Explosion rips through Dover apartment

DOVER — An explosion severely burned a man and damaged two units at the Alder Park Apartments shortly after noon Tuesday, causing three residents in an apartment directly above to be rescued with one receiving treatment for minor injuries, fire officials said. A cause for the blast had not been determined pending completion of an […]

Delaware firefighters cancel annual parade

DOVER — With cost concerns and dwindling attendance as key factors, Delaware firefighters ended an over 90-year parade tradition during their annual state conference. At their quarterly Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association meeting on Sunday, members voted to eliminate the parade that began shortly after the organization was formed in 1921. A DVFA committee analyzing yearly […]

Police lead funeral procession for slain correctional officer

FREDERICA — Frederica Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jerry Johnston  and Bowers Fire Company Chief Phillip W. Pennington, Sr. led a group of volunteer firefighters saluting the hearse carrying the body of Lt. Steven Floyd of the Delaware Department of Correction Saturday. The firefighters gathered at the Frederica overpass at Del. 1 near Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery […]

Firefighters battle Dover apartment fire

Video courtesy of Dig Deeper Network DOVER — Crews have cleared the scene of a morning apartment fire that has displaced residents and injured at least one firefighter. The fire broke out this morning about 7 a.m. in Building F at the Greens at Cedar Chase in Dover. The apartment complex is located behind Bob Evans restaurant […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dover Volunteer Fire Department deserves our support and respect

We have recently been going through a complete review of the City of Dover Volunteer Fire Department. A consultant came in and reviewed all the policies and procedures that the volunteers go through and have in place. Did they find some areas they thought could be improved? Yes. Were there areas of what I feel […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kent County Emergency Services rising to challenges

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A recent letter to the editor concerning emergency preparedness in Kent County was informative. [“Crisis preparation must be priority in Kent County,” Sept. 22] It went to great lengths to point out the great work that Kent County has done to make sure that our paramedics and emergency response were the best in the country. […]

Dover’s Osika takes love of firefighting to different side

DOVER — There is no doubt that firefighting runs deep in Jason Osika’s blood. Mr. Osika has followed in the tradition of his father, Ray, a past chief at Dover’s Robbins Hose Company No. 1 and his brother, Jon, who is a paid firefighter in Wilmington. However, Mr. Osika is now in a different role […]

Slideshow: Delaware Volunteer Firefighters parade

The annual Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Parade in Dover stepped off on Saturday. The parade marks the end of the annual Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Conference that was held Sept. 12-17. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Delaware firefighters honored at memorial service

  Photos: Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh DOVER — In the midst of renewed friendships and camaraderie at the state’s annual six-day firefighter’s conference came time for somber remembrance of those no longer present. Inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Friday morning, an 80-minute Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Memorial Service paid tribute to […]

Dover Fire Department’s efficiency noted in comprehensive review

  DOVER — Dover Fire Department wasn’t afraid when the Center for Public Safety Management LLC conducted a comprehensive analysis of its operations, including the department’s deployment practices. Rather, the roughly 80 members of the mostly volunteer department feel as if they have been giving the Dover community and surrounding areas the best services they […]