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RESCUE GOES TO NEW CASTLE COUNTY AGAIN
Friday, December 30, 2011 
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On Friday December 30 at 06:48 and for the second time in a little over two weeks Sta 45 was dispatched for the RIT assist Townsend on a building fire at 330 Pine Tree Rd the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Transfer Station. Rescue 45 w/6. Lt. Jones arrived at 07:06 to find Townsend, Odessa and Volunteer Hose Co. of Middletown units on scene with several lines in service on a fire inside the building with heavy smoke. The crew from Rescue 45 established RIT.  Later on into the incident after it had been placed under control the crew from Rescue 45 assisted with overhaul, ventilation and assisted with putting Sta 26 units back in service. Rescue 45 was back in quarters at 08:08. Clayton had 18 members respond on the call.


 
   
   
 
ACCIDENT SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 
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Tuesday even at 17:32 Sta 45, Amb 64, Medics KM6 & KM5 were dispatched for the MVC with subject reported trapped at 1856 Wheatley’s Pond Rd. Command 45 w/ Chief Carrow arrived at 17:37 reporting a 2 vehicle MVC and established command. Ambulance B-64 and D/C Lightcap arrived chief and began patient care, and advised there was no entrapment. Rescue 45 with 7, Capt. Johnson arrived and was assigned to stabilize the vehicle with the operator still inside and assist with removal. Engine 45-4 w/7, Capt. Lucas arrived and was assigned to secure the second vehicle and assist with patient care of the operator of that vehicle.   Command requested a second BLS to the scene and A-64 responded. Utility 45 w/4, FF Dave Carroll arrived and staged until being released by command. Both operators were transported to Bayhealth with KM6A riding with B-64. Command placed the scene under control at 17:57. Clayton had 32 members respond on the call. The last unit was back in quarters at 18:07. Units responding Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Utility 45, Amb’s A&B 64, KM6, Km5, Sta 45 Fire Police, DSP


 
   
   
 
FIRE COMPANY BRINGS SANTA TO CHILDREN OF CLAYTON
Saturday, December 24, 2011 
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Again this year the members of the fire company brought Santa to the children of Clayton. As they have done since the mid 1960’s Santa was escorted around town on board one of the Clayton Fire Apparatus. Starting at 5:30 from the firehouse 42 members assisted Santa in visiting every street within the town limits of Clayton and handed out approximately 1,400 candy treats to the kids. After finishing Santa than went on his merry way seeing that all the kids around the world had a visit by him. From the officers and members of the Clayton Fire Company we would like to wish everyone safe and Happy Holidays.


 
   
   
 
MEMBER PROFILE – RICHARD A. CHASE SR.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Richard A. Chase Sr. or Dickie as he is known joined the Clayton Fire Company on February 13, 1973. Since that time he has held numerous positions and served on several committees. He has held the following Administrative offices; President, Vice President, Director of Finance, Director of Building & Grounds, Director of Supply, Director of Recreation & Entertainment, he has been a Trustee. He held administrative offices for 33 years. He has served the following fire line offices; Lieutenant & Captain. He also served as a Trustee on Holding Company and was the Chairman of the company’s 100th Anniversary Committee in 1991. He remarks his most memorable event in the Fire Service was when he won the Clayton fire Company Fireman of the Year Award. He also loves to attend the DVFA Fireman’s Conference Parade each year. Dickie has several members of his family who are also members of the company. His son Richard A. Chase Jr. is a Life Member is a prior Junior Firefighter of the Year Award winner and served on several committees. His step son Wade McNatt is a member a prior Junior Firefighter of the Year Award winner and is presently a Captain with the Volunteer Hose Co. of Middletown. His brother Charles Chase is also a member. He has two son in laws that are members; Joe Masten has been a member for several years and served as a line officer advancing as high as 1st Assistant Chief. His other son in law Eddie Ide is an associate member in the company. Dickie is married to Edie and has a daughter and step daughter who are not associated with the company; Cheryl Ide and Aimee Masten. Dickie list his hobbies as; camping, motorcycle riding and wood working. Outside the fire company he is involved with; Delaware Good Sam RV Club where he has been State Treasurer for 8 years, the Fun Seekers RV Club where he held all their offices, the Moose Lodge and American Legion Post #14. The officers and members would like to thank Dickie for his years of faithful service.            


 
Past President Richard A. Chase Sr.
    Past President Richard A. Chase Sr.
 
