Fire departments in Delaware

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The fire departments in Delaware are members of the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association, with the exception of the fire brigades and airport fire departments. The City of Wilmington fire department is an associate member.

New Castle County[edit]

Fire Department Town/City Station Number Founded Image
Volunteer Hose Co. Middletown Station 1 September 30, 1887
Mill Creek Fire Co. Pike Creek Station 2 January 6, 1927
Christiana Fire Co. Christiana Station 3 October 7, 1921
Odessa Fire Co. Odessa Station 4 1926
Christiana Fire Co. Christiana Station 6 October 7, 1921
Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Co. Newark Station 7[1] December 17, 1888
Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Co. Newark Station 8 December 17, 1888
Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Co. Newark Station 9 December 17, 1888
Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company Fire Station No. 2 Apr 10
Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Co. Newark Station 10 December 17, 1888
Brandywine Hundred Fire Co. Bellefonte Station 11[2] March 19, 1924
Christiana Fire Co. Christiana Station 12[3] October 7, 1921
Claymont Fire Co. Claymont Station 13 January 5, 1928
Cranston Heights Fire Co. Cranston Heights Station 14[4] November 16, 1919
Delaware City Fire Co. Delaware City Station 15[5] March 17, 1887[a]
Elsmere Fire Co. Elsmere Station 16 March 18, 1921
Five Points Fire Co. Five Points Station 17[6] May 7, 1921
Good Will Fire Co. New Castle Station 18[7] 1907
Hockessin Fire Co. Hockessin Station 19[8] October 15, 1936
Holloway Terrace Fire Co. Holloway Terrace Station 20[9] September 20, 1921
Mill Creek Fire Co. Marshallton Station 21[10] January 6, 1927
Minquadale Fire Co. Minquadale Station 22 1925[b]
Minquas Fire Co. Newport Station 23[11] May 21, 1907[c]
Minquas FD Newport DE
Odessa Fire Co. Odessa Station 24[12] 1926
Talleyville Fire Co. Talleyville Station 25[13] October 24, 1928
Townsend Fire Co. Townsend Station 26 1926
Volunteer Hose Co. Middletown Station 27 September 30, 1887
Wilmington Manor Fire Co. Wilmington Manor Station 28[14] November 13, 1945
Port Penn Fire Co. Port Penn Station 29[15] August 14, 1951[d]
Belvedere Fire Co. Belvedere Station 30[16] 1949
Wilmington Manor Fire Co. Wilmington Manor Station 32 November 13, 1945
Delaware Air National Guard, New Castle County Airport Crash Fire Rescue Wilmington Manor New Castle County Airport Station 33
Valero Refinery Fire Brigade Delaware City Valero Refinery Station 34
Dupont - Chestnut Run Plaza Wilmington DuPont Station 35-1
Dupont - Stine Haskell Research Center Newark DuPont Station 35-3
SHRC ERT 2
Dupont - Experimental Station Laboratories Wilmington DuPont Station 35-8
Christiana Care Fire Protection Christiana Station 37
Winterthur Museum Fire Brigade Wilmington Winterthur Museum Station 38
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 1 November 30, 1921
Wilm DE Fire Station 1
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 2 November 30, 1921
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 3 November 30, 1921
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 4 November 30, 1921
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 5 November 30, 1921
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 6 November 30, 1921
Wilmington Fire Dept. Wilmington Station 7 November 30, 1921
  • 1 Originally organized as "Volunteer Fire Company" on March 17, 1887 and later underwent a name change to "Delaware City Hose Company" on January 23, 1889. There was a disrupted period of inactivity where there was no organized fire company and the Delaware City Fire Company was reorganized on July 9, 1924, however, the company uses the initial date of organization for the previous company in 1887.
  • 2 Originally organized as the "Minquas Civic Association and Fire Company" and later changed their name to "Minquadale Fire Company, Inc." in 1929 to avoid confusion with Minquas of Newport.
  • 3 Originally organized as "Nonesuch Fire Company" and changed their name one month later to "Minquas Fire Company."
  • 4 Originally organized as "Augustine Beach Fire Company" and changed their name on December 3, 1957 to "Port Penn Volunteer Fire Company."

