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 Rescue Permit Information
 lt is the not too early to request seasonal outside burning permits for 2018.

Permits are not required for outside burning when the ground is covered with snow.

Click here for the state requirements and information on applying for Outside Burn Permits. 

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

Fireworks Permits
No Open Permits
Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Complete the on-line application here Fireworks Permit Request Form


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

Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update
 Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line.
Complete the On line
alarm application form.

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 2017 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

  • Newbury Map

    Newbury Fire Rescue is now on Facebook

    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

    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.


    2017 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    2018 Year to date Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    Proposed New Fire Station

    Links to Information on proposed new Fire Station

  • 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

  • News

    A new record was set in January by Newbury Fire Rescue for the number of calls in one month.

    Newbury Fire Rescue had a total of 52 calls for service during the month of January, surpassing the previous monthly record of 44 and well above the average monthly call volume of 28.

    The snow, ice and extreme cold weather drove up the call volume with numerous calls for trees and wires down, vehicle crashes, frozen pipes and flooding and welfare checks on elderly residents. At a rate of almost two calls per day, the on call department with no full time staff was stretched thin.

    This record month follows the year 2017, which set a new all time call volume record for a year.

    Newbury Fire Rescue Responds to call for ATVs through the ice on Lake Sunapee.

    Two ATVs with three riders fell through thin ice near the Sunapee State Beach on Sunday afternoon. The riders were out of the water at the beach when Rescue 1 and New London Ambulance arrived and were not injured. They were cold and were put in the rescue truck to warm up until relatives arrived to pick them up. The owners of the ATVs were making arrangements to have the vehicles pulled from the bottom of the lake.

    Fire Chief Henry Thomas, reminds anyone going on the ice that the drastic changes in temperature over the last month has resulted in areas of thin ice which are dangerous, especially for vehicles.

    Icy roads keeping Newbury Fire Rescue busy.

    Two heavy wreckers were called to right a box truck that rolled onto its side in an early morning crash on Route 103 at Southgate Rd while Newbury Car 1, Rescue 1 and the police remained on scene until the truck was towed.

    Ambulance roll over

    Newbury Engine 3, Rescue 1 and car 1 responded to an ambulance roll over on Route 103A at Chalk Pond road in a snowstorm. None of the occupants of the private out of town ambulance were injured

    Springfield Four Alarm Industrial Building Fire

    Newbury Fire Rescue Engines 2 and 3 with seven firefighters responded to a fire in an 750 X 300 mill building at the Durgin and Crowell lumber company in Springfield. The fire brought in 20 fire departments and more than 75 firefighters from as far away as Grafton, Hanover, Lebanon and Hopkinton. Firefighter were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings on the property.

    Firefighters batted the blaze on January 3rd, which was reported around 7:00 pm until most of the fire was knocked down after 2:00 am. Springfield, Sunapee and New London firefighters remained on scene into the day on Thursday pouring water onto the collapsed building..No one was injured in the fire.

    2017 Was a record year for Newbury Fire Rescue.

    Newbury Fire rescue responded to 343 calls for service in 2017, which was 24% above the 2016 total calls of 284 and 15% above the previous record year of 291 calls in 2014. See the listing of calls above

    The on-call department responded to an average of 28 calls per month compared to 24 in 2016.

    Medical calls accounted for 33% of the total calls, with service calls (primarily from severe weather) at 16%. Motor vehicle Incidents came in as the third highest category at 15%.

    Another hazard of the extended extreme cold temperatures is frozen pipes. Newbury Fire Rescue has already responded to one frozen pipe call and more can be expected.

    Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

    Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

    Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

    How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

    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

  • Newbury Children's Christmas Party a Big Success.

    About 40 children, their parents and grandparents attended the annual Newbury Fire Rescue annual Christmas party on December 17th at the Newbury Safety Services Building. Santa arrived on Engine 4 and handed out presents to the children.

    Many of the attendees likely thought that it was part of the show, when Rescue 1 and four emergency medical service personnel left the party with lights and siren when they had to respond to a medical call during the party.

    Extreme Cold Weather Safety Information

    Watch for Frostbite

    Frostbite can happen in minutes, especially on the extremities such as fingers, toes, nose and ears but can affect any area of exposed skin.If you suspect frostbite, immediately move inside to a heated location and begin warming the affected areas using warm water or body heat. Do not use hot water or radiant heat such as a fireplace since affected areas can be easily burned. Seek medical attention for severe frostbite.

    Frostbite happens when the body's survival mechanisms kick in during extremely cold weather. To protect the vital inner organs, the body cuts circulation to your extremities: feet, hands, nose, etc., which eventually freeze. To avoid frostbite, stay inside during severe cold, especially when the windchill is -50°F or below. If you must go out, try to cover every part of your body: ears, nose, toes and fingers, etc. Mittens are better than gloves. Keep your skin dry. Stay out of the wind when possible. Drink plenty of fluids since hydration increases the blood's volume, which helps prevent frostbite. Avoid caffeine, alchohol and cigarette. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, preventing warming of your extremities. Alcohol reduces shivering, which helps keep you warm. Cigarettes shut off the blood flow to your hands. Below are indicators of frostbite:

    Beware of Hypothermia

    When your body temperature sinks below 96°F, you have hypothermia, a serious health hazard that occurs when body temperature is lowered to much. Get medical attention immediately. Move the victim inside to a heated location and begin warming the center of the body first. If the person is unconscious, administer CPR.

