Clayton Fire Company honored for commitment to cleanliness

CLAYTON – Boosted by a clear commitment to member health, the Clayton Fire Company No. 1 had plenty of material to submit when applying for national recognition. Thus, the company bested around 80 other companies to earn the 2020 Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. The official presentation came during a relatively small […]

Sussex County, fire co. agreement focused on transparency

GEORGETOWN — Delaware’s volunteer fire service saves lives — and taxpayer dollars. In Sussex County alone, it’s a multimillion-dollar endeavor, encompassing 22 individual fire companies and two ambulance companies. Effective this December, Sussex County, which annually grants millions of dollars to the fire service, will have in place a grant agreement with beneficiaries of that […]

Longtime Seaford fire official, educator Bennett dies

SEAFORD — Carlton Bryan “Spuck” Bennett wore many hats during his life: educator, businessman, family man and member of the Seaford community and volunteer fire service. Mr. Bennett, a 63-year member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department and a man who brought the Harley-Davidson motorcycle world to Seaford, passed away Wednesday. He was 90. A […]

Food fundraiser reconnects Marydel VFC to community

MARYDEL — The $2,500 profit was critical as the COVID-19 pandemic erases previous revenue streams, Marydel Volunteer Fire Company officials said. There’s no quantifying the value of firefighters reconnecting with their community, but it’s surely worth a lot. For five hours on May 8, a 25-member crew doled out pre-ordered food packages in the company’s […]

Dover Fire Department members get boost from coffee delivery

DOVER — As her own business struggles, Kristin Stonesifer has never been more giving. The House of Coffi owner has regularly provided free beverages throughout the community during the pandemic. Last Sunday morning, seven longtime Dover Fire Department members felt the generosity. They’ve missed sitting at the station’s “Liars Table” during regular “Coffee Club” morning […]

Dagsboro VFD launches ride-by offer for kids’ birthday celebrations

DAGSBORO — In the stay-at-home, cooped-up world of COVID-19, Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department wants to bring special joy to children’s birthday celebrations. Dagsboro Station 73 Tuesday evening via its Facebook page launched its offer of a ride-by of fire apparatus as the department’s special gift to kids who reside in the Dagsboro fire district and […]

Updated: Two buildings condemned after accidental Dover fire

DOVER — Two buildings were condemned and 24 residences rendered uninhabitable following a Thursday morning fire at Baytree Apartment Homes, officials said. No injuries were reported, according to Dover Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael O’Connor. Buildings D and E were heavily damaged and fire ran through a roof before spreading, Mr. O’Connor said. City Fire […]

The bright side … Community unites to find supplies for Milford fire company

MILFORD — When the Carlisle Fire Company needed supplies, it asked for donations. And the Milford community came through in a big way. Less than 24 hours after asking for community help, the Carlisle Fire Co. was fully stocked. It had sufficient supplies Thursday of N95 masks, mask covers, hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap and cleaning […]

Simmons blazes her own trail as Dover firefighter

DOVER — Trailblazer? Nah. Deana Simmons says she’s just a proud member of an extended family whose members happily volunteer their time to help keep the Dover Fire Department rolling along. However, the 26-year-old Dover resident’s resume begs to differ. She wears many hats, and her passion and dedication to her work recently helped her […]

Citizens’ Hose Company gets grant for life-saving equipment

SMYRNA — About 40 percent of all firefighter calls involve vehicle accidents, and Citizens’ Hose Company No. 1 annually responds to roughly 700 incidents overall. This year, crews have gone to seven crashes with entrapped victims, including one just a couple days ago. Lesser fender benders sometimes need attention, too. High-speed crashes on nearby Del. […]