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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
During the February monthly meeting Pres. Sawyer and Chief Johnson handed out the Annual Service Awards for the company.  The officers and members would like to congratulate all the members for their recognition and dedciated service.

Years of Service;  5 years service-Sheri campbell, Jason Carletti, Dylan Chambers, Sarah Davis, Charles Demczak, Claude Porterfield, Kim Pridemore, Noah Williams. 10 years service-Jason Carroll, Alex Carrow, Allen Thompson,  15 years service-Brian Mast, Joseph Masten, Harvey Scott IV, Travis Warren. 20 years service - Ron augustine, Randy Johnson, Wade Mcnatt, Carlton Thompson. 25 years service- Walter Lamon, Joseph O'Neal. 30 years service- Marc Gray. 35 years service- Vernon Berghorn. 40 years service- Richard A. Chase Sr., Joseph Hill, Charles Melvin, Doald Ogden. 45 years service- Austin Carey, William Carey 50 years service-John W. Davis Sr. 

Alarm Attendeance Awards; 6000 alarms- Vernon Berghorn, 5500 alarms- Wiliam R. Carrow II, 2500 alarms-Brian Johnson, Robert Hoffecker. 2000 alarms - Alex Carrow. 1000 alarms - Dylans Chambers, Michael W. Harrington, 500 alarms-Stephen Marynowicz.

Top Fire Responders for 2012; 1. Alex Carrow 205 alarms, 2. Skip Carrow 203 alarms, 3. Wally Hudson 195 alarms 4.Roland Timmons 190 alarms, 5. Vernon Berghorn 188 alarms, 6. Dylan Chambers 177 alarms, 7. Gary Faulkner 174 alarms, 8. Mike Harrington 171 alarms, 8.Jeff Hurlock  171 alarms, 9. Robert Davis 169 alarms, 9. Sarah Davis 169 alarms. 

Top Alarms Responders
    Top Alarms Responders
5 Years Service Award
    5 Years Service Award
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
During the regular monthly meeting Pres. Sawyer and Chief Johnson named Captain Mike Harrington as the member of the month for January 2013.  During the month of January Capt. Harrington attended the following;  21 out of 31 alarms, 2 fund raising events, 4 misc events, 3 drills, and the company meeting for a total of 35 points for the month and 51 points for the point year.  The company would like to congratulate Capt. Harrington for his dedicated service.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
Tuesday afternoon just after lunch Station 45 along with Ambulance 64 and Sta 54 for the County Decon Unit were dispatched for the ammonia odor inside the building at the Clayton Elemnetery School on Main St.  Prior to responding Assistant Chief Hurlock had the first unit re-directed to Hanover Foods to check for the possible ammonia leak.  Engine 45-3 w/4, A/C Lucas and Command 45 w/ A/C Hurlock arrived at Hanover Foods and were advised by Clayton PD that plant persnnel had advised them there had been a leak but it had been contained.  At the sametime Rescue 45 w/8, Lt. Conrad arrived at Clayton Elementery School and confirmed an odor of ammonia in the school. Chief Hurlock established Hanover Command while Lt. Conrad established School Ln Command at Clayton Elementery School.  Command requested an engine and rescue out of Sta 44 to assist Rescue 45 at Clayton Elementery School.  A decission was made to evacuate the children at Clayon Elementery School due to ammonia odors in the school.  The children were bused to a nearby school until it was determined the school was safe for them to return.  Crews at Clayton Elementery used fans to ventilate the building and did air monitoring before the school was turned back over to the school officals.  Crews at Hanover Foods were able to make access to the roof area and did locate a active leak on the roof of the main production building and worked with DNREC units to secure the leak.  Crews were able to finally secure the leak after a short time.  Towards the end of the incidents Engine 54-4, 54-15 (Chief Bundek) and EMS units responded to Providence Creek Acedemy on W. Duck Creek Rd N/T Hanover Foods when school officals became concerned after several students complained of feeling sick.  Units checked the Providence Creek School and found no ammonia odors on their property.  The students were checked by EMS.  There were no subjects transported from any of the scenes.  Chief Bundek had the Providence Creek Command.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 13:56.  Clayton had 26 members respond on the call.  The Clayton Fire Company would like to thank all units that responded and assisted with the incidents.  Units responding Command 45, Engines 45-3, 45-4, 44-4, 54-4, Rescues 45 & 44, Brush 54, Decon 3, Kent County Public Safety Tango 1, A-64, B-64, A-51, ERU 64, KM6, KM5, DNREC, CPD, Sta 45 & 44 Fire Police.     

