Fire Department to celebrate new headquarters

Newton Fire Department to celebrate new headquarters

Dedication and open house are Sunday, May 31

NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Fire Department will host a dedication ceremony for its new headquarters at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, followed by an open house until 6 p.m.

The Newton Fire Department Headquarters is a 20,000-square-foot brick and stone structure at the corner of South Brady Avenue and East D Street. The craftsman-style building is anchored by a central tower reminiscent of the fire lookout towers that dotted the American landscape in the early-1900s. Inside, the facility employs cutting-edge technology and offers plenty of space for the department to grow.

At nearly three times the size of the former fire department headquarters on West A Street, the new headquarters features administrative offices, spacious conference and training rooms, and five fire engine bays. Living space includes a day room, exercise room, commercial kitchen, and five bedrooms with sleeping quarters for 15 firefighters.

“Our firefighters are excited to be moved into their new home away from home,” Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said. “This facility was built with Newton’s future in mind, and we expect it to serve this community for decades to come.”

Planning for the new headquarters began in 1999. Winstead Architecture oversaw the design, specifications, bidding and construction administration. Newton City Council awarded the construction bid to Denver Construction Company in January 2014. The city engaged local contractors and businesses when possible to complete the building. The cost of the project was $3.5 million.

The former headquarters—originally a truck shed—was adapted in 1958 to serve as Newton Fire Station 1.

Since 1958, the Newton Fire Department has grown from a staff of four paid firefighters and 20 volunteers to 28 full-time firefighters and 19 part-time and reserve staff. The department is the second largest fire department in Catawba County. Newton’s firefighters are responsible for preserving the lives and property of nearly 20,000 people across 40 square miles.

Newton Fire Department HeadquartersThe new Newton Fire Department Headquarters will open to the public Sunday, May 31. A dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. will be followed by an open house until 6 p.m.