiac arrest situation. Citizen’s Lifesaving Commendations

may be presented to any citizen who assists in rendering care to someone who becomes suddenly ill or injured, resulting in save of a life. Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citations are awarded to uniformed personnel involved in the response and care of a sudden cardiac arrest patient in New Castle County that results in the patient’s successful discharge from the hospital. A total of 367 Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citations were awarded at the event. “New Castle County has achieved successful outcomes in sudden cardiac arrest and today is a leader among the jurisdictions who report sudden cardiac arrest data to the national database, with a survival rate Audrey Rossi (left) had the oppor- ahead of the average of the reporting juristunity to reunite with New Castle dictions and continuing to improve,” said County EMS Senior Corporal Ron New Castle County Emergency Medical Iocono (right), who was involved Services Chief Lawrence Tan. “In medical in the response to assist her on September 20, 2017, when she emergencies where life hangs in the balance experienced sudden cardiac arrest. and every minute counts, the dedication, Ms. Rossi shared her story and perspective in a video that was skill and commitment to continuous aired before the annual reunion. improvement exhibited by our paramedics and our partners have saved many lives.” The national database currently includes participation from 61 communities in 18 states, 24 statewide registries, more than 1,400 EMS agencies and more than 1,800 hospitals. - Submitted by New Castle County EMS

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Announcement HAZMAT WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN Registration for the Delaware SERC-sponsored 11th Annual Hazardous Materials Training Workshop is open for this year’s workshop, scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018, and Saturday, May 12 from 0800 to 1600 on both days. The workshop is being hosted by the Delaware State Fire SchoolDover Division The workshop will provide comprehensive training sessions and unique hands-on training opportunities presented by outstanding industry/federal agency leaders. The workshop is open to fire service, EMS, law enforcement, HazMat teams, industrial brigades, hospital DECON personnel, and chemical and poultry industry safety and health personnel. The number of attendees is limited 350 individuals so it is highly recommended that individuals register early. Registration forms can be found at: 18%20Registration%20Form%202-14-2018.pdf. - Submitted by Jacob E. Morente

MINQUADALE LADIES AUCTION On Friday, April 13, 2018, from 1900 to 2200, the Minquadale Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Quarter Auction at the Minquadale Fire Company-Station 22, at 129 East Hazeldell Avenue, in New Castle. Doors open at 1730; auction starts at 1900. Paddles are $5 each and "Golden" paddles are available. There will be over 75 items to bid on at the auction. A Quarter Auction is best described as a combination of a Chinese raffle and bingo. Food, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. For more info or to make a donation, contact Donna Mahoney at 302-218-0567 or

MINQUADALE LADIES SHRIMP FEAST The Minquadale Ladies Auxiliary Shrimp Feast will be held on April 28, 2018, from 1900 to midnight at Minquadale Fore Company Station 22, 129 East Hazeldell Avenue, in New Castle. Doors open at 1800. Entertainment is provided by Triple E Entertainment from 1900 to midnight. Shrimp, ham and cheese rolls, baked bean and potato salad will be served from 1900 to 2100. An open bar starts at 1900 with last call at 2230. There will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 and a Yeti Cooler Package raffle. For information contact Donna Mahoney at 302-218-0567 or Debby Masten at 302-377-4267.

CELEBRATE SPRING IN EMMITSBURG AT THE CVVFA MEETING Come join your fellow members at the CVVFA Spring Meeting April 7-8, 2018, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Several organizations are hosting the meeting including the Frederick County Fire Museum, the National Fire Heritage Center and the Vigilant Hose Company. Festivities begin at 1900 on Saturday evening with a social event at the Museum and Heritage center with light refreshments and drinks. Sunday morning breakfast will be served by Vigilant Hose Company at the fire house at 0900 am Sunday followed by CVVFA Spring Meeting. Target Adjournment is at Noon on Sunday. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA; Phone: 717-339-0020 Mention Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association for the Group Rate of $109-plus-tax.

