Archive | April, 2015

Structure Fire on Castle Hill Rd

Friday late afternoon on April 23rd, 2015 Newtown Hook and Ladder was dispatched to 101 Castle Hill Rd with Hawleyville, Sandy Hook and Dodgingtown Fire departments. Arriving crews reported fire showing from two second floor windows and NHL Engine 111 dropped 700’ of in the driveway for water supply and attacked the fire with two hand lines. Using Ladder Truck 114 crews went to the roof to ventilate the structure while HVFD Engine 331 pumped the driveway line, using water from responding tankers. Additional water supply was being developed by SHFR to a nearby pond but the fire was extinguished before it could be utilized. The fire was placed under control quickly and the scene was turned over to the Fire Marshal’s office for investigation.

Ground Breaking at 12 Church Hill Rd.



On Wednesday, April 22nd,v2015 Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters held a groundbreaking ceremony at the 12 Church Hill Road work site. The projected finish date for this approximately 16,000-square-foot firehouse is the spring of 2016. The new firehouse will replace the 1929, structurally unsound town-owned firehouse at 45 Main Street

Newtown Hook & Ladder recently bought 3.16 acres from Trinity Episcopal Church as the location of our future home. The cost to construct the new firehouse is estimated at $2.5 million. Rob Manna of Hook & Ladder told those at the groundbreaking event that the company will soon launch a drive to raise the remaining funds needed for the project. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the location of the new fire headquarters,” he said, noting its centrality in the company’s fire district.

Lee Glover, a past Hook & Ladder chief, provided some recollections on the fire company’s history. He said that Hook & Ladder has been known by the general public over the years as the fire company located behind Edmond Town Hall. He quipped that he hopes the unit does not now become known as the fire company behind Trinity Episcopal Church.

First Selectman Pat Llodra noted that a 1999 engineering report pointed out the many deficiencies in the existing firehouse at 45 Main Street, highlighting the need for new fire facilities. “It really has been a very difficult struggle” for the fire company to get new quarters, she said.

Richard M. Liska, Sr.

Richard M. Liska

It is with deep regret that we we announce the death of life member Rich Liska, Sr.

Born in Stepney, Conn., Rich grew up in Newtown and became interested in firefighting in high school. As a Newtown Hook & Ladder member Rich held many positions, most notably as an engineer and then chief engineer. He retired from active membership in May 1998, after 50 years of service, and moved with his wife Ruth to South Thomaston, Maine.

A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 5 pm, in the Alexandria Room of the Edmond Town Hall, Main Street, Newtown, CT.

See the story in the Newtown Bee.

Photo courtesy of Newtown Bee.