Saturday, February 9, 2013
William C. Donavon Jr. or Cleve as he is known is 63 years old and has been a member of the fire company for 46 years.  During those years he has held many offices and served on many committee's.  Cleve has served both the administrative and fire line sides of the department.  On the fire side Cleve has served the offices of Lieutenant, Captain, 2nd Assistant Chief, and 1st Assistant Chief.  On the administrative side he served as Director of Finance, Director of Public Relations, Vice President, and lead the fire company as President. 

Cleve was also a member of the 100th Anniversary Committee and over saw the sub-committee that was charged with designing and producing the our 100th Anniversary History Book which was a huge success.  Cleve has recieved serval awards during his membership with the company.  He has been awarded the Fireman of the Year Award, Kent County Fireman of the Year Award, has responded to over 2000 alarms.  Today Cleve keeps busy serving on the company's Budget Committee. 

When asked what his most memoriable event in the fire service Cleve quoted "there are no single memoriable events, he has enjoyed 46 years in the fire company". 

Outside the fire company Cleve has been very involved in the community serving as a coach with the Smyrna/Clayton Little League, Smyrna/Clayton Pop Warner, and served on the Clayton Town Council and held the office of Mayor for many years. 

Today Cleve lives in Dover with his wife Lyndia.  They have 2 grown children Jennifer Donavon and William C. "Billy" Donavon III.  They also have 3 grandchildren, Troy, Mandi, Lexxi.

The company would like to thank Past President Donavon for his years of dedicated service to both the company and the Clayton area.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 
Saturday evening just prior to dinner at 16:43 Sta 45 was dispatched for the RIT as part of the first alarm assignment in Sta 51 first due for a building fire at 1385 Lockwoods Chapel Rd.  Rescue 45 w/6, D/C Davis arrived 4th due to find Hartly & Cheswold units on scene with a couple lines in service on a 30'x30' manure barn with fire showing.  Due to the remoteness of the building crews had to hand stretch several hundred feet of 3" line and gate that down to 1 3/4" handlines.  The crew from Rescue 45 established RIT until they were placed in service to assist with extinquishment and overhaul.  Engine 45-3 w/6, Lt Chambers later made the response to the scene to assist with manpower and shuttling water.  Crews were able to eventually bring the fire under control and did some lengthly overhaul.  Assistant Chief Morris (51-18) had the Lockwood Chapel Road Command.  Clayton units were back in questers at  18:36.  Clayton had 34 members respond on the call.  Units responding Engines 51-3, 51-5, 43-4, 45-3, Tanker 51, Rescues 51-6, 45, 43, Brush 51, 51-9, A-51, KM9, FM19 (Billings).  Photo's courtesy Hartly Vol. Fire Company. 

The station also responded to 2 other calls for the day the first was in the morning for a AFA 133 E Raddison Run in Huntington MIlls.  Engine 45-3 w/5, P/C Carrow and Rescue 45 w/3, FF Dave Carroll responded to this call along with Ladder 44 and Engine 44-3.  Crews found a malfunctioning smoke detector.  Later in the evening the station assisted ems on a call in the Village of Wheatleys  Pond.  Lt. Conrad who lives in the area responded POV. 

Also on Saturday about 23 members attended a all day training class at Sta 12 in Christiana taught by Ret Buffalo Fire Dept. Chief Mike Lombardo and FDNY Lt. Klett.  Chief Lombardo class was on red flags on the fireground and Lt. Klett taught engine company operations.  The Clayton Fire Co. would like to thank both instructors for an excellient class and the Christiana Fire Company for the invitation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 
Monday night the company continued with its inservice training for 2013.  The topic for the evening training was going over the job assignments for our apparatus when responding to structure fires.  This gave alot of the new members the oportunity to get hands on experience with what the different duties are of each truck on structural fires in our first due.  The engine crew went over securing a water supply, stretching the intial attack line, forceable entry and advancing a handline while the special service units went over throwing ground ladders, search & rescue, forceable entry.  The training also gave drivers the opportunity to get some time working with Quint 45 working with the ladder.  The training class was interupted about an hour and half into the training by a gas leak at 10 Clayton Dr. in Clayton Courts Community.  Command 45 w/Chief Hurlock, Engine 3 w/6 D/C Davis, and Quint 45 w/5, Lt. Chambers responded and found a leaking propane tank.  Crews quickly secured the leak and stood by for the gas company.  Engine 4 & Rescue 45 remained at the training class putting the equipment back in service.  All units were back in quarters around 21:00.  While the training class was going on about 8 EMTs from the company were taking part in a CEU class also held at the station.  The company had 27 memebrs attend the structual training and 43 members respond on the gas leak.   

