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South Bowers attends Marydel's 75th

On Saturday April 30,2016 South Bowers attended Marydel Fire Company's 75th anniversary parade. Engine 57-5 , Brush 57-02 w/ airboat 57 attended this event. Chief B.Johnson and Engineer A.J Walls brought home some trophies. Best appearing Marine Unit, 2nd best appearing Brush Unit, and 3rd best appearing Delaware Company Overall.

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South Bowers Participates in AI Dupont Cancer Ball

On Saturday April 23, 2016 South Bowers had the opportunity to join AI Dupont Hospital for Children}Nemours for their cancer ball. Engineer AJ Walls took engine 57-5 to this event. It was both a honor and pleasure to be a part of this wonderful event. Engine 57-5 escorted some of the children during this event. Great Job by everyone involved for making this event happen.

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Smoke detector activation

On Sunday April 17,2016 @ 0723 hours the Morning after banquet night Station 57 (South Bowers) was alerted for a smoke detector activation at # 89 South Big Stone Beach drive. Command 57 responded with Deputy Chief (Mcconaghy) and was advised of a automatic fire alarm at this location. Engine 57-5 responded with 21 Captain (Amber Burk), Engine 57-1 with Chief (B.Johnson). Command arrived on scene and investigated. Deputy Mcconaghy made contact with the homeowner and was advised he was cooking breakfast. Deputy 57 placed the situation under control unattended cooking and returned all units.

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MVC Rollover

On Friday April 15,2016 @ 13:11 Station 57(South Bowers), Station 42 (carlisle), Sussex county medic 101, Trooper 2 (Delaware State Police Aviation was dispatched to a MVC Rollover in the area of 560 bennets pier rd. Rescue Engine 57-1 responded under the direction of Chief (B.Johnson) and a crew of 5. Engine 57-5 responded under the direction of Assist.Chief(Jason Harvey). Rescue Engine 57-1 arrived on scene as reported one vehicle off the roadway on its roof, With the occupant already pulled out of the vehicle prior to arrival. While Rescue 42 (carlisle) was making a response, one of there units came up on a second motor vehicle accident within there district. There units then diverted to there accident scene. Due to the minor injuries Chief Johnson canceled trooper 2. Bls 42 (Carlisle's ambulance) checked out the pt and obtained a pt refusal. Chief Johnson placed the situation under control and returned all units.

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South Bowers and Carlisle fire companies respond to a mvc rollover with ejection.

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Live Fire Training

On the evening of Thursday March 24, 2016 members attended training at the Sussex training facility in Georgetown. Members drilled on structural firefighting evolutions. South Bowers members staffed two engines and assisted Milton and Slaughter Beach Fire Companies with this training exercise.

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Community Easter Egg Hunt

On the morning of Saturday March 19,2016 the ladies aux. put on a Easter egg hunt for the community. After brunch with the Easter bunny, kids finished the day taking fire truck rides. A Big Thank You to everyone involved!

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On the evening of Friday March 11,2016 South Bowers Members participated in the Bowl-A-Thon along with Carlisle and frederica fire companies. This was a fundraiser to support the boys and girls club. A big thank you to everyone involved!

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MVC Ejection

South Bowers Responds to a mvc rollover with ejection

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Working House Fire

Vehicle into structure, turns into a working house fire.

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Artic Blast Challenge!

On Saturday January 30th, Bowers beach held a Artic Blast Challenge. Rescue Swimmers from The Delaware Air Rescue Team stood by in the water just in case an emergency occurred. Very honored to have one of our own (D.A.R.T)member and Assist. Chief(Jordan Rivera) assist in this process. (pictured left)-Jordan Rivera

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South Bowers Responds to numerous incidents during storm

South Bowers responded to numerous incidents during the Nor'easter/Blizzard. This is a storm that will not be forgotten!

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Passing Past Chief & Lifetime Member "Jack" French JR.