RESCUE ASSIST TOWNSEND ON WORKING BUILDING FIRE
Monday, December 19, 2011 
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Monday morning at 7:57 Sta 45 was dispatched for the RIT assist Sta 26 Townsend on a working building fire at 330 Pine Tree Rd. (Delaware Solid Waste Authority Transfer Station). Rescue 45 w/5, Deputy Chief Lightcap arrived to find Sta 26, Ladder Co, 1 & 27, Rescue and Tanker 4 & 24 units with several lines in service. The crew from Rescue 45 was immediately placed in service as an engine crew. The RIT was replaced by Sta 44. Crews were able to confine the fire to several large piles of trash inside the building on fire. Crews worked for several hours to separate burning trash and extinguish remaining fire. Rescue 45 was back in quarters at 9:42. Firefighter Justin Staats had the Townsend Command. Clayton had 21 members respond on the call. While on scene at Townsend the station also handled a CO detector going off in the residence. Engine 45-3 & 4 handled that call.        

         

 
   
   
 
Santa Visits Kenton
Sunday, December 18, 2011 
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On Sunday Evening December 18, 2011 Santa took time from his busy schedule to visit the Town of Kenton with help form the Clayton Fire Company. Santa met the fire truck in Kenton, boarded and took a ride around Kenton to visit with the children of the town.


 
Santa is assisted by Clayton Junior Member D.J. Rigney
    Santa is assisted by Clayton Junior Member D.J. Rigney
Santa begins his Journey
    Santa begins his Journey
 
Clayton Fire Company Kids Celebrate
Sunday, December 18, 2011 
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Sunday afternoon the kids of the Clayton Fire Company celebrated Christmas with a kids party given by the Clayton Fire Company. The kids did crafts, ate, and went on a hay ride. Thanks to all who attended this is a revival who a long standing tradition that has not been celebrated for quite sme time as no one had kids. We now have an entier fire company coming up in the future.


 
Watching the Polar Express
    Watching the Polar Express
Its Craft Time
    Its Craft Time
 
PEGGY IVORY NAMED LADIES AUXILIARY MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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The ladies auxiliary honored one of their own during the Annual Appreciation Award when they recognized member Peggy Ivory for her service during the past Year. The award was presented by President Nancy Scotton and Vice President Georgia Davis. The officers and members of the ladies auxiliary would like to congratulate Peggy on her dedication and service to the auxiliary.


 
President SCotton, Award Winner Peg Ivory, Vice Pres. Davis
    President SCotton, Award Winner Peg Ivory, Vice Pres. Davis
 
GARY FAULKNER AWARDED WILLIAM R. “ACE” CARROW AWARD FOR FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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During the Annual Appreciation Banquet Firefighter Gary A. Faulkner was awarded the William R. “Ace” Carrow Award for Fireman of the Year. While announcing the award President Pridemore noted several of Gary’s accomplishments for the year including all the work behind the scenes that he did as the director in charge of building maintenance. during the year Gary attended the following; 186 alarms, 8 fund raiser events, 15 misc events, 12 company drills, 3 uniform events, 12 company meetings for a total of 263 points for the year. The officers and the members would like to congratulate Gary on his award.  Gary also becomes the first member to win all three annual awards (Steven Turner Award for Junior fireman of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, william R. "Ace" Carrow Award for Fireman of the Year). 


 
   
 
DYLAN CHAMBERS AWARDED FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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During the Annual Appreciation Banquet Firefighter Dylan Chambers was awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award for 2011. While announcing the award winner Chief Carrow noted several accomplishments by Firefighter Chambers during the year. During the year Dylan attended the following; 203 alarms, 16 fund raiser functions, 96 misc points, 23 company drills, 12 uniform functions, 12 company meetings, for 409 points for the year. The officers and members would like to congratulate Dylan on his award.


 
   
 
D.J. RIGNEY AWARDED STEVEN TURNER AWARD FOR JUNIOR FIREMAN OF THE YEAR.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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At the annual appreciation dinner junior member Daulton J. Rigney was awarded the Steven Turner Memorial Award for Junior Fireman of the year. While announcing the award Chief Carrow noted several of D.J’s many qualities to the company like his dedication and willingness to step forward and help a lot of the times without being asked. During the point year of 2011 D.J. attended the following; 139 alarms, 20 fund raising events, 57 misc. events, 19 in service drills, 8 uniform functions and 11 company meetings for a total of 292 points for the year. The officers and members would like to congratulate D.J. on his award.


 
   
 
2011 ANNUAL APPRECIATION BANQUET
Saturday, December 17, 2011 
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The company held its annual Appreciation Banquet on Saturday evening December 17.  The banquet is the company’s way to thank its many members, members of the ladies auxiliary and guest for their help during the past year.  The evening began with cocktails, followed by dinner served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Townsend Vol. Fire Co. Dinner was followed by the program portion of the evening with several awards being presented to the members of the company and auxiliary.  Also outgoing President Pridemore was present with his Past Presidents ring and several other gifts. Outgoing Chief Carrow was present with a gift from the line officers for his years of service.  The ladies Auxiliary honored outgoing President Scotton with a gift for her 10 years of service as president.  The night was followed by a dance featuring the band The Mix.  The company would like to thank the crews from Hartly (for the rescue crew), and Harrington (for the Engine & Ladder crew) for covering our first due for the night. 


