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QUINT GOES TO CHRISTIANA ON MULTI ALARM APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE
Thursday, April 5, 2012 
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Thursday morning at 03:37 the station was dispatched for Quint 45 to cover Christiana Fire Co. Sta 3 on Salem Church Rd. Quint 45 w/4, Capt. Jones made the response. While crossing the Rt1 Bridge Quint 45 was requested into the fire scene at 600 Brandywine Dr. Brandywine Woods Apts. off Rt40. Quint 45 was held in staging for about an hour until release by command. Units from most of New Castle County, along with companies from Kent County, Delaware & Chester Counties in Pennsylvania, and Salem County New Jersey assisted Christiana Fire Co. on the 5 alarm fire. The fire destroyed the building housing about 22 apartment units displacing close to 100 people. There were 2 firefighters and a couple civilians who received minor injuries.  Some companies operated for close to 9 hours before clearing.  Assistant Chief Anderson had the Branywine Woods Command.  Fire pictures courtesy Christiana Fire Company web site. 

Once Quint 45 was cleared from staging they were requested to transfer to Christiana Sta 6 on Porter Rd where they stood by for several hours. While at Sta 6 Quint 45 responded to a AFA @ Hodgson Vo Tech, a water problem with electrical hazard in Norwegian Woods, and a MVC on Old Churchman’s Rd. Quint 45 was back in quarters at 11:12am.          


 
   
   
 
CLAYTON WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 
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The company would like to welcome its newest member to our family. Haley Mae Ross, first child of firefighter Dave & his wife Jennifer Ross was born on Tuesday 4/3/12. Haley weighted in at 8 Lbs 5 oz and is 21 inches long. Haley, mom & dad are doing fine and will be resting at              home very soon. The membership would like to congratulate Dave and Jennifer on the birth of Haley.

 
Haley Mae Ross
    Haley Mae Ross
Haley Mae & Jennifer
    Haley Mae & Jennifer
 
RIT TRAINING AT ODESSA FIRE COMPANY STA 24
Thursday, March 29, 2012 
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With the up coming demolition of the Odessa Fire Companies Sta 24 on Main St. to make room for their new station to be built. The company was invited to go to Sta 24 and use the building for training. On Thursday March 29 about 12 members went to Sta 24 for RIT and forcible entry training. Member had the unique chance to practice their RIT skills and forcible entry skills on the building. The company would like to thank the officers and members of the Odessa Fire Company for extending the invitation and allowing us to get this much needed training. We congratulate Odessa on their new construction and look forward to following their building as it is built.    


 
   
   
 
MEMBER PROFILE KEVIN L. WILSON
Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Helping people has always been a part of Kevin Wilson’s life. Beginning as a 16 year old Kevin joined the fire company to help his community. As a young man he joined the Delaware State Police. He has had a long career in both fields. 

In his 38 years in his fire service career he has held many positions and served on many committees. He has also been active on the county and state levels of the Delaware Fire Service.  On the county level he has served as President of both the Kent County Firefighters and Kent County Fire Chiefs Association. On the state level he served as President of the DVFA. He also served on the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission. He has also served on too many committees’ within both Associations to mention. Within the company Kevin has held many offices including; Lieutenant, Captain, 1st Asst. Chief, Deputy Chief and lead the firefighter force as Fire Chief in 1998. On the administrative side he served on the board of directors and is currently the Vice President of the Holding Company. Still active today at 53 years old you can find Past Chief Wilson on a fire scene doing many tasks. During his career in the company he has received several awards; Has was named Clayton Fire Company Firefighter of the Year in 2006, received his fire company Life Membership, the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Fireman of the Year in 1997 and is a member of the DVFA Hall of Flame. When asked what his most memorable event in his fire service career was Past Chief Wilson stated; being awarded the DVFA Fireman of the Year Award in 1997. He said the company submitting his name and the honor of being selected for the award was icing on the cake. Outside the fire house Kevin is a member of the Harmony Lodge #13. When he is relaxing with his family he loves to spend time on the water; and spending time at his beach house. On the water he loves either jet skiing or in his boat. He also enjoys spending time his motorcycle. Beside Kevin being involved in the fire service his whole family is involved. His wife Pam is an Associate Member, His daughters Alison and Ashley are both firefighters. Kevin and Pam also have two granddaughters Alexis & Alyssia.  The company would like to thank Past Chief Wilson for his many years of dedicated service to the company and community.        

