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NEW LONDON
FIRE DEPARTMENT

Proudly Serving the Community of New London Since 1928

Address: 

237 Main Street 

New London,  NH 03257

United States

Office Hours:
7:00 am to 7:00 pm (Mon. - Fri.)

Phone: 

(603) 526-6073

Fax: 

(603) 526-6079

Features

Apparatus

Ladder 3 is a 2012 Ferrara quint. The aerial ladder has a reach of 77 feet. This first-due piece of apparatus has a 1500gpm pump and 300 gallons of water that is used for initial fire attack. The CAFS foam system also makes the water more effective, reducing the amount of water and hopefully reducing the amount of damage to one's property. This truck also has a full complement of tools and equipment that are utilized in rescue situations.
Engine 1 is a 2018 E-One Cyclone pumper/tanker. This second-due piece of apparatus has a 1500gpm pump and carries 1500 gallons of water. Additionally, this piece houses a portable water tank allowing ease of rural water supply operations outside of our hydrant district. Engine 1 functions as our mutual aid engine, due to the volume of water it carries, along with its 6-seat configuration. 
Engine 2 is a 2023 E-One Typhoon rescue/engine. This  piece of apparatus responds primarily to motor vehicle crashes and various other rescue situations. Additionally, this engine can respond to building fires to function as our water supply. Engine 2 has a 1500gpm CAFS-equipped pump and carries 784 gallons of water. Housed on this engine are a multitude of tools and equipment such as: Electric Holmatro extrication tools, an AED, 6 ice-water rescue suits, cribbing, stabilization airbags, rescue struts, stokes basket, confined-space rescue tripod, rescue ropes, 2 250' pre-plumbed extension cords, a 250' pre-plumbed air line, electric vehicle kill-switch, winch, portable electric generator, DeWalt battery operated hand tools, hazardous material containment supplies, along with a variety of other necessary tools and equipment.
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Tanker 1 is a 1998 Freightliner Tanker built by Valley Fire Equipment. The tanker has the capacity to carry 1750 gallons of water. The tanker is also equipped with a 500 gpm portable pump, forestry tools, and other equipment such as a collapsable portable water tank.

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Utility 1 is a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. This truck functions as our first response vehicle to medical emergencies, tows both our Cascade air trailer (utilized by all mutual aid towns to fill SCBA cylinders at building fires) and Forestry trailer, and is utilized by our on-call personnel to respond to calls that only warrant a single individual response such as: Minor motor vehicle collisions with no injuries or CO alarm activations with no symptoms. Utility 1 houses a multitude of tools and equipment including our LIFEPAK 15 Monitor.

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Car 1 is a 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe and functions as the New London Fire Department's command vehicle. Car 1 is utilized by a Chief Officer during major calls or by an officer to respond to non-emergency incidents.

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Car 2 is a 2016 Dodge Durango. This car now allows our Fire Inspector to conduct his inspections without taking a front-line vehicle out of service. Additionally, while not out on inspections, this vehicle allows us to bring additional personnel to emergency scenes when needed. 

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Boat 1 is a Ribcraft 4.8 Rescue vessel equipped with a 60hp Honda motor. This boat was graciously donated to the New London Firefighter's Association in 2007. Boat 1 responds to all water emergencies on the five bodies of water located in the Town of New London, as well as our surrounding communities. Additionally, this boat supports the Lake Sunapee Dive Team's operations.

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New London Fire Department's Forestry Trailer is designed to outfit 25 firefighters with the tools and equipment needed at forest fires. This trailer can be pulled either by Utility 1 or Car 1. The Forestry Trailer carries 2500 feet of forestry hose, 2 float pumps, a backpack pump, Indian water packs, a chainsaw, a backpack leaf blower, and an assortment of forestry hand tools. 

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About

HISTORY

The New London Fire Department was officially organized in 1928, with approximately 20 members under the leadership of Fire Chief William Kidder, the original owner of Kidder Garage (now the “Kidder Building”). The first piece of motorized apparatus, a Cosmopolitan pumper with a gear-type pump, was housed at Kidder’s Garage until the first fire station was built in the early 1930's. This piece of apparatus is still in town, owned by “Bill” Kidder, the son of the first Chief.

