Chief's Update

Summer 2018 August 29, 2018

Our Fire District has completed the first year under new leadership with many significant changes and we continue moving forward with enthusiasm and a vision of constant advancement in all of our divisions. I am proud to serve as your Fire Chief and committed to leading the dedicated men and women of our Fire Districts on the path forward to ensure we always fulfill the tenets of our organizations mission statement.

“We will strive to protect life and property in our Community by providing the highest quality Fire, Medical and Rescue service possible, within the limits of our resources. We will utilize professionalism and Compassion.”

We have all continued building upon the established foundation and working together as a unified, cohesive team to accomplish the initial short-term goals established shortly after I was selected to lead Placer Hills, Foresthill and Newcastle Fire Protection Districts as your Fire Chief in June of 2017. We continue to all work collectively towards accomplishing our long-term goals and objectives, which will provide ongoing improvements in our capacity to provide emergency preparedness, fire prevention, emergency response and hazard mitigation.

We have experienced an unprecedented fire season with many of our personnel deployed for extended assignments in support of the multiple ongoing disastrous fires throughout Northern California this summer. All of our personnel have exhibited a very high level of professionalism and commitment to their communities and an unwavering dedication to public service with several long periods of time away from their families. I appreciate all of your continued efforts to ensure we are always able to properly cover our own Fire Districts and also support the California Office of Emergency Services within our Placer County Operational Area and throughout the State of California.

We continue to concentrate every division, within our internal organizational structure and multiple agencies, on efficiency and streamlining to ensure we are maximizing the capabilities of all of our available resources. Our Administrative, Operational, Training, Emergency Medical Services, and Fleet Services personnel continue to develop progressive, cost saving ideas, methods and procedures to increase our value to the communities we serve.
My entire focus, and our objective as both an individual organization and collaboratively with all of our Independent Fire Districts, is to continue moving forward with constantly improving the level of services we provide the community. We will always be evaluating new opportunities and implementing a progressively focused vision for our future service delivery model. Our aspiration is to provide our citizens the highest level of emergency services in the most fiscally responsible and efficient manner possible.

I am honored to serve as the Fire Chief for such fine organizations and the great employees who entrust my leadership, which is always focused on integrity, trust, mentoring and empowerment.


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


Please avoid fires this summer with these tips.
Print your own flyer here.

Properly dispose of cigarettes and matches.

Avoid using equipment that creates sparks

Obey local burn bans and only burn if you obtain a permit

Do not use a lawn mower on weeds or dry grass

Be sure campfires are completely put out

Make sure no vehicle parts drag on the ground including towing chains

Board Meeting Documents

Newcastle Fire Protection District Board Packet Feb. 20, 2019

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

Unique Community Opportunity

Recording Secretary for the Newcastle Fire District Board of Directors to prepare the minutes of their monthly Board meetings in a “Word” document and email to the District’s secretary. The Fire Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 461 Main Street, Newcastle at 6 pm. Meetings usually last 1 to 2 hours. There may be a special meeting on occasion. The Recording Secretary receives $60 per meeting. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Gillian Lofrano at 530-878-0405 during business hours or email

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.