Kent County[edit]

Fire Department Town/City Station Number Image
Bowers Fire Co. Bowers Beach Station 40
Camden-Wyoming Fire Co. Camden Station 41
Carlisle Fire Co. Milford Station 42
Cheswold Fire Co. Cheswold Station 43
Citizens Hose Co. Smyrna Station 44
Clayton Fire Co. Clayton Station 45
Robbins Hose Co. Dover Station 46 - Station 1
Robbins Hose Co. Dover Station 46 - Station 2
Farmington Fire Co. Farmington Station 47
Felton Fire Co. Felton Station 48
Frederica Fire Co. Frederica Station 49
Harrington Fire Co. Harrington Station 50
Hartly Fire Co. Hartly Station 51
Houston Fire Co. Houston Station 52
Leipsic Fire Co. Leipsic Station 53
Little Creek Fire Co. Little Creek Station 54
Magnolia Fire Co. Magnolia Station 55 [17]
Marydel Fire Co. Marydel Station 56
South Bowers Fire Co. Thompsonville Station 57
Dover Air Force Base Crash, Fire, Rescue Dover Air Force Base Station 58
Energizer/Playex, Fire Brigade, EMS Dover (No Station Number)

Sussex County[edit]

Fire Department Town/City Station Number Image
Bethany Beach Fire Co. Bethany Beach Station 70 - Station 1[18]
Bethany Beach Fire Co. Fenwick Island Station 70 - Station 2
Blades Fire Co. Blades Station 71[19]
Bridgeville Fire Co. Bridgeville Station 72[20]
Dagsboro Fire Co. Dagsboro Station 73[21]
Delmar Fire Co. Delmar Station 74[22]
Ellendale Fire Co. Ellendale Station 75 - Station 1[23]
Ellendale Fire Company
Ellendale Fire Co. Lincoln City Station 75 - Station 2
Fire station in Lincoln City, Delaware
Frankford Fire Co. Frankford Station 76[24]
Georgetown Fire Co. Georgetown Station 77[25]
Greenwood Fire Co. Greenwood Station 78[26]
Gumboro Fire Co. Gumboro Station 79[27]
Indian River Fire Co. Oak Orchard Station 80 - Station 1[28]
Indian River Fire Co. Long Neck Station 80 - Station 2
Laurel Fire Co. Laurel Station 81 - Station 1[29]
Laurel Fire Co. Sycamore Station 81 - Station 2
Lewes Fire Co. Lewes Station 82 - Station 1[30]
Lewes Fire Co. Nassau Station 82 - Station 2
Lewes Fire Co. Angola Station 82 - Station 3*
Millsboro Fire Co. Millsboro Station 83[31]
Millville Fire Co. Millville Station 84 - Station 1[32]
Millville Fire Co. Clarksville Station 84 - Station 2[33]
Milton Fire Co. Milton Station 85[34]
The Milton Fire Department was organized on November 14, 1901 and this modern station was built in 1949.
Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. Rehoboth Beach Station 86 - Station 1[35]
Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. Rehoboth Beach Station 86 - Station 2
Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. Angola Station 86 - Station 3*
Seaford Fire Co. Seaford Station 87[36]
Selbyville Fire Co. Selbyville Station 88[37]
Memorial Fire Co. Slaughter Beach Station 89 - Station 1[38]
Memorial Fire Co. Argo's Corner Station 89 - Station 2
Roxana Fire Co. Roxana Station 90[39]
  • Lewes Station 3 and Rehoboth Beach Station 3 is a joint station housing apparatus from both fire departments in the same building on John J. Williams Highway in Angola.

