Newbury Fire & Rescue Department

Henry E. Thomas Jr., Fire Chief

PO Box 373

952 Route 103

Newbury, NH 03255

Emergency Dial 911

Business Message Phone (603) 763-4403

Dispatch Phone (603) 763-2221

Fax (603) 763-5379

Office Hours Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

​​Newbury Fire Rescue Permit Information
Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update

 Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line. Complete the
 On line Alarm Permit Application form.
Fireworks Permits

No Current Fireworks Permits

Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Complete the on-line application here

Fireworks Permit Request Form

Now is the time to schedule site inspections for 4th of July fireworks displays

If you had a fireworks permit in 2018, permit renewals do not require a site inspection.
Apply for a renewal permit by clicking the above link.
Outside Burning Permits are Required 

Permits are are required from Forest Fire Warden for all outside burning.

This is the time to renew your seasonal Fire Permits. Seasonal Category I or Category II Permits can be issued for outside fireplaces, fire pits, camp fires and chimineas. (Permits are not required for gas or charcoal grills)

If you had a Seasonal Category I (Fireplace/Fire Pit less than 2’ in diameter) or Catigory II (fire pit or camp fire between 2’& 4’ in diameter) Permit in 2018, you may email a renewal request for 2019 to

Click here for the state requirements and information on applying for Outside Burn Permits. 
For additional information email Newbury Fire Rescue

Permits are Required for the Installation of Wood, Gas and Oil Heating Equipment
Download permit applications here .
Permit to Install and Operate Gas/Wood Burning Equipment
Permit to Install and Operate Oil Burning Equipment

 New Knox HomeBox is now available in Newbury
See Details in the Knox Box Section below or go to KnoxHome Box

Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents

  • Newbury Fire Department Overview
  • News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Monthly Features
  • Newbury Fire Department Activity
  • Newbury Fire Department History
  • Newbury Safety Ordinances and State Regulations NEW SECTION
  • Newbury Fire Department Stations
  • Newbury Fire Department Apparatus
  • Newbury Fire Department Community Activities
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
  • EMS/Fire Training Information
  • Newbury Fire Department Training
  • Newbury Fire Department Calls for the Year 2018 and prior years UPDATED
  • Newbury Fire Department Officers
  • Newbury Fire Department Mutual Aid
  • Fire Safety Information
  • Homeland Security Family Preparedness Information
  • Newbury Property Insurance Underwriting Information
  • Fire Department Resource Library
  • Fire Department/EMS Internet Links

  • Newbury Map

    Newbury Fire Rescue Information

    Visit Newbury Fire Rescue on Facebook

    The Newbury Fire Department is looking for firefighters and EMTs. If you are interested in becomming part of the Newbury Fire Department, please stop by at the fire station any Tuesday evening and fill out an Application or click here to download an application

    Weather Emergency Contact List

    The Newbury Fire Department maintains a list of town residents who may live alone, do not have transportation, be elderly or disabled that the department will check on in the event of severe weather such as a blizzard, Ice storm or long duration power failure or other emergency impacting the Town of Newbury. The department is currently updating the list and adding new people who wish to be contacted.

    Following a major storm, a telephone call is made to check on the well being of people on the list. If the person can't be reached by phone, a fire department member will go to the home to check on the person.

    If you, a family member or neighbor would like contacted in a weather emergency by the Newbury Fire Department, please send an email with the person's name, address and phone number to, Please indicate "Weather Emergency Contact List" in the subject of the email. This contact information remains confidential and is not shared with any other organization. Please email the Newbury Fire Department if you have questions.  Downlod a Storm Emergency Contact application form

    Newbury Fire Rescue Response Information

    First Quarter 2019 Results

    The First quarter of 2019 was mutch like the same period in 2018 with 92 calls for service during the months of January through March. There were 91 calls for the same period in 2018. For the First Quarter, Medical calls accounted for 29% of the total with Vehicle Incidents and False Alarms at 18% each, Public Service calls were 15% of the total. See updated monthly Response Summary below.

