Separation Day was once again hosted this year in the City of New Castle but on a little bit larger scale. Friday's events kicked off with a beer garden and food vendors in the town square. EMS and fire crews staffed multiple pieced of apparatus and talked with the visitors of the town. Around 9:30pm, an outside gas leak was reported at 3rd and Delaware Streets. Crews investigated to find a lantern that had been blown out. The lantern was relit and the issue was resolved. Crews handled no additional calls that evening.
Saturday morning started off with the traditional Separation Day parade through town. The fire company led the parade with member FF E. Collins playing the bagpipes, fire department and ladies auxiliary marching units, and the "Fox" and Engine 18-2. The members showed off the pride of the company as they marched through town. Then, members tranitioned from the parade right into staffing apparatus for the event. Multiple EMS and fire crews were on hand to handle the events of the day. Throughout the day EMS crews responded to multiple calls for service on the park. As the evening came, additional units came into town for the fire works event. The command staff hosted a briefing at 7pm and then units deployed throughout the town to be ready for the fireworks. At 9:30pm, the fireworks went off and were a great display for all the community and members working the event.Overall, crews handled four fire incidents and seven EMS incident throughout the weekend.
Thank you to Wilmington Manor Fire Company, Minquadale Fire Company, Belvedere Fire Company, Port Penn Fire Company, and Garden City Fire Company for providing mutual aid units for the event.