Defunct[edit]

Fire Department Town/City Service Time Image Notes
Brandywine Fire Co. Wilmington 1850's Chartered in the cities Ninth Ward, the charter was relinquished in the 1850s. A new iteration was started in the Ninth Ward some fifty-plus years later utilizing the same charter.
Brandywine Fire Co. No. 10 Wilmington 1901 - November 30, 1921 Restarted under the same charter as the previous Brandywine Fire Co. in 1901, officially recognized by the city of Wilmington in June 1902. dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Delaware Fire Co. No. 3[40] Wilmington April 22, 1819 - November 30, 1921 Dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Fame Fire Co. No. 6 Wilmington January 1, 1839 - September 1, 1920 Quit service to the City of Wilmington on September 1, 1920 with no notice given.
Fort Miles Fire Lewes United States Army fire company
Friendship Fire Co. No. 1 Wilmington December 22, 1775 - September 1, 1920 Dissolved at midnight September 1, 1920 after giving the City of Wilmington notice and offering the city first option on its apparatus.
Independence Fire Co. No. 12 Wilmington  ? - November 30, 1921 Dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Lakeview Hook and Ladder Co. Wyoming August 20, 1890 - 1927 Started as the Lakeview Hook and Ladder Company on August 20, 1890. The name was changed to the Wyoming Fire Company in 1916 and continued to operate until merging with the Rescue Hook and Ladder Company of Camden to become the current Camden-Wyoming Fire Company.
Lenape Fire Co. New Castle April 1887 - April 1906 Disbanded after waning interest and lack of funds for several years, property was seized and sold at sheriff sale Saturday, April 21, 1906.
Liberty Fire Co. No. 9 Wilmington February 12, 1891 - September 1, 1920 Quit service to the City of Wilmington on September 1, 1920 with no notice given.
Penn Fire Co. New Castle 1820 - ? Organized in 1820, incorporated February 6, 1823, unknown date of disbandment.
Phoenix Fire Co. No. 4 Wilmington January 26, 1835 - September 1, 1920 Quit service to the City of Wilmington on September 1, 1920 with no notice given.
Reliance Fire Co. No. 2 Wilmington March 6, 1796 - November 30, 1921 Dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Rescue Fire Co. No. 1 Seaford Municipal fire department run by the town of Seaford prior to the establishment of the volunteer fire department in 1901.
Rescue Fire Co. No. 10 Wilmington November 22, 1901- 1902 Chartered in November 1901 and procured a steam fire engine in December 1901, responded to fires in the Ninth Ward in 1902 while competing with the Brandywine and Independence fire companies for recognition, never formally recognized by the city of Wilmington and disbanded.
Rescue Hook and Ladder Co. Camden February 4, 1865 - 1927 Small volunteer fire company that merged with Wyoming (formerly Lakeview Hook and Ladder) Fire Co. to become the current Camden-Wyoming Fire Co.
Riverside Fire Co. Dobbinsville Spring 1948 - ? Small volunteer fire company in the Dobbinsville neighborhood of the town of New Castle, active at least through 1950, but never admitted entrance to county or state fire associations.
Union Fire Co. New Castle March 1796 - ? Organized in March 1796, incorporated January 1804, unknown date of disbandment.
Union Fire Co. No. 11 Wilmington  ? - November 30, 1921 Dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Washington Fire Co. No. 7 Wilmington January 4, 1840 - September 1, 1920 Quit service to the City of Wilmington on September 1, 1920 with no notice given.
Water Witch Fire Co. No. 5 Wilmington January 22, 1835 - August 9, 1885;

April 12, 1893 - November 30, 1921

Dissolved into the newly established Wilmington Fire Department when fire protection was taken over by the city.
Weccacoe Fire Co. No. 8 Wilmington July 16, 1869 - September 1, 1920 Quit service to the City of Wilmington on September 1, 1920 with no notice given.
Woodcrest Fire Co. Newport 1941 - November, 1958 Located on Boxwood Avenue off Boxwood Road, established as a Civil Defense FD in WW2, chartered as a regular FD in 1945

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