 
Past Chief Kevin Wilson
    Past Chief Kevin Wilson
 
MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 
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Tuesday afternoon just after lunch Sta 45 along with Amb. 64 were dispatched for a MVC in front of Clayton Elementary School @ 510 Main St. Prior to units responding Kent Center upgraded the call to entrapment with 3 patients adding Amb. 43 & 51, KM5, KM6, Trooper 4. Rescue 45 w/5, Past Chief Carrow arrived to find a vehicle had struck a parked car with B-64 on scene beginning patient care.  Past Chief Carrow established Main St Command. The crew from Rescue 45 along with Engine 45-4 w/5, Firefighter Timmons went to work stabilizing the vehicle and began extrication of the male passenger of the vehicle. Extrication was completed in 16 minutes. Additional EMS units A&B 43, KM5, KM6, and Trooper 4 arrived assisted with patient care. The male patient was transported to CER in Trooper 4 with KM6A on board. Ambulance B-43 transported the female driver and a 1 year old baby to KGH as BLS patients. The accident was a result of a pursuit involving several local police agencies. Command placed the scene under control at 12:49. Clayton had 18 members respond on the call. Units responding Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, B-64, A & B 43, KM5, KM6, Trooper 4, Sta 45 & 44 Fire Police, Clayton PD, Smyrna PD, Cheswold PD, DSP.


 
 
KLINGLER NAMED MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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During the regular monthly meeting in March President Sawyer named Junior Member Josh Klingler as member of the month for February of 2012.  During the month of February Klinger attended the following;  Fires 12 out of 25, Fund Raiser Events 4, Misc Events 6, Company Drills 5, Company Meeting 1 for a total of 34 points for the month and 77 points for the year.  The officers would like to congratulate Josh on his award and his commitment to the community.


 
   
 
FIELD PIECE AND ENGINE GO TO SMYRNA FOR FIELD/MARSH FIRE
Monday, March 12, 2012 
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Monday afternoon at 16:50 the station was dispatched to assist Sta 44 Smyrna on a large field & marsh fire at 7141 Woodland Beach Rd. With crews in the station units quickly hit the street. Brush 45-1 w/5, A/C Lucas, & Engine 45-4 w/6, Lt. Carrow arrived to find Smyrna & Leipsic units working a large field & marsh fire. Crews worked for over an hour to bring the fire under control. Smyrna A/C Hankins (44-16) had command. The fire was placed under control at 17:05. Clayton units were back in quarters by 19:03. Units on scene were Brush Pieces 44-0, 53-0, 45-1, Engines 44-4,44-3, 53-2, 45-4, Rescue 44, Tanker 44, Utility 44-10 w/Ranger 44. Clayton had 28 members respond on the call.  Photo's courtesy Citizens Hose Co.


