This morning at 0400hrs, Rescue 13 was dispatched as RIT, assisting Upper Chichester Delaware County on a residential fire. Engine 40 arrived to report a working alarm. Upon our arrival, Command reassigned Rescue 13 to the fire fight and R13, staffed with 5 under the direction of FF A. Tanzella, assumed first due special service. The crew was assigned searches and performed 360 of residence. With searches complete, our crew was assigned basement division for fire suppression. Shortly after, all crews were ordered to evacuate by Command based on deteriorating condition from exterior
9 residents were evaluated and transport for further evaluation to area hospitals
Rescue was committed approx 2 3/4 hours before being released
Command 13 provided a Command post for Chief 40 Ray Fuller Jr ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday just past 1300hrs, the box alarm was struck for the 1200 blk of Terra Hill Drive at the Lighthouse Hill Apartments. Communications first received a fire alarm, then additional reports of smoke in the building. Rescue-Engine 13 and Engine 132 were on the street moments after dispatch. Engine 113 arrived to report smoke showing and secured their own water source. RE13 arrived “first due special service” and crews went to work. While E113 began making a push into the apartment on fire, our rescue crew worked in advance of the hose line forcing 11 doors while conducting a primary search on all 3 floors of the apartment. Our outside crew threw ground ladders and performed VES into 5 apartments looking for trapped occupants. E132 arrived shortly after and pulled a backup line off E113. Coordinated attack with ventilation and a aggressive hose team stopped this fire from becoming much worse. ... See MoreSee Less
From the Ladies Auxiliary, Officers and members of the Claymont Fire Company. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's our Christmas gift suggestion; to your enemy, forgivness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday night during training a first due box alarm was struck for the 1500 block of Windybush Rd. Engine 132 and Ladder 13 both responded fully staffed as the reports were of electrical arching and smoke in the basement. Engine 132 officer (B. Harris) arrived to report a single family dwelling with nothing showing. Securing their own water supply, crews made the stretch as the ladder crew began primary searches operating in advance of the hose crew. As searches were complete, L13 barman found fire in the basement division with extension into the wall. Power was secured and the nozzleman and crew had the fire quickly in check. There were no injuries reported and the county Fire Marshal was on scene and began his investigation. Assisting the company were stations 11 and 25 along with Delaware county stations 39 and 40. A “thank you” to these companies who helped up pick up almost 1,000 ft. of our layout! ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday at 1630hrs the company responded to New York Ave and Green Street for a reported MVC. Assistant Chief B.Harris arrived to report a 2 car accident with one still in the vehicle. Engine 132’s crew used hand tools to pop a door while Ladder 13 and EMS attended to additional patients and mitigating hazards. The occupant was free within minutes. Assisting us on scene was Rescue 11, EMS 13 & 11 and Medic 1. Units on scene approx 20 minutes. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday afternoon the box alarm was struck for the 300 block of Melling Ave in Lower Chichester. Engine and ladder 13 responded with a staffing of 10 as police arrived to report smoke showing. L13 arrived first due special service and began their truck work. E132 arrived 4th due engine, taking the hydrant of the secondary water supply. Interior crews quickly had the kitchen fire under control and searches proved negative. The company handled an additional 4 calls for Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less
This past weekend was our annual Breakfast with Santa. The hall remained crowded most of the morning as well over 700 people enjoyed breakfast with all the fixings. Santa was there to visit with the children, checking his list and taking notes a few weeks before his big night. Claymont Fire Company is proud to be part of many families holiday tradition. This event would not be possible if it weren’t for our Ladies Auxiliary. Your hard work and dedication made this event another success. ... See MoreSee Less
During Monday’s overturned propane tanker incident, Station 13 was covered by Rescue 11, New Castle Ladder-17 and Delco E40. Ladder 17 and R11 we’re pulled to the scene of the MVC briefly while E40 received a automatic fire alarm at the Whitney Presidential Towers, 3000 Society Drive. E40 arrived to report a 7 story high rise with nothing evident but the building being evacuated. Upon further investigation, they found a smoke condition on several floors and requested communications fill the box assignment. The building upgrade included Rescue and Tower-11, L17, L13 and E256. Delaware County sta’s 17, 39, 61 and L68 we’re also added. Claymont’s Assistant Chief B. Harris arrived and assumed Claymont Command while interior crews reported fire in a void space between floors. The stand pipe system was charged and found to be out of service due to tampering. Tower 11 then placed their bucket to the 6th floor where it was used as an elevated waterway for the crews to stretch from. After some extensive overhaul, Command places the fire under control with no injuries. Claymont Fire Company would like to remind everyone that fire protection system within buildings are for everyone’s protection. Should you see someone tampering with a system, you can call the New Castle County State Fire Marshall office at 302-323-5375 or 911. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday just past noon the rescue assignment was dispatched for I-495 south bound at Governor-Printz. Stations 11 & 13 investigated and were returned shortly after. While backing into quarters, communications turned our rescue back out for an MVC with Roll over involving a propane truck at Naamans Road and Philadelphia Pike.
Upon arrival, Rescue-13 reported a propane tanker truck on its side. Deputy 13 (E.Hassel) assumed Claymont command as crews attended to the driver and determining any fluid leaks. The driver of the truck had self extricated and was refusing medical treatment.
The truck was loaded with 9,332 gallons of liquified propane (77,000 lbs) and although no propane was actively leaking, crews did mitigate a small diesel fuel leak with oil dry.
Several agencies became involved and a decision was made to transload product from damaged tanker to mobile units via pump on the truck. A total of 4 “bob tail “ trucks were used to transload the product safely. The remaining 1800 gallons was then burned off through portable flare stack provided by DNREC.
Once offloaded, crews worked with B&F Towing to right the tanker.
Incident breakdown and units assisting; - Incident Commander - Deputy Chief Ed Hassel - DNREC - DSP - NCC OEM - Sun Logistics Representative - HazMat 30 - NCC & Delco Fire police - Brandywine Hundred Fire Co - Five Points, Minquas and Lower Chichester - stand by companies - DelDot - approximately 30 personnel working the incident - 10 hours of operation ... See MoreSee Less
If that vehicle had over 9,000 gallons of propane onboard, then the fire and ems apparatus were way to close. Mitigation would have been better served if a more discrete defensive perimeter could have been observed. As is, the crew deserves credit for managing the situation, with the reservations I noted.
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At the end of rush out yesterday morning our EMS and rescue were requested to the intersections of Naamans road and Pin Oak for the MVC. There our EMS career staff handled a single injury. As the rescue was clearing the scene, communications advised to head to Naamans and Marsh road for yet another accident. Being just blocks away, the rescue arrived and reported a MVC with vehicle overturned. Luckily only minor injuries and the rescue was available in 15 minutes. ... See MoreSee Less