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Minquadale Fire Company

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Welcome to the Minquadale Fire Company Website


Welcome to the Minquadale Fire Company website! We hope that our website helps you to get to know about our company, our proud tradition, and the brave men and women who volunteer their time at station 22. We are committed to maintaining the safety of our community and the citizens and businesses that reside within our city, not only by responding to fire, rescue and medical emergencies, but also through fire prevention and safety programs. Thank you for visiting our site, and have a safe and fire free year.

Sincerely, President Matthew Martin & Chief Joseph Day III

 Minquadale Fire Company announces the loss of Life Member and Chief Emeritus
Joseph W. Hojnicki

March 19, 1926 – March 14, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that the Minquadale Fire Company announces the passing of one of our most respected and cherished members.

Joseph W. Hojnicki, Sr. passes away peacefully on Saturday evening, March 14th, 2015, surrounded by his family.

A visitation for family and friends will be held form 5pm-8pm on Wednesday evening, March 18th at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 am on Thursday morning, March 19, 2015. 

Interment with military and fire service honors will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetary, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. 

Below is only a fraction of the lifelong achievements by Chief Hojnicki:

"A member of the Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company since March, 1947, he served as President, Chief and as a member of the executive board with the organization and was also awarded the title of both President and Chief Emeritus. Mr. Hojnicki was an officer of the fire company for a total of 56 years and was awarded life member in 1956. He received numerous awards for his ongoing service including becoming the first recipient of the New Castle County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Sonny Wilkins Longevity Award in 1990, New Castle County Volunteer Firefighters Association Firefighter of the Year in 1980, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association Firefighter of the Year in 1994, was appointed to the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in 1985 and was a part of the committee that established the Delaware State Fire School. Committed to the education and continued training of volunteer firefighters, Mr. Hojnicki served as an instructor with the fire school for many years". 

 Minquadale Fire Company hosts
Traditions Training LLC.

Join us April 11th and April 12th as we host Traditions Training LLC. "ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS" class. 

This two-day hand on class will focus on engine company tactics including hose line deployment, fire attack tactics, and first due engine responsibilities. This class will require full PPE for interior firefighting. 

Class size is limited and requires pre-registration. To register for this class download the registration form below, complete the form, and email back to

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 Minquadale celebrates the volunteerism and training of its membership

Since January 2014, the members of Minquadale Fire Company have dedicated themselves to training in order to be better prepared to serve the community in which we serve. 

We started an aggressive training regiment that included Delaware State Fire School classes, outside agencies, and in house training by our officers. Below is a breakdown of our training totals:

23 classes offered, over 126 hours of training, 38 members in attendance, for a total of 1,093 hours of training by our members!!!

This is a great step forward for the first half of the year. We are proud of those who came to train and dedicated themselves to learning and being successful.

As a thank you to those members we held an awards ceremony to recognize those who attended these classes as well as other accomplishments by our members. Food was provided by the amazing food truck "I don't give a fork!" and even had a caricature artist on hand to draw all the members. 

Special thanks to Chiefs Matt HardyJoe DayBrian F Shaw, Chuck Taylor, and all the other members who made this first half training awards ceremony a success.

Crews assist station 18 on a field fire
April 9 and respond to a MVC on
interstate 295 on April 13 
Photos by Brian Reeder (career staff firefighter/EMT)

 "Combat Ready" Firefighter training
to be held at station 22 Jan. 18

 Saturday, January 18 at 9 a.m. Minquadale Fire Company will host "Combat Ready" an interactive firefighter training session geared to prepare firefighters physically and mentally for the job. 

"This interactive, multi-media based presentation will discuss the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service along with how and how we must combat it. Tips on the readiness ofyour attitude and equipment will be offered for the engine and truck company, rapid intervention team, and incident commander."

For more information email

Print the flyer here. 

Click here to print the registration form.  

 Rescue 226 responded to an
MVC on I-295 EB Dec. 6
 On December 6, stations 22, 23, and 20 were alerted to an MVC on eastbound I-295 approximately at 11:31 a.m. A20 was the first on scene and requested three additional ambulances and rescue equipment. Rescue 22-6, under the command of Captain Rusty Haslam, and his crew assisted Minquas (station 23) extricate the driver. 

