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

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)

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

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    Newbury Fire Rescue thanks Newbury Residents who supported the new fire rescue building at Newbury Town Meeting.

    Although the warrent article was supported by a majority of the voters at Town Meeting, it failed by 15 votes to reach the 2/3 majority vote required to pass a bond article.

    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

    2019 starts out like 2018 ended with 42 calls for service during the month of January and 26 in February for a total of 68 for the first two months of the year.. 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%

    2017 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    2018 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    2019 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary


    Change your smoke amd carbon monoxide batteries when you change your clocks on March 10

    Daylight savings time starts March 10, be sure to replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. If the smoke detector is more than ten years old or the carbon monoxide detector is over seven years old replace the entire unit

    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


  • 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.


    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
    Fire extinguishers

    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.

    Safety tips

    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:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
  • 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.

    Here are some important ways to keep your home safe from fire. Make these a top priority.

    In the Kitchen

  • Cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Take these steps today to prevent a cooking fire in your home:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food. Keep things that can burn away from your cooking area.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so they won’t get bumped.
  • Safe Home Heating

  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. You can prevent a heating fire with these simple steps:
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, wood stoves, portable heaters, and radiators.
  • When you leave a room or go to bed, turn heaters off or unplug them.
  • Have your furnace, chimney, and chimney connector inspected by a professional each winter. Make repairs before cool weather sets in.
  • Home Protection

  • Fire prevention is important, but also make sure you and your home are protected.
  • Put working smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test your alarms each month.
  • Create and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.

  • 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

    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

  • 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.