THE HOB RYAN 24TH ANNUAL DINNER For: Members with 40 years or more years of service Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018 Location: James R. Roy Sr. Memorial Hall, Cheswold, Delaware Time: 3:00 p.m. – Cocktails/Hors D’oeuvres 4:00 p.m. – Dinner Catered By: The Cheswold Ladies Auxiliary Cost: $27 per person if paid after March 25, 2018 *** Make checks payable to “Cheswold Ladies Auxiliary” *** Dinner Choices: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Crab Imperial or Roast Beef Dress: Casual

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Up Close & Personal

Indian River Chief engineer Derrick Pry at a recent fire. - Submitted by Derrick Pry Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder command post operating a fire at the University of Delaware Plant Operations complex on the evening of January 30, 2018. - Submitted by Dave Wilson

Farmington Station 47 operating at an MVC on South Dupont Highway. - Submitted by Tom Williams

Millville Volunteer Fire Company on scene at a November 27, 2017 house fire in the 36000 Block of Club House Road in Millville. - Submitted by Tony Petralia

Crews standing by at a wires down call in the 1100 block of Church Road. - Submitted by Dave Wilson

On February 14, 2018, Leipsic was dispatched for a tanker company assist to Cheswold, Dover, and Hartly for a house fire. - Submitted by Quint Boots Millsboro responded to an car versus semi with entrapment MVC on Dupont Highway. - DFSN photo by Larry Gum

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Claymont’s Eric ‘Caesar’ Haley Promoted to Captain in WFD

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Kourtnie Orth: Clayton Member of the Month During the February company meeting regular member Kourtnie Orth was recognized as the January member of the month. Kourtnie accumulated 30 points for the month for a total of 51 for the year. She attended 16 alarms, two drills, and 10 miscellaneous functions during the month. - DFSN photo by Kevin L. Wilson

Murtha Returns from Working Hurricane Maria It’s with great pride that the members and officers of the Claymont Fire Company announce a promotion of one of our own. Eric “Caesar” Haley recently achieved the rank of Captain in the Wilmington Fire Department. Caesar joined the Claymont in 1989. Through the years he has worked his way up through the ranks including Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. He was always hands-on with crews during training and has even taught classes at the nationally renowned Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Haley was appointed to the Wilmington Fire Department in September of 2002. In July of 2011 he was promoted to Lieutenant. After months of studying and passing the exam, on February 4, 2018, he was promoted to Captain by Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue. He will be assigned as a Floating Officer on the D-Platoon. Eric’s accolades are too numerous to mention, from heroism awards to unit citations. The officers and members are fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled individual among our ranks. Well done and well-deserved Caesar! - Submitted by Claymont Fire Company

Millsboro Says Thanks

Millsboro held its annual Hospitality Night with neighboring mutual aid companies and dignitaries. Food, fun, and conversation were had by all. - DFSN photos by Larry Gum

Claymont Fire Company member Chris Murtha recently returned from Puerto Rico where he was assisting with the ongoing response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria. Murtha, who is the Deputy Director for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and an officer at Claymont, was one of three personnel from DEMA deployed to Puerto Rico under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). This serves as the nation’s mutual aid system, allowing states to send personnel, equipment and supplies to assist other states with response and recovery efforts during a state of emergency or disaster. Murtha worked in the Joint Field Office in Guaynabo from January 3 to January 19, 2018, alongside local, federal, and private partners. His primary mission was to work within the EMAC system requesting and coordinating resources from other states. Claymont members and officers would like to thank Chris for his dedication and skill when it comes to helping others in their time of need. - Submitted by Earl K. Brode

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Assistant Chief Budd Honored Christopher ‘CJ’ Budd, 1st Assistant Chief of Brandywine Hundred Fire Co No. 1 and the owner of Budd’s Landscaping in Claymont, Delaware, was presented with The George Ashback Memorial President’s Award during Claymont Fire Company’s 90th Anniversary Banquet, held on January 27, 2018. Claymont Fire Company President Thomas DiCristofaro presented this prestigious award to Budd for his selfless act of kindness by providing free lawn care services to Claymont Firefighter Brad Scott who was diagnosed with cancer last spring. The officers and members of BHFC congratulate and commend Assistant Chief Budd for volunteering his time and services to Brad and his family during their time of need. - Submitted by Debra L. Finocchiaro

