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

Fax (603) 763-5379

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

Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents

  • Newbury Fire Department Overview
  • News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Monthly Features
  • Newbury Fire Department Activity
  • Newbury Fire Department History
  • Newbury Fire Department Information
  • 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 2013 and prior years
  • 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
  • Town of Newbury Website

    Newbury Map

    Newbury Fire Department Information

    New Members Wanted

    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

    911 Mapping to start September 8

    Representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Safety 911 Emergency Communications Department will be in Newbury starting September 8, 2014 to conduct E-911 mapping of the Town of Newbury. This mapping will provide for more accurate dispatching of emergency fire, police and ambulance response to the residents of the town of Newbury. The mapping crew will be in Newbury until the project is complete which could take several weeks.

    Residents with questions on the mapping or the mapping crew should contact Newbury Fire Chief Henry E Thomas.

    Be Informed

    Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency

    Myth: I don’t need to worry about disasters where I live.

    Emergency preparedness is not only for Californians, Midwesterners and Gulf Coast residents. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before to areas with different hazard risks than at home.

    Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Use this site to learn about potential emergencies that can happen and how to prepare for and respond to them.

    Basic Protective Measures for All Hazards

    Some basic protective actions are similar across many different hazards:

  • Physical safety is a concern for all hazards and may involve sheltering or evacuating.
  • Develop a family communications plan
  • Make an emergency supply kit to be prepared for any type of disaster.
  • Learn about receiving emergency alerts and local emergency plans for shelter and evacuation, local emergency contacts, and local advance alerts and warnings.
  • When recovering from a disaster, safety as well as mental and physical well-being must be considered.

    Disaster Specific Preparedness

    There are important differences among potential emergencies that should impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.

    This site contains the following helpful information for each type of disaster:
  • How to plan with your household and prepare in advance so you are ready
  • Signs of hazardous events that come with very little warning
  • How to protect your household during the disaster
  • Begin recovery following the initial disaster

    Learn this information for each type of disaster that could affect you:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Technological & Accidental Hazards
  • Terrorist Hazards
  • Pandemics
  • Home Fires

    Town of Newbury Information

    Knox Box

    Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program

    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 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

    Outside Burning, Fireplaces and Burn Permits

    Outside burn permits are required by the State of New Hampshire from the Newbury Forest Fire Wardens for any outside burning. This includes burning of brush as well as fire pits and other outside fireplaces. Please visit the New Hampshire Department of Forests and Lands website for complete information on the requirements for burn permits.

    Seasonal burn permits issued for fireplace, chimineas and fire pits are required to be renewed annually Please apply for the 2014 permit. Please remember that fire pits chimineas and outside fireplaces must be at least 25 feet from any structure and Have no limbs or other burnable material to a height of 10 feet above the fireplace area. Gas grills or charcoal fires in a container up and off the ground on your own property do not require a fire permit.

    Although not requiring a permit, the New Hampshire State Fire Marshall recommends that gas grills shall be at least three feet from any combustibles, such as, your house, porch railings etc. The grill shall never be used under any overhang of the building, including the garage, breezeway, carport or porch. Gas grills are not permitted on balconies or decks or multi-family residences.

    Please contact a warden to apply for a permit. For a burn permit application, please contact

  • Forest Fire Warden, Dave Smith at 938-5925,
  • Deputy Forest Fire Warden, Mike Croteau at 763-2679
  • Fire Chief Henry Thomas at 344-9381 or by emailing him at
  • Applications for burn permits should be submitted 48 hours to the day of the burning and are subject to weather conditions

    The issuance of all burn permits is subject to the applicant being in compliance with the Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance. The Forest Fire Warden, will verify the street numbering, prior to the issuance of the burn permit.

    Town of Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance

    All buildings in the Town of Newbury shall have the street address number of the building posted in a location that is clearly visible from the road during all seasons of the year. For buildings not readily visible from the street the assigned street number(s) shall be conspicuously displayed at the point of entry to the property. Street address numbers posted on mail boxes meet the requirement of this ordinance if the mail box is on the same side of the street as the building and is located in close proximity of the driveway to the building. Numbers placed on mailboxes shall be visible from both directions of travel and in accordance with the U.S. Postal Service requirements.

