Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department


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Phone : 302-732-6151

Fax : 302-732-1091

Mailing & Shipping Address:
Dagsboro Fire Department
P.O. Box 128 Dagsboro, DE 19939

Physical Address:
31818 Waples St.
Dagsboro, DE 19939

Emergency Dial 9.1.1

Serving our Community since 1943

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Rubbish Fire @ DSWA - Hardscrabble Rd.

Monday, June 8, 2015
On Monday 15 July, 2002 the Millsboro VFD was alert at 19:22 for an unknown fire on Hardscrabble Rd. in the area of the the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Southern Division. Engine 831 marked on the air at 19:24 under the command of Chief Wooters and was advised by Sussex EOC of numerous calls reporting heavy smoke in the area. At 19:25 while enroute Chief Wooters could observe a large loom-up in the sky, at this time he requested a Tanker Co. out of the Blades VFD. Still 5 miles from the scene and the loom-up growing Chief Wooters inquired to what he had responding on the call & requested an additional Tanker Co. out of the Laurel VFD. Engine 831 arrived on scene at the DSWA at 19:38 with heavy fire & smoke visible on top of a 120 ft. rubbish & trash mound. Chief Wooters established incident command and immediately requested a 2nd alarm struck. At 19:39 a 2nd alarm was transmitted for a working rubbish fire sending a full company response out of the Blades VFD, Laurel VFD, Georgetown VFD, & SCEMS Medic 103 to the scene and alerting the Indian River VFD to fill Millsboro & Sharptown, MD VFD to fill the Laurel. Upon reaching the top of the hill command sized up the incident and quickly determined due to the lack of adequate water sources in the area a draft would need to be established from a pond about 1 mile away. Also with temperatures being in the upper 80's additional manpower would be needed. So at 19:41 a 3rd alarm was requested & transmitted bringing the Dagsboro VFD, Gumboro VFD, & the Sussex County Foam Trailer to the scene. It was determined to let the rubbish burn, but to halt the spread until a water supply could be established. Over 2300 ft. of 5" LDH was laid from the bottom to reach the top of the hill & a draft was established at the near by pond by Engine 714. Engine 732 checked on the air under the command of Capt. Townsend followed closely by Tanker 73, both units were given an updated report. Both Dagsboro VFD units arrived at 19:54, while the crew of Engine 732 was assigned to fire suppression efforts at the top of the hill both Engine 732 & Tanker 73 were assigned to water supply. Engine 732s crew arrived at the top of the hill and relived the crews from Ladder Co. 83 & Engine 833. With a shuttle in place & water supply established, crews began suppression operations using three 1 3/4" attack lines and one 2 1/2" attack line to try and extinguish the flames. Also at this time a rehab area was being established at the base of the hill by Millsboro EMS, Rescue Co. 83, Rescue Co. 81 & SCEMS. With the arrival of the County Foam Trailer at 19:52, foam operations were put in to action and applied over the entire area. Command placed the incident under control, with units working at 20:18 with finial Dagsboro units clearing at 23:23. No injuries were reported.