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.