Monday, January 28, 2013 
As was discussed at the orientation class at the beginning of January the company has updated it's apparatus assignments for our first due area.  All firefighters are to make their self familiar with the duties of each apparatus at a structure fire.  Attached are the assignments for each truck. Remember policy for first due engine on all called in structure fires in our first due is to secure a water supply and stretch an attack line to A side, lines are to left dry unless advised otherwise by comanding officer.   Should you have any questions please contact Chief Johnson. 

Friday, January 25, 2013 
The end of the work week brought a busy Friday afternoon for the volunteers at Clayton.  The first call came in at 13:00 for a outside fire at Millington Rd & Slow & Easy Dr.  Command 45 w/A/C Lucas, Brush 45 w/4 Capt. Carrow and Engine 45-4 w/8 arrived to find a unreported control burning. 

As snow started to fall on the area the station along with Tanker Co. Sta 2 Millington were dispatched for the residental structural fire at 1281 Longridge Rd.  Units arrived to find a chimney fire.  Crews quickly checked for extension.  Units responding Command 45 w/A/C Lucas, Engine 45-3 w/7, Capt. Carrow, Quint 45 w/5, Capt. Harrington, Rescue 45 w/8, Lt. Conrad, KCM Tanker 2, KCM Engine 2.

The last call for the day came in at 17:06 for a residental fire alarm at 299 E. Radison Run in Huntington Mills.  Command 45 w/A/C Lucas and Engine 45-3 w/7, Capt. Carrow arrived to find a malfunctioning alarm.  

For the week the station has responded to 11 alarms including a fatal MVC, several AFA, several outside fires, 2 structure fires and an assist on a house fire.    

Photo's courtesy of Mike Mareno

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 
Tuesday morning at 09:30 station 45 was dispatched for the ladder company assist station 26 on the upgrade for a residential fire 6219 Summit Bridge Rd. Quint 45 w/5, A/C Lucas quickly hit the street followed by Engine 45-3 w/6, Capt Carrow. Quint 45 arrived to find Townsend, Middletown and Odessa units with a couple line in service for a fire in the basement of the residence.   Engine 45-3 was re-directed to cover Station 26. The crew from Quint 45 established RIT until the scene was placed under control and then assisted with overhaul. Firefighter Lightcap from Station 26 had the Summit Bridge Rod Command. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 12:10. Clayton had 23 members respond on the call. Stations on scene Townsend, Middletown, Odessa, New Castle EMS, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Later in the day at 12:42 the station also responded to a AFA in a residence at 230 Buresch Dr. Engine 45-3 w/5, A/C Lucas was advised when they went responding that the alarm company wanted to cancel, the officer reduced the assignment to 45-3. The engine arrived and found a small fire in the basement of the residence that had been extinguished by the owner. The crew from 45-3 checked for extension and completed PPV. A/C Lucas had Buresch Drive Command. Units were back in quarters at 13:20. Clayton had 26 members respond on that call.   

Monday, January 21, 2013 
Monday evening at 23:26 the station along with ambulance 64 were dispatched for the MVC at 5361 MIlington Rd. Responding units were advised the caller was reporting an accident with unknown injuries. Just prior to arrival Kent Center advised Clayton PD was on scene with a vehicle off the roadway fully involved. Command 45 w/Chief Johnson arrived moments later confirmed the reports and established command.   Rescue 45 w/5, D/C Davis, Engine 45-4 w/8, Lt. Chambers and Brush 45 w/2 Past Chief Lightcap arrived behind the chief the crew from Rescue 45 placed the bumper line off the rescue in service. Engine 4 supplied the rescue with water and assisted the crew from the rescue. Crews made quick work of the fire but once the fire was knocked down located the lone occupant deceased in the vehicle. Command placed the scene under control at 00:01. The rescue remained on scene for several hours to assist the police with lighting and extricating the victim from the vehicle once the investigation was completed. Chief Johnson had the Milington Road Command. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 01:44. Clayton had 18 members respond on the call. Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, Sta 45 Fire Police, CPD, DSP, DELDOT

