Grain bin rescue tube, training donated to Harrington Fire Company

HARRINGTON — The Harrington Volunteer Fire Company has a new tool in its arsenal for even the tightest of emergencies. A grain bin rescue tube was donated to the organization with the help of local and national businesses knowing tragedies can arise when they are least expected. Joseph Poppiti, executive director of the Delaware Farm […]

Luncheon will raise funds for local law enforcement, first responders

CAMDEN — Tracy Torres relates to what police officers, their spouses and children experience daily. The wife of a military husband for three years, she cherished each time he returned home. “Military and law enforcement are very similar in the sense of what their families go through,” Ms. Torres said. “When our guys our deployed […]

Sussex County paramedics medal at JEMS Games

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County’s award-winning paramedic competition team continued its international mining operation with a silver-medal showing in the 2019 Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Games. The paramedic squad of Jason Hansen, Chas Tennerman, Bonnie O’Bier ad Matt Troutman placed second overall in the competition that featured 24 other teams from three countries. The […]

Seaford police department promotes Rapa to deputy chief

SEAFORD — The city of Seaford Police Department Monday announced the promotion of Sgt. Michael C. Rapa, a 22-year departmental veteran, to the position of deputy chief of police. The promotion is effective Feb. 11. Dep. Chief Rapa was hired by the Seaford Police Department and graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in 1998. […]

Dover seeking higher level of ambulance service

  DOVER — The city of Dover is going back to the drawing board when it comes to finding an ambulance service provider that will meet all the needs of its citizens. Dover City Manager Donna Mitchell is sending out revised Request for Proposals to the four vendors that were previously pursuing the city’s ambulance […]

Sussex eyes fix to put first responders on same wavelength with Maryland

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County appears to have a potential $75,000 solution that will put county first responders and those from neighboring Maryland on the same wavelength. A difference in radio technology has created a communication gap and safety concerns in mutual aid responses that Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas can be fixed […]

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 […]

Delaware Firefighter’s Memorial to be dedicated Sunday

DOVER — A new Firefighter’s Memorial will officially be dedicated by the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association on the southeast grounds of Legislative Mall on Sunday afternoon at 2. The DVFA will also be unveiling the names of the four firefighters who died in 2016 during the ceremony. Gov. John Carney, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, U.S. […]

DOJ to review rescue squad’s misappropriated funds case

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  DOVER — The Delaware Department of Justice is determining whether findings that almost $120,000 was supposedly misappropriated by a Sussex County first responder company involves potentially criminal behavior. Auditor of Accounts R. Thomas Wagner released a 12-page report Wednesday detailing alleged misuse of money conducted by the Mid Sussex Rescue Squad Inc., much of […]

First responders always ready to react to storms

DOVER — As a light dusting of snow fell Wednesday night, Matt Sliwa wondered what he would awake to the following morning. Selbyville’s fire chief peered out his window Thursday and found out. “The biggest issue is snow combined with wind,” he said. “I’m looking at my neighbor’s front yard across the street and see […]