Yesterday morning the rescue assignment was put out for I-95 NB @ Marsh road for the MVC with entrapment. E135 was on the street and arrived to assist R11 with patient access. RE13 arrived and took position so crews could stabilize the vehicle to the rescue as the pick-up truck was down an embankment. Crews from Brandywine-Hundred and Claymont worked as a team to free the trapped driver, which included having to cut down several small trees and shrubs to gain access. The driver was freed and removed from the wreckage, then handed off to EMS. There may be different lettering on the apparatus doors, but on scene..... we are one team! ... See MoreSee Less
Last night just past 9pm, the street assignment was put out for the 4000 Blk. of West 7th street in Trainer Boro for the dwelling fire. Ladder-13 responded with 4 as the RIT team as PD arrived to report fire showing from the first floor kitchen area. Our crews set up, performed a 360 and stood at the ready. Interior crews had the fire quickly in check and crews cleared in about 40 minutes. ... See MoreSee Less
As the Mariner-East 2 project is nearing start up, Sunoco Logistics invited Claymont, as well as several delco companies, to attend a demonstration on the capabilities of flowing large volumes of water from a single source. Sunocos new "Super Pumper" is able to draft and supply a 12" supply line and feed 5 engines and 4 aerial devices at once (125 psi discharge pressure with 7600 gpm.) With part of the Sunoco refinery in our first due, Claymont members would like to thank Sun Logistics Fire Chief Bill Kelly for the opportunity to attend and gain knowledge on their capabilities. ... See MoreSee Less
Just before 9am yesterday the box was struck for the 200 blk of Stone Crop road in the Northminster section of Talleyville. Rescue-Engine 13 was dispatched as first-due special service but arrived and acted as 1st due engine due to 25 units out of position on another run. The rescue secured their own water supply as crews stretched on the dwelling. Interior crews found fire in the kitchen. A primary search was perform and the fire quickly knocked. Job was placed under control within a few minutes and crews began to take up after overhaul. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday remained steady for the members and career staff of Station 13. The day started with a few ambulance runs including a long fall from a ladder. Due to mechanism of injury, the patient was flown out to the local hospital. B13, Medic-4, Trooper-4 and Rescue 13 handled that incident. Just after noon time, Ladder-13 was requested to cover Newark as they were battling a stubborn fire at the McKinley Lab on Academy street. As this fire went 3 alarms, Ladder-13 was moved into the scene where the crews assisted with opening up and ventilation. For the day our manpower handled 2 box alarms, a cover assignment and 12 EMS runs. ... See MoreSee Less
In August of 2016 repairs costs were starting to become excessive on our 1996 E-one, Engine 132. The engineering staff had reviewed the rig and made a comprehensive list of repairs needed to keep the truck safely on the road and in front-line service. We had a second party also perform a complete mechanical, engine and DOT inspection on E132. With several pending repairs and now a oil sample revealing possible internal engine problems, it was time for the company to re-evaluate spending money maintaining this piece of apparatus.
Oil testing results came back and it was found the engine had internal problems. With a fixed operating budget, this was troubling to say the least. Adding up estimated repair costs, including partial engine rebuild, pump, equipment issues as well as bodywork, it was estimated it would cost upwards of $75,00 to $100,000. to get this truck back to frontline service.
In September of 2016, after several officer and board meetings, a committee was formed which began looking for pre-owned apparatus. This committee searched for nearly 6 months looking at no less than 8 pre-owned engines. The committee was in search of an engine to fit our tactical needs while staying within our budget. Members of the committee looked at local apparatus as well as internet searches for something to fit our needs. Findings were brought back and discussed at multiple meetings. We narrowed down a select few and followed up with those departments.
