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Monday, July 16, 2012 
Monday at 12:01 Sta 45 was dispatched for the brush piece and engine to assist Kent County Md Sta 2 Millington with a large field fire at 10010 Peacocks Corner Rd.  Brush 45 w/4, A/C Davis and Engine 45-4 w/8, A/C Lucas arrived to find Millington units working to control a large field fire.  Crews immediately went to work on a fire that had jumped a hedgerow and had gotten into another field.  Crews worked for over 30 minutes to contain the fire.  The fire consumed approximately 20-30 acres of cut wheat field.  Command placed the fire under control holding units on scene.  Millington Assistant Chief Jesse Downey had the Peacocks Corner Rd Command.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 13:22.  Clayton had 26 members respond to the call.  Units responding Millington - Brush 2, Engine 2, Tanker 2, Clayton Brush 45, Engine 45-4, Galena - Brush 3, Tanker 3, Sudlersville Brush 6, Engine 6-4, Tanker 6, Crumpton Brush 7, Engine 7-1.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Clayton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary needs volunteers to join our organization to help support the brave men and women of the Clayton Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. If you would like to make a difference in your community, please complete the application, which can be found in the downloads section on this website, and return it to the address listed on the application. If you have any questions, please call (302) 270-1847 for more information about our organization. As our community continues to grow, so does our need for dedicated volunteers. Thanks so much for your help.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 
Wednesday afternoon at 15:06 Sta 51 & Sta 45 were alerted for the structure fire at 1910 Fords Corner Rd.  As units were hitting the street Magnolia A/C Scott Vautard (55-19), who was in the area, went on scene reporting a one story single family dwelling with heavy smoke showing. He was immediately followed by 51-15 (Chief Morris) who went on scene and established 51 Command. Chief Morris also requested the working fire upgrade adding QAC Sta 6 for Tanker 6 and Quint 6 for the RIT along with ALS. Quint 45 w/4, A/C Lucas, Engine 45-3 w/7, D/C Lightcap and Rescue 45 w/5, Lt. Carrow arrived to find 51 units in service with 2 – 1 ¾” hand lines with fire on the Charlie side along with fire throughout the ceiling area in several rooms. Quint 45 was assigned to assist attack crews with hooking the ceiling and walls. Engine 45 & Rescue 45 arrived, conducted a primary search, ventilated and assisted with overhaul. The fire was quickly knocked down and units remained on scene for over an hour to overhaul. Command requested Engine 43 that was covering station 51 into the scene for additional manpower. The cover-up was replaced by Engine 46. The scene was placed under control at 15:55. Station 44 was requested to handle any additional calls in 45 first due until they cleared. The Delaware State Fire Marshalls Office is investigating. Clayton had 25 members respond on the call and the last 45 unit was back in quarters at 17:04. Units responding Engines 51-3, 51-5, 45-3, 43-3, Tankers 51 & QAC Sta 6, Quint 45, QAC Quint 6, Rescue 45, Light & Air 51, A-51, KM5, FM28 (Brode), Red Cross. Engine 46-3 covered Sta 51.  

Saturday, July 7, 2012 
With temperatures approaching 105 degrees and a 110 heat index the station responded to several calls for the day. The morning began with just over 12 members in Rescue 45 & command 45 attending the annual July 4th parade in Kenton. 

At 13:56 Sta 45, and Amb. 64 were dispatched for the MVC at Millington Rd and Blackiston’s Rd. Command 45 w/ D/C Lightcap arrived to find a two vehicle MVC with two injuries. Rescue 45 w/6, Chief Johnson & Engine 45-4 w/6, Past Chief Davis arrived at 14:04, stabilized the vehicles and handled cutting the B post on the passengers side to remove the occupant.  EMS units transported two to Bayhealth in Dover. The scene was placed under control at 14:28. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 14:43. Clayton had 24 members respond on the call. Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, A & B-64, C-26. Sta 45 Fire Police.