 
   
   
 
SMOKE DETECTOR ALERTS SLEEPING FAMILY TO FIRE
Saturday, December 17, 2011 
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An early Saturday morning house fire sent to occupants to the local hospital. Saturday morning at 7:21 Sta 45 and Rescue Co 43 were dispatched to a house fire at 1931 Bryn Zion Rd. Responding units were advised the caller was reporting her house filling with smoke. Engine 45-3 w/4, Capt. Johnson arrived took the first due engine assignment and reported a one story single family dwelling with smoke showing and requested the working fire upgrade adding Sta 51 for the RIT, and Tanker Company, Amb 64 and KM6. Quint 45w/5, Past Chief Davis and Rescue 43 arrived together with Rescue 43 being assigned a primary search and Quint 45 being assigned ventilation. Rescue 45 w/6. FF Pridemore arrived and assisted units on scene. After completing their primary search Rescue 43 and Sta 51 units that were enroute were re-directed to a working house fire in Sta 43’s first due. The crew from 45-3 was able to quickly locate the fire in the laundry room and extinguished same. Command placed the scene under control at 7:40 holding Sta 45 units. The fire was contained to the dryer in the laundry room. An adult female and a child living in the residence were transported to Bay Health Medical Center with smoke inhalation. The fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire was confined to the dryer with smoke damage throughout the house. The last Sta 45 unit was back in quarters by 08:29. Clayton had 40 members respond to the call. Units responding Engines 45-3, 45-4, 43-2, 51-3, Quint 45, Rescue 45, FM13 (Schad).


 
   
   
 
SMOKE COMING FROM RESIDENCE TURNS OUT TO BE UNATTENDED COOKING
Friday, December 16, 2011 
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Friday night at 21:09 Sta 45 and Sta 44 for the ladder company were dispatched for the house fire 59 Huntington Dr. in Huntington Mills. Responding units were advised that the caller was reporting her stove on fire with smoke in the residence. Command 45 w/Chief Carrow arrived and reported smoke showing from side A and requested the working fire upgrade adding Rescue 44, Sta 26 for the RIT, Amb 64, and KM6. Engine 45-3 w/6, Asst. Chief Davis arrived and took the first engine assignment. Quint 45 w/5, Lt. Jones and Ladder 44 arrived together and were assigned ventilation. Rescue 45 w/6, Past Chief Hurlock, Engine 45-4 w/6 FF Dutton and Engine 44-3 arrived and staged just prior to the scene. Crews quickly located the fire on the stove top and reported under control at 21:19. Command placed the scene under control and held Sta 45 units.  Fire was confined to the stove top with moderate smoke throughout the house. The last Sta 45 unit was back in quarters at 21:44. Clayton had 33 members respond on the call Units responding Command 45, Engines 45-3, 45-4, 44-3, 26-2, Quint 45, Ladder 44, Rescue 45 & 26, FM13 (Schad), Clayton PD.


 
   
   
 
MEMBER PROFILE – JOHN W. DAVIS SR
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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     John W. Davis Sr. or Jack as he is known joined the fire company in October 1963.  He will be celebrating 50 years in the fire service in 2013. During those years Jack has always been very active serving in several offices and committee’s. Jack has held theoffices of Secretary, Director of Finance, Director of Building & Grounds and has severed the last several years as the President of the fire company’s Holding Company which manages the several properties that the fire company owns.  

     During his years of service Jack has received several awards including; Clayton Fire Company Member of the Month, Clayton fire Company Fireman of the Year, and the Kent County Fire Police of the Year. Jack lists his most memorable event during his fire service career of being awarded Fireman of the Year from the Fire Company and Fire Policeman of the Year from the Kent County Fire Police Association. 

     When he is not busy at the firehouse Jack lists his hobbies as; hunting, he is an excellent carpenter and enjoys his Haflinger Horses. He is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Haflinger Association, National Haflinger Registry, and the NRA.       Not only is Jack active in the fire company but also are several members of his family; his wife Georgia has been a active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and will be its incoming President for 2012. His oldest son John W. “Wes” Davis Jr. is an active member and a Past Chief of the Company. Two of Jacks 3 grand children are also active in the fire company; Sarah is a active firefighter while John W. “Jack” Davis III recently joined the company as a junior member. He also has another grand daughter Andrea and a son Vincent who are not members of the fire company.    

 
John W. Davis Sr
    John W. Davis Sr

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