By February of 2017, we had eliminated several vehicles and had the search narrowed down to 3 rigs, two in Long Island and one in Connecticut. One rig in particular stood out from the rest from both a mechanical and budget aspect. Initially 3 members travelled to Ansonia Connecticut where they reviewed and looked at a 1992 Pierce Arrow. Reporting back to the committee, it was determined to send two company engineers and Wayne Worley from Halo Service back to Ansonia to review this Pierce in greater detail. Once there, the truck was put thru the paces. A detailed bumper-to-bumper inspection including fluid condition, pump packing, suspension and brakes were checked. Repair and maintenance records were gone thru and history of the vehicle discussed as Wayne was busy under the truck, flashlight in hand, inspecting all he could see. After the physical inspection, the truck was taken on a lengthy road test where braking, handling and engine performance was noted. The apparatus next was driven to borough property where it was placed on a hydrant. The pump was put thru a series of tests and hand lines were stretched, it was found to flow water well with no leaks!
Upon their return, a second detailed report on this truck was submitted to the board. Claymont Fire Company communicated our wishes and made an offer! Eagle Hose H&L Company 6 accepted our offer and we took ownership, now the REAL work was to start!
The truck was transported by the professionals at B&F Towing and recovery out of New Castle, De. Placed on a low-boy the second week in March, it was transported directly to Halo Service in Collingdale. There the truck was put on a lift and mechanical work began. A complete PM service was done including all filters, fuel pump and lines. Water pump and all coolant hoses were changed and the underside power washed and greased. All 6 tires were approximately 12 years old and although plenty of tread was left, it was time to replace. The six tires and wheels were taken to Salerno Tire in Sharon Hill. There all 6 tires were replaced and wheels powder coated to our signature black! Back at Halo, the pump was serviced and certified and Delaware DOT inspection complete. Now that the mechanical end of things were complete, the next stop was the body shop.
Meanwhile, back at the station, several members worked to remove whatever we could from the old E132. Anything that could be removed and successfully transferred to keep down cost, was. A team from Emergency Lighting Outfitters of Chester Springs Pa. came out and removed most of the LED lighting which would be transferred to the new rig. Scott Price from EVO met with committee members to discuss the lighting package.
The truck was driven to Northeast Auto/truck shop in Wilmington. Once there, Charles Allen and his team removed all lettering, graphics and evaluated the paint. There was a few issues with minor rust which were addressed. The rest of the trucks paint was in decent condition and repairs were started. Rust concerns were addressed, windshields replaced, and compartments were painted. Diamond-plate was removed and panels painted. The truck was out of the body shop in 6 weeks and headed to its next shop, Emergency Lighting Outfitters.
The tactical officers placed a call to Atlantic’s Don Morehead for miscellaneous equipment and varying hose sizes to supplement what couldn’t be used from the old engine. Meanwhile our manpower attended and maintenance equipment that was to be relocated on the new truck including painting ladder tips and general maintenance.
The truck was driven to Emergency Lighting Outfitters where their team began removing the old incandescent lighting, upgrading it to LED. As earlier stated, some of the LED lighting was reused from the old engine, but additional lighting was also added. Power-call siren, crew 10-75 light, scene lights and new brow light was added. While it was in the shop, Phil from Fitch Graphic’s took advantage of the shop space and began lettering the rig to mirror our fleet. Within two weeks the truck was complete its journey, but not in service yet.
Once back in Claymont, crews worked for 5 days mounting equipment, packing hose, mounting air-pacs and buttoned up anything additional. The rig was then washed and hand waxed, detailing was complete! Our pride was showing!
1992 Pierce Lance
Powered by a 6V92 and Allison transmission.
1250 GPM Waterous pump
Front of apparatus: 1 - 150' hand line w/50' spare donut roll 30' 4" supply line front suction
Rear of apparatus: 2 - 300' hand lines 1 - 200' hand line 1250' 4" supply line 600' 3" supply line 200' 2 1/2" blitz line
The Board, Officers and members of Claymont Fire Company have worked a year acquiring and putting Engine-132 in service. Multiple meetings, daily phone calls and thousands of man hours went into making this truck part of our fleet. We're pleased to announce this truck is now in service, maintaining the highest level of service to the residents of Claymont and surrounding communities. ... See MoreSee Less
Great work gents love seeing old iron brought back to the front line, just goes to show what alittle TLC can do. Plus you got that 8v92.
