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COMPANY SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Sunday, October 2, 2011 
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October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.  According to the American Cancer Society it estimates that there will be approximately 190,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year, of that almost 40,000 people will die. The most common risk factors are; Sex-the highest risk factor for breast cancer is being female, however there are cases of breast cancer in men reported each year. Age-The risk of breast cancer increases as women get older, the risk is especially high for women that are 60 years of age and older. Family History – the chances of getting breast cancer increases in women who have a history of cancer in their family.  It is recommended that all women have regular mammograms to detect early any possibility of breast cancer. All of Clayton's apparatus has a pink Maltese cross with  a pink ribbon on it to support breast cancer awareness on its windshield.

 


 
   
   
 
ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD MONDAY OCTOBER 3RD
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 
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Once again it is that time of the year for our annual Fire Prevention Open House.  This years event will be held on Monday October 3rd from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.  As in years past there will be numerous fire apparatus on display, information booths and fun for the kids.  The event annually draws hundreds of citizens.  There will be handouts, demonstrations and free hot dogs and soda's.  For questions call 653-7317.


 
 
THANKS MILLINGTON, BETTERTON & HARRINGTON FOR COVERING OUR FIRST DUE DURING CONVENTION
Saturday, September 17, 2011 
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After weeks of cleaning and practicing marching finally parade day arrived.  With so many member attending the parade as in years past members of the Millington Vol. Fire Co.  and the Betterton Fire Co. covered our first due.  From 09:00am until about 6:00pm Engine 5 (Betterton) and Rescue 2 (Millington) covered our district.  Members of the Harrington Fire Co. manned one of our trucks during our after parade party until 07:00am the next morning.  The officers and members of the Clayton Fire Co. would like to thank our brothers and sisters from Millington, Betterton, and Harrington for again covering our district. 


 
The Millington & 
Betterton Crew
    The Millington & Betterton Crew
The Harrington Crew
    The Harrington Crew
 
COMPANY BRINGS HOME 6 TROPHIES AT ANNUAL FIREMANíS CONVENTION PARADE.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 
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Once again this year the company took part in the Annual Fireman’s Conference Parade held in Dover today. During the parade the company was awarded trophies for the following categories; 2nd Best Appearing Brush Truck, Best Appearing Marine Unit, Best Appearing Miss Fire Prevention Queen (Morgan Lucas), Best Appearing Color Guard, Best Appearing Pumper/Rescue, and once again Best Appearing Marching Unit w/o a Band. The company had 53 members take part in the parade. Units in the parade were Command 45, Brush 45 w/45marine2, Engine 45-3, Rescue 45, Quint 45. The officers would like to thank everyone who spent all the hours cleaning and practicing over the last month and a half for the event.  Congratulations to all the winners in this years parade especially to the members of the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna on their 31st Governors Cup win.   


 
   
   
 
TIM CONRAD NAMED MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 
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During the regular monthly meeting in September Pres. Pridemore was named member of the month for August 2011.  During the month Tim responded to the following.  14 out of 56 Alarms, 3 Misc. Events, 1 Company Drill, and i Uniform Event for a total of 19 points for the month of August.  Tim has accumulated 112 points for the year 2011.  The officers would like to thank Tim for his dedication to the company.


 
Firefighter Tim Conrad
    Firefighter Tim Conrad
   
 
MEMEBRS ATTEND SEVERAL 9/11 EVENTS
Sunday, September 11, 2011 
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The company attened several events to honor the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on our country.  Members attended a Memorial Service at the DVFA Monument in Dover at 9:00am, approximately 8 uniformed members from the company attended this event.  The 9/11 stair climb was held at noon at the Dover Downs Speedway where 15 members of the department climbed the stair towers 14 times to represent the steps our brothers and sisters in the FDNY made that faithful day.  That evening over 40 memebrs of the company attended the Smyrna-Clayton Anuual 9/11 Memorial Service.  The officers would like to thank all the members that attended all these events. 


