June 29, 2017 Station 44
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Tuesday June, 27 2017 @ 19:49
Problem: Gas Leak-High Life Hazard
Address:9 East Commerce St Smyrna, DE 19977
Tuesday June, 27 2017 @ 19:07
Problem: Gas Leak-Residential (Single)
Location:Heritage Trace
Address:104 Braxton Terrace Smyrna, DE 19977
Monday June, 26 2017 @ 17:24
Problem: Stand-By,Cover-Up
Location:Station 55 Magnolia Fire Company -- Magnolia
Address:2 North Main St Magnolia, DE 19962
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103 West Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE 19977

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P.O. Box 97
Smyrna, DE 19977

Phone: 302-653-9858
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Department History
  • 1989 - Engine 44-2 is totaled in a serious accident at Rt. 13 and Commerce Street.  Nine firefighters were taken to the hospital.  Three were admitted for their injuries.
  • 11/23/89 - Citizens' Hose Company marches in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.  The band and marching unit endure extremely cold temperatures for the day.
  • 1990 - The William T. Lewis School Probationary Award is started.  This award is to be given to a deserving High School Probationary Member.
  • 1991 - New engine 44-2, a 10-man KME Firefox, and 44-3, a 7-man KME Firefox, are dedicated in a housing ceremony and placed into service.  They replace a 1974 Hahn and 1968 Ford/Hahn.
  • 1994 - A 1989 Kenworth tractor is bought to replace the old Mack tractor for Tanker 44.
  • 1996 - A Dodge Ram brush truck is placed into service replacing a 1964 Dodge Power Wagon.
  • 1997 - The Citizens' Hose Company Band travles to Washington, DC to march in the Inaugural Parade for President Clinton.
  • 1997 - A new KME Heavy Rescue Truck is placed into service to replace a 1968 Ford/Hahn.
  • 1/21/98 - Reynolds Bradley, a long time leader of the department, passes away.  A large fireman's funeral is held in Smyrna with many companies from across the state attending to pay their respects.
  • 1998 - The company switches over to the new 800 MHz radio system.
  • 1999 - A 100' KME Ladder Truck is placed into service to replace a Maxim Ladder.  It is the first ever brand new ladder truck purchased by the department.
  • 2000 - The department uses a Thermal Imaging Camera for the first time.
  • 2000 - The department purchases it's first ever AED's.
  • 2000 - A Chevy Suburban utility vehicle is placed into service.
  • 5/14/00 - 15-time Fireman of the Year Award winner Calvin (Bubbles) Foxwell passes away.  The company honors him by naming this annual award after him.
  • 2000 - The Citizens' Hose Company marches down 5th Avenue in New York City at a parade.
  • 2000 - The Del-Mar-Va Firemen's Convention is held in Smyrna.
  • 2001- The company and band travel to Dublin, Ireland to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. 
  • 9/11/01 - The terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania lead to an annual memrial service in front of the station.
  • 2003 - Citizens' Hose Company wins it's 10th Governor's Cup in a row as the best appearing department in the state.
  • 7/12/04 - A Summer storm drops 14+ inches of rain on the Smyrna area.  The deparment runs over 50 calls in one evening.
  • 2006 - Tanker 44 is called to assist Dover Air Force Base when a C-5 cargo jet falls short of the runway and crashes in a field.  Ladder 44 and Engine 44-3 are transfered to Dover Fire Department Station 1 to stand-by.
  • 2006 - The department places a new KME Pumper into service as Engine 44-4.  The truck replaces a 1978 Hahn.
  • 2006 - Alan Robinson, past Chief and past President of the Citizens' Hose Comapny, is installed as President of the Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Association.
  • 2009 - The Citizens' Hose Company band leads a delegation of firefighters from across the state of Delaware in the Inaugural Parade for President Obama and Vice President Biden.  Everyone braves extremely cold temperatures to attend this historic event.
  • 2009 - The department places a new KME Pumper into service as Engine 44-2.  The truck replaces a 1991 KME.
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