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

newburyfire@gmail.com

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





​​Newbury Fire Rescue Permit Information
Fireworks Permits Issued
No open Fireworks Permits 

Expired Permits 
July 13, 2019: 155 Bay Point Road

 

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

Fireworks Permit Request Form


Permit applications must be submitted 48 hours prior to the display and new permits are subject to a display site inspection.

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


In consideration for neighbors, fireworks permits cannot be issued for non-holiday weeknights.
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Permitted Fireworks locations are listed in this page
Any other fireworks displays do not have a permit from the Town of Newbury.
Please report locations of unauthorized fireworks displays on the Fireworks Complaint Form


Outside Burning Permits are Required 

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

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

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

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

 

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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    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


    Newbury Fire Rescue Response Information

    Newbury Fire Rescue Calls for First Half of 2019

    Newbury Fire Rescue responded to 178 calls for service in the first half of 2019. The six month total is 10% above the same period in 2018, which was a record year. As was the case last year, this is an average of a call for service per day for the on-call fire rescue department with no full time employees. Medical calls were 28% of the total, down from 32% last year. Vehicle incident were 18% of the calls, up from 15% in 2018. If the calls continue at the current pace, 2019 could equal or exceed last year’s record total.


    2018 Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary

    2019 Year to Date Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary


    News
    Newbury Fireworks Regulations & Information

    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.

    Because of public input at the Newbury Town Meeting and other public meetings, the Newbury Fire Department is increasing its focus on the enforcement of the Fireworks Ordinance. Individuals who do not obtain the required permit and those who do not follow the requirements of the ordinance, which does not permit fireworks after 10:00 PM will be subject to the fine. In many cases the Newbury Fire Department is not informed of the illegal fireworks activity. To improve communications, we are continuing the policy of posting the address of permitted fireworks on the website. A new reporting form is now available on the website that lets residents report unpermitted fireworks directly to the Newbury Fire Department. All of the reports received will be investigated and a listing will be set up to focus on areas of repeated fireworks ordinance violations. Please use this form to report fireworks displays (not posted as having a permit) in your neighborhood.

    A listing of the addresses of the fireworks permits that have been issued will be posted on this website. Fireworks displays that are not listed have not been permitted and should be reported using the Unpermitted Fireworks Reporting form.

    This form is for fire department investigations only, fireworks hazards and emergencies should be reported by calling 911. No fireworks displays are permitted after 10:00 PM, please use this form to inform the fire department of late night displays.

    Questions and comments on fireworks and the reporting form may be emailed to the Newbury Fire Department email: newburyfire@gmail.com

    Fireworks Permit Requirements

    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 displayed from a boat or raft 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 permits are issued for weekend and holiday evenings. Fireworks are not permitted in certain areas of Newbury (Blodgett Landing & Chalk Pond) 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 Newbury Fire Rescue.

  • Henry E. Thomas Jr., Fire Chief 344-9381 email: newburyc1@aol.com
  • Wayne Whitford, Fire Prevention 748-1583 email: newburyfire@gmail.com

    Applications for fireworks permits may completed on the Newbury Fire Department website using our online Fireworks Permit Application form (You will be contaced by phone to schedule a time for an inspection) Fireworks Permit Applications are 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.


    Permits are required for outside burning

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

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

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


    Fire Permits are broken down into four Categories

    Category I Fire

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

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

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

    Category II Fire

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

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

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

    Specifications for camp or cooking fires Category II

    Category III Fire

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

    Category IV Fire

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

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


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

  • Henry Thomas Fire Chief, Newbury Fire Department 344-9381 e-mail: newburyc1@aol.com
  • Dave Smith, Forest Fire Warden 938-5925
  • Mike Croteau, Deputy Warden 763-2679
  • Wayne Whitford, Fire Prevention; 748-1583 newburyfire@gmail.com


    State Outside Buring Informaton

    Outside Fireplace Bulletin

    Fire Law Brochure

    Category I & II Specifications

    Category IV Commercial Permits

    Campfire Brochure


    Search and Rescue Training

    Newbury Fire Rescue hosted a wilderness search and rescue class presented by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer, Kevin Bronson. Officer Bronson covered search techniques and discussed a number of White Mountain searches that Fish and Game had participated in.

    In addition to Newbury Fire Rescue personnel, Newbury Police, Bradford Fire, Sunapee Fire and Wilmot Fire members attended the training.

    Conservation Officer Bronson is featured in the Northwoods Law TV series.


    If you See Something, Say Something

    Police report that there have been incidents of vandalism and theft on property in our area. Please report all suspicious activity to the police as soon as possible, provide as much information as you can safely get. Never hesitate to call police on anything that you feel needs their attention.


    HikeSafe Hiker Responsibility Code

    Be safe when hiking in Newbury

    You are responsible for:

  • Knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
  • To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you’ll return and your emergency plans.
  • To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
  • To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
  • For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
  • To share the hiker code with others.
  • Fire Safety

    Yard Power Tool Safety

    Power tools present the danger of fire and serious injury if not operated properly. Please be safe with lawn mowers, saws, trimmers, leaf blowers and other tools.

  • Always use Fire Marshal Approved gasoline containers for fuel
  • Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck bed with a plastic bed liner.
  • Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
  • Never smoke when filling the gas tank
  • Never keep gasoline in the house or fill gas tank indoors.
  • Wipe up gasoline spills immediately and do not attempt to start the engine but move the machine away from the area of spillage and avoid creating any source of ignition until fuel vapors have dissipated.
  • Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool, before refueling.
  • Never add fuel in a garage or basement
  • Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as near a water heater or other appliances.
  • Never run gasoline power tools in a basement or attached garage
  • Be sure to completely read the safety information contained in the operator’s manual
  • Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
  • Do not allow children anywhere near the area of operation.
  • Use only recommended, grounded extension cords for electric tools
  • Charge batteries for power tools in a well ventilated area
  • 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 newburyfire@gmail.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

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    Proposed New Fire Station


    Links to Information on proposed New Fire Rescue Station

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

  • Newbury Fire Rescue Apparatus
    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    83 Boat 1

    The Newbury Fire Department also operates 83-Boat 1, a 24 ft Winninghoff Star aluminum Fire/Rescue boat on Lake Sunapee. The boat has a new 2010 Darly 550 gpm pump that can operate from the boat or supply water to the engines on shore.In 2012 the boat was upgraded with a new 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

    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”


    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 newburyfire@gmail.com, 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


    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.

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    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 newburyfire@gmail.com


    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.

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    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.