Firefighters Want to Protect Families and Businesses in Wilmington.
It is also why SERVPRO's fire damage crew keeps training.
Firefighters like the ones we have here in Wilmington are a dedicated bunch. A fire in the middle of the night can leave a family feeling as bad as their residence looks. Our specialists are also committed to making a bad situation better.
In Wilmington, our firefighters are an important part of our community, even when they are not responding to an alarm. As fire science increases and new developments in other areas let fire departments in our area increase their ability to serve us. This often requires procuring new equipment.
Fire departments used to rely on very basic equipment.
One of the latest firehouses to close, Fire House #5 on Gilpin Avenue, used to be called the Water Witch Fire Company. In the late 1800s, water pump trucks only cost a couple of thousand dollars.
Without the equipment used today, a house fire could become much more severe and result in extreme fire damage:
- More extensive property loss happening during a fire. Equipment provided to firefighters did not allow them to safely and easily enter houses or businesses,
- Increased injuries sustained by firefighters, compared to those suffered today.
Accidents still happen to these heroic individuals, but their protective sense of duty pushes them to do as much as possible to reduce the damage caused during a fire.
What is it like inside a firehouse?
Firefighters do not work regular eight-hour shifts like seen in most types of work. They are much longer. Because of the extended shifts firefighters keep, they also sleep at the firehouse. They eat their meals there. They also spend time watching television, playing games, and reading. It is like a home away from home, and it looks like it, too. There is a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, bedrooms, and a laundry area. But the garage is much bigger in a firehouse because fire trucks need protection from the rain. This is partly because of the equipment and tools used during firefighting.
SERVPRO's improved equipment increases our fire damage mitigation abilities.
We know that continuous training ensures that we learn the latest techniques and developments, much like Wilmington's firefighters keep up-to-date. We also use mock buildings that give a hands-on perspective in many areas that affect fire-damaged homes.
The severely traumatizing situation caused by a fire also
- often endangers family members in their very own home, but we can make it safe again,
- destroys personal possessions and heirlooms alike, but SERVPRO's technicians can restore these priceless items or know a professional restoration expert who can, and
- is only the beginning of a rocky situation, which our seasoned guidance can help become more manageable.
We want to make a bad situation bearable for our customers, which is why SERVPRO answers all calls immediately, just like the fire department. It could be someone calling about an emergency. Delaying often results in tremendous and unnecessary additional problems.
Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 for any fire damage needing mitigation or cleanup.