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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


Carlisle's own takes Fire News/Firehouse 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award

Sunday, July 20, 2014  Vice President Glenn Gillespie was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award sponsored by Firehouse Expo and Fire News on Saturday July 19th 2014. Glenn received this well deserved award through his hard work and dedication that he continues to put forth with the Carlisle Fire Company. Glenn was chosen for this award through members of a committee formed by Firehouse Expo and was also granted a 3 day and night stay with all lodging and expenses paid through Firehouse Expo as well. Several family members of the Gillespie family was in attendance with Glenn in receiving the award as well several members from Carlisle made the trip to show their support as well. Congratulations Glenn Gillespie on your well deserved accomplishment.



This Day in Carlisle History

Monday, July 21, 2014 

On this date in 1921 one of Milford’s largest fires at the time occurred destroying several businesses including the Milford Grange Hall. At approximately 7:30 am fire broke out on the third floor of the Barto Shirt Factory located at Railroad Avenue and West Fourth Street. Today that location is known as Church Street and Southwest Front Street. Within minutes of the fire’s discovery the entire building was engulfed. Housed on the first floor of the Barto Building, William Clobus owned and operated a Battery Repair Shop and Garage. Harry Lindale operated a Flour and Feed Store resulting in total loses of both businesses. As fire consumed the Barto Shirt Factory, flames jumped across Front Street to ignite the   Grange Hall, William V. Sipple & Sons, Marble Works, Draper Cannery and Pierce Hardware. 

Unfortunately the Grange was a total loss with Sipple’s, Draper’s and Pierce’s all received extensive damage.  During the conflagration, sparks carried by the wind landed on several locations downtown and small blazes were reported at the Old National Hotel Building (site of Penny’s Square today) Winfield Wrights and Hill’s Restaurant. Assisting Carlisle included Georgetown, Ellendale, Harrington and Dover Fire Companies.  In 1922, the Carlisle Fire Company purchased the property of the former Barto Shirt factory for purposes of constructing a new firehouse. On February 12, 1923 a thirty (30) day fund drive began resulting in the collection of pledges totaling over $40,000. Two years later in 1925, the Community Building and Fire House was completed at a total cost of $87,000 dollars.


This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, July 20, 2014  On this date in 1883 at noon, the fire alarm was sounded from Blair's Factory and in a few minutes hundreds gathered to help extinguish the fire. But thanks to a bountiful supply of hose and a large well sunk especially for emergencies of this kind, what might have been a serious conflagration was extinguished with but little effort.

Source: Milford Chronicle


Carlisle Extends Condolenses to the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company

Saturday, July 19, 2014   The Officers and Members of the Carlisle Fire Company extend our sincere condolences to the Officers and Members of the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company following the passing of Past Chief, Past President and Life Member, Elmer Ennis. Carlisle also extends our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Ennis family during these difficult times.


Broken Sprinkler at LD Caulk results in Hazmat Response

Saturday, July 12, 2014 

At 20:39 hours Carlisle was alerted to a automatic fire alarm activation at the LD Caulk Company, 38 West Clarke Avenue. Upon arrival of Carlisle units it was determined that a sprinkler head in the automatic fire suppression system had broken off in a room containing various chemicals inside. Delaware Department of Natural Recourses and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Kent County Station 54 (Little Creek Fire Company) for their Decontamination Unit were notified to respond as a precaution to any of the chemicals that could potentially reacted with contact to the water from the sprinkler system. Carlisle Fire personnel along with the DNREC units worked closely with the response team from LD Caulk in determining the scene was safe and no reaction and or releases was found. LD Caulk Command determined no immediate threat was found and no residential evacuation was needed. Command Officer Asst. Chief, Shawn Hinton remained on scene for approximately two hours before clearing.

Units Responded: Engine 42-4, Engine 42-5, Tanker 42, Ladder 42, Rescue 42, Ambulance 42, Traffic Control 42, Kent County Station 54 Decon Team, Kent County Station 52, Sussex County Station 75 (Cover Up), DNREC, MPD

Photos By: S. Hinton

Article By: R. Knowles



This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, July 4, 2014 

On this date in 1988 during a very warm holiday afternoon a fire was reported at the Sea Watch Processing plant on Rehoboth Blvd. It was very obvious as members responded to the station the dark smoke cascading in the bright afternoon sky was anything but good.  The fire began in an area of the plant storing various materials used for the day to day operation of the facility. A second blaze was discovered in a warehouse facility within the plant complex. The extended operation involved alerting Fire Companies from all 3 Counties in Delaware as well as Fire Companies from the neighboring State of Maryland. Approximately 50 fire companies in all provided direct or cover up support the duration of the incident.  


This Day in Carlisle History

Thursday, July 3, 2014  On this date in 1944, Howard Wilkins was killed when the B-24 Liberator he was co-piloting was shot down while on bombing raids over Hitler’s oil fields in Romania. While on military leave from Carlisle at the time of his death he served with the United States Army.


This Day in Carlisle History

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  On this date in 1883 about five o'clock, the dwelling of David Greenly near Willson's Mill was discovered burning. The fire caught in the roof from some unknown cause and completely destroyed the building. The furniture was saved and insurance was held on the building for nearly its value, in the Queen Company.

Source: Milford Chronicle


Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, June 20, 2014  At approximately 1129hrs., Carlisle was alerted to assist Milford PD with an unknown animal emergency in front of 941 North DuPont Blvd. Captain Billy Caiola (42-23) responded POV and determined that eight (8) ducklings were trapped in the storm drain and rescue equipment would be needed to safely extricate the animals. Rescue 42 responded with FF John Eisenbrey IV and was advised to bring forcible entry tools to the storm drain to begin extrication. Upon the crew’s removal of the storm drain, Milford PD entered the drain and safely removed five (5) of the ducklings. Moments later, the remaining three (3) ducklings came back out of the drainage pipe and all eight (8) ducklings were rescued and returned to the Mama Duck. Scene was placed under control around 1200hrs.

Units Responded: Rescue 42, Traffic Control 42, Milford PD

Article & Photos By: B. Fountain



This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, June 20, 2014  On this date in 2012, Carlisle was alerted to a structure fire in the 500 block of South Washington St. As units began responding to the scene the incident was upgraded and a second alarm was sounded for a working house fire. Due to the extreme heat conditions mutual aid was requested from neighboring companies resulted in eight stations responding to assist as well as covering for Carlisle. During this particular alarm it was learned that six civilians had successfully rescued a resident confined to a wheel chair from the house as units began arriving to the scene. Upon confirmation of their actions, the six civilians were presented Department recognition for their actions above and beyond. Later that same year during the Annual DVFA Conference those same six civilians was presented the Association’s highest civilian honor again recognizing their heroic actions above and beyond.



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