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WORKING MOBILE HOME FIRE CLAYTON GREENSPRING ROAD
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 
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Tuesday night Jan 28 at 2243 hours Sta 45, Tanker Company and Rescue Sta 44, Sta 26 for the RIT, Amb 64, KM6 were dispacthed for the trailer fire 1080 Clayton-Greenspring Rd. While enroute units were advised that a member of Clayton was on scene reporting heavy smoke showing.  Command 45 w/Chief Johnson arrived to find a single wide mobile home with an addition with fire showing from the roof over the fire rooms.  Engine 45-3 w/5, D/C Davis arrived took the first due engine assignment, securing a water supply and stretching the line to the fire area.  Engine 44-3 w/Lt. Hansen arrived behind 45-3 and was assigned the first due special service performing a primary search. Quint 45 w/5, Capt. Staats arrived and took the second due special services performing the secondary searches.  Rescue 45 w/7, P/C Lightcap, Tanker 44 w/Capt. Rutledge, Rescue 44 w/Capt Pierson arrived and performed several functions assigned to them.  Crews made quick work of the fire and both searches came up negative.  Command scaled the assignment back to St 45 units and Tanker Co. 44.  The fire was placed under control at 23:01.  Chief Johnson had the Clayton Command.  The fire damaged 2 rooms in the residence.  The state fire marshal office is investigating.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 00:34.  Clayton had 29 members respond on the call.  The alarm happened just as a snow storm had started hitting the area.  By the time units cleared there were several inches of snow on the ground.  Units responding Command 45, Engine's 45-3, 44-3, 26-2, Quint 45, Rescue's 45 & 44, Tanker 44, B-64, KM6A, KM5A, FM13 (Schad).


 
Q-45 and E 45-3 attacking the fire
    Q-45 and E 45-3 attacking the fire
   
 
ENGINE GOES TO MIDDLETOWN FOR WORKING HOUSE FIRE
Monday, January 27, 2014 
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The station was dispatched at 11:07 for the engine assist Sta 27 Middletown on the second alarm for the house fire 728 Idlewyld Dr in the Parkside Development off Cedar Lane.  Engine 45-3 w/4 A/C Carrow responded and arrived to find first alarm units with numerous hand lines and 2 ladder pipes in service on the large 2 1/2 story SFD that was well involved and had extended into a second like structure.  The crew from 45-3 assisted with fire attack and overhaul.  The engine was back in quarters at 13:31.  Companies assisting Middletown were; Odessa, Townsend, Port Penn, Delaware City, Smyrna, Clayton, Atena Hose Hook & Ladder of Newark, Christaina, Chesapeake City Md.  Clayton had 18 members respond on the call and had additional crews in the station to cover the first due. Photo courtesy Paul Lebanik of Middletown.


 
   
   
 
LADDER COVERS MIDDLETOWN FIRST DUE WHILE THEY HOLD THEIR ANNUAL BANQUET
Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Saturday Evening Quint 45 with a crew of 6 with A/C Lucas covered the Middletown First Due while their members enjoyed their annual banquet.  The ladder stood by at Sta 1 on Churchtown Road while engine 44-4 stood by at their main station.  While they didn't have any calls they got to spend the time with their brothers.  While on the cover up to Middletown the Station handle 3 calls; an engine assist to Sta 2 Millington for a building fire at 1163 Carroll Clark Rd.  As soon as they got back in quarters from the assist they were dispatched for the engine transfer to Sta 51 Hartly while they were on the scene of a barn fire. As soon as they got back in quarters they were dispatched on the medical call on Jordan Dr.  They finished off the night with another medical call on S. Bassett St. just after the quint was back in quarters from Middletown.     


