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
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
Aquatherm Permits are required from the Town Clerk for lake ice melting devices.
"Danger Thin Ice" are required where the ice melting devices are in use 
See information on the Amended RSA on these devices 
Fireworks Permits Issued
No Current Permits 
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 this year or 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..

Outside Burning Permits are Required 

Permits are are required from Forest Fire Warden for all outside burning as ling as the ground is not covered with snow.

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.

Knox HomeBox is 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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    Weather Emergency Contact List

    The Newbury Fire Rescue 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


    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 ten months of 2019

    Newbury Fire Rescue responded to 297 calls for service in the first ten months of 2019. The January through October total is about the same period in 2018, (291) 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 36% of the total. Vehicle incident were 14% of the calls, about the same as 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

    Permits are required from the town clerk for lake ice melting devices

    With the cold weather hear and the freezing of the lakes not too far away, residents who have lakefront properties are required of the state requirements for lake ice melting devices. In July 2019 the legislature amended RSA 270.33 Heating, Agitating or Other Devices in Public Waters, Safety Hazard and RSA 270:34, Registration Required. A copy of the statutes is found below.

    The highlights of the RSA are as follows:

  • Permit is required from the town clerk (.50 fee)
  • The device shall not impede either the ingress or egress to or from the ice from any property other than that of the owner of the device
  • Danger Thin Ice Signs shall be posted visible 150 ft. from all directions
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    The law requires property owners to limit the amount of open water along their property to that necessary to protect docks and boat houses. Open water and thin ice can be a hazard to the public and is dangerous to people using the ice for recreation. The registration of these devices with the town clerk provides Newbury Fire Rescue with the location of the open water and thin ice, in the event that a rescue is required for someone who has fallen through the ice.

    If you are operating these ice melting devices, please consider those melters that have a timer or a thermostat that will only operate when necessary. Please contact the Newbury Conservation Commission, or town clerk if you have questions.


    Keep Safe and Warm This Winter

    The temperature outside has dropped and New Hampshire families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, heating equipment is involved in more than 60,000 reported U.S. home structure fires per year and New Hampshire is no exception.

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    Portable Heaters

  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep anything combustible at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets. Never plug a portable heater into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off when going to bed or leaving the room.
  • Fireplaces

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in the fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before going to sleep or leaving the home.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least ten feet from the home.
  • Wood & Pellet Stoves

  • Have a qualified professional install, (inspect each year) stove, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
  • Make sure the stove is three feet away from anything combustible.
  • In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least ten feet from the home.

  • Permits are required for outside burning as long as the ground is not covered with snow

    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

    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


    Winter Safety tips

  • Develop and practice an evacuation plan ahead of a severe weather event. Include a plan for pets and add any transportation routes and destinations in the plan. Prepare an emergency supplies kit for both family members and pets ahead of time to take with you. Be prepared to evacuate when authorities tell you to do so.
  • Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay away from the area and report any downed lines to authorities immediately.
  • If you evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.
  • Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters and emergency medical will be able to find you.

  • Tips for Driving in Snowy Weather

    By preparing beforehand and being alert to hazards on the road, you can better protect yourself while driving in the winter.

    Winter driving safety begins before you even leave your house. This checklist can help even the most experienced driver master the three Ps of safe winter driving (according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration): prepare for the trip, protect yourself and prevent crashes on the road.

    1. Prepare before you hit the road

  • Plan your route. First, check weather and traffic reports to plan the safest way to go, giving yourself extra time as needed.2,1 Make sure to share your travel plans with friends or family.1
  • Stock up. Charge your cellphone and pack the charger.2 Assemble a cold-weather kit with blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes and boots. Remember to have your usual car emergency kit ready, too, along with a windshield brush and scraper, shovel and road salt. For electric and hybrid cars, keep gas in the vehicle to support the engine. You may need more electricity – and fuel – than anticipated.3
  • Get your vehicle ready. Fill up your gas tank, your windshield washer fluid and antifreeze (bringing extra). Check your tire pressure and tread. Ensure your windshield wipers and headlights work. Then, clear your lights, windows, hood, sensors and roof of any snow, ice or frost. If you have an electric or hybrid car, plug in your vehicle as often as possible when parked.3

    2. Protect yourself with winter driving tips

  • Slow down. Avoid sudden braking and don’t use cruise control.2 It takes longer to stop on snow and ice, so keep more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.3 Give snow plows and salt trucks plenty of room to do their work.2
  • Pay attention. Use extra caution on bridges and exit ramps, which tend to freeze before other parts of the roadway.4 Take note of traffic signs that warn of areas likely to be slippery in wintry conditions.5 On long drives, take frequent breaks to help you stay alert.2
  • Wait for help. If your car stalls or you’re in an accident, stay in your vehicle. To improve your visibility, keep an interior dome light on, and either place a reflector or attach a bright cloth to your antenna.1

    3. Prevent crashes in bad weatherM/p>

  • Buy the right tires. Install studless snow tires in the fall to get ready for the season with better traction. Check your owners manual to find out how often you need to replace your tires.3
  • Practice locally. Before traveling on main roads and highways, sharpen your skills after the first snowfall by driving in an empty parking lot or residential streets.3
  • Leverage technology. Check your owners manual to refamiliarize yourself with your vehicle’s features that can help prevent accidents, such as antilock brakes, electronic stability control, adaptive headlights and lane departure warning. Make sure you understand beforehand how they perform on slippery roads.
  • Remember, if road conditions are hazardous and you don’t have the supplies you need, you should avoid driving. Wait until weather conditions improve before venturing out in your vehicle.(Information probided by Amica Insurance)
    Fire Safety

    Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Newbury Ordinances

    Town of Newbury Winter Parking Ordinance

    No vehicle or obstruction shall be parked or placed in any manner upon or along any street, alley, or way located within the municipal limits of and maintained for the public good by the Town of Newbury, NH from 12:00AM midnight on October31, through and including 12:00 AM midnight on April 30 of any year.

    Not withstanding the provisions of paragraph I above, residential areas within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Newbury that have been specifically marked and I or posted for regulated parking shall be subject to the posted provisions for parking in such designated areas.

    A violation of this provision shall yield the removal of such vehicle or obstruction by any duly authorized employee or contracted agent for the Town of Newbury, with such expenses for said removal and subsequent storage to be incurred upon the owner of the vehicle or property removed.

    Snow Regulations

    The following ordinance is now in effect, per order of the Selectmen: Highway Regulation 501: “No person, firm or corporation engaged in the operation of snow plowing, blowing or removal shall allow or cause any accumulation of snow to obstruct or impair any town-maintained street, roadway, parking lot, or right-of-way, unless such operations are approved by the Newbury Highway Administrator, nor shall any snow be placed or caused to be placed, upon any hydrants in the Town of Newbury.”


    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

    83 Engine 3

    83-Engine 3 is a 2000 Freightliner with 1500 gallon pump and a 1500 gallon tank which serves as the primary mutual aid unit and second response engine.

    This unit carries 1,000 feet of 3 inch hose, 250 feet of 1 3/4 inch hose and 100 feet of 2 1/2 inch foam hose. In addition to fire hose, equipment carried on 83M3 includes 8 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), a 35 ft ladder, 14 ft roof ladder and folding attic ladder, portable fire extinguishers, air bags, exhaust fan, chain saw, portable lights and cable, medical equipment, hydraulic rescue tools and other assorted tools and 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”


    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.

    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.