    These numbers will be at least four inches high and in a contrasting color from the background or shall be reflective so that they can be seen during hours of darkness with the lights on emergency vehicles. Buildings on corner lots shall have an address number visible from the street that the building is addressed on.

    The issuance of approvals and permits by town boards and commissions, Town of Newbury Code Enforcement Officer, Health Officer, Fire Department, Police Department, Highway Department and Town Clerk shall be subject to the property owner’s compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance.

    All new or substantially renovated commercial, institutional (including educational, nursing, child and elderly care facilities), places of assembly, seasonal residential and multi-family (4+) residential buildings with common secured access doors and buildings with automatic fire sprinkler systems constructed after the effective date of this ordinance shall be equipped with a Knox Box prior to the occupancy permit. Other residential properties are encouraged but not required to have a Knox Box installed.

    Notices of Violation for non-compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance shall be issued by the Newbury Police Department, Newbury Fire Department, Code Enforcement Officer or Highway Administrator.

    Any person who violates a provision of the Street Numbering Ordinance shall be guilty of a violation for each offense. A notice of violation shall be issued to the issued to the property owner providing 30 days from the date of notice to bring the property into compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance.

    After 30 days of the violation the property will be re-inspected. A finding of continued non-compliance shall be subject to a fine of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) for the violation.

    After 60 days of non-compliance am additional fine of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) will be levied.

    Any property owner who shall affix or display upon a structure any number other than that assigned to or pursuant to this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation penalty of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00)

    Please send questions on the requirements of the Street Numbering Ordinance to the Newbury Fire department at

    Fire Alarm Ordinance

    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.

    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 below.

    Click here to fill out a Fire Alarm Permit online
    Click here to download and print the Fire Alarm Permit Application

    Permit applications can be faxed to the Newbury Fire Department at 763-5379

    Town of Newbury Alarm Ordinance Summary

    All alarms installed in the town pursuant to this chapter shall conform to the standards set forth in state law, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 National Fire Alarm Code, the National Electrical Code and the codes published by the International Building Code (IBC). Permitted central stations shall comply with NFPA 71.

    Alarm Permit Required

    • The Newbury Police and Fire Chiefs are authorized to issue a permit to any owner of property located within the town or the lessee thereof to maintain, install and modify a fire, burglary, holdup or intrusion alarm system upon application.
    • Applicants for alarm permits shall have and agree to maintain street addrss signs on the property that are visiable from the street as required by town ordinance.
    • Dialer-type alarms that are operated by a prerecorded message machine are not authorized to be used at the police and fire departments. Alarms which monitor temperature, humidity and any other condition not directly related to the detection or notification of emergency personnel are specifically excluded from this chapter.
    • Applications for Security and Fire Alarm Permits and Central Station Company permits shall be submitted to the Newbury Police Department, 952 Route 103, Newbury, NH 03255. Application forms are available at the Police Department, Town Office and may be downloaded from the Town of Newbury Website
    • There shall be no fee for the alarm system installation permit issued by the police and fire departments.
    • Any owner or lessee of property having an alarm system on the premises and any user of alarm services or equipment designed and installed with the intent of eliciting an emergency response shall pay to the town a service charge as set scheduled below.
    • Any central station, answering service or proprietary system that in any manner notifies the police or fire departments of an alarm signal from an alarm system of an alarm user who does not possess an alarm user's permit or whose permit has been suspended, revoked or denied shall be charged a penalty as listed below. Penalties, for each notification made to the town.