 
Quint 45 on cover up to Middletown; FF Frank Sacco IV, FF Joey Rigney, A/C Lucas, Driver Joe Jones, FF will Kinsey, FF D.J. Rigney
    Quint 45 on cover up to Middletown; FF Frank Sacco IV, FF Joey Rigney, A/C Lucas, Driver Joe Jones, FF will Kinsey, FF D.J. Rigney
 
LADDER AND ENGINE GO TO KENT COUNTY MD FOR HOUSE FIRE
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 
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Tuessday morning at 08:47 Sta 45 for the Ladder and Engine along with Engines 43, 53, 56 were dispatched as part of the upgrade for the working house fire 13319 Golts Caldwell Rd in Golts Md.  With a crew in the station Quint 45 w/4, A/C Carrow were on the street in less then a minute. followed closely by 45-3 w/5, A/C Lucas.  Both units arrived to find first alarm companies with several lines in service on a 1 1/2 story SFD with heavy smoke showing.  The crew from Quint 45 originally established the RIt until being placed in service to assist with extinquishment and overhaul.   Assistant Chief Morales from Millington had the Golts Caldwell Road Command.  Maryland companies responding Galena, Millington, Betterton, Kennedyville, Chestertown, Hacks Point, Sudlersviille, Crumpton, Church Hill, Delaware companies responding were Clayton, Smyrna, Townsend, Middletown, Odessa, Cheswold, Leipsic, Marydel.  Clayton had 28 members respond on the call.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 11:18. Some pictures courtesy of Nevin Steffy of Millington MD.


 
   
   
 
WINTER STORM TIPS FROM THE RED CROSS
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 
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Tips from the Red Cross to help survive the winter storm:

Wear layers of cloths to stay warm, Wear gloves and hats to prevent losing body heat.

Once the storm has passed be careful when shoveling, stay hydrated, take many breaks, and take your time.

Watch for frostbite the symptoms are numbness, flushed greay, white blue, or yellow skin color.

If while working outside you feel faint take a break if you experience chest pain or shortness of breath cal 911.

Take care of your pets bring them inside if posssible if they msut be outside make sure they have shelter and water.

To avoid freezing pipes run your water at a trickle, open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to the pipes. Make sure any harmful chemicals are removed to a safer place if you leave the doors open.

Never use a stove or oven to heat your house

If you are using a space heater please place it on a hard surface away from flammable items such as drapes, table cloths, or other like items.

If you are using a fire place make sure the damper is open, and you have a protective screen in front to catch sparks or rolling logs.

Never use a generator inside your home, place the generator outside in an area where fumes will not collect. This means do not put it is the basement or garage it must be outside.

There are many web sites to use www.dema.delaware.gov is one www.redcross.org, is another or Google Winter Storm Safety many of these sites have activities for families to do toghether.

Just remember if you have to ask yourself "is this safe a safe bet it is not"


 
 
ADOPT A HYDRANT
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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With the second snow storm of the season having just hit the area leaving over a half foot of snow in the area the Clayton Fire Co needs your help.  You can help the fire company by adopting a hydrant in the area of your home or business and help keep it clear of snow and ice.  Winter snowfall and the plowing of snow can hide a fire hydrant under a blanket of snow making them impossible to locate quickly.  It is critical that the fire department be able to locate the hydrant closestto the fire with no delay.  We are asking that you help by keeping by keeping the snow and ice cleared from a hydrant near your home or business.  A 3' clearence all the way around the hydrant will allow the fire department ample room to hook up to the hydrant should an emergency arises.  Also please consider helping a neighbor who may not be physically able to clear away from a hydrant near their home.  The fire company appreciates your support in helping us serve you better.  Rememebr by helping us clear hydrants you are possibly helping your self or your neighbor in the event of an emergency.


 
   
 
CLAYTON STANDS BY FOR HARRINGTON FIRE COMPANY BANQUET
Sunday, January 19, 2014 
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The Fire Service has always been known for assisting each other during an emergency, but what many may not know is that we also help each other out during other events. On Saturday January 17, 2014 seven members of the Clayton Fire Company lead by 2nd Asst. Chief Alex Carrow manned  Harington's  rescue while the Hartly Fire Vol. Company manned engine 51-7 to standby during the Harrington's annual banquet. Harrington Fire Company has been standing by for Clayton's banquet for numerious years. The other Clayton members attending were Lt. John Pridemore, Crew Leader Steve Marynowicz, engineer past chief Kevin Wilson, FF's Jack Davis, Will KInsey, DJ Correll and Dakota Correll.


