At 9:59 a.m. units from the Claymont Fire Company and multiple other emergency response agencies were dispatched to 6200 Philadelphia Pike, Oceanport Industries, in Claymont for a report of a person in the water needing rescue.
Arriving units were directed to a pier. A worker driving a front-end loader had driven the vehicle into the water. The vehicle could be seen from the pier. Firefighters entered the water from the land and also utilized boats to reach the scene. The worker was recovered and brought to a pier by a rescue boat. Paramedics were standing by and pronounced the worker deceased.
Personnel from the following organizations responded to the incident: Claymont, Goodwill, Holloway Terrace, Minquas and Wilmington Fire Departments. New Castle County EMS, the Delaware State Police, the New Castle County Dive Team, and Sun Logistics. Approximately 26 personnel responded to the incident.
The Incident Commander was Chief Mark Harris. The Delaware State Police are investigating the incident. ... See MoreSee Less
This was my brother and my family and I would like to personally thank any and all that assisted during this catastrophe. Prayers are definitely appreciated at this sad sad time. He was very much loved and our hearts are broken. There was no kinder person.
As tragic as the outcome was, cooperation among the many departments and agencies was awesome. Job well done!
Just before 9am communications dispatched this MVC with possible entrapment. Ambulance C13 arrived to confirm entrapment. Rescue 13 (T.Buddy) staffed with 6 arrived and quickly put 2 spreaders and 2 cutters in service which was used to remove the B-post and gain access to the patient. Command-13 (Mark Harris) had Trooper-4 continue in and land in the highway for transport. The trapped driver was freed in under 10 minutes, packaged and handed off the the flight staff where the patient was flown to Christiana Hospital. Assisting us at the scene was Medic 1 and Rescue Company 11. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night was our rotation for the NorDel duty engine. Then, just before 9pm, the station was alerted to this MVC at Marsh road and Chestnut street. Deputy 13 (E.Hassel) arrived and reported a single vehicle MVC off the roadway and into a tree. The driver was not trapped but did sustain injuries and was transported to Wilmington ER by A13. Our engine crew assisted with patient care and then secured hazards at the scene before becoming available. ... See MoreSee Less
At just past midnight our rescue and EMS were dispatched to Philadelphia Pike at Ocean Port for the MVC. Upon arrival of the accident involving a car and tractor trailer, crew encountered a large fuel spill after the saddle tank on the tractor was breached. Both drivers were un-injured and refused medical attention. However, due to the large diesel fuel still, Hazmat-30 and DNREC were requested to the scene. Our rescue crew assisted both agencies in containing the leak and clean up of the roadway. ... See MoreSee Less
Just before noon yesterday the box assignment was struck for the 100 blk of Bette Road in the Linfield section of Brandywine-Hundreds first due. Ladder 13 and E132 were on the street with 10 personnel moments after dispatch. Engine 113 arrived to report fire showing from a private dwelling. Ladder 13 arrived first due special and went to work throwing ground ladders and began searches for trapped occupants. Engine 11 officer updated his report that an attached shed to the rear of the structure was involved as E132 assumed 2nd due engine responsibilities. E132 crew then ran a backup line to assist 11’s crew. L13 Officer (B.Harris) reported searches complete and negative with only minimal extension. Station 13 manpower assisted in opening up before being released. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s with great pride the members and officers of Claymont Fire company announce a promotion of one of our own. Eric “Ceaser” Haley recently achieved the rank of Captain in the Wilmington Fire Department. Ceaser joined the Claymont volunteers in 1989. Through the years he’s worked his way up through the ranks including Captain, Assistant Chief and even Chief of the company. He’s always hands on with crew during training and has even taught classes at FDIC.
He came on the job at WFD in September of 2002. In July of 2011 he was promoted to Lieutenant and then just a few weeks ago, after months of studying and passing the exam, he was promoted to Captain by Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue.
Eric’s accolades are too numerous to mention, from heroism awards to unit citations. The officers and members are fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled individual among our ranks. Well done and well deserved Ceaser! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Ceaser and the Claymont Fire company. Ceaser is a tremendous person with an unequaled love of the Fire Service and Claymont F C totally supports and encourages their members to excel in whatever they do. Wilmington is fortunate to have Ceaser as a member. Great choices Chief Donahue.
Congratulations Ceasar!!! Well deserved. Stay safe brother !!!
Great Job Caesar very deserving. Look I gave you a compliment.
Congratulations Ceaser, I remember the night you gave your notice at CFC, to join the City. PLEASE STAY SAFE
Congratulations Captain Haley 👍🏻
Very deserving! An excellent wealth of knowledge and an asset to have on any scene, congrats again Chief!
