On May 18, 2023, the Indian River (80), Millsboro (83), Georgetown (77), Dagsboro (73), and Lewes (82) fire departments were alerted for a commercial structure on John J. Williams Highway between Bulls Eye Lane and Warwick Road. It was reported to be a shirt manufacturing facility with exposures to other buildings as well as live overhead lines down. Emergency response units from Indian River included Tanker 80 from the Oak Orchard facility, Engines 80-1, 80-3 and Incident Command 80 from the Long Neck area as well as the Delaware State Fire Police. Additional emergency response units included the Sussex County Paramedics, the Mid Sussex Rescue Squad, the Delaware State Fire Marshall and the Delaware State Police. Other mutual aid companies were utilized for standby including Rehoboth Beach (86) and Laurel (81). Emergency response units deployed fire suppression lines for the bulk of the suppression activities.  Other crews utilized lines for interior attacks as well as the Millsboro aerial unit being deployed. Other specific assignments were establishment of water supply and water shuttle from nearby hydrants, closure of John J. Williams Highway for the duration of the incident, notification of the utility service provider, and a request for additional manpower.

– Submitted by Steven C. Deery, Jr., Past Fire Chief, Indian River FD; and Past President, DSFCA