    2018 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    2019 Year to Date Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary


    Permits are required for outside burning

    The State of new Hampshire requires a Permit to Kindle Fire the Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Warden for all outside burning. See Warden contact information below

    Seasonal fire permits are now available for camp fires, fire pits and outside fireplaces.

    If you were issued a seasonal Category I (Fireplace/Campfire/Fire Pit) Permit in 2018, you can request a renewal permit by emailing your name, the location of the fire for the permit, phone number and email address to Please indicate Category I Fire Permit in the subject.

    Fire Permits are broken down into four Categories

    Category I Fire

  • A small controlled fire, such as a cooking fire.
  • Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fire place and cannot be greater than 2 feet in diameter.
  • Must be 25 feet from a structure

    With approval from the Forest Fire Warden ONLY, a Category I Fire may be kindled at any time of the day weather raining or not.

    Category I permits may be issued as a seasonal permit, but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too dangerous.

    Category II Fire

    A controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire.

  • Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a protable fire place.
  • Cannot be greater than 4 feet in diameter.
  • Must be at least 50 feet from a structure.
  • A Category II Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am.

    Category II permits may be issued as a seasonal permit, but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too dangerous.

    Specifications for camp or cooking fires Category II

    Category III Fire

  • A controlled fire greater than 4 feet in diameter or
  • A controlled fire not contained within a ring of fire resistive material.
  • Must be 50 feet from a structure
  • A Category III Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am.
  • Category III permits can be issued formore than one day, but are not typically issued for more than 7 days depending on weather conditions. In Merrimack Category III fire permits may be issued for more than 7 days by the Forest Fire Warden of Deputy Forest Fire Warden ONLY.

    Category IV Fire

  • A controlled fire larger that a Category III Fire
  • May be kindled during the day between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm even if it is not raining.
  • The permittee must comply with additional special provisions to qualify for a Category IV Permit.

    A Category IV Permit is issued jointly between the State of New Hampshire Forest Ranger and the local Forest Fire Warden.

    Information on the permit requirements and the permits may be obtained at no charge from the Newbury Department or Newbury Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Wardens.

  • Henry Thomas Fire Chief, Newbury Fire Department 344-9381 e-mail:
  • Dave Smith, Forest Fire Warden 938-5925
  • Mike Croteau, Deputy Warden 763-2679
  • Wayne Whitford, Fire Prevention; 748-1583

    State Outside Buring Informaton

    Outside Fireplace Bulletin

    Fire Law Brochure

    Category I & II Specifications

    Category IV Commercial Permits

    Campfire Brochure

    Forest Fire Warden Attend State Training.

    The Newbury Forest Fire Warden and Deputy Wardens, along with their counterparts from surrounding communities attended the annual warden training this week at The Wilmot Fire Department.

    In preparation for the spring wildlands fire season, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands provided information on the forest protection laws and regulations, the outside burning permit process and incident command structure for wildland fires.

    The presenters focused on the fact that fire permits are not required as long as there is snow on the ground (100 feet in all direction from the fire) but when the snow is gone, people wishing to have a camp fire or burn brush are required to obtain a permit from the Forest Fire Warden.

    With a permit, camp fires (Category I) can be kindled at any time but other burning (Category II & III) is restricted to 5:00 pm to 9:00 am. Permits (I & II) can be issued for a day at a time or for the season. See the poster below for additional information or click Learn More to go to visit the Newbury Fire Rescue website.

    Firefighting Training at New Hampshire Fire Academy.

    Eight Newbury Fire Rescue firefighters and three firefighters from Sutton Fire Department attended a day long firefighter training course at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord on Saturday. March 23, 2019

    Classes were held in the Academy’s burn building where the conditions of a building fire can be simulated in a safe environment. Firefighters worked with hose lines to extinguish interior fires and simulated rescues of trapped building occupants.

