Minquas Fire Company
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Busy Overnight for Crews
Saturday, August 16, 2014 
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Just before 0200hrs on Saturday Morning the Station was alerted for a Medical Assist on Northbound I95, and an MVC on Southbound I95. With two crews at the station, Rescue Engine 236 under the command of FF/EMT Moorhead took in the Medical run, while the Rescue under the command of Lt. Hamm took in the MVC. The Engine arrived and assisted with patient care and traffic control while Ambulance 22 obtained a refusal. Rescue 23 arrived to find a single vehicle that had crashed into a construction sign. The crew of the Rescue assisted with patient care, and assisted with roadway clean up. While both the Rescue and the Rescue Engine were returning from their respective runs, they were alerted to Justis Street in the area of Augustine Street for another MVC. The Rescue and the Rescue Engine arrived to find a single vehicle that had taken out a tree and several light poles. The Crews assisted with patient care and packaging and roadway clean up and cleared the scene with an hour. Just before 0430hrs Station 23 along with several other area companies were alerted to the Newport Terrace Apartments for a building fire. Rescue Engine 236 under the command of FF/EMT Mills, and Rescue 23 under the command of Lt. Hamm responded within 1 minute. RE 236 layed a supply line from the entrance, and pulled a 1 3/4" hand-line to the front door while the crew from the Rescue searched for the "burning odor." Crews found the smell to be coming from unattended cooking and the incident was held to Station 23 units. Fire Chief Dierolf had the "Newport Command." Another busy night handled by the dedicated Men and Women of the Minquas Fire Company.

 
   
   
Hazmat Incident in the First Due
Sunday, August 17, 2014 
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On the above date just before 1048 in the morning, the company along with the New Castle County Hazardous Materials Decontamination Team was alerted to the area of Augustine Street and Greenwood Rd for a contained hazmat incident. The caller reported that there was a gas can in the street with some type of acid inside. Engine 235 under the command of Lt. Hamm, Rescue Engine 236 under the command of FF/EMT Mills, and Fire Chief Dierolf quickly responded. Crews stood by while the hazmat crews, and DNREC contained and took away the container. The Company was committed for just over an hour before turning the scene over to DNREC.

 
   
   
Rescue Co. Runs Structure Fire in 12's Local
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 
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At around 1530 hours, Station 23 was alerted to assist Stations 3,6, and 12 (Christiana) on a Commercial Structure Fire at the Wendy's restaurant in the University Plaza Shopping Center. Rescue 23 responded with 5 personnel after clearing from a 21 box under the command of Engine Captain Divesta. Chief 12 arrived on scene to find a 1 story commercial structure with smoke showing. Rescue 23 arrived on scene as the first due special service and provided ventilation and a search of the building. The fire was extinguished and Rescue 23 cleared the scene in approximately 1 hour.

 
   
   
Engine 23 responds it's 4th Car Fire in the Past 7 Days
   
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 
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At around 1600 hours, Station 23 was alerted to assist Stations 3, 6, and 12 (Christiana) on a Vehicle Fire on Interstate 95 just North of Rt. 273. Engine 23-5 made the response with 5 personnel under the command of Lieutenant Hamm. Engine 12 arrived seconds before Engine 23-5 and pulled their front bumper line while the crew from 23-5 assisted by opening up the car to ensure that all fire was put out.The incident was under control within 30 minutes. 23-5 cleared the scene and then handled an Outside odor in the Gordy Estates community.

 
Engine and Rescue run 21 House Fire
Photo courtesy of Co 21
   Photo courtesy of Co 21
Monday, August 4, 2014 
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On the above date just before 0800hrs, Station 23 was alerted to assist Stations 2, and 21 on a reported house fire. Engine 235 with a crew of 5 under the command of Lt. Hamm, and Rescue 23 with a crew of 3 under the command of FF/EMT Mills quickly responded. While units were still responding, New Castle County Police arrived and reported "Smoke Showing" upgrading the alarm to a working fire. Engine 235 arrived, laid a supply line and quickly stretched a 1 3/4' attack line to the basement. Rescue 23 arrived shortly after and began a primary search of the residence. The primary search was negative, and the officer of Engine 235 advised that a fire in the basement had been extinguished by a broken water pipe. Crews operated for around an hour before being cleared by command to handle an MVC on the Interstate.

