Citizens' Hose Company

Citizens' Hose Company No. 1, Inc. sign on front of firehouse


The community of Smyrna is served by Citizens' Hose Company, an all-volunteer organization. This company provides services within the Smyrna Fire District 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipment is dispatched in cooperation with the Kent County Enhanced 911 Communications Center in Dover. 

Citizens' Hose Company is a family oriented organization, involving people of all ages! From Jr. Firefighters and tea parties to Auxiliary catering and Administrative Membership, there's something for everyone. 

Want more information?

Reach out to Citizens' Hose Company through their website, located HERE, by visiting their Facebook or Instagram pages, or by going to the station Tuesday or Thursday evenings.


The Citizens' Hose Company is seeking new volunteers! Individuals are needed to serve not only as firefighters, but also within the Auxiliary, Marching Unit & Band, and as Administrative Members. 

Administrative members are needed to fill additional roles such as bartenders, grant writers, and accountants. Contact CHC to find out how your skills can help Smyrna!

Please note that CHC can connect residents to FREE training leading to multiple career paths, including firefighters, instructors, EMTs, and more.276130348_4556665594437513_8029140829217563326_n

Citizens' Hose Company Auxiliary

Dedicated to supporting the officers and members of the Citizens' Hose Company, Auxiliary members are essential to our community. They organize supporting efforts for the Company, and provide catering services. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events, and view their catering menu on the CHC website.

Marching Unit & Band

Considered to be 14364919_549473275244582_3719025738729844470_nthe pride of Delaware, the Citizens' Hose Company Marching Unit and Band has been marching in parades since 1886. They have won the Governor's Cup in the Delaware Firemen's Conference Parade more than any other company in the state, a highly coveted award. Anyone who can play an instrument and march is eligible to participate.

View their Facebook page and see upcoming events HERE

Learn how to get involved with the Marching Unit and Band HERE.

Jr. Firefighter Program

Think firefighting is a job for you? Students ages 16 to 18 are invited to participate in the School Probationary Program. If they can show passing grades in their classes, students are able to leave school during the day and be a part of the Company. Training occurs in-house on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with student attending Delaware State Fire School trainings on the weekend.

Department Apparatus

The company responds to over 400 alarms and accidents every year. They are capable of handling most fire and rescue needs and their equipment includes:

  • 100-foot aerial ladder
  • 6,000 gallon water tanker
  • Four-wheel drive brush unit
  • Heavy duty rescue truck
  • Small boat
  • Three Class A pumpers
  • Three utility vehicles