RBVFC Gets New Engine Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company has placed in service their new Engine 863, a 2017 Pierce Enforcer with a 2000-gpm pump and 1000-gallon water tank with 30 gallons of foam. The unit includes 1000 feet of fiveinch hose, five 1-3/4 inch handlines, along with a 2-1/2 inch blitz line. A deck gun with wireless remote is mounted on the top, along with a Holmatro Combitool in the rear compartment. All LED lighting was put on the truck and light tower. Cord reels with n eight-KW generator are also a part of the package. The unit replaces a 1980 Mackl. - DFSN photo by Chuck Snyder

Harrington Firefighter Ethan Simpson Honored On February 20, 2018, the City of Harrington honored Firefighter Ethan Simpson for his response to a cardiac arrest. On February 8, 2018, Ethan, who works for the City of Harrington Public Works Department and who is also an active firefighter with the Harrington Fire Company, responded to a residence in the 200 block of Hanley Street. Ethan arrived and began CPR and patient care until the arrival of EMS units. The patient was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. Congratulations to Ethan for this honor. (Left to right): Laura Simpson (Ethan’s mom), Darrin Simpson (Dad; also an active member of HFC), Ethan Simpson and City of Harrington Mayor Anthony Moyer. - Submitted by Earl K. Brode

Claymont FFs and EMTs Honored

Personnel from the Claymont Fire Company were honored on February 27, 2018, at the Sixth Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion. The event was held at the Laird Performing Arts Center at The Tatnall School in Wilmington. Personnel were honored for their life saving actions. The event was organized by the New Castle County Paramedics and reunited responders with patients that were successfully discharged from the hospital following an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest event. The following Claymont personnel were honored: Deputy Chief Edward Hassel; Assistant Chief Eric Haley; Chief Engineer Gary Plotts; Fire Captain Michael Patterson; EMTs Nick Bednarek, Dawn Duckett, Shelly Horsey, Richard Smith and Kaitlyn Brady; FF/EMTs Gary Durent, Thomas Gardener, Timothy Harris, John Kelly, Timothy Laird, Mark Willis, Jake Mergenthaler, William Quinn, Carl Richards III, Tyler Boroi, George Cornhog and Thomas DiCristafaro; and Firefighters Brian Harris, William Harris Jr., Cody Matthews, Michael McKinstry, Thomas Morgan, Nicolas Tusio, Adam Webster and Adam Tanzell. - Submitted by the Claymont Fire Department

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Cubs Visit Minquadale On January 15, 2018, Cub Scout Troop 339 visited Minquadale for a station tour. During their visit, the kids were able to sit inside the ambulance and engine, ask questions about the different jobs firefighters are assigned, and see the tools used and carried. The troop also got to see 226 respond to an alarm in a neighboring district. Parents were reminded to check their smoke detectors regularly and to practice their fire safety plan with everyone in the home. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company

Clayton Names Jones as December Member of the Month During the first company meeting for 2018 Clayton President Faulkner and Chief Davis named Firefighter Joe Jones as Member of the Month for December 2017. During the month of December Joe attended the following: 27 out of 29 alarms, three fund raising events, two miscellaneous events, two uniformed functions and the company meetings for a total of 36 points for the month and the point year. The company would like to congratulate Joe for his dedication to the community and the company. - DFSN photo by Kevin L. Wilson

Save-A-Life Event Minquadale Fire Company visited the Philadelphia Fire Academy for the annual 6ABC Operation Save A Life event on January 16, 2018. Thanks to their efforts, 140 Delaware Valley Fire Companies received smoke detectors to install within their communities. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company