 
   
   
 
9-11 A DECADE OF REMEMBRANCE *****UPDATED INFORMATION*****
Sunday, September 11, 2011 
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As we approach the 10th anniversary of the terrorist’s attacks on our country with we remember the senseless loss of lives of our fellow Americans that occurred in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania on that day. Even more in particular the loss of our 343 brothers from the Fire Department of New York. Americans across the country will be finding ways to honor and remember the events of that day. Like many fire companies across the country our company will be taking part in several events on September 11. The company will be attending a Memorial Service sponsored by the Delaware Fire Service and being held at the Fireman’s Monument in Dover.   At noon 15 members forming 2 teams will be taking part in a stair climb at the Dover Downs Speedway, the stair climb will honor the steps that lead to the top of the Trade Center building climbed by our brothers in New York. Finally that evening at we will be attending the annual Smyrna/Clayton 9/11 Memorial held in front of the Citizens Hose Co. in Smyrna. Also throughout the year our members have been wearing a specially designed memorial pin on their company uniforms. This pin was our way to remember our brothers of the FDNY as we went on through the year. All these events will be our way of honoring those that died on that faithful day especially members of our emergency services. Please take a moment on September 11 to remember those lost.

**************Company Events to honor September 11 Attacks*****************     The company will be taking part in several remembrances for the 10th Anniversary on September 11, 2011. In the morning the company will be taking part in the Delaware Fire Services Memorial Ceremony to remember our brothers from the FDNY that were lost that day. The memorial service begins at 9:00am and will be held at the Fireman’s Monument on Park Dr. in Dover. Members attending this event will be leaving Station 45 at 8:15am and are asked to wear their Class A uniform. At noon the company will have 15 members taking part in the DVFA Stair Climb at Dover Downs International Speedway near Victory Plaza. Participants will be asked to climb the entire height of the grandstands twice to represent the steps leading to the top of the World Trade Centers. Members attending this event will be leaving Station 45 at 11:15am. A Moment of Remembrance will take place at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011.  It will last for one full minute, during which cities, churches, firehouses, etc. are encouraged to ring bells and sound sirens in a signal to all Americans to Stop and Remember the September 11th attacks. We will be sounding our siren at 1:00pm to remember those lost that day. Finally that evening at 7:00pm the company will take part in the Smyrna/Clayton Annual 9/11 Memorial Service to be held in front of the Citizens Hose Company on W. Commerce St. in Smyrna. Members attend will be leaving Station 45 at 6:30pm and are permitted to wear Class E Uniforms (BDU pants or shorts and company t-shirt) to this event.      

 
Pin worn by our members to honor our brothers in the FDNY
    Pin worn by our members to honor our brothers in the FDNY
   
 
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE MARYDEL FIRE COMPANY ON THE PASSING OF PAST CHIEF/CHIEF EMERITUS AL LANE
Friday, September 2, 2011 
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The members of the Clayton Fire Company join the members of the Marydel Vol. fire Co. in mourning the passing of Life Member, Past Chief and Chief Emeritus Al Lane. Past Chief Lane passed away on September 2 in Kent General Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Lane had a lengthy career in the fire service including being an instructor at the Delaware State Fire School for numerous years. He was also one of the original dispatchers that was hired to become the recently formed Kent County Call Board named Kent Center in the early 70’s, he retired from there in the late 80’s. Mr. Lane was an active member in the Marydel Fire Company up until his illness and was one of the leaders of that department. Mr Lane will be sorely missed by his family, the Marydel Fire Company family and the fire service in Delaware and Maryland. Further arrangements will be posted as they are made.  

