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Delaware City in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Delaware City Fire Company

Fireboat One-Five


— Brief History of the Delaware City Fire Company River Rescue Division —

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By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
1. Delaware City Fire Company Marker
In the years prior to WW II, many of the local citizens were watermen and made their living from the river. If a boat crew was in distress and needed assistance, other boat owners from town would navigate their craft to make the needed rescue. The town fire company did not have a need for a river rescue unit. However, this all changed around 1956. The story behind Delaware City's River Rescue Division is relayed by several older members, stating that a neighboring fire company to the north had their river rescue squad come into town and launch their boat at the end of Clinton Street, answering a call for help they had received for an overdue boat that was stranded on Pea Patch Island. The neighboring department did not call us for help nor tell us they were coming into our district.

From that incident, several members of the Delaware City Fire Company requested permission for the fire company to start their own river rescue division. This was approved and the purchase of a 1956 Dodge ˝ ton pickup truck, a 14' aluminum boat, a 6 HP motor and necessary marine equipment was completed. After a couple of years, it was decided to replace

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By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
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the boat and motor with a 16 foot aluminum boat and 18 HP outboard motor, and pulled behind the Dodge truck on a trailer instead of being carried on a rack on top of the truck.

Over the years the fire company has continued to upgrade and improve the Marine Rescue Department with the following equipment:

40' Navy Work Boat
19' Aluminum Boat and 85 HP motor
Penn Yan Boat with an inboard/outboard motor
1986 25' Sea Hawk Pilot House Boat with 200 HP Mercury outboard motor
1991 Zodiac Hurricane inflatable Boat and trailer with 30 HP Johnson motor (In Service)
1994 Boston Whaler Guardian Boat with 250 HP 4-stroke outboard motor (Retired 2016)

2015 - To replaced the 2011 Firestorm 30 severely damaged, is the Metalcraft Firestorm 32 state-of-the-art fire suppression and rescue platform outfitted with the latest and most sophisticated navigation, communication, and safety equipment available Fireboat 15 is capable of responding in the all types of weather and sea conditions while keeping its passengers and crew safe. Additionally, the vessel is equipped with AreaRAE multi-gas monitors, ChemRAE chemical warfare agent detectors, and breathing air systems as well as full complement of firefighting and specialty rescue components.

115 Canal Street - Delaware City
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Delaware City Fire Company, Marine Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1956.
Location. 39° 34.609′ N, 75° 35.347′ W. Marker is in Delaware City, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Canal Street and Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling north on Canal Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Canal St, Delaware City DE 19706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishing, Hunting & Trapping (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building the C&D Canal (about 700 feet away); Historic Delaware City (about 700 feet away); The Diving Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lock at Delaware City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sailing on the C&D Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Small But Mighty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jun. 18, 2021