At 16:11 Sta 45, Ladder Co. & Rescue 44, Sta 26 for the RIT, Amb 64 & KM6 were dispatched for the structure fire at 437 Main St. Assist Chief Lucas who was in the area at the time of the fire and saw the smoke reported a deck attached to the house on fire. As the first engine was responding A/C Lucas advised Kent Center that the fire had been knocked down with a garden hose by the homeowner and down graded the response to Sta 45 units. Engine 45-3 w/6, Chief Johnson arrived at 15:15 established a water supply. Command 45 w/ D/C Lightcap arrived behind the engine and established command. Quint 45 w/5 Capt. Jones arrived and assisted the crew from 45-3 with completing extinguishment and overhaul. The fire was placed under control at 16:16. The last Clayton units were back in quarters at 16:33. Clayton had 28 members respond on the call. Units responding Command 45, Engine 45-3, Quint 45, Sta 45 Fire Police.

The last call for the day came in at 21:59 to assist EMS with a subject that had fallen at 5926 Milington Rd. Rescue 45 w/5, Past Chief Davis arrived at 22:07 and handled patient care until the arrival of Amb 51 and KM7. The patient was transported to KGH with ½ of KM7. Rescue 45 was back in quarters at 22:28. Clayton had 18 members respond on the call.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 
The United States celebrated its 263rd Birthday this year with the company taking part several events. The day started out at 7am with an assist to EMS for manpower. The company attended the Smyrna/Clayton July 4th parade 09:30 that was held in Smyrna this year. The company had 35 members, and 5 pieces of equipment take part in the parade. The company which is part of the July 4th Association puts on the annual parade and had 15 members help with that. Just before dinner the rescue, brush truck, utility and command vehicle and about 50 members and family went to Smyrna High School to watch the fireworks at dusk. The members held a cookout while waiting for the fireworks to begin. While waiting for the fireworks the rescue & brush handled a small outdoor fire at Metal Masters on Industrial Blvd. All equipment was back in quarters by 11pm. The company hopes everyone had a safe and Happy July 4th.   

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Charles W. Walls, Sr., known to many as "Bill" or "Charlie", passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012 in his home. He was 68.

Charles was born in Milford, son of the late Joseph G. Sr., and Anna Mae (Glanden) Walls. He was a Guard with Playtex in Dover for 37 years. He also owned and operated Bill's Lawn Mowing and Trim. Many years ago, he worked with Delaware State Archives. He was well known in the fire company family. He began his membership as a young man with South Bowers Fire Volunteer Fire Company and later with Frederica Volunteer Fire Company. He was also very involved with the fire police. He had served as Chief, Vice President and Past President with South Bowers. He also served as president of Kent Co. Fire Chiefs, Kent Co. Fire Police Association and Delaware State Fire Chief's Association. He was named State Fire Policeman of the Year in 2010 and has been involved with fire service for 50 years. He was a member of Sardis U.M. Church. He enjoyed anything outdoors, especially gardening, grass cutting, fishing or hunting. He is survived by his wife of 47 years: Janice (Horne) Walls; three sons: Charles W. Walls, Jr., Richard J. Walls and companion Kelly Wyre, all of Milford and Steven Walls and wife Valarie, of Harrington; six siblings: Joyce Glenn (Charles) and Betty Lou Mintzer, all of Milford; Louise Betts (Bill), of Frederica, Bonnie Thompson (Gary), Buddy Walls (Barbara) and Louie Walls (Jean), all also of Milford; 2 grandchildren: Amanda and Jonathan Walls; Kelly's three children, who were also special to him: Shaun Kennard, Courtney and Holly Bruns; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A funeral service with fireman's honors will be held Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00am in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front Street, Milford, De with visitation Thursday evening from 7 - 9pm. Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to VITAS Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963 or Frederica Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Steve White, PO Box 283, Frederica DE 19946  

