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Our Beginnings

The oldest fire company in Newtown had its beginning in 1803, when the town refused to grant a request for $100 for a fire engine. Elijah Nichols was subsequently appointed as “chimney viewer” or fire warden, an office that was provided for at the annual town meeting and for which no pay was given. Since the town would not appropriate the money for an engine, each member of the company was duty bound to provide buckets and ladders of their own. The company held many benefits to raise money and in 1883 a sum of $600 was appropriated for the purchase of a hand-drawn Hook & Ladder truck from the Holloway Company of Baltimore, In September of that year, a State Charter was granted to the “Newtown Hook & Ladder Company”, and the company has been in service ever since.

Our Equipment

A hand-pumped fire engine and hose cart were purchased in 1901 to supplement the ladder cart. In later years a Model T Ford was used to tow the pumper hose and ladder carts. The Model T was also loaded with soda acid fire extinguishers that caused some concern when sudden stops and turns had to be made.

In 1931, a Maxim Fire Truck (500 gpm, 60 water) was purchased and was the pride of the company until it was replaced by a 1952 Maxim pumper (750 gpm, 300 water). That pumper was replaced in 1968 by a newer model Maxim pumper (1000 gpm, 600 water). Also purchased that year was a 65-foot aerial ladder truck built by American La France in 1944. This truck was replaced in 1976 with a Seagrave 100-foot aerial ladder truck. The year 1968 also saw the purchase of a 1963 Ford pickup truck to be used as a utility truck.

In 1978, the company saw the need to expand. A new mini-pumper (450 gpm, 250 water) was purchased from the Pierce Manufacturing Co. and the Seagrave Corporation delivered a pumper (1000 gpm,1000 water) to replace the headquarters engine in 1979. The newest piece of apparatus to be purchased was a rescue truck built by Pierce.

Read about our current apparatus here.

Over the years, Newtown Hook & Ladder has been a progressive firefighting company. To meet the changing times in the fire service, the company adopted the Plectron home alerting system in 1956. Hook and Ladder was one of the earliest companies in Connecticut to adopt this system. In 1974 the company purchased the Hurst Rescue Tool, one of the first in Fairfield County. In 1978, to meet the demand for better water supply for firefighting, 5? large diameter hose (LDH) was put into service. With the advancement in electronics and other technologies, Newtown Hook & Ladder purchased its first Thermal Imaging Camera in the spring of 1998, and we currently operate with four cameras. We currently operate with state of the art radio communications, next generation Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and Firefighting gear.

Our Chiefs

1883-1884 John H. Blackman
1884-1901 Unknown
1901-1902 Levi C. Morris
1902-1927 Patrick H. Gannon
1927-1931 John A. Carlson
1931-1940 Walter Glover
1940-1946 Fredrick Mayer
1946-1947 Walter Glover
1947-1949 Fredrick Mayer
1949-1954 John Quibick
1954-1974 Lee Glover
1974-1978 Kenneth Pelletier
1978-1981 Joseph Wupperfeld
1981-1983 William McCarthy
1983-1986 Millard Goodsell
1986-1993 Mike McCarthy
1993-1993 Tim Gies
1993-1994 Mike McCarthy
1994-1997 Steve Murphy
1997-2005 Dave Ober
2005-2007 Ray Corbo
2007-2009 Dave Ober
2009-2013 Jason Rivera
2013-2017 Ray Corbo
2017-present Chris Ward

Our Service and Commitment

Our department outgrew the old fire house at 45 Main St behind the town hall. Over a two year period we built new at 12 Church Hill Rd, and moved in 2016. Our present location is purpose built as a fire station and was not a retrofit. This new location gives us room to grow as the Fire Department evolves.

These additions have helped the company to continue to provide fire protection and advanced rescue capabilities to the Town of Newtown. No one knows exactly what future years will bring for Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, but one thing is certain; the tradition of over 135 years of dedicated service to the Town of Newtown will continue. Today’s volunteer members continue to give their time and energy in the same tradition begun by the company founders.

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