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
Outside Burning Permits
Permits are required from the forest fire warden for all outside fires including the burning of brush.
Click Here for information on outside burning regulations
Coutact the one of the forest fire wardens with any questions or to request 2017 seasonal burn permits required for outside fireplaces and fire pits.
New Knox HomeBox is now available in Newbury
See Details in the Knox Box Section below or go to KnoxHome Box
Fireworks Permits Issued
No current permits
\Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Fireworks Permit Request Form
Please report unpermitted fireworks to Newbury Fire using this Reporting Form
Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update
Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line.
Complete the On line alarm application form.
On Line Permits Applications Now Available
Oil, & Gas Furnaces and Wood Burning appliances
See E-Payments & Permits link on Town of Newbury Website
Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents
|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
Newbury Old Home Day is July 8.
See the latest schedule of activities on the Town of Newbury Website
Safety Services Building Proposal Outreach
For the last several years, the Town of Newbury has been working on plans to replace the Safety Services Building that houses Newbury Fire Rescue and the Newbury Police Department.
Committees made up of residents and town officials met in 2012 and in 2015 and came up with a proposal for a new facility. Through their investigation, both committees had determined that the existing safety services building was inadequate for the needs of the fire department and did not meet building and public safety codes. They also determined that expansion of the current building was not practical because of limited space at the site.
In 2016 a warrant article was presented to town meeting for the construction of the new facility. The proposal was not approved at town meeting by the voters, because of concerns for the building costs and that some residents did not see the need for a new safety building.
At the 2017 town meeting, an article was presented by the Selectboard to hire a consultant to provide outreach and information to the voters of the town on the need for the new building. The board believed that if there was a better understanding of the condition of the building, current and future needs of the town and that the projected costs of the facility were in line with similar public safety facilities that have been built in the state that voters would be more likely to approve a warrant article for the building if presented at the 2018 town meeting.
On May 4th the outreach consultant hired for the project met with town officials, members of the two study committees and members of the Newbury Fire Department to discuss the outreach project. A visit was made to the safety services building by the consultant and background information was provided to the consultant. As the result of the meeting an outline of the outreach program was developed.>
The first step of the project will be public meetings that will be scheduled in June. The consultant will present information on the condition and inadequacies of the current building and the need for a new facility. He will solicit input from community members on their opinions of the safety services provided in Newbury and what they would like to see in the future. Information on the dates of the meetings will be posted on the Town of Newbury website and Newbury Fire Rescue Facebook page.
Town of Newbury Capital Improvements Program outlines Fire Rescue expenditures over the next five years.
The just released Town of Newbury Capital Improvements plan describes planned capital expenditures for the fire department as well as other town departments.
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.
Wildfire season is here. Are you prepared?
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is sharing key steps to staying safe during this dangerous season. Follow these tips to reduce your risk from wildfire.
Each of us can play a role in making our communities safer from wildfire. Your local fire department is the best place to start. Meet with firefighters to ask questions and get information.
Wildfire burned more than 5.5 million acres in the U.S. last year. Fire is everyone’s fight. Get involved in community activities to prepare and protect your neighborhood today.
|State of New Hampshire Outside Burning Regulations|
|Newbury Burn Permit Contact Information|
The main causes of wildfires are illegal or improperly extinguished fires.
Per RSA 227-L:17, the state of New Hampshire requires anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire to have written permission from the landowner and a written fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled.
What time can a fire be kindled?
Fires may only be kindled after 5:00 p.m. and must be extinguished before 9:00 a.m.
There are two exemptions to this:
1: When the Forest Fire Warden determines that conditions are appropriate Category I (Campfire) permits may allow for a small (under 2 foot diameter) fire to be burned during the day.
2: When there is continuous rain fall, however, the fire must be extinguished when the rain stops and depending on what town you are burning in, there may be some variances to these times. A Fire Permit is still required when it is raining.
What can be burned?
What cannot be burned?