 
   
   
 
MVC ROLLOVER SENDS TWO TO TRAUMA CENTER
Sunday, March 11, 2012 
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Sunday afternoon at 14:25 as units were returning from the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Smyrna, Rescue 45, Quint 45, U-45 along with Amb 51, KM6B, and Trooper 4 were dispatched for the MVC with a rollover 783 Chance Rd. Already on the street units quickly responded. Command 45 w/ A/C Lucas, Rescue 45 w/7, Lt. Carrow, Quint 45 w/4, Crew Leader Chambers, Utility 45 w/5, Firefighter S. Davis all arrived together and found a vehicle overturned with both occupants out of the vehicle. A/C Lucas established Chance Rd Command. Crews went to work stabilizing the vehicle and begann patient care for the female operator and 2 year old child. Ems units arrived and continued patient care and packing for transport. The adult female was transported to CER on Trooper 4 while the infant was transported to AI DuPont on Trooper 2. Command placed the scene under control at 15:10. Units responding; Command 45, Rescue 45, Quint 45, Utility 45, C-61, A-43, KM6B, KM5, KM7, KM9, Trooper 2, Trooper 4, Sta 45 Fire Police.   


 
 
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS
Friday, March 9, 2012
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Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home have working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50%. With the approach of daylight savings time this Sunday March 11 at 2:00am the Clayton Fire Co. would like to remind everyone the importance of taking this time to remember to change the batteries and test all smoke detectors in your home. If you have problem obtaining batteries or are in need of a new smoke detector contact your closes fire station for help.


 
   
 
MVC WITH VEHICLE REPORTED OVERTURNED
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 
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Tuesday afternoon at 14:21 Sta 45, Amb64, Km6, Km5, and Trooper4 were dispatched for the MVC vehicle reported overturned at 692 Blackbird Forest Rd. Rescue 45 w/5, A/C Davis and Sta 64 EMS units arrived together and found the occupant out of the vehicle. Trooper 4 arrived and assisted BLS crews on scene. Remaining EMS units and Engine 45-4 w/4 were cancelled while enroute. Ambulance A-64 transported the operator to KGH with a BLS release. Command placed the scene under control at 14:32. Units responding Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, A & B 64, Km5, Km6, Trooper 4, Sta 45 Fire Police, DSP, DNREC. Within the hours prior to the MVC Quint 45 & Engine 45-3 also responded to 2 back to back AFA’s; the first at DHCI 100 Sunnyside Rd and the second at Smyrna High School 500 Duck Creek Prkwy. 


 
   
   
 
CONGRATS TO DIANE SEVERSON KENT COUNTY LADY OF THE YEAR
Monday, February 27, 2012
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During the annual Kent County Ladies Night the family of Past Kent County Ladies Presidnet Diane Severson was presented the awared as the Kent County Ladies Aux Lady of the Year. Diane passed away earlier this year and her mother accepted the awared for the family. Diane was a life memebr fo the Leipsic Ladies Aux and was one of their most active members. 


 
Ladies President Penny Gentry (Center) presenting the award to the mother of Diane Severson
    Ladies President Penny Gentry (Center) presenting the award to the mother of Diane Severson
 
CONGRATS TO KCVFA AND THE KENT COUNTY LADIES FIREFIGHTER AND LADY OFTHE YEAR
Monday, February 27, 2012 
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During the annual KCVFA Annual Ladies Night in Felton on Saturday February 25, 2012 Willard "Bill" Betts of Frederica was awarded the Williarm R. "Ace" Carrow/ Morris King Fireman of the Year Award. Bill was recognized for his 47 years of servcie to the community, local, and state fire service. Bill has served as chief of his department as well as presidnet of the county and county chief's association as well as president of the state fire chief's. Bill also served as a Fire Commissioner of the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission for 14 years. The officers and Members of the company would like to congratulate Bill on his award.


 
Bill coming to accept his award
    Bill coming to accept his award
Bill receiving his award from Steve White the President of the County Association
    Bill receiving his award from Steve White the President of the County Association
 
CLAYTON MEMBERS SUPPORT KENT COUNTY LADIES NIGHT
Monday, February 27, 2012 
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On Saturday February 25, 2012 many members of the Clayton Fire Company attended the Kent County Volunteer Firefighter's Association Annual Ladies Night Dinner hosted Felton Fire Co. The Clayton delagation supported John Pridemore a member of Clayton who is serving as 1st Vice Presidnet of the KCVFA. Thanks to all who attended.


