Claymont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser!! On Friday September 22nd, 20.00 a person gets you in the door including all the pizza and beer you can drink (responsibility!). Please mark your calendars, bring a friend, tell a co-worker. Come enjoy a few hours with the crowd while helping a great cause! ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday afternoon E13 was dispatched to assist our ambulance on a cardiac emergency. Several minutes later the rescue assignment went out for Naamans road at the Tri-State mall. This added R25 to the assignment and our second ambulance. Both situations were handled quickly and patients transported to local hospitals. ... See MoreSee Less
Last evening at 1900hrs, the building response was struck for the unit block of West Dale Rd. for a house reported on fire. Rescue-11 (NorDel duty engine) was several blocks away and arrived to report smoke showing. They secured their own water supply as the stretched a hand line while E135 was arriving. E135 (A.Tanzella) laid a second supply line and also started a water line. Both interior crews knocked a small fire in the kitchen. Claymont Asst. Chief 138B (B.Harris) arrived shortly after and assumed Claymont command as L13 landed 1st due special and began primary searches. L257's crew took the roof sector while interior reported extension the the upper floors and into the attic space. The remaining fire was extinguished and crews remained on scene working on overhaul. Assisting us on the scene we're Delaware County E40 (Boothwyn). ... See MoreSee Less
Just before noon Saturday Ladder-13 was called to assist Upper Chichester FD's in Delaware County for a reported residential fire. Our ladder responded with 5 as the RIT company while PD were on scene reporting an outside fire with extension into the dwelling. Engine 55 arrived to confirm a working alarm as our landed and crews began RIT duties, setting up and throwing ground ladders. Command then asked if we could change tactics and operate as the truck company. Initial reports of entrapment were proven false as our crew performed a primary search of the building before assisting with suppression and overhaul. Fire was under control in less than 30 minutes and our ladder was made available. Our manpower handled 3 additional runs for the day before assuming the NorDel Duty Engine for the evening. ... See MoreSee Less
Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, drivers should be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
With that being said, Claymont Fire Company would like to offer several recommendations from AAA regarding ways drivers can help to keep kids safe:
SLOW DOWN. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian Boy Walking on School Cross Walk struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
COME TO A COMPLETE STOP. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS . Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
REVERSE RESPONSIBLY. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
WATCH FOR BICYCLES. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.
TALK TO YOUR TEEN. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Claymont members hope you'll keep these tips foremost in your mind as you travel the roadways. Help protect our children! ... See MoreSee Less
Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day? It’s not about the end of summer! Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year.
The holiday’s founders in the late 1800s envisioned something a bit different from what the day has become. The founders were looking for two things: a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time.
The first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City under the direction of that city’s Central Labor Union.
In the 1800s, unions covered only a small fraction of workers and were relatively weak. The goal of organizations like the Central Labor Union and more modern-day counterparts like the ALF-CIO was to bring many small unions together to achieve a critical mass and power. The organizers of the first Labor Day were interested in creating an event that brought different types of workers together to meet each other and recognize their common interests.
While most have off this holiday weekend, let's not forget those who are still working. Our Military, Police, EMS and fire personnel who continue to stand at the ready so we may enjoy this holiday. ... See MoreSee Less
This morning just after 8am the interstate rescue box was struck for I-495 in the area of Edgemoor road for the MVC with entrapment. Rescue-engine 13, E135 and C-13 made the response southbound as Rescue-11, both Brandywine-Hundred ambulances and medic-4 responded northbound. (Trooper-4 was grounded due to weather). RE13 positioned in a blocking stance while R11 landed closer to the single vehicle accident. Cmd-11 arrived to initially reported negative entrapment. Although after further discussion with EMS and in the best interest of patient care, it was determined the passenger door would need to be removed. Once again crews worked effectively together putting a single tool in service, back up tool and hand line in place within seconds. Door removal took only a few minutes, the patient was removed and handed off to waiting EMS. Crews were in service approximately 20 minutes before clearing the scene. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight 35 members of the Nor-Del group had our monthly training. Several scenarios were run at a local parking garage, discussing multiple ways to advance hose lines into these structures. We used the standpipe system and elevated waterways to get water quickly to the upper floors. Smooth and efficient operations coupled with great teamwork was tonight's outcome! ... See MoreSee Less
Just past noon Saturday our newly refurbished engine was called to its first working alarm. New Castle County PD was on scene in the unit block of North Trail with fire showing. Engine 132 (Officer Ed Anderson) arrived moments later, secured their own water source and reported a two story residential dwelling with fire showing side alpha. Fire was present in a two vehicle attached garage and was auto extending to floor 2 and attic space via exterior siding. Chief 13 (M.Harris) arrived moments later and assumed Claymont command. Ladder 13 arrived as first due special service, and acting as such, went right to work performing primary searches on the first, second and basement divisions. All searches proved negative. Ladder 257 arrived and stretched a second line to floor #2 as Engine 115's crew stretched a third line to attic. Mutual aid from Delaware county stations 40 (Boothwyn), 17 (Aston Twp.), and 61 (Reliance) provided support and overhaul. NCC Rescue-20 and Delco R17 split RIT responsibilities. Units were in service just under two hours. ... See MoreSee Less