 
Lt. Pridemore and Crew Chief Steve Marynowicz getting their gear ready for the evening
    Lt. Pridemore and Crew Chief Steve Marynowicz getting their gear ready for the evening
Past Chief Derrick Brode of the Harrington Fire Company reviews the rescue with members of Clayton
    Past Chief Derrick Brode of the Harrington Fire Company reviews the rescue with members of Clayton
 
COMPANY BEGINS IT'S 2014 TRAINING PROGRAM
Saturday, January 18, 2014 
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On Monday January 6, 2014 the company started it's annual fire training program. Monday was our annual orientation progarm where the officers go over various policy updates and changes, go over SOG changes. The members review various pieces of equipment on the trucks and review any equipment changes that have taken place. On Saturday January 18, 2014 the company was treated to a three hour class on the various building construction types in homes and how they affect our ability to fight a fire in these home. The class was presented by Lt. Ray Johnson of the Fairfax, VA Fire Rescuse Training Division. Ray is a long time Delaware Fire Fighter having served the Newark, Claytmont, and currently serves with Clayton Fire Department. The class was very interesting and had members talking about the various construction types we encounter in our own fire district. This class was also attended by members of the Citizen's Hose Company of Smyrna, Townsend Fire Company, and the Claymont Fire Company. The members want to thank Ray for teaching this very beneficial course to our members.  Clayton had 27 members attend the building construction class while 43 members attended the orientation class.


 
Lt. Johnson reviews various construction styles with the class
    Lt. Johnson reviews various construction styles with the class
The members taking it all in
    The members taking it all in
 
CONSTRUCTION RESUMES
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 
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The weather has started to cooperate with the fire companies construction plans allowing us to resume our renovations and addition to the fire station. Work has begun inside the lobby area removing the various display cases and carpet so renovations can continue. Outside the rear parking lot is being torn up for the addition. Please check in to track our progress.


 
Our torn up lobby
    Our torn up lobby
Our coat room getting ready for the renovations
    Our coat room getting ready for the renovations
 
VERNON BERGHORN NAMED MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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During the January Company meeting held on Tuesday January 14, 2014 FF Vernon Berghorn was honored by President Nick Sawyer and Fire Chief Robbie Johnson as the December member of the Month. During the month of December Vernon attended the following; 20 out of 24 fire alarms, 11 Fund raising events, 1 misc event, and the company meeting for a total of 34 points.  Please join with us in thanking FF Berghorn for his years of dedication to the Clayton Fire Company.


 
President Saywer to the Left, Member of the Month Berghorn center, Fire Chief Johnson to the Right Honor FF Berghorn
    President Saywer to the Left, Member of the Month Berghorn center, Fire Chief Johnson to the Right Honor FF Berghorn
 
TWO MEMBERS PROMOTED IN CLAYTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Monday, January 13, 2014 
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On Monday evening at the Clayton Town Council meeting two members of the company were promoted within the Clayton Police Department.  Firefighter Harvey Scott IV was promoted to the rank of Sargeant while Associate Member Shawn Rau was promoted ot the rank of Corporal.  Chief Hill announced the promotions during the council meeting.  Sgt. Scott was pinned by his wife Jenn and father Harvey Scott III who is also a past chief of the department.  Cpl. Rau was pinned by his wife Crystal. Both officers were surrounded by many family and friends.  The officers and members of the company would like to congratulate Harvey & Shawn on their promotions.


 
Cpl. Rau & Sgt Scott
    Cpl. Rau & Sgt Scott
Cpl. Rau saluting Chief Hill
    Cpl. Rau saluting Chief Hill
 
WEATHER CAUSES CONSTRUCTION DELAYS FOR ADDITION
Sunday, January 12, 2014 
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The snow, rain, wind, and cold has caused some construction delays in our addition and renovations. We hope this week the construction crews can catch up as good weather is predicted for next week.  Over the weekend memebrs moved items out of the lobby and coat room so crews can start demolishing the interior of the lobby to make way for elevator and new addition.


