The Newcastle Fire Protection District was established in 1868 as a reaction to increased fruit production activity in the region. The District, situated in the State of California in Placer County, covers 39 square miles of commercial, residential, and wildland properties. In 1979 the District transitioned from an entirely volunteer organization to have daytime coverage by one paid employee. In 1992, The District began 24 hour shift coverage with two personnel. Today, the District operates one station. The District is branching out from a “suppression only” mentality and is progressing into the fields of public education, prevention, training, rescue, and safety.