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. […]

Updated: Fire destroys landmark Willey Farms in Townsend

TOWNSEND – An overnight fire Monday put landmark Willey Farms produce market out of business at least temporarily, though the family vowed shortly afterward to rebuild. A Facebook post shortly after the blaze was reported at 2 a.m. spelled out the family’s situation and looked forward. “Hi Guys. We’re all safe. The firefighters tried to […]

Two men lowered from Dover water tower

DOVER – Two men were lowered to safety from the top of a 130-foot high water tower late Friday morning after one – a City of Dover employee – complained of chest pains during a training exercise, officials said after the two hour-plus rescue operation. The man and a job applicant were at the tower’s […]

FEMA grant helps Delaware Fire School keep teaching

DOVER — These aren’t just expensive, high-tech gadgets to play with that the Delaware Fire School has been purchasing with the Assistance to Firefighters Grants it has received from FEMA the past four years. Rather, they are useful training tools and materials that help make the training and education of firefighters and EMTs efficient and […]

Delaware Attorney General’s Office rules Camden-Wyoming Fire Company not subject to FOIA laws

DOVER — As a non-profit corporation the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company is not subject to state open records laws, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office ruled late last month. The opinion written on June 29 came in response to an allegation that the fire company violated the Delaware Freedom of Information Act when it did not provide […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Telephone solicitors not from Delaware fire companies

The Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, in conjunction with the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, is advising residents and businesses throughout Delaware regarding a telephone campaign currently soliciting donations for a “firefighters’ relief fund.” This group is not associated with, nor do they in any way represent Delaware’s fire service and its more than 7,000 members […]

Backups provide huge support for Harrington Fire Co.

HARRINGTON — The adrenalin rush from an emergency response was tamped down Saturday night. When a nearby vehicle accident call arrived at the Harrington Fire Company around 6:21 p.m., no local trucks left the station. The situation was potentially explosive, considering that a passenger car crashed into the side of a disabled tractor trailer carrying […]

Fire kills toddler, injures 7 in Lincoln

DOVER — At least four separate fires broke out downstate this week with one causing the death of a 2-year-old boy and injuring seven in Lincoln on Thursday evening. In addition, a devastating fire on Christmas night destroyed two beachfront homes on Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach. That fire was estimated to have caused $500,000 […]

Christmas fire destroys two Slaughter Beach homes

SLAUGHTER BEACH — The scars of a devastating fire that took place Christmas night told some of the tale of a blaze that destroyed two beachfront houses in the 300 block of Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach. On Tuesday morning a tall brick chimney stood high in the air with no house attached to it […]

Firefighters rally against stop in grants

DOVER — While lawmakers ate dinner and prepared to take the floor for the final legislative day of the year, about 60 volunteer firefighters gathered outside Legislative Hall to protest cuts in funding. The Joint Finance Committee eliminated all funding for nonprofits, including fire companies, on Wednesday, leading to phone calls, emails and protests from […]