The Hockessin Fire Company was established in 1936 and is the primary provider for fire, rescue and emergency medical service in the Hockessin area. Our Company consists of an Engine, Tanker, Ladder and Ambulance along with a committed group of dedicated volunteers. Our members & staff contribute nearly 30,000 hours of their time yearly for emergency responses, training, fire prevention, duty crews and administrative support. We share the same pride today as our founders did 80 years ago and look forward to continuing our service to the community for many years to come.
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Tanker 19 and Utility 19 just returned from a house fire in London Grove Twp. west of Avondale, PA. Personnel operated for 3.5 hours at this incident. Due to the number of tankers committed at this fire Tanker 26 from Townsend Fire Co. covered our district. We will try to get a couple photos up tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone goes home safe is all that is important
It is illegal to drive over a fire hose in the State of Delaware without consent of the FD officer in charge.
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Because where you're headed is a lot more important than the firefighters inside the burning structure & their life saving water supply #NotCool
Video below was taken during Sunday's fire at 4219 Winding Way.
Believe it or not – this happens more than you know – and it is simply not acceptable. Additionally – this request to NOT drive over our hose is not new. We repeatedly message out that when you drive up on the bright yellow hose in the street, surrounded by all the big red vehicles and flashing lights – stop – turn around and find a different route to where you are headed. In this particular instance a bystander who did just that – recorded the driver (s) blatantly putting firefighters lives at risk and driving over the supply line – clearly hooked to a hydrant. When firefighters stopped the woman’s car, they immediately requested IMPD and when she heard that – she unapologetically sped off. She is described as a 40-ish year old white female driving a black SUV. The bystander turned this video over to IFD which has now been turned into the IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations Unit who is following up.
It is for this reason and other unintentional breakdown’s occurring, that the IFD has in place a Standard Operating Procedure of always securing two supply lines on every working fire. The supply lines are hooked to different hydrants in case one of the hydrants malfunctions. The supply lines are established separately by incoming engines – in case one of the engine’s pumping systems malfunctions. Wear and tear can cause a supply line to break when least expected. Firefighters inspect every section of hose they use on a fire - after every fire. Apparatus engineers are constantly reviewing the status of the hoselines coming off their engines for any unexpected breakdown to occur. A small hole in a hoseline can wreak havoc on the firefighting effort. That small hole can become larger when water is introduced into the line and pressure applied from the pumps. This can cause the hoseline to burst… rendering the hoseline useless and a becoming a flailing weapon that could easily harm a firefighter or bystander on scene. Firefighters depend on this water supply to protect themselves, make rescues and confine the fire. Yesterday’s actions did damage to one 100 foot section of 5” inch hose after the driver ran over it. It’s replacement will cost the department about $500.
It is because of the intentional, careless disregard as illustrated by this video, that we continue to message out – not to drive over hose and across the country, remain stupefied that drivers still do it. It’s just as important as not parking in front of the hydrant, not going around stopped fire apparatus when they are clearly on an incident, pulling to the right and having a working smoke alarm in your home. When you do this you are endangering the very lives of the firefighters that are trying to protect your life and your property.
Police officers can issue the driver a Uniform Traffic Ticket or elevate it to Interfering with the Duties of a Firefighter - which is a misdemeanor and lead to fines of up to $2500 ... See MoreSee Less
So as to not "blow up" your notifications, we are going to consolidate the rest of the dump site videos from Sunday's drill in this post. Links to video parts 5-11 will appear in the comments. A post tomorrow will summarize the fill site operations. ... See MoreSee Less
Water shuttle exercise part 4 - dump site (continued)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFm_Hjng3AIn this clip we join the drill at the 11-minute mark and get to see the progress at the dump site as a three-tank operation is built out. This is the value o... ... See MoreSee Less
Water shuttle exercise part 3 - dump site (continued)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0a2LzUXbskIn this clip we see the arrival of Tanker 21 and the work done by its crew to help prepare the dump site for tanker operations. The clip is narrated by Mark ... ... See MoreSee Less
Water shuttle exercise part 2 - dump site (additional videos follow)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLQ9j7KNAN0In this clip we see operations at the 7-minute mark as nurse tanker operations are underway while a dump site is being built out. The clip is narrated by Mar... ... See MoreSee Less
First of several videos from the water supply class and exercise we took part in over the weekend. Thanks to Talleyville Fire Co. for spearheading this class!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4rQabeO_wUThis is the first of several clips from our 2-hr water supply drill held on September 10th in Hockessin, Delaware. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr... ... See MoreSee Less
Very informative- thanks for posting
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Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 shared Concordville Fire & Protective Association's post.
2 weeks ago
Photos from some of our neighbors across the border.Today 5 of our firefighters completed the course on Rural Water Supply Operations. This course was an excellent opportunity for our crews to review their Tanker skills and working with some of our mutual aid partners. We are proud to have the last dedicated Tanker in Delaware County.
The morning was spent part in the classroom at host Talleyville Fire Company as well in their parking lot. The afternoon had the class traveling out to Hockessin's local for the hands on practical part of the course. Tankers from 59 Union Fire Company No. 1 ~ Oxford, PA, Avondale Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19, Honey Brook Fire Company #1 and Longwood Fire Company
shuttled water to a simulated fire. Crews were tasked with establishing a dump site as well as a fill site all while maintaining a 500 gallons per minute. The practical section was a 2 hour test and the average amount of water moving was 725 gallons per minute with a high of nearly 1200 gallons. We would like to thank Assistant Chief Tim Laird from Station 25 and Deputy Chief Randy Broadwater from Station for their coordinating the class. A huge thanks to the instructors from GBW Associates (www.gotbigwater.com) for an excellent class. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to all our volunteer firefighters.
Water supply training in Yorklyn this afternoon. Additional photos and information will follow later. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Rescue Engine 39 from Lower Chichester is covering us today while several of our personnel attend training. Many thanks!Rescue 39 w/6 covering Hockessin Fire Company - Station 19 while they attend training class. 1 call was handled so far! ... See MoreSee Less
We would like to thank Squad 55 from Ogden Fire Company (Delaware County PA) for covering our district today while several of our personnel attended training classes. Squad 55 is seen in service here at a crash on Valley Road a little after 9AM. ... See MoreSee Less
Hockessin Fire Company and a number of other agencies will be taking part in a water supply training exercise early Sunday afternoon. Area residents should expect frequent truck traffic eastbound on Sharpless Road, northbound on Creek Road, westbound on Yorklyn Road and southbound on Old Wilmington Road back to Sharpless Road. Additionally we anticipate closing a portion of Sharpless Road from the last driveway in the 1100 block to Creek Road for the duration of this event. Lane restrictions will be in place on Yorklyn Road in the vicinity of Gun Club Road. Any questions please call the station and ask for Randy Broadwater or message us through this page. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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