    This hands on training is part on the ongoing continuing education that Newbury Fire Rescue personnel receive

    Help us Help You in an Emergency

    In a medical or other emergency a few minutes of extra time it takes Newbury Fire Rescue to locate your home could be critical in saving a life. Newbury town ordinance requires that your home's street address must be clearly visible from the road.

    Where the numbers on the house cannot be seen, the address is to be posted on a mail box, tree or post at the end of the driveway. The numbers should be reflective so they can be quickly seen at night.

    When you call 911 at night, always put on porch or other exterior lights. Let the 911 dispatcher know if the house is difficult to find, such as down a long driveway. If possible, someone should be waiting by the door to guide the responders to the emergency, especially when there is more than one entry door.

    For your safety as well as that of the emergency responders keep driveways, walks and steps shoveled and sanded when necessary during the winter months.


    One of the challenges of being a parent is arming your kids with the skills to handle the obstacles life presents. Teaching them how and when to use 9-1-1 in an emergency could be one of the simplest most important lessons you’ll ever share. Please remember an emergency is defined as a threat to life or property. For non-emergencies, callers should contact their local police or fire department non-emergency business number.

    Post your address and phone number near each phone in your home as visitors and family member may need to relay this information.

  • Remain calm… be precise and tell the dispatcher exactly what is happening and what the emergency is.
  • Give the dispatcher the location of the emergency and the phone number.
  • Stay on the line and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions.
  • Don’t hang up until the dispatcher tells you it is okay.
  • CELL PHONE 9-1-1

    In an attempt to cut costs, many households are choosing to cancel their landline telephone service in exchange for wireless phones. Therefore, it is imperative to teach our children how to use cell phones/smartphones in the event of an emergency. Be sure to teach your children:

  • The proper use of a cell phone in emergency situations.
  • Teach your child how to get to the dial pad (from the various screens) on your cell phone.
  • Teach your child to push 911 and then the "call" or "send" button in an emergency.
  • Explain the seriousness of making the call and that it will result in a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician coming to the scene.
  • Discuss landmarks. If a child doesn’t know their location they should be able to describe their surroundings (street signs, highway mile markers, buildings, etc).
  • Fire Safety

    Laundry Room Safety

    Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But do you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before and after every load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified, licensed professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

  • Prevent Mulch Fires

    Mulch is a combustible material that can be easily ignited by improperly discarded smoking materials. Hundreds of small and large fires are started this way every year. What starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to buildings. A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.

  • Regulations prohibit the new application of mulch within 18"around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl, but not brick or concrete.

  • Use non-combustible mulch such as rock or pea stone around gas meters and combustible portions (wood, vinyl) of your home.
  • If you smoke, remember to properly extinguish and dispose of all smoking materials.
  • Always use appropriate receptacles for disposing of smoking materials and matches
  • Do not discard cigarettes in mulch or potted plants.
  • Be smart in your choice of containers for discarded cigarettes. Consider using metal cans with sand for outdoor disposal.
  • Mulch that is piled more than a few inches high can build up heat and spontaneously catch fire.
  • In many mulch fires, the smoldering mulch tunnels under the surface and then breaks out into open flame.

  • Fire Alarm Ordinance

    Newbury Fire Alarm Ordinance

    The Town of Newbury Alarm Ordinance requires all homeowners and businesses with fire and security alarms that are transmitted to an alarm company central station central station to obtain an alarm permit from the Town of Newbury. The ordinance also specifies that alarm companies that monitor these alarms be permitted by the town. The permit requires complete contact information including local contacts (key holders) for out of town owners, this information is available to dispatch and the fire department so quick access can be gained to the building by someone who has a key in the event of an alarm. The ordinance also specifies that any property that has more than three false alarms in a 12 month period be assessed a fine. The amount of the fine increases for additional alarms once the minimum has been met. Since the ordinance was implemented several years ago, the number of false alarms that Newbury Fire rescue has responded to has significantly been reduced. The permit application process is easy with an on-line application on this website by clicking “Alarm Application” in the green box this page. The Safety Ordinance page provides complete information on the Newbury Alarm Ordinance. You may also update contact information on the website form. There is no charge for the fire alarm permit.