Claymont Fire Company member Chris Murtha recently returned from Puerto Rico where he was assisting with the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Maria. Murtha, who is the Deputy Director for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and an officer here at Claymont, was one of three personnel from DEMA deployed to Puerto Rico under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). This serves as the nation’s mutual aid system, allowing states to send personnel, equipment, and supplies to assist other states with response and recovery efforts during a state of emergency or disaster. Murtha worked in the Joint Field Office in Guaynabo from January 3rd to January 19th alongside local, federal, and private partners. His primary mission was to work within the EMAC system requesting and coordinating resources from other states. Claymont members and officers would like to thank Chris for his dedication and skill when it comes to helping others in their time of need. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday afternoon our rescue and EMS were requested to the 600 block of Harvey road for a reported MVC. Rescue 13 (M.McKinstry) staffed with 6, and both ambulances arrived to find this single vehicle MVC. Upon patient assessment it was found the driver in a cardiac emergency . The rescue crew and EMS removed the driver from the vehicle and began CPR. The patient was transported to the hospital under the care of B13 and Medic 1. ... See MoreSee Less
I want to thank the CFC and all first responders for all their efforts. This was the husband of one my closest friends. As some of you knew my son Johnny Luckanish, my friend took over as Scout Master for Johnny’s Troop 62 when he passed.
Sunday at 1255hrs the rescue assignment was dispatched for I-495 southbound just prior to Naamans road. Rescue 13, our ambulance, medic-4 and Delaware County Rescue 39 we’re on the assignment. As Rescue-13 arrived, Officer (T.Buddy) reported no entrapment and cleared R39 from the call. C-13 transported one to Wilmington Hospital as our crews secured hazards at the scene. We were in service approximately 20 minutes on the interstate. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday evening the men and women of the Claymont Fire Company celebrated at our 90th company banquet. Members, friends and guests enjoyed an hour of Hors D'oeuvres before sitting down to a crab cake and filet dinner with all the fixings.
After dinner President Tom DiCristofaro introduced the dignitaries in attendance. These included special guest, representatives from surrounding departments including, Brandywine-Hundred, Talleyville, Lower Chichester, Boothwyn and Aston township.
Next President DiCristofaro and Chief Mark Harris awarded 4 members their 20 year active plaque and rings. Cheryl Kelly, Charles Morgan Jr., Ron Reed and John Leonard were this years dedicated recipients.
The Michelle Harris award is an award given to a female member who continually goes above and beyond in dedication to the company. President DiCristofaro proudly awarded this to Dana Dugan.
Two more awards from Mr. DiCristofaro were the Presidents Award. This award has been given out the past few years. The President and executive board pick a member from our past who would have obtained this award in years past for their selfish dedication as well as a member from this past year who has shown the same dedication and committment. The past President's award was given to Jimmy Horner, a long time member of Claymont. The present President's Award was given to CJ Budd, Assistant Chief of Brandywine-Hundred Fire company and owner of Budds Landscaping. Mr. Budd has gone over and above for this department and it's members.
The final recognition award given by President DiCrisofaro this evening was to Dan Bradway of DuPont Country Club. Dan and the country club has helped our department greatly in the past year with several things including storage of our antique while the station was being painted.
The evening was then turned over to Chief Mark Harris. Chief Harris recapped the year 2017 with introduction of officers, run call statistics, Top Ten responders and special wards.
Chief Harris then awarded Unit Citations to 8 members. In August, these members operated at an MVC on I-95 along with Station 11. Members were faced with several different challenges including, the vehicle hanging over an embankment with the driver heavily trapped. Along with Rescue 11, our men operated "outside the box" to not only secure the vehicle, but gain access and free the trapped driver. Unit Citations were awarded to;
Adam Tanzella Dave Patterson Mike Patterson Kyle McCarthy Adam Webster Mike Pinto Mike McKinstry Matt Hassel
Next on the agenda was special recognition of individuals who have consistently been there for our company when needed. Recognition Awards were given to Mick McGuire, Owner of First State Fleet Service. Wayne Worley, Owner of Halo Service. Don Moorhead from Atlantic Emergency Solution and Minquas Fire Company. Their commitment to helping Claymont Fire Company is unmatched.
The final award this evening was the Chief's Award. This award is one of the most prestigious awards given to a member of the department. The award recognizes someone who exemplifies the companies commitment to excellence whether it be operational, staffing, or training. This years recipient was Assistant Chief Brandon Harris.
The evening was then turned back over to the DJ for music and dancing until midnight. The Officers and members would like to thank Lower Chichester and Aston Township Fire companies for covering our local while we enjoyed the evening, handling two calls. The membership would also like to thank our Banquet Committee. Tom and Cathy DiCristofaro, Ed and Maria Hassel, Mark Harris and Dawn Brooks. Take the weekend off, next week we start planning our 91st Banquet! ... See MoreSee Less