Capt. Haslam's crew consisted of volunteer firefighters Dave Torterotot and Danny Robertson, and also career staff EMT/ Firefighters Willie Trowbridge and Andrew Clemens. 
 Rescue 226 responds to a 3 vehicle MVC with rollover at the intersection of route 13 and Memorial Drive
  Rescue Engine 22-6 arrived on scene to find an accident involving three vehicles, one which was overturned. Under the command of, Andy Greene, a career staff EMT/ firefighter at station 22, and his crew members Andrew Clemens (also a career EMT/firefighter at Minquadale),  and volunteers Rob Mercado and Brandon Haslam quickly stabilized the vehicle utilizing cribbing and hydraulic spreaders and cutters to extricate two patients from the overturned vehicle. 
Station 22 educates the community during this year's fire prevention month
 October is fire prevention month and this year Minquadale Fire Company hosted several fire prevention events. We would like to thank the surrounding fire companies for bringing your apparatus' to our open house and one of our ladies auxiliary members, Kelly Thompson, for bringing her girl scout troop to tour our station. We hope you enjoyed everything as much as we did! 

A much deserved thank you and appreciation to all of the members who helped with the month's events and making our community even more prepared encase of an emergency. 
 A Hero's Welcome joins forces with Minquadale Fire Company to welcome home SSGT Calvin Holtmeyer
 With the help of neighboring fire companies, Minquadale Fire Company and the non-profit A Hero's Welcome was able to welcome SSGT Calvin Holtmeyer back to his home in New Castle, Delaware. SSGT Holtmeyer is a 12 year veteran of the armed services and returned recently from a deployment at Aviano AFB in Italy. He has served two tours in Iraq and comes from a family of veterans. From the men and women of Minquadale Fire Company we welcome home SSGT Holtmeyer and thank you for your service! 

Also a big thank you to the members of Good Will and Wilmington Manor fire companies, this successful event would not have been the same without your assistance. 
House Fire on Parma Ave, May 27 
 At 1600 hours Minquadale Fire Company, along with stations 20, 18, 28, and 32 was dispatched for a residential. Fire 22Lt1 went on scene with fire showing on the charlie side with extension into the two end units. 22Lt1 also received reports of subjects trapped. Engine 22-2 went on scene taking a plug. Crews from 22-2 stretched 150 feet of 1 3/4 line to the end unit. Crews in countered fire extension into the attic. Multiple lines were placed into service. The fire was reported under control at 1632 hrs and crews left the scene at 1818 hrs. (photos submitted by Asst. Chief James Haslam)
 May 18 Motor Vehicle Accident
Rescue Engine 226 responded to an MVC May 18 at the intersection of DuPont Highway and Memorial Drive. Station 22  crew was led by Lt. Ryan Haslam.  
(photos submitted by John Elliott)
Wednesday, April 24, firefighters from station 22 participated in structural firefighting evolutions at fire school in New Castle. Members were also able to practice forcible entry techniques and congratulations to firefighters Cody Mulvena-Sarver and Danny Robertson for becoming black shield firefighters. 

 Wednesday, March 27,  station 22 held cross training on ladder 18 led by Assistant Chief Brian Shaw. Deputy Joe Mullen and firefighter David Majewski, Jr. from station 18 showed members from Minquadale the ins-and-outs of ladder 18. Later in the night members practiced ladder methods. 
Multi-vehicle collision on I-295 

Sunday evening duty crew, led by Lieutenant Chris Kanich and crew responded to a multi-vehicle collision. Rescue Engine 22-6 responded to the 6 vehicle MVC on interstate 295.
(photo by Lt. Chris Kanich)
Feb 23, 2013 MVC 

Sunday evening duty crew led by Lieutenant Chris Kanich responded to a motor vehicle collision on February 23. Crew members of  Rescue Engine 22-6 and A-22 were alerted to the scene where a vehicle collided into a structure. Crews assisted local agencies for approximately 3 hours. (photo by Lt. Chris Kanich) 

