Department Statistics

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 The City of Newton Fire Department protects a population of 19,200 persons. The department serves 38.3 square miles of area. 13 square miles are located within the City limits and 25.3 square miles of area is located in rural Catawba County and is protected under contract.

During 2019, the department responded to approximately 2,126 emergency incidents. Those calls to service are broken down into six categories. 

Type of Incident                                                             Number of Responses

Structural Fires


False Alarms




Technical Rescue


Hazardous Materials




(This category includes vehicle fires, service calls and other types of minor incidents)

For the year 2019, the department maintained an average response time of 4 minutes and 12 seconds.

The Fire Prevention Bureau within the City of Newton Fire Department is responsible for Fire Inspections, Fire Prevention, and Fire Investigations.

In 2019, the bureau conducted 631 inspections in businesses, industries and commercial facilities. The bureau also conducted approximately 32 Fire Prevention programs for schools, daycares and other organizations.