Charles W. Walls Sr.
    Charles W. Walls Sr.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 
Friday evening as everyone prepared for bed the area was placed under a severe thunderstorm warning by the national weather service. Just after midnight the storm hit with a vengeance. During the next 24 hours the company responded to 17 calls. The first call came in for a transformer arching and during the height of the storm (the next 4 hours) the company handled 10 of those 17 calls. All in all the calls ranged from numerous tree& wires down, 2 structures that received damage to their roof’s from the wind, a cover up to Queen Anne’s County and a RIT assist to New Castle County for a garage fire. The members that responded didn’t get much if any sleep that night. With a large area without power the station was manned until the majority of the power was restored. 

Saturday morning after being up all night 8 members on Rescue 45 and Gator 45 attended the counties Annual Safe Summer Kids Event at Brecknok Park in Camden from 9:00am until 2:00pm. The company had 33 members respond to the alarms during the height of the storm and staffed the following units; Brush 45 w/4, FF Kelleher, Engine 45-4w/5, Lt. Carrow, Engine 45-3 w/7, D/C Lightcap, Quint 45 w/6, Lt. Jones.       

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 
Wednesday afternoon at 15:35 station 45 was dispatched for the ladder company to assist station 1 & 27 Middletown with a working commercial building fire at the Friendly’s Restaurant in the Dove Run Shopping Ctr in Middletown. Quint 45 w/6, Lt. Carrow and Engine 45-3 w/7, Lt. Conrad made the response and arrived to find NCC units working with heavy fire through the roof. Units went to defense mode immediately due to structural collapse upon their arrival. Units worked under the direction of A/C Schusteritsch for about 20 minutes before bringing it under control. The crews from Quint 45 & Engine 3 assisted with extinguishment and overhaul. The building was a total loss and is under the investigation of the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. After the scene was placed under control quint 45 relocated to Station 27 to cover the MOT area for the ladder along with an engine from Wilmington Manor while units were committed. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 18:05. Stations responding on the fire Middle Sta 1 &27, Odessa Sta 4 & 24, Delaware City Sta 15, Port Penn, Sta 29, Newark Sta , NCC medic units, DSFM units.  Clayton had 33 members respond on the call. Photo’s courtesy Volunteer Hose co. of Middletown’s web site.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 
Just prior to the working building fire at Friendly’s came in Sta 26, Sta 1 & 27, Sta 4 & 24, Sta 44 were dispatched for a barn fire at 562 Money Rd. The original call was dispatched as a hay wagon on fire but was quickly upgraded to a working barn fire. Units arrived to find a 20’ x 80’ barn with heavy fire showing. As units were going to work the Friendly’s fire in Middletown came in. Some units from Sta 1&27 and 4&24 cleared the barn fire to respond to the Friendly’s fire leaving Sta 26, Rescue 1-6, Tanker 24 and Sta 44 units to handle the barn fire. At 15:48 Sta 45 along with Sta 43 were dispatched for the engine to assist on the fire to make up for the units that cleared the scene. Engine 45-4 w/7, Past Chief Carrow arrived to find units working the fire and assisted with overhaul. The barn was a total loss along with several acres of cut wheat field that also ignited. Captain Pritcher from Sta 26 had the Townsend Command. Units responding R-26, 26-2, 26-3, 26-1, 26-0, u-26, T-24, T-44, 44-3, R-44, 45-4, 43-2, B-64, DSFM.   Engine 45-4 was back in quarters at 17:50.  Photo's courtesy of Volunteer Hose of Middletown web site.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Sunday afternoon at 14:09 the station was dispatched for an engine to transfer to Queen Anne's County Sta 6 Sudlersville. Queen Anne's, Caroline, Kent, Talbot, Anne Arundel counties in Maryland and Kent County in Delaware were working a 7 alarm woods fire in the Stevensville Md area. Engine 45-4 w/6, Lt. Carrow made the response and stood by with a brush piece from Sta 51 and Tanker from Sta 56.  While at Sta 6 the stand by units responded to fatal mvc involving a motorcycle on Sudlersville Rd. e/o Sudlersville Chief 6 (Russell) had the Sudlersville Road Command on the mvc.  Engine 45-4 was released and back in quarters at 21:39.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012 
Members got to work on their vehicle rescue skills this weekend with a in service vehicle rescue class. Just over 15 members spent the morningrefining their skills. The class was held at Mid-Del Auto on DuPont Parkway in Smyrna.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 
Wednesday night June 20 at 23:18 Sta 45 was dispatched to assist Sta 44, Amb 64, & Km6 on a MVC involving a motorcycle at S DuPont Blvd & Carter Rd. Sta 44 and Tanker Co. 53 units were committed on a serious MVC w/fire involving 2 tractor trailers on RT1. Rescue 45 w/7, Chief Johnson arrived to find Engine 44-2, A-53 and KM6B units on scene treating the operator of the vehicle. The crew from R-45 assisted with securing fluids spilled on the roadway and packaging the patient for transport. Engine 45-4 w/8, D/C Lightcap and Utility 45 w/5, Lt. Carrow also made the response but were cancelled enroute. Command placed the scene under control at 23:39 clearing Trooper 4 & KM5. The patient was transported to KGH by A-53 w/KM6B on board. Past Chief Ebright of Sta 44 had command. Units responding Engine 44-2, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, U-45, A-53, A-64, KM6B, KM5, Trooper 4, Sta 44 & 45 Fire Police, SPD, CPD.