    Alarm Companies Need Permit to Install and Monitor Fire and Security Alarms in Newbury

    Alarm companies that instll, service and monitor fire and security alarms at residences and businesses in the town of Newbury must have a permit from the Newbury Police and Fire Departments.There is no fee for the permit. The Newbury Alarm ordinance requires the permiting of security and fire alarms monitored by an alarm company central station. Under the ordinance, the company that installes, services or monitors an alarm must apply for an Alarm Company Permit.Under the ordinance, unpermitted alarm companies operating in Newbury are subject to a $100 fine.

    Alarm Companies installing alarm systems must inform their customers of the town requirement for an alarm permit and that they can apply on the Newbury Fire department website. The alarm company must also notify the Newbury Fire Department in writing of the owner's name and address of the new alarm installation. The notification can be by fax (603)763-5379, completing the on-line form, or by email

    The Application for a Newbury Alarm Permit is now on line

    There are now two ways to apply for a fire and security alarm permit in Newbury. The permit application can be completed online (click below in the Online Permit Application) and the application will be electronically submitted to the Town of Newbury. You will be contacted when the permit is issued. As in the past, you can still download and print the permit the application in a pdf file and fax to the Newbury Fire Department or drop off at the police department or town office during normal business hours. Please note that if you change alarm companies, a new alarm permit is required. Alarm permits can only be issued for alarm companies that are permitted by the Town of Newbury, applicants should verify that the alarm company has an Alarm Company Permit from the town.

    The on line form can also be used to update your contact information, such as cell and work phone numbers and the names of local contacts that have access to your home if you cannot be reached. If your alarm permit is over two years old, you may need to update your information so that we have the correct phone numbers in an emergency.

    The Town of Newbury Alarm Ordinance requires a permit for all business and residential central station fire and security alarms.

    The Town of Newbury will access fines for central station alarm systems that do not have the alarm permits and for alarm systems that transmit multiple false alarms. Please see a summary of the ordinance on the Ordinance Page

    Click here to fill out a Fire Alarm Permit online

    Click here to download and print the Fire Alarm Permit Application The completed permit applications can be faxed to the Newbury Fire Department at 763-5379

    Proposed New Fire Station

    Links to Information on proposed New Fire Rescue Station

  • Vidio Presentation from January 12, 2019 Public Information Session
  • Town of Newbury Webpage on New Fire Station
  • New Tenant Goucher Arcitects Video on Proposed Fire Station
  • Selectboard Presentation by Tennant Goucher Architects
  • February 5, 2018 Selectboard Presentation by Tennant Goucher Architects
  • Newbury Fire Station Project Background PowerPoint Presentation
  • Tenant Goucher Architects Station Design PowerPoint Presentation
  • Safety Services Building Project 2015-2016 Webpage

  • Newbury Fire Rescue Apparatus
    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    83 Car 1

    83 Car 1 is a 2018 Ford Explorer Interceptor SUV command car. The car is used by the fire chief to respond to fire, emergency medical, rescue and other emergency calls as well as inspections, training and safety details. The car carries communications equipment, a reference library and services as a command post during larger incidents. Also carried is emergency medical and hazardous materials metering equipment.

    Newbury Programs

    Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance

    Please keep in mind that the Town of Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance requires that every home and business in Newbury has a street address posted that is visible from the road. The reason for the ordinance was to assure that emergency responders would be able to locate a property in the event of a medical emergency, fire, or other emergency. This is a good time to take a look at your property from the road to confirm that the number can be seen. If you have difficulty, chances are that emergency responders will not see the address number and be delayed. “Help us to find you so we can help you in an emergency”

    Knox Box

    Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program

    If you own a property in Newbury, are not always available to answer a call for a fire alarm at your property and do not have someone in the area that has a key to provide the Newbury Fire Department with access to your property. please consider installing a Knox Box.

