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History of the City of Newcastle
Fire Department

Following the organization of the town of the City of Newcastle in September 1889, one of the first organizations to be formed in the city was a fire department.

The `Newcastle Fire Department` with Henry Leppla as its chief was inaugurated in the early part of 1890 with equipment as good as could be purchased at the time. It consisted of the Mondell Hose Company, officered by Don Miller as foreman and Walter Schoonmaker, mayor at the time, as assistant foreman; also, the `Newcastle Hook & Ladder Company` officered by William H. Benns, as foreman and John Handell as assistant foreman. Each organization had a complete and enthusiastic membership which continued to be the case for a number of years.

The Department as it is known today was formed in 1933 when the threat of higher fire insurance rates caused the town to call a special meeting on March 23, 1933. From that meeting, City Ordinance #5, Series 1933 was passed on May 1, 1933 creating the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department. Section 4 provides for a Chief and an Assistant Chief elected by the members of the fire department and certified by the mayor and city council. The first Fire Chief was Clarence Brill and Assistant Chief M.L. Hays.

The first fire truck was a 1935 Chevrolet purchased out of Denver, Colorado. That truck still serves the City of Newcastle in parades and escorting Santa through town. The city built the current Fire Hall in 1979. Current membership allows for 50 volunteers on the department.

Members of the Newcastle Fire Department
    Fire Chief - James Curren
    Assistant Fire Chief - Chris Kenney
    Secretary - Lane Zerbst
    Treasurer - Paul Eitel

    1st Captain - Meritt Pedersen
    2nd Captain - Paul Eitel
    3rd Captain - Ian D`Ambrogi
    4th Captain - Ryan Whipple

    1st Lieutenant - Phill Luca
    2nd Lieutenant - Jared Jarnigin
    3rd Lieutenant - James Prell
    4th Lieutenant - Lane Zerbst
    Austin Baker
    Nathan Butler
    Paul Grummons
    Hayden Huber
    Jason Jenkins
    Gilbert Nelson
    Nevada Norton
    David Scott
    Bryan Taylor
    Kurtis Wood

    Safety Officers:
    Nub Baker
    Mark Christiansen
    Don Munger

    Newcastle Fire Department
    19 Fairgrounds Road
    Newcastle, WY 82701
For more information go to our Facebook page @NewcastleFire.

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