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. […]

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 […]