Delaware News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Smyrna High School Student Arrested, Charged with Arson

A 15-year-old student at Smyrna High School has been charged with arson after allegedly starting a fire in a school bathroom. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire was discovered Monday shortly before 11 am in a men's bathroom on the first floor of the school. A student saw smoke coming from one of the stalls and alerted staff who then activated the building’s fire alarm system and began the evacuation of the school. Staff members and the School Resource Officer extinguished the fire using fire extinguishers, from the school, prior to the arrival of the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna, according to the fire marshal's office. Deputy state fire marshals responded to the scene and conducted the investigation which determined the fire to be intentionally set. On Wednesday, fire marshals took the 15-year-old student into custody, at the school, and charged him with Felony Arson 1st degree.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Military firefighters in Delaware question whether myriad of medical problems are related to toxic chemicals in firefighting foam

They're called "forever chemicals." Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA, are man-made chemicals that are all around us. It's expected that the average person has some exposure to the chemicals in their lifetimes whether it’s through food containers or the water we drink. The Environmental Protection Agency has linked exposure to certain levels of PFOA and PFOS to cancer, liver and immune deficiencies, as well as developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or breastfed infants. But as more information comes out about just how harmful these chemicals are, military firefighters--who had daily exposure to the chemicals in AFFF foam--are starting to wonder if it's the source of their myriad of mysterious health problems. "We used foam...we'd walk in and splash in it," said Mitch Gauge, a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the Delaware Air National Guard.
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Milton Fire Department Makes Plans to Double in Size by End of 2020

To meet the needs created by rapid population growth in its fire district, the Milton Fire Department announced Tuesday it has begun a year-long capital campaign and construction project that will more than double the department's square footage. After considering options, the board and membership of the MFD, voted to expand from 12,422-square-feet to 26,132-square-feet on its existing Front Street site in Milton. “Our investigation to purchase land and complete all-new construction revealed that it would have cost more than twice as much as our addition and renovation project,” said MFD President Johnny Hopkins. The central location and solid construction of its existing building were also factors, Hopkins said. The fire department hopes to raise at least $2 million of the $4.6 million total cost via private donations, through a campaign that began in September 2019.
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