Selbyville Awards

The following were awarded for their active service to the community served by the Selbyvile Volunteer Fire Company. Raymond T. Stevens, Jr., was a awarded for 50-years of service. He joined the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company on July 18, 1967. First serving as a firefighter, then engineer, Assistant Chief, and later, Chief, he served administratively as assistant Treasurer, Director, Vice President, and President. Mr. Stevens has served on numerous committees throughout his career. Along with serving in the Selbyville, he was elected President in the Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters Association. After going through the 1st Vice-President, 2nd VicePresident, and Presidents positions in the county, he then was elected through the same three positions in the state to become the President of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association. He was then appointed by the Governor of Delaware to the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission for a one-year term. He currently serves as treasurer for several DVFA foundations. Steve M. Hudson was awarded for 35 years of active service. He joined the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company on April 15, 1980. First serving as a firefighter, then engineer, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Rescue Captain. Mr. Hudson has served on numerous committees throughout his career. Receiving his 30-year award was Mike W. West, who joined the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company on July 7, 1987. First serving as a firefighter, then engineer, and Chief Engineer. Mr. West has served on numerous committees throughout his career. Bob Eckman was awarded for his 20 years of active service. He joined the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company on April 1, 1997. First serving as a firefighter, then engineer, EMT, Ambulance Captain, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief ( seven years). He has served administratively Superintendent of the Building, Fire Recorder, and Director. Mr. Eckman has served on numerous committees throughout his career. - Submitted by Pep Pepper

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With heavy hearts the officers and members of Brandywine Hundred Fire Co No. 1 announced the passing of Board of Director Emeritus Stephen A. Raign. Steve passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Steve joined Brandywine Hundred Fire Company on September 6, 1967, and was an Honorary and Life-Time active member with 51 years of active service. Steve was currently serving as a Board of Director and was an active apparatus driver right up until his untimely passing. He also proudly served as Chairman of the Antique Truck Committee. During Steve’s tenure at Brandywine he proudly served on numerous committees, held the position of Vice President for three years and responded to 12,020 calls; ranking him 8th in all time responders for Brandywine

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Brandywine Hundred Mourns Passing of Stephen A. Raign, Board of Director Emeritus Hundred. In 2017, Steve responded to 456 fire calls, which was 50 percent of the total sounded alarms for the year. In 2016, Steve was honored with being named Board of Director Emeritus, having served 27 years as a Board of Director. Steve was a US Army veteran who proudly served our country and was awarded a Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal. Family, friends and fellow first responders said a final farewell to our brother on March 14, 2018. Steve’s casket was placed atop of Engine 11-3, one of the pieces of apparatus that Steve drove on a consistent basis, and escorted to his final resting place at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Entering the cemetery,

Engine 11-3 along with the entire procession of fire apparatus passed under a traditional aerial arch created by Tower Ladder 11 and Tower 27 (Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown) which displayed the American flag. The officers and members will dearly miss Steve’s dedication to our company and community but most importantly, we will miss his friendship. Steve will always be remembered and never forgotten. - Submitted by Debra L. Finocchiaro

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Lt. Gov. Hall-Long Present Clayton Awards

Lt. Gov. Hall-Long (left) and Member Mike Thompson.

Lt. Gov. Hall-Long and Member Jon Simmons.

During the regular company meeting of the Clayton Fire Company held on January 9, 2018, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long attended the meeting to present three company members with resolutions from her and Governor Carney. The resolutions were given to award winners presented at the company banquet held in December. Michael Thompson was the winner of the William R. ‘Ace’ Carrow Firemen of the Year award, Jon Simmons was the winner of the Robert E.

Chief Wes Davis and Member Nick DelDuco (right).