*********FUNERAL ARRAINGEMENTS***********   MARYDEL - Albert V. Lane Jr., of Marydel, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 2, 2011. He was 79. Al was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Philadelphia, to the late Albert and Bertha Lane. He accomplished many things in the fire service. Al was very involved with the organization and one of the first employees of the Kent County 911 center, and the first retiree in 1991 after 18 years of service. He was a member of the Marydel Vol. Fire Co. for 55 years and held every office on the fire side and the administrative end. Al was also known throughout the State being President of Kent County Fire Chiefs and President of the State Fire Chiefs Association. He was Fireman of the Year, drafting the Power of the Chief's Bill and the Heroic Fireman, as well as being in the Hall of Fame. Al was also Chief Emeritus of the Marydel Fire Company. Al played the Dobro at the Marydel Fire House Blue Grass Pickings. He loved going fishing. He was a man of integrity and was loved by many people. What is a fireman? "He knows the divine peace of selfless service, and a job well done in the name of all men. He doesn't wear buttons or wave flags or shout obscenities, and when he marches, it is to honor a fallen comrade. He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man, he lives it!" He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carmella Lane of Marydel; sons, Edward Lane of Alameda, Calif., Ronald Lane and his wife Stacey of Marydel; grandchildren, Kyle, Natalie, Alexander and Derek; sisters, Bertha Nelson, and Emmy Lane both of Dover, Jane Lane of Rehoboth and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Marydel Vol. Fire Co., PO Box 400 Marydel, DE 19964 to refurbish the Antique Fire Truck.




 
Chief Emeritus Al Lane
    Chief Emeritus Al Lane
   
 
IRENE LEAVES HER MARK ON AREA
Sunday, August 28, 2011 
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As expected Hurricane Irene flooded the area with heavy rain but didn’t leave the wide spread power outages that was also expected. All in the all the area fared well from the storm. During the storm the station had a constant manning of crews from 3:00pm Saturday Aug 27th until 3:00pm Sunday the 28th  for Engines 3 & 4, Rescue 45, Brush 45, Utility 45 and the command vehicle. During that time the station responded to 25 calls for service. Those calls ranged from several trees falling into electric lines, transformer fires, a couple AFA’s, a few calls for flooded basements and one tree into a residence. The most serious call was Saturday evening after dinner the station was dispatched for a tree into a residence at 5957 Underwood’s Corner Rd. with an invalid subject still inside.  Units arrived to find several large trees that had fallen into the rear of the residence doing severe damage. Crews checked the occupants for injuries, and secured the utilities before clearing. The station had a total of 46 members staff the equipment at one time or and other during the storm. The officers would like to thank those members who spend time away from home to protect their community during the storm.  


 
   
   
 
AREA PREPARES FOR POSSIBLE EFFECTS FROM HURRICANE IRENE ****UPDATED INFORMATION*******
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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***********UPDATED INFORMATION*************

Hurricane Irene is expected to start effecting our area by mid to late Saturday afternoon with the worst to hit around midnight Saturday night.  Our station will be staffed with personnel starting around 3:00pm Saturday afternoon and will remain staffed through the storm.  The Town of Clayton has issued a voluntary evacuation order for anyone living in a mobile homes within the limits of Clayton.  Those people are suggested to leave by noon Saturday.  The evacuation shelter for our area is the Smyrna Middle School at 700 Duck Creek Pkwy in Smyrna.  No pets are allowed at this shelter.  You are asked to bring necessities and your medication if you go to a shelter.  Citizens are asked to only call 911 in the event of a real emergency.  Questions about evacuating or other storm related questions should be directed to the Kent County Emergency Operations Ctr. at 734-3465.  If citizens need the assistance of the fire company for non emergency issues you are asked to call the station at 653-4518.    

With Tuesday’s earthquake now a memory the area turns it eyes toward approaching hurricane Irene. Still several days out the people in the area should start paying attention to this storm. We would encourage all residents to take this time to prepare yourself for the possible effects of this storm. As we encourage the residents to begin preparing so have we. The membership has began to make plans checking our equipment to make sure we are ready to respond to any emergency. We assure the public that we are making every preparation possible to respond in the event of an emergency.  Below is a news release issued Wednesday by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. Also attached is a link to the National Hurricane Center with important information to issue you in preparing for the storm.                                                                            

