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The Newtown Emergency Services Department was created in 1996 to assist local volunteers with daytime fire calls.

To help taxpayers with start up costs existing fire apparatus and fire station were used at the township complex. Recognizing the potential for expanded services, staff members provided a list of services that could be initiated using current department personnel, expanding those services to include Newtown Borough, therefore providing huge cost savings to all Newtown area residents.

Instead of just providing fire services, the department took on multiple new roles that have proved invaluable to the Newtown community. So much so in fact, that the department was recognized by the state for Excellence in Local Government in 1996.

Services have grown to include medical emergency responses during the 5 day, 12 hour workweek and all members are trained EMT's. Department personnel were trained to assist the township code enforcement department to help enforce local codes and ordinances and to assist with residential code complaints. Training was also provided to Building & Fire codes standards. This means the NESD can review all new building construction plans or renovation documentation pertaining to fire related issues saving the township outsource funding.

In 2002, with Municipal recognition and binding arbitration rights as recognized under Act 111, the Department became an official Emergency Response Agency within the township and more importantly a Career Fire Department. As a career department, certain requirements and minimum standards are set forth with National Fire Protection Agency, which will add, additional cost savings to area residents.

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