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The Newport Fire/EMS Department has served the ever-growing City of Newport since 1854 when the first volunteer fire company was established through incorporation. The Fire Department has been an all career department since 1868 when the City of Newport passed an ordinance that created the first steam fire engine company.
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The Newport Fire/EMS Department is a municipally operated fire department that provides both fire and EMS services to the citizens of Newport. Today, our staff consists of a fire chief, an assistant fire chief, an administrative assistant, and 36 career personnel, who staff 3 shifts with 12 personnel per shift.
Newport Fire/EMS operates out of two stations within the city.
Our stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Newport, Kentucky is a small riverfront community consisting of 7,828 homes with an approximate residential population of 17,048. There are 752 businesses that operate within the 3.5 square miles that the city occupies. Newport also provides fire protection to the neighboring city of Woodlawn, Kentucky.
Newport is bordered by the cities of: Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ft. Thomas, Southgate, Wilder, Woodlawn, and Cincinnati (Ohio). Newport Fire/EMS is a member of the Northern Kentucky Mutual Aid Contract providing additional resources to these surrounding cities when necessary.
In our primary response area, there are:
Within the City are three major tourist attractions located in the city which together attract over 3 million people annually:
Riverboat is home to South Shore, a 22-story luxury condo complex and Vue 180, a luxury apartment complex. Newport Pavilion is a full operation with a variety of stores to choose from including:
Newport is also the home to New Rift Distilling a new Kentucky bourbon producer established in 2014. Recently completed projects include the new Hampton Inn and Aloft hotels as well as a new luxury apartment complex called Aqua.