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Ground Breaking at 12 Church Hill Rd.

 

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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.

New photos up!

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More photos of our 2013 Firehouse Ride have been posted. Check them out in our photo gallery.

Thank you!

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Newtown Hook and Ladder would like to thank everyone who participated in and donated to our 2013 Firehouse Ride. It was a great event, and we appreciate your support.

More photos from this year’s ride have been posted in the new Photo Gallery section of our website. Click the link in the navigation bar above to view them.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you next year!

The 2013 Firehouse Ride and Pig Roast is in full swing!

We had over 125 bikes attend the Firehouse Ride this morning, our largest group ever! Thanks to everyone coming to ride and/or eat with us. The smoker has been running for hours, and the food is being served behind the building. These are a few photos from this morning, as the crowd was gathering before the start of the ride, during Father Bob’s blessing, and then the kickoff of the ride. More photos will follow, so check back in with us.

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FIREHOUSE RIDE 2013

Newtown Hook & Ladder has set a date for our 4th annual Firehouse Ride! Mark it on your calendars now, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH! We’ve extended the length of the ride to 50 miles. See the flyer below for more details, or click the flyer or banner at right to register.

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Brush Fire in Upper Paugussett State Forest

On May 7, 2013 Newtown Hook and Ladder was dispatched with automatic aid from Hawleyville Fire Department to a reported brush fire in the forest off of Sanford Road. Arriving firefighters were able to locate the fire with the assistance of passing hikers approximately one mile hike on a marked trail within the upper portion of Paugussett State Forest. Additionally, Sandy Hook Fire Department was requested for assistance with specialized brush firefighting equipment and manpower. Approximately 2 to 3 acres of forest were found to be on fire and spreading due to dry conditions. Firefighting crews created a perimeter around the fire and extinguished the fire just as it was getting dark. State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection dispatched a forest fire fighting crew for complete overhaul and the investigation with the assistance of Newtown PD and Newtown Fire Marshal’s office is ongoing. Hook and Ladder and other town fire departments operated on the scene for just over five hours.