Berghorn Firefighter of the Year Award Winner and Nick DelDuco received the Turner/Hurlock Training Award, all for the year 2017. Lt. Governor Hall-Long thanked the members for all they do. Lt. Governor Hall-Long represented the Clayton area as a state rep a few years ago. Member Nick DelDuco was not able to attend the meeting and was presented his award at a training session on January 19, 2018. - DFSN photo by Kevin L. Wilson

Probies Graduate Wilmington Academy

On January 27, 2018, Aetna had two firefighters graduate from the Wilmington Fire Department’s 39th Recruit Academy. Probationary Firefighter Sands will report to Engine 5A and Probationary Firefighter Altemus will report to Squrt 3B. Congratulations gentlemen and best of luck! DEMA Director and Aetna Deputy Chief A.J. Schall was one of the guest speakers. - Submitted by Dave Wilson

Keeping Up a Family Tradition

At 91-plus-years old Granville ‘Bozie’ Holtson keeps going to the station and keeping family tradition going with G G Messick. - DFSN photo by Larry Gum

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Minquadale Annual Banquet

On February 17, 2018, the Minquadale Fire Company held their annual banquet. Numerous awards were handed out during the evening. From the Executive Department, service pins were awarded to 22 members for their years of service to the community. These included Brandon Hand; Rob Mercado; Carlos Collazo; Matthew Martin; Joe Thompson; Michael Thompson; Richard Stant; William Mohr; Terry Masten; John Aaron, Sr.; Thomas Williams; William Williams; Dave Garcia; Joseph DeHoyos; Donna Smallwood; Dewey Smallwood; Wayne Lambert; Herb Torterotot, Jr.; Chuck Taylor; Clyde Painter; Alex Davis; and Michael Calvetti. President Matthew Martin and Joe Thompson were awarded their Life Membership for 20 years of service. Sandra Bowden and Michelle Garcia accepted the Life Membership for Ken Oneschuk, who passed away from cancer this year. Clyde Painter, Alex Davis and Michael Calvetti were recognized by the county and state for their 50 years of service. Voted on by his peers, Pablo Brito received Member of the Year. He

also received Firefighter of the Year. From the Fire Line, Minquadale’s “200 Club” received jackets as recognition and thanks for being the Top Responders in 2017. These included Tyler Thornton, Dick Dougherty, Chuck Taylor, Wayne Lambert, Pablo Brito, Bobby Roderick, Kyle Young, Tex Thompson, Brandon Haslam, and John Elliott. Captain Brandon Hand, Alexis Cannon, Thomas Dana, and Pablo Brito received awards for the 2017 Vehicle Rescue Competition. Anthony Barry took home Junior Firefighter of the Year. Joe Day and Dave Garcia were recipients of the Chief’s Award. The Ladies Auxiliary honored Janet Houck for 50 years of service. Jean Dunn and Joanne Tulowitzki were honored for 55 years of service. Patsy McNeal was honored for 60 years of service. We would like to send a special thanks to Delaware City Fire Company for covering the district during the event. - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company

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RBVFC Annual Banquet

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company held their Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Station 1 with over 175 in attendance. A social hour was held in the museum with dinner upstairs. Several recognitions were presented along with Life Member and past-Chief Jay Futcher getting his 50 years of service award from State Senator Ernie Lopez and State Representative Steve Smyk. Life Member and past-Chief Dennard F. Quillen, who

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was home recovering from and illness, was presented with his 65 years of service award by a group of members who went to his home the following day. President Dan Mitchell and Chief Chuck Snyder received a check on behalf of the company from the Ladies Auxiliary and a new stove for the kitchen A great meal was provided by Bethany Blues. - DFSN photo by Chuck Snyder

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Kent County Firefighter’s Association Appreciation Night

The Kent County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association annual appreciation night was held at the Felton Fire Hall. The prestigious William R. ‘Ace’ Carrow and Morris W. King Memorial Award for Kent County Firefighter’s Association Fireman of the Year Award and Auxiliary Member of the Year Award, presented annually to

that individual and/or individuals that have shown outstanding service and leadership in their department and community went to: Fireman of the Year: William A. Sipple and CO Auxiliary Members of the Year Virginia Schmick and Doris Seamans. - Submitted by Jim Woznicki

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Harrington Awards Banquet

Harrington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary members who were Tom Greek (left) was presented Fireman of the Year award by pastTop 10 in points for the year 2017. President Derrick Brode.

