- Saturday, March 29, 2014
About 25 local volunteer firefighters attacked multiple brush fires along High Rock Road amid high winds on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 26.
Fires occurred along an approximately 9,000-foot section of the road lying between its intersection with Grays Plain Road on the north and the Monroe border on the south.
There were no injuries. No houses, garages, or vehicles were damaged by the blazes, officials said.
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season to May 15.
Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.
Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead has been named Fireman of the Year by Fairfield County Fire Chiefs Association.
The group announced and presented the award to Chief Halstead during its monthly meeting on November 20 at Candlewood Fire Company in Brookfield. Bill Coffey of Padanaram Hose Co. and Chief Bill Davin of Monroe Fire presented Chief Halstead with the honor.
- Friday, May 3, 2013
The town is among four defendants named in a lawsuit which seeks money damages in connection with an April 2011 incident in which a woman tripped and fell at a firefighters’ carnival held at the Newtown High School grounds.
In the lawsuit dated April 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna Amusements, LLC, of Orange; Botsford Fire & Rescue Company; Fire Marshal Bill Halstead; and the Town of Newtown.