    Penalties for violations of the Fire Alarm Ordinance shall be as follows:

    (1) Operating an alarm without a valid permit . . . $100.00

    (2) Operating an alarm when a permit has been suspended or revoked . . . $100.00

    (3) False alarm penalties Fire Alarms

    • Any owner or lessee or person in control of property having an alarm system on the premises and any user of alarm services or equipment designed and installed with the intent of eliciting an emergency response shall pay to the town a service charge of $250.00 for each and every false alarm to which the fire department responds after the initial response within a seven-day period. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to correct any and all problems resulting in the activation of false alarms
    • Fourth false fire alarm in a year . . . $100.00
    • Fifth false fire alarm in a year. …. . $200.00
    • Sixth and successive false fire alarms in a year . . . $300.00

    (4) Central Station, answering service or proprietary system notification of an alarm not possessing a valid permit . . . $100.00

    Click here for full Town of Newbury Fire Alarm Ordinance

    Newbury Fireworks Regulations

    Permits are Required for Fireworks in Newbury

    The use of fireworks in the Town of Newbury is regulated by Town Ordinance. Fireworks permits are required and issued by the Newbury Fire Department under the conditions specified in the ordinance. The Newbury Fireworks Ordinance provides for fines of $250 per violation for anyone using fireworks in Newbury without a Fireworks Permit. There is no fee for a fireworks permit.

    The state law requires that only the property owners and individuals over 21 years of age with written permission of the property owner may display fireworks on a property. The New Hampshire Department of Safety requires a “Water Events Permit” for any fireworks displays that are over the water, and therefore a state permit is required for a Newbury Fireworks Permit to be issued for an over the water fireworks display. For a Fireworks permit to be issued the properly must be in compliance with the Newbury Street Numbering ordinance(see below).

    The ordinance specifies a safety zone of 100 feet between the fireworks display and any structure or property lot line. Because of this requirement, a fire department inspection of the site where the fireworks are going to be displayed as well as the verification of street address numbering may be required before a permit will be issued.

    Permits will not be issued in conditions of high fire danger when outside burn permits would not be issued or when the warden determines that conditions are not appropriate. Fireworks are not permitted in certain areas of Newbury and a permit cannot be issued for a location in one of these areas. Fireworks Permits will not be issued for fireworks displays after 10:00 PM, as the Newbury Public Conduct (Noise) Ordinance prohibits fireworks after that hour

    Permits will be issued 24-48 hours prior to the fireworks display. An inspection of the display location may be required. Please allow sufficient time prior to the event to apply for and receive the fireworks permit.

    Permits may be obtained at no charge from the Newbury Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Wardens.

  • Dave Smith, Forest Fire Warden 938-5925
  • Henry Thomas Fire Chief 344-9381 email:
  • Ken Burnell, Deputy Warden763-4962
  • Mike Croteau, Deputy Warden763-2679

    Applications for fireworks permits may completed on the Newbury Fire Department website using our online form and also at the Newbury Police Department during business hours 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Applications take 24 hours to process.

    Fire Prevention and Safety Information

    Dock Electrical Safety

    The Newbury Fire Department recommends that all residents who have swimming pools, boat houses, docks or that keep their boat at a boat club or community dock check the condition of any electric wiring around the pool or on the dock. There have been a number of news reports recently about electric shock drowning (EDS) where people have died or been seriously injured from electric current in the water. These injuries occurred from 120-volt alternating current (AC) leakage in a pool or from nearby boats or docks electrocuted or incapacitated swimmers in fresh water.

    In several of the cases the victim of the ESD was resuscitated by bystanders performing CPR, (everyone should take a CPR class)

    If you suspect that someone is the victim of electric shock drowning,

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Turn off the shore power connection and unplug shore power cords
  • Do not become a victim, yourself by going in the water, throw a life ring or reach to the person with a non-metallic pole to get them out of the water.
  • Is the person is not breathing and does not have a pulse perform CPR

    Things to remember:

  • Never swim within 100 yards of any dock using electrical power, post “No Swimming” or “Electrical shock hazard risk swim at your own risk” signs on docks with electrical power.
  • Have a licensed electrician install any wiring on a dock to meet the National Electrical Code and National Fire Protection Association standards and have the wiring inspected annually.
  • Have UL Marine Listed Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) installed on the dock and test monthly.
  • Do not use common household extension cords to provide power to a boat or dock. Use only UL Marine Listed shore power cords. Do not use damaged cords.
  • If you question the safety of your dock’s electrical system immediately turn off the power supply at the electrical panel and do not turn it back on until it is checked by an electrician.
  • Metal docks and metal dock frames should have “bonded jumpers” on them to connect all metal parts to a ground rod on the shore.
  • Never dive off a boat that is plugged into shore power

    Even if you have done everything to ensure the electrical safety of your dock, neighboring docks can still pose a shock hazard. Discuss the hazards of electrical shock drowning with your neighbors to ensure that their dock electrical system complies with the code and has been inspected.

    Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings (2008–2010)
  • An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months,peaking in January at 11 percent.
  • Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

    For many households and other establishments, the clothes dryer is an indispensable convenience and necessity. However, damaging fires can occur if clothes dryers are not properly installed and maintained. Eightyfour percent of clothes dryer fires that occurred in buildings took place in residential buildings.1, 2 Because the residential building portion of these fires predominates, the primary focus of this analysis addresses the characteristics of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The focus is on fires reported from 2008 to 2010, the most recent data available at the time of this analysis.

    From 2008 to 2010, fire departments responded to an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings each year across the Nation.3 These fires resulted in an annualaverage loss of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

    For the purpose of this report, the term “clothes dryer fires” is synonymous with “clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.” “Clothes dryer fires” is used throughout the body of this report; the findings, tables, charts, headings, and footnotes reflect the full category, “clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.”

    The Hows and Whys of a Clothes Dryer Fire

    A clothes dryer works by forcing hot air through a turning drum. Wet clothes placed in the drum are then dried by moving hot air. It is possible for a full load of wet clothes to contain as much as one and a half gallons of water. Lint, consisting mostly of small fibers from the clothes and debris in or on the clothes, is created from the clothes as the clothes tumble in the drum. While much of the lint is trapped by the dryer’s filter, lint is also carried through the vent system along with moist air. Lint is a highly combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can pose a potential fire hazard.

    In addition to the accumulation of lint, blockage in dryer exhaust vents also can occur from the nests of small birds or other animals or from damages to the venting system itself.

    A compromised vent will not exhaust properly to the outside.As a result, overheating may occur and a fire may ensue.

    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    83 Boat 1

    The Newbury Fire Department operates 83-Boat 1, a 24 ft Winninghoff Star aluminum Fire/Rescue boat on Lake Sunapee. The boat has a 2010 Darly 550 gpm pump that can operate from the boat or supply water to the engines on shore. It has a remote control master stream deck gun, that enables the firefighters to control this firefighting equipent that is capable of shooting a stream of water several hundred feet onto a fire from the safety of the boat's cabin. The boat is the only fireboat on the lake and provides mutual aid fire protection and rescue support to the towns of Sunapee and New London. The boat is kept at the department's dock in Newbury Harbor, near the information booth on Route 103, about 1/4 mile from the fire station. It is in service on Lake Sunapee from early May through November.

    Newbury Programs
    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.

    If you do not have internet access, please call Denise Sherrill at the Town Office (763-4940 x201) and she will enter the information for you.

    Monthly Features

    Fire Safety Information

    Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

    Smoke Alarms

    Learn About Home Escape Plans

    Make a Disaster Supplies Kit

    Make a family Emergency Plan

    Fire Safety and Prevention Fact Sheets

    Road Bridge Carrying Capacities

    Weight of Aerosol Container Contents

    Wall and Ceiling Covering Flame Spread Classifications

    Qualified LPG Containers

    Fire-Resistive Construction Repairs

    Hollow Core Concrete Panels
    Upcoming Events

    The C-5 business meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM in the New London Hospital Weber Conference Room.

    Upcoming EMS Classes at New London Hospital
    Click here for complete New London Hospital EMS class schedule

    Contact Pam Drewniak at 526-5501 for information

    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.