Fire Chief Robbie Brode (holding plaque) was presented his Honorary Life Membership Award (20 years of active service) from past-President Derrick Brode. Also in the photo is Chief Brode’s Family.

Past-President Jim Callaway was presented his 50-year membership from the Harrington Fire Company. (Left to right): Senator Gary Simpson, Jim Callaway, past-President Derrick Brode and Representative Bob Outten.

The 2017 Harrington Fire Company Top 10 Fire Responders.

Excellence in Training Awards were presented to Ian Jarrell and David Buswell by Assistant Chief Dean Helsel and Chief Robbie Brode.

The 2017 Firefighter of the Year Award was awarded to Shawn Scouten by Chief Robbie Brode.

Cody Outten (holding award) was honored with the 2017 Fire Chief Award. Also in the photo is F Chief Robbie Brode and Cody's family.

(Not pictured): Daniel Tartt was honored with his Honorary Life Membership for 20 years of active service.

- Submitted by Earl K. Brode

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Congrats for Cardiac Saves

Congratulations to Chief Wayne Lambert; FFs/EMTs Andrew done! We would also like to extend congratulations to the members Greene, William Trowbridge, Brian Reeder, Geoff Daniels, Donald and career staff who received citations for cardiac arrest saves at - Submitted by Minquadale Fire Company Winnington, Eric Comley, Dan McVey and Cody Sooy for a job well other departments!

Announcement SPAAMFAA SUMMER CONVENTION The SPAAMFAA Summer Convention will be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Cherry Hills, NJ. The convention is hosted by the Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association. Tours will be going to the KME plant and Mack Museum, NJ Fire Museums, Camden Waterfront to see the Battleship New Jersey and Camden Aquarium. BBQ will take place on Friday night at their museum in Rapaupo, NJ. The fire apparatus muster will place on Saturday at Cooper River Park and there will be limited space for drafting. If you need parts for your rig or have questions about one you are restoring, this is the event to attend. All of the experts who wrote books on ALF, Mack, etc. and/or worked on them will be there to answer your questions. This is a must see event. For more info, go to their website at or

need parts or supplies for your rigs, this is the place to go. Lots of vendords for anything and everything fire related. It is sponsored by the Union Historical Fire Society. For more info visit

GLASSTOWN ANTIQUE FIRE BRIGADE 38TH ANNUAL MUSTER On August 18, 2018 the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade will host their 38th Annual Fire Muster at the Wheaton Arts gounds in Millville, NJ. Many vendors will be there. For more info visit or contact Chief Engineer Paul Kolsum at


Bob Romig, who has written numerous columns and articles for Delaware Fire Service News on Antique Apparatus and Delaware Fire ALLENTOWN Service Pioneers, will begin writing a new series of columns entitled, Fire Company Profiles, which will feature information and photos from SPRING MELT The 2018 Allentown Spring Melt will be held on April 29 from 0900 your Fire Company’s origin to present day. For more information to 1500 at the Agri-Plex Center at the Allentown Fairgrounds. If you please contact Bob directly at

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Fire Marshal’s Report Fatal Fire in Frederica Michael G. Chionchio, Assistant State Fire Marshal The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated a fire that took place in Frederica on March 26, 2018 and heavily damaged a residential storage building. One subject was found deceased inside the building. The Frederica Volunteer Fire Company was alerted to a building fire around 1330 in the unit block of Saint Agnes Street, Frederica. Firefighters arrived on the scene with the storage building engulfed in flames in the rear of the home. State fire investigators were called to the scene to conduct the investigation. The victim was transferred to the custody of the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $10,000. There were no other reported injuries.

Man Arrested for New Castle Arson Michael G. Chionchio, Assistant State Fire Marshal The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has arrested a Bear, Delaware, man in connection with the arson that occurred at the Dollar Tree store in New Castle on March 23, 2018. The blaze, reported shortly after 1900, occurred inside the Dollar Tree store located in the Beaverbrook Plaza Shopping Center. The two alarm fire caused approximately $800,000 in damage. State fire investigators determined that the fire was intentionally started inside the store. The pursuing of investigative leads resulted in the arrest. Timothy M. McDowell, 58, was apprehended at a home on Red Lion Road in Bear without incident. He was charged with felony Arson in the first degree and felony reckless endangering in the first (three counts). Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with this investigation.

