Our Beginning

The oldest fire company in Newtown had its beginning in 1803, when the town refused to grant a request for $100 for a fire engine. Elijah Nichols was subsequently appointed as "chimney viewer" or fire warden, an office that was provided for at the annual town meeting and for which no pay was given. Since the town would not appropriate the money for an engine, each member of the company was duty bound to provide buckets and ladders of their own. The company held many benefits to raise money and in 1883 a sum of $600 was appropriated for the purchase of a hand-drawn Hook & Ladder truck from the Holloway Company of Baltimore, In September of that year, a State Charter was granted to the "Newtown Hook & Ladder Company", and the company has been in service ever since.

Our Service and Commitment

Over the years, Hook & Ladder has been a progressive fire fighting company. Additions made have helped the company to continue to provide fire protection to the Town of Newtown. No one knows exactly what future years will bring for Hook & Ladder Company, but one thing is certain; the tradition of over 100 years of dedicated service to the Town of Newtown will continue. Today's volunteer members continue to give their time and energy in the same tradition begun by the company founders.

Our New Firehouse


After a long and anticipated project, the official ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony for the new home of the Newtown Hook and Ladder Fire Department was held on September 2, 2016. The new 16,000 square foot fire house is the result of an idea that began over 30 years ago, and we're proud to continue serving the town of Newtown with this beautiful new facility. Many thanks and our deepest appreciation goes to all of you who have supported us every step of the way.

We are continually raising funds to offset our final mortgage at the end of construction. Our Mutual Aid fundraising campaign was established to assist the upfit of the interior of the firehouse (in excess of our building construction). Funds are allocated for: the Kitchen, the Day Room, and the Museum. You can contact Newtown Hook and Ladder to make a donation or visit the website for details.