This past week the Company responded to no less that 14 traffic accidents. Within the last 24 hours, two of those wrecks were fatal. We ask you to please drive defensively. Eliminate distractions, if you need to answer a text or phone call, pull over. Drive defensively and heed speed limits and always consider weather conditions. The life you save may be your own. ... See MoreSee Less
Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks.
It’s also important to replace outdated smoke alarms. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years with CO detectors being taken out of service between 7 and 10 years. The manufacturer date can be found on the back of the smoke alarm. When replacing the detector, it’s recommended you replace it with newer models featuring 10-year sealed
Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire. Purchasing and installing smoke alarms with batteries that don’t need to be changed annually is one of the most affordable ways to protect your family.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. ... See MoreSee Less
This past weekend Mother Nature set her sights on the Northeast. The Volunteers at Claymont maintained staffing throughout the weekend handling 51 calls ranging from trees on houses and automobiles to wires down to box alarms. Our career staff handled 41 calls within the same time period. A short break early this week until round two on Wednesday? As a reminder, NEVER approach downed wires, keep your distance and call the utility company or 911. ... See MoreSee Less
Last evening, personnel from the Claymont Fire Company were honored at the Sixth Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion. The event was held at the Laird Performing Arts Center at The Tatnall School in Wilmington. The personnel were honored for their life saving actions. The event was organized by the New Castle County Paramedics and reunited responders with patients that were successfully discharged from the hospital following an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest event. The following Claymont personnel were honored:
Deputy Chief Edward Hassel
FF/EMT Jake Mergenthaler
Assistant Chief Eric Haley
FF/EMT William Quinn
Chief Engineer Gary Plotts
EMT Kaitlyn Brady
Fire Captain Michael Patterson
FF/EMT Carl Richards III
EMT Nick Bednarek
FF/EMT Tyler Boroi
EMT Dawn Duckett
FF/EMT George Cornhog
EMT Shelly Horsey
FF/EMT Thomas DiCristafaro
EMT Richard Smith
FF Brian Harris
FF/EMT Gary Durent
FF William Harris, Jr.
FF/EMT Thomas Gardener
FF Cody Matthews
FF/EMT Timothy Harris
FF Michael McKinstry
FF/EMT John Kelly
FF Thomas Morgan
FF/EMT Timothy Laird
FF Nicholas Tusio
FF/EMT Mark Willis
FF Adam Webster
FF Adam Tanzell
The men and women of the Claymont Fire Company congratulate all our personnel on a job well done! ... See MoreSee Less
At 3:41 p.m. the Claymont Fire Company was dispatched to Interstate 495 northbound at the Interstate 95 northbound on ramp for a report of a tour bus on fire. The bus, from Super Bus Incorporated, was traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City with a scheduled stop in Philadelphia. The first arriving unit found fire coming from the rear engine compartment of the bus. All the occupants were able to exit prior to the arrival of the fire company. There were 35 people on the bus, 31 passengers and 4 employees. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries to the occupants or emergency personnel.
Many of the occupants only spoke Chinese. Emergency personnel were able to communicate with a few occupants that also spoke English. The occupants and their luggage were transported to a nearby rest stop in Pennsylvania where they waited for another bus to continue their journey. The incident was declared under control at 4: 27 p.m. Once all the occupants were transported to the rest stop, and the bus was deemed safe, the scene was turned over to the Delaware State Police to have the bus towed from the scene.
Personnel from the following organizations responded to the incident: Claymont, Brandywine Hundred, Lower Chichester, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and the Delaware State Police. The Incident Commander was Fire Chief Mark Harris. ... See MoreSee Less
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!
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother,love and prayers for you and your family
So sorry for your loss Carol A. Jensen, are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
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