It is with our deepest and sincere regrets to announce the passing of Lifetime Member John "Jack" French, JR.,He has answered his last alarm on Thursday, January 14, 2016. In the past Jack has held the position of Fire Chief and helped the with the planning of building the firehouse. Jack you will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.


MILFORD - John H. "Jack" French, Jr. died Thursday, Jan. 14 2016 at Milford Center. He is the son of the late John H. French, Sr. and Ruby Best French. Mr. French served on the Delaware State Police at Troop # 4, Georgetown. He retired as Detective Sergeant in charge of the Criminal Division. Farming was his lifelong passion with his favorite place being on the tractor or combine. He was an avid outdoorsman and if not farming he could be found on a boat. He loved fishing, hunting, trapping and traveling and shared this love with his family. He served as Past Chief of South Bowers Fire Company and was a lifetime member of the fire Company. He was known to many as "Poppop". He leaves behind his loving wife, of 55 years, Phyllis Kirby French; two children, Rita French Wells and husband Joe, David John French and significant other Jill Landing; one sister, Marion Brewington and husband George; four grandchildren, Amie Christine Evans and husband Paul, John David French, Phillip Lee French, Nathan William Wells; two great-granddaughters, Addison and Ellie Evans and expected great grandson Jackson Dryden Evans and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be on Tuesday Jan. 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Berry Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front Street, Milford, Del., where friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a viewing. Internment will be at Milford Community Cemetery, Milford, Delaware. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Avenue UM Church, 20 North Church St. Milford, Del. 19963 or Sardis UM Church, C/O Trinity UM Church P. O. Box 4, Frederica, Del. 19946. -
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Working House Fire

On the Evening of Jan 4,2016 at apprx. 2232 hours Station 57, ambulance 49 and medic 101 was dispatched to a house fire in the 700 block of Log Cabin Rd. Moments later 57-15(Chief-B.Johnson) inquired from Kent Center If this was a working alarm. Kent center confirmed an advised that it was reported as a chimney fire that has now spread into the walls. 57-15 then requested an assist from Station 42 (Carlisle). Moments later station 49 (frederica) was also alerted to assist. 15 then requested a engine cover up out of station 40 (bowers). Engine 57-5 responded with 15(Chief B.Johnson) an arrived to find a 2 story single family dwelling with fire showing through the roof. 15 then established Log Cabin Rd command.Tanker 57 responded with Chief Engineer Lecates. Engine 57-2 responded with Deputy Chief (Mcconaghy).The crew from engine 5 deployed a 1” ¾ line to the structure for fire attack. The next due engine Tanker 49 supplied engine 5, there crew along with 42’s crew deployed a second 1”¾ line from engine 5 to the alpha side front door for an interior fire attack. 15 then requested his standby crew to the scene and to have them replaced. That brought bowers to the scene and Magnolia to cover up. Bowers crew relieved firefighters who had been working for the duration of the alarm. (Chief B.Johnson) then transferred command to Deputy Chief (Mcconaghy) for the duration of the alarm. Crews then laddered the roof and continued a exterior attack through the attic windows. Due to the circumstances extensive overhaul was needed. and due to the inclement weather this was an extended operation. Deputy 57(Mcconaghy) then placed the situation under control with units working. two subjects escaped the residence prior to arrival and were treated for smoke inhalation by bls on scene and refused transport.

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Fire Chief- Bobby Johnson
Deputy Chief- Matthew Mcconaghy
1st Asst.Chief-Stephen Webb
2nd Asst.Chief/Marine Capt.-Jason Harvey
3rd Asst.Chief-Jordan Rivera
Chief Engineer-James Lecates
Captain-Amber Burk
EMS Officer- Laurie Mallow

President- Jack Potter
Vice President- Bill Webb
Secretary- Michele Melvin
Fire Recorder- Amber Burk

Fire Police- Vinny Trice
Davis Benson
Robert Gill

Directors- Jason Harvey,Matthew Mcconaghy,Frank Webb, James Lecates

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Airboat 57 Training

On the evening of December 29, 2015 Members attended training at the station.Members drilled on Airboat Operations, and how to launch this unit from any given location!

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