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The City of Newton Fire Department was started in 1886 with one station and a handful of volunteers. The Newton Fire Company provided fire protection to the citizens of Newton for 21 years before becoming an official organization in 1907. After having provided volunteer firefighting services for 19 years, the City of Newton hired its first paid staff in 1926.
The City of Newton Fire Department is currently a fully paid Fire Department consisting of full-time personnel, part-time personnel and reserves. Firefighting staff includes certified Emergency Medical Technicians, and Confined Space and Trench Rescue personnel. The City of Newton Fire Department is the second largest fire department in Catawba County and is responsible for preserving life and property for a population of 19,200 in an area totaling 38.3 square miles.
The City of Newton Fire Department has undergone a tremendous change in the last decade and has evolved into a highly sophisticated department that has saved numerous lives and reduced the severity of countless injuries and illnesses.
The City of Newton Fire Department has a vision that guides the organization towards excellence. That goal is achieved through deliberate planning, adaptability and the courage to embrace challenges and opportunities. The City of Newton Fire Department is committed to providing a superior level of emergency service that continually improves the quality of life, health and safety of the people we serve - the citizens of Newton.