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Building Fire--Old Lancaster Pike

Sunday, December 16, 2012  At 1533 hours on Sunday 12/16/12 units from Hockessin and neighboring companies were dispatched for a building fire at 1082 Old Lancaster Pike.  Additional calls and a report of "heavy smoke" showing from the first arriving fire police officer upgraded the incident to a
"working" fire.  This added an additional engine, truck, Rapid Intervention Team and ALS units to the box assignment.  First-arriving firefighters deployed two 1.75" hose lines into the building and quickly extinguished a fire in one of the greenhouses formerly occupied by Walker's Florist, then worked on ventilating the structure and checking for any other signs of fire.  Units cleared the scene at 1637 hours.  The fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

Responding units:
Hockessin - 195, 193, T19, R19.
Cranston Heights - 143.
Mill Creek - 217.
Elsmere - R16.
Working fire dispatch:
Avondale, PA: CH232, CH233, CHT23.
Five Points: L17, 175.
Belvedere: S30 (RIT), B30.
Minquas: 236 to cover Station 19.


Story & photos by Randy Broadwater



MVC with Entrapment, Brackenville Road

Saturday, December 15, 2012 23:26 Hockessin Fire Company responded to the report of an MVC with entrapment in the 2000 block of Brackenville Road just before midnight on Saturday, December 15.  Company personnel freed the entraped victim and transported him to Christiana Medical Center.



Hockessin Recruits Graduate Fire Academy!

The graduates and other Hockessin attendees: Front Row, L to R-Patti Gropp, Dylan Meredith, Melaina Hudak, Greg Toulson, Middle Row-Michael Hudack, Steven Pickering, Ashley Cazier, Adam Saienni, William Peirson III, Back Row-Asst. Chief Doug Gropp, Asst. Chief Matt Antoine, Deputy Quint Saienni, Chief Michael Perrone, Asst. Chief Dave Notarnicola

The graduates and other Hockessin
      attendees: Front Row, L to R-Patti
      Gropp, Dylan Meredith, Melaina Hudak,
      Greg Toulson, Middle Row-Michael Hudack,
      Steven Pickering, Ashley Cazier, Adam
      Saienni, William Peirson III, Back
      Row-Asst. Chief Doug Gropp, Asst. Chief
      Matt Antoine, Deputy Quint Saienni,
      Chief Michael Perrone, Asst. Chief Dave

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 

On Wednesday, December 12, 7 Hockessin Firefighters graduated from the Salem County Fire Academy’s Firefighter I course. This intense, 20 week course combined physical fitness, class work and practical skills training covering all aspects of firefighting. The group from Hockessin includes:

Ashley Cazier
Melaina Hudak
Michael Hudak
Dylan Meredith
William Peirson III
Steven Pickering
Gregory Toulson
Along with their hard work, many received recognition for individual achievements:
Academic Achievement Award—        Melaina Hudak
Firefighter Health & Fitness Award—Dylan Meredith
Fire Ground Safety Award—                William Peirson III
Perfect Attendance Recognition--       Ashley Cazier
                                                                         Melaina Hudak
                                                                         Michael Hudak
                                                                         Dylan Meredith
                                                                         Steven Pickering
Also helping them throughout the course were Assistant Chiefs Matthew Antoine & Doug Gropp.

The officers and members of Hockessin are extremely proud of this accomplishment and applaud the hard work and integrity that they displayed throughout the course. We look forward to the many years of service that they will provide to our Company and the community.

Photo courtesy of Patti Gropp.



Hockessin Fire Company 2013 Officers

Monday, December 3, 2012   Our annual elections were held at the regular monthly meeting on December 3rd, 2012. The following Officers will take their respective positions on January 1, 2013:

Fire Chief--        Quint Saienni
Deputy Chief--   Michael Perrone
1st Asst. Chief-- Matthew Antoine
2nd Asst. Chief--Randy Broadwater
3rd Asst. Chief--David Notarnicola
Captain--            Brandt Farley
President--          Anthony Guzzo
Vice President-- Robert Perrone Jr.
Treasurer--          Fred Cullis
Recording Secretary--Wayne Ferrante
Directors--             Louis Amabili Sr.
                              David Roser
                               Michael Perrone
                              *Daniel Carrier
                              *Mark Felicetti
                              *Thomas Gerard
*Serving 2nd year of a 2 year term
2013 Ladies Auxiliary Officers
President--         Karen Gebhart
Vice President--Barbara Felicetti
Treasurer--          Jackie Guzzo
Asst. Treasurer--Barbara Tumolo
Secretary--         Ashley Arterbridge
Asst. Secretary--Kathy Beck
Chaplain--          Anne Thompson
Congratulations to all of our officers!



New Year's Eve Party!

Sunday, December 2, 2012   Looking for a great way to celebrate New Year's Eve?  Try our Ladies Auxiliary New Year's eve Party held at Hockessin Memorial Hall!  For more information and tickets, contact the Ladies President Karen Gebhart at 302-239-5695 or 302-239-7748. 



Hockessin Recruits Participate In Live Burn Exercise

Friday, November 23, 2012  7 Hockessin Firefighters currently enrolled in the Salem County Fire Academy’s Fire Fighter I course participated in live burn training the weekend of November 17 & 18. This is part of an intense; 20 week course that combines class work along with practical skills training and covers all aspects of firefighting. Upon successful completion of the course, they will be certified as NFPA ProBoard I Firefighters. We are proud of their hard work & accomplishments and are looking forward to their graduation on December 12th, 2012. HFC Firefighters pictured: Front Row--Melania Hudak (2nd from left), Ashley Cazier (4th from left), Greg Toulson (2nd from right). Back Row--Steve Pickering (1st on left), Michael Hudack (3rd from left), William Peirson III (5th from left) and Dylan Meredith (2nd from right). Photo courtesy of Ashley Cazier & Dylan Meredith.



Rush hour crash involving a school bus

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 0655 Hockessin crews responded to an early morning accident involving a vehicle and a school bus.  Click below for more info:




2012 Fight For Air Climb

Saturday, November 3, 2012  Congratulations to the Station 19 Stair Climbers that participated in the 2012 Fight For Air Climb; Jacqueline Szczerba, Randy Broadwater, Quint Saienni & Adam Saienni. Quint also earned the distinction of being the "Top Fundraising Individual Overall" for the event.   You were all amazing and looked like you barely broke a sweat! 23 flights in turnout gear and wearing airpacks; you raised some great money for the American Lung Association...proud of all of you! 
Donations are still being accepted, click here!
Story By Karen Gebhart.  Photo by Quint Saienni.



Hockessin Firefighters Join The Cause!

Thursday, October 25, 2012  To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hockessin Firefighters have donned pink to promote cancer awareness!  The shirts are available in all sizes and cost $15.00.  Contact Dave Notarnicola if you wish to buy one, however limited shirts are available on a  first come, first served. No holds.

Pictured L to R: Assistant Chief Randy Broadwater, FF/EMT Bryan Florian, FF/EMT
Ann Gillespie, FF/EMT John Adams



Res-Q Jack Training

Saturday, October 13, 2012 0800 Hockessin Firefighters spent Saturday morning training on our newly purchased Res-Q Jacks.  Used mainly for traffic accidents, the jacks are used to secure vehicles during the rescue of trapped occupants.  The jacks are just one example of the equipment Hockessin firefighters work with daily to help our community in times of need.

Photos by Patti Gropp.



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