Monday, January 14, 2013 
A mid afternoon accident sent one subject to the local hospital.  At 14:36 Sta 45 and Ambulance 64 were dispatched for the MVC at 1386 Alley Mill Rd.  Command 45 w/ A/C Hurlock arrived at 14:53 to find a single vehicle into a tree with the occupant still in the vheicle.  Chief Hurlock established Alley Mill Road Command.  Rescue 45 w/6, Capt. Harrington, Engine 45-4 w/7, A/C Lucas and Brush 45 w/3, Past Chief Carrow arrived and began patient care and assisted with packaging the patient.  EMS crews on scene requested ALS- KM6B, KM9 and Trooper 4 were dispatched.  The patient was transported to KGH via B-64 w/KM6B.  Command placed the scene under control at 15:03.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 15:12.  Clayton had 27 members respond to the call.  Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, B-64, KM6B, KM9, Trooper 4, Sta 45 Fire Police, DSP, CPD

Friday, January 11, 2013 
Friday morning at 5:09 the station was dispatched for the Ladder Company Assist Sta 44 on the house fire at 196 Shorty Ln in the Smyrna Landing section of Smyrna.  Quint 45 w/6, A/C Lucas and Engine 45-3 w/8, Lt. Chambers arrived to find Smyrna units with several lines in service on a fire in a SFD.  Crews assisted with overhaul and ventilation.  Chief Hankins had the command.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 05:59.  Clayton had 28 members respond on the call.  The fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshals office.  Units responding Engine 44-2, 44-3, 45-3, Rescue 44, Tanker 44, Quint 45, A-64, FM-13 (Schad).

Ladder Company Assist
    Ladder Company Assist
Thursday, January 10, 2013 
Thursday afternoon at 13:45 the station was dispatched for an engine to assist Sta 44 Smyrna on a working barn fire at 4232 Woodland Beach Rd. Engine 45-3 w/8, Lt. Conrad arrived at 13:57 to find Smyrna, Leipsic and Middletown units with several lines in service on a large barn. The crew from 45-3 assisted with overhaul while the engine shuttled water to the scene. Engine 3 was back in quarters at 15:30. Capt. Rutledge (44-19) had command. The station had an additional crew in the station during the alarm. Clayton had 24 members respond on the call. Units responding; Engines 44-2, 44-3, 44-4, 53-5, 27-5, 45-3, Tankers 44, 53, 26, Rescue 44, A-64, FM-28 (Brode), FM-14 (Coulbourne).  Photo's courtesy Mike Mareno.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
During the regular company meeting in January Vice President Shaner and Chief Johnson named Firefighter Noah Williams as memebr of the month for December 2012.  During the month Noah responded to the following; 15 out of 22 fire calls, 4 fund raiser events, 2 misc events, the company meeting for a total of 20 points for the month of December and 20 points for the point year.  The officers and members would like to congratulate Noah on his award.

Sunday, January 6, 2013 
Sunday morning Jan 6th after the area received a light dusting of snow over night the station was alerted to back to back MVC’s. The first occurred at 0841 for a MVC with a subject not alert Longridge Rd & Buresch Dr. Command 45 w/2, A/C Hurlock, Rescue 45 w/8, A/C Lucas, Engine 45-4 w/7, Capt. Carrow and Brush 45 w/5, Lt. Chambers arrived to find a single vehicle off the roadway into some trees. EMS Crews treated the patient and transported to KGH. Chief Hurlock had the Longridge Road Command. Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, 45-4, Brush 45, B-64, KM6B, KM5, KM9, Trooper 4. Units were back in quarters from this alarm at 09:22. As soon as crews were taking their gear off from the first alarm the station was dispatched at 09:23 for another MVC with a rollover at 1161 Clayton Delaney Rd. Crews hit the street in less than a minute. Command 45 w/2, A/C Hurlock, Rescue 45 w/8, A/C Lucas, Engine 45-4 w/8, Capt. Carrow and Brush 45 w/5, Lt. Chambers arrived to find a single vehicle off the roadway. EMS crews treated the patient on scene before she refused transport to the ER. Chief Hurlock had the Clayton Delaney Command. Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, A-64, KM6, Trooper 4. The last unit was back in quarters at 10:11,  

Longridge Road
    Longridge Road
Longridge Road
    Longridge Road

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