    The Newbury Fire & Rescue Department is part of the “Knox Box” program for emergency building access. A Knox Box is a secure key box containing building keys affixed to the outside of a business or home. If a fire alarm is received or there is a report of other emergency when the building us unoccupied, the fire department utilizes special fire department key, that will open the Knox Box containing the building keys. This eliminates the need to break down doors or windows to enter the building or presume there is no fire when nothing is visible from the outside. The ability to thoroughly inspect a building will enable the responders to locate other problems such as electrical hazards, heating problems and gas and water leaks set off an alarm and could lead to costly other problems if not identified. The Knox Box system is only used to enter a building in the event of a fire department emergency response to an alarm activation or report of an emergency at the location.


    The fire department key is secured in special Knox Box on the truck that can only be opened by authorized personnel and all openings of the box are electronically recorded. Knox Boxes keyed to the Newbury system are purchased by the building owner from the Knox Box company and are installed in accordance with fire department specifications. Knox Boxes are generally installed at locations with Town of Newbury permitted central station fire alarm systems, where the Newbury Police and Fire Departments have emergency contact information. Building owners or their authorized emergency contacts are notified of every alarm notification and when the Knox Box is used to provide emergency personnel with access to the building. Emergency contact Information provided is kept confidential by the police and fire departments.

    New commercial, multi-family (4+), seasonal residences and gated properties are required to have a Knox Box as part of the building permit process.

    Information on the Knox Box system is available on the company’s website, For residential and small business use the Knox Residential 1650 Series surface mount box is used. Other models are available for larger businesses where multiple access keys may be needed, for new construction and other special requirements. Knox Boxes keted to the Newbury Fire Department system can be ordered on line from the Knox Box company or the new Knox Home Box website for residential boxes and the Newbury Fire Department will be notified of your order and install the box when it is received. If you have questions, please contact the department at

    Get the NH Alerts App

    NH Alerts is a free service provided by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Emergency and community messages are initiated by authorized public safety officials at the State level and severe weather warnings are initiated directly by the National Weather Service.

    The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    NH Alerts is used by New Hampshire public safety officials to inform and protect State residents and visitors. The NH Alerts app is free and available at the App Store and Google Play. No registration is required. Users are encouraged to enable their GPS services so the app can deliver location-based multimedia alerts to subscribers within a specific geographic area. Users may visit the NH Alerts app settings to select the alerts they would like to receive.

    The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Click here to go to the Ready NH.Gov NH Alerts website and to download the app
    Code Red

    The Town of Newbury and five other towns in our area have contracted with the CodeRED reverse emergency notification system, which allows the town to call you in an emergency.

    If you received telephone calls or voicemail messages from Code Red in the past, you are registered in the Code Red system and no additional action is needed. You will automatically receive future Code red messages.

    The current CodeRED database comprises commercially-available phone numbers (such as those provided on credit applications) and numbers added directly by residents of the six communities. To ensure that your phone number (including cell phone) is in the database, go to your Town’s website or click here to access the CodeRED Emergency Notification Network update form

    Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and at least a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered. Even if you have an unlisted phone number, you can safely register your phone number in the CodeRED database; the information will not be sold nor will it be used for any purpose other than emergency contact from the town.

    Monthly Features

    Fire Safety Information

    NFPA fire Extinguishers

    Make a Disaster Supplies Kit

    Make a family Emergency Plan

    Emergency Preparedness

    Upcoming Events

    The C-5 business meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM in the New London New London Fire department training Room.

    Community Information


Newbury Fire Department Resident Emergency Information Form In order to better serve the residents of Newbury in the event of a fire, medical or other emergency, the Newbury Fire Department is in process of updating the street listing information. Please complete the attached form for our emergency response database print and mail to the Newbury Fire Department PO Box 373, Newbury NH 03255. We plan to be able to submit the forms electronically in the near future.