Chief's Message

Chief's Update August 30, 2019

Our Fire Districts proudly provide the highest quality fire protection, emergency medical, rescue, and hazardous materials control and response services to our community. We take pride in evaluating and developing innovative solutions to maintain the most cost effective, community oriented, customer service focused organization. We continue to make advancements in our ability to deliver enhanced levels of services thanks to the professionally trained and dedicated people who are committed to serving our Fire Districts and protecting our communities.

We have been supported by the overwhelming voice of our constituents in successfully approving additional Special Taxes for fire protection in two of our three Fire Districts. The additional revenue generated has enabled the reopening of a previously closed Foresthill Fire Station and provided us the ability to add daily staffing at all of our Fire Districts. The added personnel, on duty and available to respond to requests for services, provides a safer work environment for our firefighters while simultaneously increasing our capability to rapidly mitigate emergencies and prevent loss of life, property and the environment.

Tremendous progress has been made in developing new programs and services to better serve our citizens. We have developed a Joint Operations Agreement (JOA) to provide all of our Districts an integrated, unified pool of shared personnel that enhances our service capabilities with shared training, operational cohesion and service delivery expectations. This JOA increases our ability to properly staff all of our stations, while bolstering our capacity to provide additional personnel, when needed, to deliver support for our mutual aid system to assist our local, regional and statewide fire agencies. We have been streamlining our overhead and managing all of our agencies with one centralized Training, EMS and Logistics program. We have been successfully consolidating our Fleet Services to provide additional fiscal efficiencies and accountability.

An additional successful new program is our FEMA Grant funded Fire Marshal position. We have established a Fire Prevention Division that is making daily impacts on improving the safety of our communities. The additional services delivered are positively impacting the survivability of our communities from the ravages of wildland fires through area fuels reduction projects, defensible space clearance inspections, enhanced public education and significant local participation in the NFPA Firewise USA Program. Other benefits are conducting difficult and complex field checks of fire prevention systems including, but not limited to, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, access and egress requirements. Our new Fire Marshal has also been busy writing new codes and ordinances for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential facilities to ensure compliance with fire and life safety regulations.

Our progress will continue to evolve with many ongoing and innovative improvements to our service delivery model. The Newcastle Fire Station 41 building site grading has been completed and we are very close to soliciting Requests for Proposals to build our new facility. We have purchased new fire engines for both the Placer Hills and Foresthill Fire Districts with grant assistance provided by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. We are developing many opportunities to share our apparatus and facilities purchasing, maintenance and repairs utilizing our limited revenue as efficiently as possible.

Our success is directly related to our continuing ability to deliver the highest levels of emergency services while ensuring that we deliver excellent customer service. This success would not be possible without the ongoing community support we receive. As your local government fire agency, we are your friends and neighbors and take great pride in our dedication to our fire service traditions and the ability to give back to our communities.

Proudly Serving Our Communities,

Kirk Kushen, Fire Chief
Placer Hills, Foresthill, Newcastle
Fire Protection Districts

Finance Committee meeting agenda

Board Meeting Documents

Oct. 16, 2019 Board Packet

Other documents:

The Abatement of Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance
Site Grant Deed and Application for County Funding
SPMUD consent deferred remedial action

Note: The meeting will be held at: 645 Kentucky Greens Way Newcastle, CA 95658

Boarding Meetings will be:


Newcastle Fire Protection District Infection Control Officer

Our Infection Control Officer is: Fire Chief Kirk Kushen
530-878-0405 (daytime)
Or call dispatch at 530-886-5375 and ask for the Newcastle Duty Officer

Check out our CPF Firevision -- Mutual Aid 2018 video on our photos page.

New Station, New Website

You are now seeing our website in a new way. Over the past few weeks, we have updated our site to make it easier to navigate and find the items you are looking for. The About Us section will feature the history of our station, organizations in the community, how we support the Newcastle community, and our staff. Methods of Contact are on the Contact Us page as well as dates on our Calendar. The Board Info section will show Our Board of Directors, Agendas and Minutes, Financial Documents, General documents, and a separate page of items for our New Station. The Photos page will show recent pictures of our Ground-Breaking Ceremony and others of our staff in action. Finally, the Resources page will provide many ways for our citizens to be safe.

New Contractors Information

There is new contractors' information available in the Contractor's Section of this website with an addendum as well as answers to contractors' questions. Simply follow the link above and then click on "Contractor's Information". The answers are on the first link in the list.

Update: The Request for Proposals for Contruction Managers is available at the top of the Contractor's Section.

Job Application

If you are interested in a position with us, please fill out and submit this form.