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Carlisle Fire Company 615 NW Front St

PO Box 292 Milford, De 19963
Phone: (302)422-8001
Fax: (302)422-2146


This Day in Carlisle History

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

On this day in 1962, a fire of unknown origin destroyed the Acme Supermarket on South East Front Street east of South Washington Street. Damage estimates totaled between $200,000.00 and 250,000.00. The blaze began about 5:00 pm and was brought under control shortly after 7:00 pm. Immediate evacuation of the building prevented any injuries among the store’s customers, but Houston fireman, Ralph Wilson suffered a cut hand and was treated at Milford Memorial Hospital. Acme manager Robert Wink was alerted by customers and employees that the roof and shed used for trash disposal were on fire. Flames spread to two adjoining businesses, the “Chatterbox and a laundry. Although there was smoke and water damage, the fire damage was confined to the roofs of these two businesses.


Source: Milford Chronicle


This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, September 7, 2014 

On this date in 1935 the remnants of the Great Labor Day Hurricane deluged Milford with a record 10 inches of rain on that day. Many locations throughout downtown were severely impacted from flooding. A major contributor to the flooding throughout downtown was the torrent of rain that fell resulting in the eventual failure of the Maple Avenue dam. Members of Carlisle along with many citizen volunteers work desperately to save the Maple Avenue dam however, tremendous water pressure resulted in the dam collapsing adding to the flood waters that occurred during the storm. The failure of the Maple Avenue dam resulted in the Caulk Company offices and manufacturing plants to flood two floors of their facilities.  A combination of rainfall and the Maple Avenue dam failing resulted in high waters throughout downtown and forcing the Fire Company to abandon the firehouse and relocating equipment until the waters subsided. Accounts from the Milford Chronicle indicated Carlisle responding to numerous calls for assistance throughout the event.

Source: Milford Chronicle



This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, September 7, 2014 

On this date in 1888 a farmhouse on the estate of Thomas Carroll, about two miles south of Milford, Del., took fire about midnight, and William Hopkins, 50 years old, and his little 5-year-old daughter perished in the flames. Hopkins three other children and his housekeeper escaped from the burning building.

Source: The New York Times, New York, NY


This Day in Carlisle History

Monday, September 1, 2014 

Archived records as well as numerous articles from previous editions of the Milford Chronicle recognized the annual fireman’s parade and carnival as the primary fund raising event held each year in September to benefit the volunteer fire company. The circus arrived via the railroad and exotic animals were paraded down “Main Street” to generate enthusiasm for the carnival normally held at the baseball park on Southeast Fourth and Montgomery Streets.  The picture to the left details the annual parade of the circus and the picture to the right is the first piece of motorized apparatus purchased in 1916 along with the first recorded purchase of Dress Uniforms for the Department.  The annual parade and circus occurred over a thirty year period.  Over that time period proceeds accounted for additional equipment purchases as well as the construction of the “Community Building and Firehouse” located at Church and Southeast Front Streets.

Sources: Carlisle Archives, Milford Chronicle



It's Back to School Let's make it a Safe Year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The Officers and Members of the Carlisle Fire Company remind everyone that school is back in session and suggests these safety tips for motorist from the National Safety Council.

The NSC reminds everyone to share the road safely with the following recommendations. School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:

All states including Delaware have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. All states including Delaware require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus. While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and
and could have tragic consequences.

Sharing the road safely with child bicyclist on most roadways, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users and often share the same lane, but bicycles can be hard to see. The riders are exposed and easily injured in a collision. Oncoming bicycle traffic is often overlooked and its speed misjudged. Children riding bicycles create special problems for drivers because they are not capable of proper judgment in determining traffic conditions. When passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, do so slowly and leave at least a distance between you and the bicycle of no less than 3 feet. Maintain this clearance until you have safely passed the bicycle. The most common causes of collisions are drivers turning left in front of an oncoming bicycle or turning right, across the path of the bicycle.

