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.
On line Alarm Permit Application form.
See information below on registering for the Weather Emergency Contact List
Permits are required from the Newbury Town Clerk for lake ice melting devices.
Download an Aquatherm Permit form.
New Hampshire State law also requires that a "DANGER THIN ICE" sign be posted where these devices are used. See LSPA Dock De-Icer bulletin of information on the ice melters
There are currently no open fireworks permits
Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Complete the on-line application here
Fireworks Permit Request Form
Permits are are required from Forest Fire Warden for all outside burning (Except when the ground is snow covered)
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 Rescue 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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|
2019 starts out like 2018 ended with 42 calls for service during the month of January. See updated monthly Response Summary below.
Newbury Fire Rescue Calls for 2018
For the year 2018, Newbury Fire Rescue set another record year of calls for service. For 2018, there was aa total of 379 calls.The department annual totaol is 10% above the total calls for 2017, which was a record year.Medical calls were 34% of the responses with Service calls number 2 at 21% and vehicle incidents third at 11%
Extreme Cold Precautions
Here are a few reminders to prevent frozen pipes:
If you suspect that a pipe is particularly susceptible to freezing, as an emergency measure, leave water running at a trickle to prevent freezing.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
(Information provided by the American Red Cross)
Newbury Fire Rescue reminds residents to residents to use generators safely.
Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with the exhaust facing away from the building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter the building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.
Never place portable generators on or near combustible surfaces such as decks, porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by the motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.
Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas and garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in minutes injuring occupants with little to no warning.
Allow plenty of time to cool the generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing a flash fire and severe injuries.
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.
Downed Wire Safety
Always use caution around downed wires. Always consider wires lying on the road to be live!
Newbury Fire Rescue responded to a call on Chalk Pond Road for an electrical hazard from wires down in the road caused by a truck that had struck the utility pole. Upon arrival Newbury Fire Rescue units found live wires in the road with cars attempting to drive around the wires. The firefighters closed the road and detoured traffic around the area. The road remained closed while Eversource Electric repaired the wires.
While many people believe that they are safe from electrical shock while in a car because of the rubber tires, they are not. The live wire coming in contact with any metal part of the vehicle can energize the vehicle which could be fatal to the occupants. The electricity could also result in a fire or explosion in the vehicle.
Wood Stove and Fireplace Fire Safety
DIAL 9-1-1 IN EVENT OF EMERGENCY
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.
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:
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.
Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
Portable Fire Extinguishers and Children
NFPA believes that children should not be trained how to operate portable fire extinguishers. Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire. Furthermore, children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher. They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads. NFPA continues to believe that only adults who know how to operate portable fire extinguishers should use them.
In the Kitchen
Safe Home Heating
|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 email@example.com
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|
Public Bond Hearing on Fire Rescue Facility: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Newbury Town office Links to Information on proposed New Fire Rescue Station
Public Bond Hearing on Fire Rescue Facility: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Newbury Town office
Links to Information on proposed New Fire Rescue Station
|Newbury Fire Rescue 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 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”
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 www.knoxbox.com, 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 Knoxbox.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Fire Safety 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.|