 East side burn building training held March 13 in New Castle
 Members at station 22, 20, and 18 participated in a burn building and truck operations class March 13 at the New Castle fire school campus. Two hose lines were used during the training session and students learned fire attack methods.  
Station 22 EMT/Firefighter Accepts Position with DSP 
Congratulations to Dave Patterson for being accepted into the recent Delaware State Police academy class. Dave was a member of the career staff at Minquadale Fire Company for the past three years and a volunteer of Claymont Fire Company.
 Members Attend Flashover Training in Delaware County, PA


Sunday, February 3 members of Minquadale Fire Company attended a flashover simulator course in Delaware County, PA. The course consisted of lecture and hands on practice to educate firefighters to recognize the signs of flashover conditions and take the appropriate steps to exit the environment. For more information regarding this training visit
Drive to Survive Class Hosted at Minquadale Fire Company
In January,Drive to Survive instructor Chris Daly educated members of Minquadale Fire Company defensive driving tactics while operating a fire apparatus, ambulance, and personal vehicles. For more information regarding Drive to Survive classes visit

Minquadale Fire Company Holds Elections for 2013
December 5, Minquadale Fire Company  held their annual seafood feast and election meeting. The following Line Officers elected were Chief Matt Hardy, Deputy Gary Lambert, First Assistant Chief Brian Shaw, Second Assistant Chief Jimmy Haslam, and Captain Michael Thompson.  

Executive officers elected are as follows, President Matt Martin, Vice President Matt Marsella, second Vice President Tex Thompson, Secretary Teresa Petrucci, Treasurer Terry Masten, and Financial Secretary Cullen Edwards, Jr.
Fire Prevention 

Three students from Prestige Academy Charter School had the lucky chance to spend an evening at Minquadale Fire Company. Students donned turnout gear, looked through the 22-6, and commanded the nozzle under the leadership of Minquadale member, Matt Marsella.

Firefighter Survival Training 


Firefighter survival training was held at Minquadale Fire Company November 14 and 15. Members spent a Wednesday evening at New Castle Fire School completing evolutions blindfolded through the survival training maze and also in the smoke house. While in the smoke house members had to find their partner then follow the hose line to the exit.

November 15 and 20 Assistant Chief Joe Day held an in-house survival and RIT training. About eight members practiced with the RiT back and completed evolutions rescuing Assistant Chief Day from the basement.

Casablanca Restaurant Fire 

Early August 17 Minquadale was alerted to a fire at Casablanca Restaurant on route 13. The afternoon of August  18, 223 was alerted to rekindle of Casablanca restaurant.
2012 DVFA Parade 
CONGRATULATIONS to Minquadale Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary for placing first in the 2012 Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association parade!
Vehicle Extrication Training
Minquadale Fire Company held vehicle rescue training July 11, 2012 for its probationary and junior  members. The training was taught by Chief Gary Lambert and Deputy Chief Matt Hardy. Minquadale holds member training every Wednesday night. (Photos by Lisa Moy)
June 13, 2012 Minquadale Fire Company was alerted a MVC. (Photos by John Elliot)
Fire Prevention
Minquadale Fire Company educated over a hundred students at Eisenberg Elementary School May 28, 2012. Outside Chief Gary Lambert, Deputy Chief Matt Hardy, and members Rusty Haslam, Lt. Pat Hynes, Matt Haslam, and Rob Mercado showed students the truck and allowed the kids to climb through the cab.

Inside the classroom Minquadale Vice President, Jeremy Koren, educated the kids on proper fire prevention in the home, and probationary member Kim Powers donned full firefighter gear. (Photos by Lisa Moy)
Ladies Auxiliary Quarter Auction
The  Minquadale Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary had an amazing turn out to their first Quarter Auction. The ladies were able to auction a variety of donated items like a Vera Bradley purse, Spa themed gift baskets, gift cards from surrounding restaurants, and much much more! (Photos by Lisa Moy)