Friday, June 15, 2012 
The weekend started out busy with 3 calls from noon to dinner time.  The first call came in at 13:56 for an assist to EMS at 34 Council Dr. R-45 w/6 arrived to find a KC medic unit on scene with CPR.  The patient was transported to KGH by A-51 & KM7A.  Units responding R-45, A-51, KM5, KM6B, KM7A.  The second call came in a short time later at 15:13 for a commercial fire alarm at Abra Business Complex at 4877 Wheatley's Pond Rd.  Command 45 w/ D/C Lightcap, engine 45-3 w/5 and Quint 45 w/4 arrived to find a child had struck a pull station with a ball setting off the alarm.  The last call for the afternoon was for a 29D2P rollover, 2731 Clayton-Delaney Rd.  Command 45 w/Capt. Jones, Rescue 45 w/6, 45-4 w/7 and EMS units arrived to find a vehicle overturned with a subject injured.  The subject was transported to KGH by A-64.  Units responding; Command 45, Rescue 45, 45-4, A-64, KM5, KM6, Tpr4.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
During the June monthly meeting President Sawyer named Lt. Alex Carrow as member of the month for May 2012. During the month of May Lt. Carrow attended the following; 6 out of 10 alarms, 13 misc events, 2 drills, 3 uniform functions, and the company meeting for a total of 32 points for the month. Lt. Carrow has accumulated 196 points for the year 2012.

Pres. Sawyer, Lt. Carrow, Chief Johnson
    Pres. Sawyer, Lt. Carrow, Chief Johnson
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Saturday night June 9 at 21:27 Sta 45, Amb 64, KM6, KM5 and Trooper 4 were alerted for a MVC with rollover at 1340 Underwood’s Corner Rd. Deputy Chief Lightcap arrived at 21:36 and confirmed no entrapment and established Underwood’s Corner Rd command. Rescue 45 w/8, Firefighter Chillas, engine 45-4 w/9, Lt. Crews and U-45 w/4 along with EMS units arrived and began patient care and packaged the lone occupant for transport to the hospital. Ambulance B-64 & KM6A transported the operator to Bayhealth. Command placed under control at 21:52. The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 22:10. Clayton had 38 members respond to the call. Units responding R-45, 45-4, U-45, Deputy 45, A & B-64, Km5, Km6, Trooper 4, Sta 45 fire police, Clayton PD, DSP. 


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