Fluorescent Light Sparks Fire in Lewes Harry R. Miller, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated a fire on March 22, 2018, in Lewes, which caused minor damage to a retail establishment.

The fire occurred at approximately 0419 and was located in the 35000 block of Midway Outlet Drive Lewes. The Lewes Volunteer Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm activation. They arrived to find smoke in the retail establishment operating as Polo Ralph Lauren. Fire apparatus from Rehoboth Beach, and Indian River Volunteer arrived on scene to assist. There were no injuries reported. The sprinkler system for the establishment activated and kept the flames under control allowing quick extinguishment of the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s office responded to the scene to determine the origin and cause. They determined that the incident occurred when a malfunction in a fluorescent light fixture ignited nearby combustible materials. Fire loss is listed at $5,000.

Explosion in Elsmere, Arrest Made Michael G. Chionchio, Assistant State Fire Marshal The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated an explosion that occurred March 12, 2018 in Elsmere. The explosion occurred shortly after midnight in the 1300 block of Cypress Avenue. State Fire Marshals, Elsmere Police, and New Castle County Police responded to the scene. No one was injured. State Fire Investigators determined that an explosion had occurred in front of the occupied home. One window sustained damage. An explosive device was used. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office arrested an Elsmere, Delaware, man in connection with this incident. Mark J. Consiglio, 48, was taken into custody and charged by State Fire Investigators with three counts of manufacturing, possession, and use of an explosive device, all felonies. Additional charges are expected from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Elsmere Police Department pertaining to this incident. A total of five explosive devices were discovered in Consiglio’s house in the 700 block of Baltimore Avenue in Elsmere. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were on the scene and assisted in the investigation.

LIFE AFTER THE STREETS By Khristian Toolan This is not a sordid tale of ill repute or a clandestine affair but a true story about the life and rebirth of B18. For those individuals familiar with the Good Will Fire Company in Old New Castle, you know what B18 is. B18 is the Basic Life Support Ambulance put into service in 2006 and was the primary ambulance until 2012 when she was joined by A18. B18 is a Chevrolet C4500 and her cost in 2006 was approximately $180,000. The C4500's ranged in style from buses to pickup trucks, box trucks to ambulances. Chevy debuted the Kodiak C4500 truck at the Chicago Auto Show in 2006 with a starting sticker price of $70,000. There is a substantial investment necessary for ambulance conversions. These beauties spend hours on the road and require a lot of TLC. Good Will EMS responded to 1,992 calls last year which averaged 5.4-runs per day. That is a lot of street time for an older girl like the B18. She required a new diesel engine during her time, and the expense was not mild. Volunteer fire companies do receive state and local funding from grants and programs as well as tax dollars and there are also fund drives, which generate some additional money. A decision was made last year to take good ol’ B18 out of service.

Local business, Marling’s Emergency Cleaning and Restoration got wind that Good Will would be placing B18 for sale. Marling’s provides emergency cleanup of fire, smoke and water damage and has been serving the community since 1989. Owner John Marling felt that an ambulance would work well with his fleet of vehicles; hence, the rebirth of B18. The sale was finalized and the transformation of B18 into a board-up and contents vehicle began. B18 was painted white and then wrapped to resemble the rest of the Marling’s fleet. Through her makeover many things changed but one feature remained consistent. She still bears the number B18. She is a beautiful vehicle that still responds to emergencies but now her job is to aid with a structure and its contents. You may see B18 out on the road around Delaware as Marling’s holds the state contract for fire and water mitigation. The renovation of B18 from an ambulance to a different type of emergency response vehicle has been well received by many. Good Will Fire Company, the board, staff and volunteers were able to breathe new life into B18 by selling her to a local business that is also focused on helping people. What better way for B18 to carry on with her life “after the streets!”

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