 
Our construction as of Sunday January 12, 2014
    Our construction as of Sunday January 12, 2014
Part of our foundation is in
    Part of our foundation is in
 
ENGINE GOES TO MILLINGTON FOR COVERUP AND IS PICKED UP ON 3RD ALARM FOR MULTI RESIDENTAL FIRE IN BETTERTON
Thursday, January 9, 2014 
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Early Thursday morning just after midnight at 01:17 Sta 45 was dispatched for the engine to cover Kent County Md Sta 2 Millington.  Kent County units were working a Multi Residental fire at 207 Main St in Betterton.  First alarm units arrived to find a 3 story in front and 4 story in the rear apartment building with heavy fire throughout.  Engine 45-4 w/7, A/C Lucas responded and while enroute command requested a 2nd alarm adding units from Queen Annes, Cecil and New Castle County De.  Engine 45-4 stood by at Sta 2 until 02:57 when they were picked up on the 3rd alarm for additional manpower.  Third alarm companies staged at Sta 5 Betterton (which was only a couple blocks from the scene) until command requested their manpower to the scene to assist with various tasks.  Chief Price from Betterton had the Command.  Approximately 25 companies from Kent, Queen Annes, Cecil, Caroline, Talbot in Maryland, New Castle, Kent in Delaware were involved at either the scene or with coverups.  The fire displaced 7 families and is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office.  One resident was flown by MSP Aviation to Shock Trauma after jumping from a upper floor window to escape the flames.  Engine 45-4 was back in quarters at 08:16.  Clayton had 15 members respond on the call.  Photo's courtesy of Nevin Steffy of Millington Md.  


 
   
   
 
HOUSE FIRE BRENFORD WOODS
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 
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Wednesday afternoon at 12:42 Sta 45 and Sta 43 were dispatched for the house fire at 19 Grayton Dr in the Brenford Woods Development.  Command 45 w/ D/C Davis arrived at 12:48 and found a 2 story SFD and established Brenford Woods Command.  Engine 45-3 w/5 A/C Carrow and 43-2 w/ D/C Dempsey arrived together 45-3 took the first due engine assignment, while 43-2 stoodby a second hydrant.  Both crews encountered a odor of smoke and light smoke condition on the second floor.  Quint 45 w/3 P/C Hurlock arrived and took the first due special services.  Rescue 45, Engine 43-4 and 45-4 w/4, P/C Carrow arrived and were assigned  various tasks.  Crews were able to finally isolate the problem to the heater in the basement.  Command placed the scene under control at 13:35.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 14:08.  Clayton had 19 members respond on the call.  Units responding Command 45, engine 45-3, 45-4, 43-2, 43-4, Quint 45, Rescue 45.    


 
   
   
 
LOCAL FIRE PREVENTION ESSAY WINNER IS AWARDED 3RD PLACE IN STATE CONTEST
Sunday, January 5, 2014 
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Gabby Davis a 5th grader at Clayton Intermediate School was recently awarded 3rd place for her essay in the State of Delaware Fire Prevention Awards which was held in Hartly on January 5th.  After winning on the local level within the Clayton Fire District Gabby went on to compete in the county contest where she went up against other 5th graders from all schools in Kent County.  In that contest which was held on December 18th at Carlisle Fire Company in Milford she was awarded 1st place within the county. Gabby then went on to compete against other 5th graders from across the State of Delaware.  The officers and members of the Clayton Fire Company would like to congratulate Gabby on ner numerious awards.  


 
Gabby Davis 3rd Place State of Delaware winner
    Gabby Davis 3rd Place State of Delaware winner
1st Place Kent County winner Gabby Davis pictured with Kent County Firefighters Assoc. Representatives Ralph Satterfield, Ken Rider, Clayton Intermediate School Principal Dave Palteinwei and Clayton Assistant Chief Alex Carrow
    1st Place Kent County winner Gabby Davis pictured with Kent County Firefighters Assoc. Representatives Ralph Satterfield, Ken Rider, Clayton Intermediate School Principal Dave Palteinwei and Clayton Assistant Chief Alex Carrow

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