  IRENE PROMPTS PRECAUTIONS IN DELAWARE   With the first hurricane of the season predicted to track up the Atlantic Coast, Delaware emergency management officials are urging the public to take this storm very seriously. Even though it is too early to accurately predict the strength and exact path of Irene by the time it reaches the Delmarva area, everyone is encouraged to be prepared for disruptive weather.  Delaware Emergency Management Agency Director Jamie Turner urges everyone to use this time to review their household emergency plan and to check emergency supplies. He said it is very important for the public to also monitor the weather and be aware of pending effects of a storm well in advance in order to plan and act safely.  “Have a plan, get a kit and stay informed,” Turner said. “We want everyone to have food and water for at least three days, batteries for lights and radios and a means of charging cell phones.   Remember that part of your emergency plan is to have a destination in mind if you have to evacuate. If officials instruct you to evacuate, please do it.”  Additional things to consider in planning for an emergency include food and medications for those that might have special dietary or pharmaceutical needs and/or appropriate equipment for family members who might use assistive technology. Families also need to remember the needs of pets and stock adequate food and supplies as well as appropriate carriers or restraints should evacuation be required.   The DEMA Director said a very important component of each household emergency plan is to have important documents like medical records, deeds or leases, insurance records and birth certificates copied and stored where they can be easily accessed and packed in case of evacuation.  Turner reminds people that they can best cooperate and partner with emergency management officials and responders by staying informed and following recommendations and instructions.  DEMA and relevant partners statewide are in communication with the National Weather Service and will continue to regularly monitor conditions, keep the public informed and  be ready to take appropriate actions  as Irene draws nearer.  FEMA also encourages everyone, regardless of whether they live in a hurricane-prone area, to take steps to ensure their family, homes and businesses are prepared for a possible emergency.  "FEMA, along with the entire federal family, is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene, and is coordinating with all of our state and territorial partners that have or could potentially be impacted by this storm.  We encourage residents to continue listening to the instructions of their local officials," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "For residents in states that may be affected later this week, it's critical that you take this storm seriously and take steps now to prepare your families, homes and businesses.”

 
   
 
FIRE IN DUCT WORK AT HANOVER FOODS
Monday, August 22, 2011 
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Monday morning Aug 22nd at 9:51am Sat 45, Ladder & Rescue Co. Sta 44, Rescue 51 and Amb. 64 were dispatched to the reported building fire 77 W Duck Creek Rd. at Hanover Foods in Clayton. While en route units were advised the fire was reported to be in the duck work and possibly the roof over one of the cooking units. Command 45 w/ Chief Carrow arrived at 09:56 and reporting smoke showing from the roof area of the production area and established command. Upgrading the call to a working alarm Kent Center dispatched Light & Air 51, Sta 26 for the RIT, KM5 & 6 for the ALS and KCCMD Sta 2 for the engine to cover Sta 45. Engine 45-3 w/4, A/C Ross & Quint 45 w/5, Firefighter Tim Conrad arrived and were assigned the interior. Ladder 44 was assigned the roof division. Additional crews from Engine 44-3 & 4 were assigned to assist interior crews for checking for extension from the duck work into the building. Rescue 45 w/4, P/C Davis and Rescue 51-6 staged and brought their manpower to the command post. All EMS units established a staging area for rehab if needed. The fire in the duct work had been knocked down by plant personnel using several dry chemical extinguishers and two high pressure water lines. Crews checked the areas in and around the duct work and found no extension.  Extinguishment was completed by fire personnel. Command placed the scene under control at 10:17. Clayton had 20 members respond to the call. Units responding Command 45, Engines; 45-3, 44-3, 44-4, 26-2, Ladders; L-44, Q-45, Rescues; R-45, R-44, R 51-6, L&A 51, B-64, KM5, KM6, FM 28 (Brode)


 
 
CLAYTON PREPARES TO DEFEND IT'S TITLE AT THE DVFA CONFERENCE
Monday, August 22, 2011 
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It's that time of the year again when you see the fire company marching the streets of town preparing to defends its title as Best Appearing Fire Company W/o Music during the DVFA Fire Conferendce in Dovere. Please if you see us marching up and down the streets pull over and give us a thumbs up. A famous fire chief once said "It ain;'t about the trophy it's about coming together to accomplish a common goal" win or loose we will do it with "CLAYTON PRIDE".  The Fireman's conference parade will be held on Saturday September 17, 2011 at 1:30pm.