 
Engine 23 Responds to another Car Fire
Sunday, August 3, 2014 
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Just after 0445hrs Station 23 along with Stations 3,6, and 12 were alerted to Interstate 95 Southbound at the Churchmans Marsh for an auto fire. Engine 235 quickly responded under the command of Lt. Hamm with a crew of 6. Engine 23 arrived to find an engine compartment involved and extinguished the same. Engine 23 operated for 20 minutes before turning the scene over to the State Police.

 
   
   
Engine Runs 30 House Fire
Crew of Engine 235
   Crew of Engine 235
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
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On the above date just after 0330hrs, Station 23 was alerted to assist Station 30 on a house fire. Engine 235 responded with a crew of 6 under the command of Lt. Hamm, responded within one minute. Engine 23 arrived as the first engine, to find a single story single family dwelling with fire showing. The Crew of the Engine quickly stretched an 1 3/4" hand line to the front door. At the same time County Police were on scene and advised the crew that there were people trapped inside. The Crew mounted an aggressive interior attack and found one victim just inside of the front door. Unfortunately that victim had already succumbed to their injuries. The Engine crew extinguished the fire and assisted with overhaul. The engine was on scene for just over 2hrs. Fire Chief Dierolf also responded and was the incident commander. The officers and members of the Minquas Fire company of Newport send our deepest condolences to the family of the victim.

 
Engine Co. Runs Car Fire
Friday, August 1, 2014 
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Around 2230 hours, Station 23 was alerted for a Vehicle Fire in the area of 200 Old Churchmans Rd. Engine 23-5 responded with 6 personnel within minutes under the command of Lieutenant Hamm. On arrival, the crew found a vehicle involved with fire. The Crew stretched the 150 ft. Front Bumper line and knocked the fire down. The crew of 23-5 operated for approximately 40 minutes until turning it over the Delaware State Police.

 
   
   
Weekly Training
   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 
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The topic of training this week for the members was search and rescue. The members used an acquired structure in the first due, and practiced different techniques for searching structures. Just another way for our younger members to learn new things, and for the senior members to keep their skills sharp.

 
Car Fire on the Pike
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 
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Around 2230 hours on the 29th, Company 23 was dispatched for a Vehicle Fire at the intersection of Glen Berne Dr. & West Newport Pike. Engine 23-2 made the response with 4 personnel under the command of Asst. Chief Harvey Jr. Chief 23 went on scene first and reported an engine compartment involved. The crew of 23-2 went on scene shorty after and pulled a 200 ft. hand line and knocked the fire down. Engine 23-2 and Chief 23 operated on scene for about 45 minutes.

 
   
   
Brush Fire on the Interstate
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 
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Around 1900 hours on the 28th of July, Company 23 was alerted for a reported brush fire on Interstate 95 Northbound in the area of the Sheraton Hotel. Engine 23-2 made the response with 6 personnel under the command of Deputy Chief Lindell. On arrival, the crew found an approximately 500 foot area of grass on fire. The crew stretched a line and extinguished the fire. The Engine operated for about 30 minutes.

 
   
   
1 Trapped on the Pike
Friday, July 25, 2014 
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Just after 1830hrs Friday evening, the company was alerted to E. Newport Pike in the area of Curtis avenue for an MVC with entrapment. Rescue 23 with a crew of 5, under the command of Lt. Hamm, and Fire Chief 23, Dierolf quickly responded. Rescue 23 arrived to find a single vehicle vs. a pole and one person trapped. The Crew quickly went to work stabilizing the vehicle and extricating the trapped person. The patient was extricated in under 15 minutes, the rescue was on the scene for just under an hour. Other units on the scene included Ambulance 14, Rescue Engine 30, and Utility 23.

 
   
   
Rescue Company Runs 12 House Fire
   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 
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Just after 0430hrs, Rescue Company 23 was alerted to assist Stations 3,6, and 12 on a Residential in the Woodbridge section of their first due. Rescue 23 under the command of FF/EMT Mills responded with a crew of 7. Rescue Engine 12 arrived to find a single story, single family dwelling with smoke showing. Rescue Company 23 arrived shortly after Rescue Engine 12, and went to work as the first due special service. The crew performed a primary search of the fire building, and placed ground ladders. Searches were negative, and no extension was found, and Rescue 23 was cleared by Command 6 at 0520hrs.

 
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