    Hypothermia can occur in temperatures as warm as 60°F, particularly in water or with if you are outside a long time and not dressed for the weather. Of the approximately 1,300 people the CDCP lists as being killed by hypothermia each year, most are seniors, according to the National Institute of Aging, but some are children and young adults. Everyone needs to be careful. Some medicines, problems with circulation, and certain illnesses may reduce your ability to resist hypothermia. As you age, your body becomes less efficient at letting you know when you are too cold. In addition, older people tend not to shiver effectively, one of the ways the body warms itself up. Remember these tips to help prevent hypothermia:

    Dress in layers

    Wrap up well when going outside in the cold.

    Avoid breezes and drafts indoors.

    Eat nutritious food and wear warm clothes to ward off winter chill.

    Wear a warm hat in the winter.

    Eat hot foods and drink warm drinks several times during the day.

    If you live alone, ask a family member of neighbor to check on you daily or have a camera installed that a family member can view on their computer.

    Ask your doctor if any medicine you're taking increases your risk of hypothermia. Drugs that may cause a problem include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine, and tricyclic antidepressants.

    If your temperature is 96°F or less, you feel cold and sluggish, or are having trouble thinking clearly, see your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. It's better to be overly cautious than to die of a disorder that doesn't have to be deadly.

    Ice Prevention Bubblers Require Permits

    This is just a reminder for residents who own lakefront property and operate the ice prevention bubblers around their docks or boat houses. New Hampshire law requires that these aquatherm bubblers be permitted by the local town clerk. The permit fee is 50 cents. An application can be downloaded from the Newbury Website or picked up at the Town Clerk’s office. The law also requires that a "DANGER THIN ICE' sign be posted on the dock.

    State law (RSA270.33) requires that "DANGER THIN ICE" signs are posted where these ice melting devices are installed. The sign must be visible in all directions from a distance of 150 feet from the dock where the device is installed.

    The permit location listing is provided to the Newbury Fire Department to indicate where there may be thin ice or open water on the lake in case of a rescue. The information also lists locations where firefighting water may be pumped from the lake.

    For additional information on dock de-icers, See the Lake Sunapee Protectve Association informational bulletins

    Fire Safety
    State of New Hampshire Requirements for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Rental Properties

    Requirements for Smoke Alarms


    When They Are Required:

    Multi-unit dwellings and rental units shall be equipped with automatic fire warning devices. (3)

    Locations of Installation:

    Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:

    (1) On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.

    (2) In each room used for sleeping purposes.

    (3) In each story within a dwelling unit, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split-levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level. (4)

    Powering the Detectors:

    New and Existing Construction:

    All automatic fire warning devices in multi-unit dwellings, and all rental units shall be powered by the house electrical service (hardwired.) (5)

    Required Interconnection of the Detectors:

    New Construction and Existing Construction:

    When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit or sleeping unit the smoke alarms shall be interconnected in such a manner that the activation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all bedrooms with all intervening doors closed and also taking into account any ambient noise. Interconnection within the unit is required, not within the building. Wireless interconnection systems are permitted. (4) (6)

    Requirements for Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CMD)

    A CMD must be installed in every rental unit. A rental unit is defined as:

    “any residential unit in a building or single family dwelling which provides permanent or transient living facilities for one or more persons, which is occupied by tenants on a rental basis. This term shall include but not be limited to: hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, duplex units, rooms rented out of the home of another, and single family dwellings, so long as they are rented.”


    NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment and The International Residential Code address the location of carbon monoxide detectors. Detectors should be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate area of the bedrooms.

    Please contact Newbury Fire Rescue newburyfire@gmail.comfor additional information on the requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

    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

    Fire Prevention and Safety Information

    Wood Stove and Foreplace Fire Safety


  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.

    Wood Stove

  • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    Newbury Engine 4, is a Multipurpose Workhorse

    As trucks go Engine 4 is small, built on a Ford F550 4-wheel drive chassis. The truck has a 250 gallons per minute compressed air foam pump and the truck’s small size and 4WD lets it get into places that the large engines can’t access, especially in winter. The pump and ladders are just a part of the truck’s capabilities.

    Engine 4 carries a full medical kit and AED and is responds to medical calls when the rescue is on another call. This truck carry’s the department’s rescue equipment, such as the Jaws of Life and blocking and stabilizing equipment. Engine 4 carries gas meters for testing for carbon monoxide and other hazardous materials.

    Other equipment includes a chain saw, generator & lights and various hand tools. The truck responds on fire calls, motor vehicle collisions, rescues, wires down, hazardous materials incidents, medical calls, and any other calls that may come in.

    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 Vehicle fire safety

    NFPA Propane fire safety

    NFPA fire Extinguishers

    NFPA Hoarding and fire safety

    Rural fire safety

    Older adults

    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.