 
Past Presidnet Steve Hudson and his wife Louise
    Past Presidnet Steve Hudson and his wife Louise
Clayton Tres Harvey Scott and his wife Cindy
    Clayton Tres Harvey Scott and his wife Cindy
 
MEMBER PROFILE DAVID J. MAST
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Dave Mast continued a long family tradition of members from his family serving the fire service when he joined the fire company 42 years ago as a junior member.  Once he joined it became his passion.  

Through the years Dave has held many offices and served on many committees’. Within the company Dave has held the office of Director and Vice President. Leading the fire suppression side of the company Dave held several line officers positions including Deputy Chief and lead the company as Fire Chief in 1980, 81, 83, 84 & 85. On the county and state level Dave is a Past President of the Kent County Fire Chief Association and a Past President of the Delaware State Fire Chief’s Association in 1985. He has also been an instructor with the DSFS for numerous years.

Through the years Dave has received several awards including; his Life Membership, an award for responding to the most alarms, and was named Fireman of the Year on two separate occasions.   When asked what event in the fire service that he remembered most Dave gave several; first he remembered the company hosting the DVFA Conventions in 1983 & 1986. This was a very large undertaking for a small department. He also fondly remembers the Massey Moore barn fire on July 20, 1969, it was the night the first Apollo mission landing on the moon. He also remembered a fatal house fire on Clayton-Greenspring Rd north of town in July 1979. Two of the more memorable fires when Dave was chief were the Campbell Soup Co. plant fire in 1984 when a large fire burned the roof area over main production area of the plant. Companies from over 6 companies fought the stubborn fire for several hours before bringing it under control. The other was the Eastburn barn fire on Underwoods Corner Rd. The fire was reported at dinner time on a Saturday night in January 1984 in a very large barn and took several hours to bring under control. Companies spent over 14 hours on this fire and didn’t clear until the next morning. The barn to this day is still standing.   Dave has had many members of his family serve the fire company. His Grandfather Fred J. Burke was a Past President of the DVFA. His Uncle Fred Burke was a Past Chief of the company. His mother Julia was very active in the ladies auxiliary; she was a Charter Life Member and Past President. Julia also served as a Past President of the Kent County Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and DVFA Ladies Auxiliary Associations. His brothers Charles & Mike both served in the company. He also has several aunts and cousins who have served in either the auxiliary or the company.   Dave is married to his wife Rosemary. He has 4 children; Davey Ann Davis, Chrissy Mast, Steve Mast and Brian Mast. Grandchildren; Kaylee Davis, Kolby Davis, Brian Mast, Lukas Mast, Mackenze Mast, a son-in-law Robert Davis and daughter-in-law Jill Mast. The company would like to thank Past Chief Mast for his years of dedicated service to the company and community.

 
Past Chief David J. Mast
    Past Chief David J. Mast
 
VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH CAR OVERTURNED
Thursday, February 23, 2012 
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Thursday afternoon February 23 at 16:23 Sta 45, Amb 64, Km6, KM5 and Trooper 4 were dispatched for the MVC vehicle overturned with a subject reported trapped at 235 Duck Creek Parkway. Rescue 45 w/5, Lt. Carrow and D/C Lightcap arrived at 16:30 confirming vehicle overturned with the operator still in the vehicle. D/C lightcap established Duck Creek Pkwy Command. The crew from Rescue 45 stabilized the vehicle and assisted ALS/BLS with removing the victim from the vehicle. Engine 45-4 w/8 Lt. Crews and Utility 45 w/3 Firefighter Steve Hudson arrived and assisted crews on scene and established an LZ for Trooper 4. The patient was transported to CER by Trooper 4. Command placed the scene under control at 16:52. the last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 16:59. Units responding Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Utility 45, A & B 64, Km6, KM5, Trooper 4, Sta 45 Fire Police, Clayton PD, DSP.


 

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