On February 28, 1918, the labor organization Newport Firefighters Local 45 was established and became one of the original charter members of the International Association of Firefighters. The Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 is dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of its members. In 1928, Newport Firefighters Local 45 withdrew from the IAFF because of dissension and discouragement.
On March 22nd, 1934, Newport Firefighters were successful in re-organizing as Newport Firefighters Association NO. 386 and remained this way until 1995.
On March 14th, 1995, the local was successful in having the original Local 45 charter reissued. The local became Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45.