 
All Together Now
    All Together Now
Were Done for Tonight
    Were Done for Tonight
 
CLATYON FIRE COMPANY SOLAR ENERGY TRAINING
Monday, August 22, 2011 
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On Monday night August 22, 29 members of the Clayton Fire Company attended a training class on renewable energy sources. The class was presented by the Delaware State Fire School and covered the various topics that deal with how a firefighter can remain safe at an emergency scene and deal with this new energy source. Topics such as solar hot water systems, solar hot air systems, and solar energy were discussed.  Solar panel and wind turbines were discussed as well as new topic such as solar panels that are discussed to look like roof shingles. The department was addressing the issue of renewable energy sources with the recent increase in these units being added to area's around the district.  One of those locations is Metal Masters at 100 Industrial Blvd where they have installed over 1000 solar panels on the roof of their building.  There has also been a increase in the number of residences in our district that have installed solar panels.  If you have a solar system installed at your residence or business please contact the fire chief at 302-653-7317 and let us know so that we can put that information in our pre-plan list.  A special thanks to our Instructor Tate Coulbourne Chief of the Citizens Hose Co.


 
Renewable Energy Training
    Renewable Energy Training
DSFS Instructor Tate Colburne
    DSFS Instructor Tate Colburne
 
CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY BEGINS DUTY CREW PROGRAM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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On Thursday evening August 18, 2011 the Clayton Fire Company began a new program. This program is called the Duty Crew Night Program. The program will be run right now every other Thursday evening at the station. The program is to allow members who may not be able to devote multiple night to the fire company so they devote one night from 1800 - 2200 hours and they will receive two points. The duty crew will remain at the station and they are expected to perform various duties and to have a portion of the time devoted to training. The crew will inspect equipment carried on the equipment, train, and may tour the district to become more acquainted with the new growth in the district. A typical evening will be 6:00 to 7:15 would be apparatus checks and dinner, 7:15 to 8:30 is a training period where the officer incharge for the evening will develop a training topic for the night.  when the unit returns from training at 8:30 they will have free time until the end of the crew night at 10:00.  If the program is a success it may be expanded to every Thursday evening.  Fire Chief Skip Carrow is a strong supported of the program stating "It is another way our members can get together and enhance our skills and abilities thought training and working together as a crew". Lt. Alex Carrow was assigned to be the officer for the first duty crew night.


 
Firefighter Ashley Wilson and Captain Mike Lucas inspect the equipment prior to the start fo the crew night.
    Firefighter Ashley Wilson and Captain Mike Lucas inspect the equipment prior to the start fo the crew night.
Firefighter/Driver Aaron Robinson and Captain Discuss the Equipment.
    Firefighter/Driver Aaron Robinson and Captain Discuss the Equipment.
 
ACCIDENT SENDS 3 TO LOCAL HOSPITAL
Monday, August 15, 2011 
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Monday night Aug 15 at 20:35 just after the weekly work night at the firehouse had ended the station along with Amb 64 and KM6A were dispatched for the MVC with a subject reported trapped. Command 45 with Chief Carrow arrived and reported a 2 vehicle MVC with no entrapment and established Wheatleys Pond Rd. Command. Rescue 45 w/7 Capt. Lucas, Engine 45-4 w/8 Capt. Johnson and Brush 45 w/4, Firefighter Johnson arrived and along with EMS began patient care and packaging for transport. Ambulance B-64 transported one with KM6A while A-64 transported two victims and met KM7 enroute to the hospital. Command placed the scene under control with the fire police remaining on scene to assist PD with traffic. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 21:06. Clayton had 40 members respond on the call. Units responding; Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, A&B 64, B-43, KM6A, KM5, KM6, Trooper 2, Sta 45 Fire Police, Clayton PD, DSP.       

 
   
   

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