 

When the “New London Fire Company” was organized, by-laws were drafted and the Chief’s position became elected, rather than appointed. The first elected Fire Chief was Horace C. Stanley. Due to the vagaries of State regulations and Federal tax laws, the name of the company has been changed to “The New London Firefighters Association” in order to comply, but we still function in much the same way as we did in the beginning.

 

In the “old days,” nearly all the members lived and worked in town, and could be expected to respond en mass to nearly all of the relatively few calls that occurred at the time. Members were notified of fires by siren originally, and then by both siren and cascade phone network up until the late 1970’s. Now we are notified of an emergency by radio and telephone pagers, and all of the company officers are equipped with both portable and mobile radios. Although we still have the original siren, it is no longer used in order to prevent the flood of curiosity calls to the dispatch center that ensues after each alarm.

 

Today, the organization is comprised of 40+ members (it varies over time), in order to have enough personnel to make up for the comings and goings of people working out of town, vacations, etc. Typically, we field a crew of 18 to 24 men and women for the average general alarm and respond to non-emergency calls with the daytime duty crew or a single Fire Officer overnight and on the weekends. In the last twenty years alone, the number of calls has increased from less than 100 to just under 1,000 in 2019.

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Membership

The New London Fire Department is a combination fire department staffing a full-time Fire Chief, full-time Fire Inspector, full-time Lieutenant, part-time Firefighter, and up to 45 call members. Given this staffing model, we rely on the members of our community to fill the various positions within the department. This provides a perfect opportunity for someone to give something special back to the community in which they reside. Our members strive to serve our community through professionalism, teamwork, and integrity.

CHIEF OFFICERS

Chief Jason B. Lyon — Firefighter Level 2, EMT
Deputy Chief Courtney Heath — Firefighter Level 1

CAPTAINS

Geoff Daley — Firefighter Level 2
Michael Matthy — Firefighter Level 2, EMT

LIEUTENANTS

Thomas Peltier — Firefighter Level 1, AEMT
Travis Sniffen — Firefighter Level 3, Paramedic
Peter Smith — Firefighter Level 1
Quinn Miller — Firefighter Level 2, EMT

Andrew Sarnevitz — Firefighter Level 2, EMT

FIREFIGHTERS

Glen Lohmann — Firefighter Level 1
Edward Johnson — Firefighter Level 1
Jamie MacKenna — Firefighter Level 2
Blair Weathers — Firefighter Level 2, Paramedic
Gena Edmunds — Firefighter Level 1
Sean Cushing — Firefighter Level 1
John Cannon — Firefighter Level 3
Scott Gilmour
David Russell —Firefighter Level 1
Corey Bartlett — Firefighter Level 2, AEMT
Ralph Tingley — Firefighter Level 1
Keith Philip
Stone Philip
Ian Gill — Firefighter Level 2, AEMT
Joshua Lizotte
Samuel Quimby — Firefighter Level 2, EMT
Keith Blake
Connor Heath — Firefighter Level 1
Max Isley — Enrolled in Firefighter Level 1
Jacob Heath — Junior Firefighter
Alan Kozlowski
Adam Jones — Enrolled in Firefighter Level 1
Bode Fanjoy — Enrolled in EMT
Jack Walker — EMT, Enrolled in NHFA Recruit School
Woody Abbott — Firefighter Level 1
Sullivan Merrill — Junior Firefighter

SPECIAL UNITS

Cheryl Dean — Chaplain

EMERITUS

Jen Ellis — Safety Officer, 19 Years of Service
Stephen Ensign — Lieutenant Clerk, 35 Years of Service
Nancy Erickson — Captain, 22 Years of Service
Paul Messer — Lieutenant, 34 Years of Service
Peter Stanley — Fire Chief, 30 Years of Service
Karl Bjorklund — Deputy Chief, 14 Years of Service
Chris Hoffman — Lieutenant, 22 Years of Service
George Robertson — Firefighter, 15 Years of Service
Ed Broadhead — Firefighter, 33 Years of Service
Amy Lyon — Lieutenant, 35 Years of Service
Pete Lewis — Deputy Chief, 31 Years of Service

Join our crew

If you are interested in exploring the potential opportunities within NLFD, please stop by the station and speak with a member of our duty crew. Or if you prefer, come to our next meeting or training to get a better understanding of what the department is all about. They are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:30pm. 

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