When your vehicle is turning left and there is a bicyclist entering the intersection from the opposite direction, you should wait for the bicyclist to pass before making the turn. If your vehicle is turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Remember to always use your turn signals. Watch for bicycle riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling, especially if the rider is a child. Take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be riding. Watch out for bikes coming out of driveways or from behind parked cars or other obstructions. Check side mirrors for bicyclists before opening the door. Some communities may fine drivers for collisions caused by opening a vehicle door in the path of a bicyclist.

Remember to be on the lookout and be vigilant behind the wheel of your car throughout the school year.


Go Bucs!!!!


This Day in Carlisle History

Monday, August 25, 2014  On this date in 1882, M. H. Davis & Sons' evaporator in Milford burned destroying 500 pounds of dried and 300 baskets of undried peaches. Loss at the time of publication not ascertained however, the business was insured for $3,800 by the Queen of England and the Manufacturers Insurance Co', Boston, MA.


Source: The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Aug 1882


This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, August 22, 2014  On this date in 1883 providence smiled upon Milford again and gave another pungent reminder of what must be expected at no distant day. At about 11:30 PM an alarm of fire startled our citizens, and looking toward the north of town, it appeared as if the entire northern part of town was blazing. It was soon discovered to be an old stable, part of the W.N.W Dorsey estate, located near the centre of the most compactly built square in Milford. The heavy rain had soaked the roofs of the surrounding buildings, and to that alone was due to saving of a large conflagration. No buckets, axes or ladders were available. A new carriage owned by Wm. Powders was consumed by fire. At 4 o'clock AM, as Mr. Geo. Postles who was one of the watchmen over the ruins, was making his round, he discovered a pile of waste paper in an out building on Jas. R. Lofland's premises, that was just commencing to blaze. This would indicate the work of an incendiary.

Source: Milford Chronicle


This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, August 22, 2014 

On this date in 1885 the wife of the Rev. J. S. Willis, of Milford, this State, died early this morning from burns received by an explosion of a coal-oil lamp. She was alone in the house at the time. Her daughter had been to a party, and returning home found the room on fire and mother lying on the floor so badly burned that she died in four hours.

Source: The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Aug 1885


Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear

Saturday, August 9, 2014  The Carlisle Fire Company joins the U.S Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters in celebrating Smokey Bears 70th Anniversary. First launched in 1944, the Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running and one of the most successful PSA campaigns in American history. Over the past seven decades, the campaign has received more than $1.4 billion in donated time and space from media companies. Awareness levels have also remained high, with 96 percent of the U.S. adult population recognizing Smokey Bear and 70 percent being able to recall Smokey’s tagline without any prompting, according to the Ad Council’s consumer tracking surveys. Most importantly, the average number of acres lost annually to wildfire has decreased from 22 million in 1944 to an average of 6.7 million today

Remember:  “Only you can prevent forest fires”


Carlisle Places Engine 42-3 In Service

Wednesday, August 6, 2014  The Officers and Member of Carlisle would like to announce the placing in service of Engine 42-3.  Engine 3 is a 2014 Seagrave Attacker HD Chassis. Engine 3 replaces the previous 42-2 that was sold to keep the Carlisle fleet current with up to date apparatus.  Below is a list of specifications as well as a full compliment of tools. 

Seagrave Stainless Steel 7 man Cab
Motor: 450 ISL Cummins
Transmission : Allison
Water Pump : 1500 Waterous
Front Bumper: Trash line 100 ft (1" 3/4 )
Front Bumper: 50 Ft 5 inch Supply Line
Cross Lays Above pump Panel: ( 2 ) 200 ft 1 3/4 lines.. ( 1 ) 250 1 3/4 with Smooth Bore Tip 
Hose Bed: (1,000 ft 5 inch supply line)...(800 ft 3 inch supply line)...(250 ft 1 3/4 up 200 ft 1 3/4 down) (250 ft 2 1/2 up 250 down)..
Generator: Onan 15k Hydraulic
Light Tower: Night-scan Telescoping Light Tower
Pre Connected Deck Gun .
Roof ladder 14 ft....Section ladder 24 ft..folding ladder 10 ft
 Pike Poles ( 1* 6ft) ( 1* 8ft )
1 quick vent 1 chain saw
1 electric powered vent fan

150 ft top mounted Booster Reel



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