On behalf of the team at EVO, I would like to thank you and the members of Claymont Fire Company for your continued trust in us and the relationship that we have grown over the years. For anyone that knows Gary Plotts, when he calls you about something, it's gonna be interesting. From day one looking at your engine 132, to working with the great guys at Newcastle station 13, the finished product is unbelievable. I still can't believe that we are talking about a fire engine built in 1992. Good luck on your new Engine. May it serve Claymont well for many years !
Amazing job brothers. This truck looks brand new. Good to see she will get many more years. Hopefully shes brings you as much work as it went to
Douglas Dillon check out where the rig was painted. Maybe they can do the bus.
As chairman of the truck committee that originally spec'd this vehicle and chief driver I wanted to congratulate you on a great job. May it serve you as well as it did us.
That looks boss!! Best of luck with her. Be safe. Chief Scott Trembley (Ret) Ansonia Fire Department
Congratulations!! Thank you for all of your hard work in keeping our fleet up to date! We so appreciate your efforts.
Being 25 years old this engine is a babe ! Solid red paint and black rims look real nice 👌🏻
Great job, glad Atlantic Emergency and I were able to help with the equipment.
Outstanding effort. Great job. Financially responsible.
Great work guys. You can see a lot of pride and dedication went into that piece.
Fantastic, I am proud of you guys and the unit looks great. Congratulations
Yesterday at the evening rush hour the assignment was dispatched to I-95 NB @ Harvey road. Claymont OIC Deputy Hassel arrived and reported a multi-car MVC with negative entrapment and only minor injuries. Yesterday our professional career staff handled 13 medical emergencies while the fire side handled 7 runs. ... See MoreSee Less
At 18:10 hours the Claymont Fire Company was dispatched to 3500 Philadelphia Pike for a report of a gasoline spill. The first arriving units found a tank truck pumping gasoline from an underground storage tank at an automotive service center. The truck was actively leaking gasoline from the storage tank. Responding firefighters located the operator of the vehicle and the leak was quickly stopped. Crews from both Claymont and Brandywine-Hundred work to keep additional product from running into the sewer system. It was determined that approximately 600 gallons of gasoline leaked from the truck. Some of the gasoline did enter the storm water sewer system. Firefighters stopped additional product from entering the sewer. Booms were used to contain product that did enter the sewer and limit its travel. The surrounding area was checked with monitoring equipment to ensure the area was safe.
The New Castle County Office of Emergency Management utilized the Delaware Emergency Notification System to alert approximately 275 residences in the area of the incident. The residents were made aware of incident details and the emergency responders actions. No evacuations or further actions were required by the residents.
There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter from the Belvedere Fire Company was transported by ambulance to Wilmington Hospital suffering from a heat related illness.
Personnel and units from the following organizations responded to this incident: Claymont Fire Company, the Belvedere Fire Company, the Delaware State Police, Delaware Department of Transportation, the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management, New Castle County Special Services, Saint Francis EMS Rehab Unit, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The Coast Guard was made aware of the incident but did not respond. Approximately 50 firefighters, hazardous materials technicians, and other emergency personnel responded to the incident.
At just before 1800hrs, the rescue assignment was dispatched for I-495 SB at the Holly Oak turn around for the roll-over MVC. Stations 13 & 11 with medic-4 and trooper-4 were due. RE13 officer (E.Hassel) reported a single vehicle off the roadway with no entrapment. The rescues crew checked injuries and secured hazards before being released. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday the engine crew visited the Synagogue on Silverside road. A tour of firefighters gear and the apparatus in addition to a discussion on fire safety and prevention rounded out our visit. We'd like to thank the Jewish Synagogue for their hospitality. It's never too early to learn fire safety! ... See MoreSee Less