Delaware firefighters travel to Northern Rockies to battle blazes

SMYRNA — The best part of it all for Delaware Forest Service Fire Program Director Kyle Hoyd is not when he dispatches firefighters from Delaware to distant regions across the country to battles blazes, but rather, when they come home. That’s when he knows his group has returned safely and is back with their families […]

Delaware sends firefighters to battle Western blazes

DOVER – A crew of 20 Delaware firefighters left Sunday for Montana to fight wildfires that are burning through a swath of Western states. It is the second crew in as many months to be dispatched from Delaware to fight the Western wildfires. A crew was dispatched in July to the Rocky Mountain region. The […]

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 […]

Fireworks’ fires are a growing problem, official says

DOVER — Eleven fires resulted from consumer fireworks around the Fourth of July. Nine occurred on the holiday. Three related arrests were made. Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says the incidents constitute an uptick in fires compared to prior Fourth of July holidays. “We have not received any report of injuries,” said Mr. Chionchio. […]

Delaware team off to fight Colorado wildfires

SMYRNA — While most Delawareans were celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday, a trained 20-person volunteer wildfire crew with the Delaware Forest Service was traveling to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region to battle forest fires. The group was called into action as a spate of uncontained large fires in the West have increased the demand for trained […]

Officials: Selbyville fire appeared to be set

SELBYVILLE — A Monday morning house fire that caused $75,000 appeared to be set, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said. Investigation into the blaze at approximately 7:17 a.m. in the 27000 block of Shipwreck Drive continued Tuesday, authorities said. Roxana Volunteer Fire Company assisted by Selbyville and Frankford volunteer fire companies responded to the […]

COMMENTARY: Fire funding fix provides opportunity to help others

An American farmer — proud, hardworking, and resilient. Farming is a way of life, with stories of hardship and success passed down through the generations. Even with all the technology that our farmers have today, nothing can truly prepare a farmer for our current natural disasters. Over the past 10-15 years, we have seen an […]

Fire damages Milford building

MILFORD – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office determined a Tuesday morning building fire in downtown Milford, in Kent County, was accidental in nature. Damages were estimated at $100,000, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock. The fire was reported at 6:15 a.m. in the unit block of North West Front St. […]

COMMENTARY: Concerns regarding local home fire safety

I would like to express some thoughts regarding the recent fire that took place on Sand Dune Drive, in Rehoboth Beach. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2016, 475,500 structure fires occurred in the United States resulting in 2,950 civilian deaths and causing 7.9 billion dollars in damage. Regardless of these statistics the […]

Fire damages outlet store

LEWES — The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office said an early morning fire caused minor damage to a retail establishment Thursday. The blaze occurred at approximately 4:19 a.m. in the 35000 block of Midway Outlet Drive. The Lewes Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported automatic fire alarm activation. They arrived to find smoke in […]