Where are you going to burn? How far from the nearest structure, trees and dead vegetation or overhead phone or power lines? Fires must be no closer than 50 feet from a structure, or 25 feet if in an approved incinerator.
What do you have for fire protection? A hose, shovel or rake, and a bucket of water should be available at the fire. You are liable for the costs of extinguishing escaped fires.
How much help will you have during the burn? Your fire must be attended at all times, or completely extinguished.
Gas Grills or charcoal fires up off the ground on your own property do not require a fire permit. Fire pits, chimineas, outside fireplaces and other wood fires do require a permit from the forest fire warden. Seasonal permits outside fireplaces and fire pits are issued for one year only, please contact the forest fire warden for your 2017 seasonal fire permit now.
The use of Chimineas or outdoor fire places on decks and or within 25 feet of a structure is not permited (Category I fire) or within 50 feet (Category II fire).
Fire Permits are broken down into four Categories
Category I Fire
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.
In Merrimack Category I Fire Permits are reserved for summer camps and camp groundsSpecifications for camp or cooking fires Category I
Category II Fire
A controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire.
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 Permits
Category IV Fire
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.
For complete information on the State of New Hampshire outside burning requirements, click here for the Department of Forest and Lands website
|Fire Alarm Ordinance|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
Make safe outdoor cooking a priority.
Backyard Fire Pits
Permanent and portable fire pits bring fire danger to your home. You can prevent fire or burn injury with these simple steps:
|Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus|
83 Boat 1
The Newbury Fire Department operates 83-Boat 1, a 24 ft Winninghoff Star aluminum Fire/Rescue boat on Lake Sunapee. The boat has a 2010 Darly 550 gpm pump that can operate from the boat or supply water to the engines on shore. Boat 1 has a 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.
Boat 1 responds to all water rescue calls on the lake. In 2016 83Boat 1 along with boats from New London, Sunapee and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol aided in the evacuation of the passengers from the MV Mount Sunapee tour boat that ran aground off Sunapee State Beach.
The boat is kept at the fireboat dock in Newbury Harbor, near the information booth on Route 103, about 1/4 mile from the fire station when it is in service on Lake Sunapee from the beginning of May through November.
One year ago two people were killed when a circus tent collapsed in a windstorm in Lancaster New Hampshire. Since that time the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been focusing on tents used as places of assembly and conducting training for local fire departments on the hazards associated with these temporary structures.
Fortunately the Town of Newbury has been ahead of the curve in this area as the Newbury Fire Department has been inspecting the tents used for the annual craftsmen’s fair for many years. With the increased enforcement by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, we are now being required to look at some of the smaller events being held on our town and the permits required for tents, places of assembly and the rules for amusement devices such as bounce houses.
If you are planning on holding an event, even on your own property where a tent is being erected, there will be over 50 attendees or amusement devices are being used please contact the Newbury Fire Department for information on the state regulations, and the permit and inspection requirements.
Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance
Please keep in mind that the Town of Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance requires that every home and business in Newbury has a street address posted that is visible from the road. The reason for the ordinance was to assure that emergency responders would be able to locate a property in the event of a medical emergency, fire, or other emergency. This is a good time to take a look at your property from the road to confirm that the number can be seen. If you have difficulty, chances are that emergency responders will not see the address number and be delayed. “Help us to find you so we can help you in an emergency”
Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program
If you own a property in Newbury, are not always available to answer a call for a fire alarm at your property and do not have someone in the area that has a key to provide the Newbury Fire Department with access to your property. please consider installing a Knox Box.
The Newbury Fire & Rescue Department is part of the “Knox Box” program for emergency building access. A Knox Box is a secure key box containing building keys affixed to the outside of a business or home. If a fire alarm is received or there is a report of other emergency when the building us unoccupied, the fire department utilizes special fire department key, that will open the Knox Box containing the building keys. This eliminates the need to break down doors or windows to enter the building or presume there is no fire when nothing is visible from the outside. The ability to thoroughly inspect a building will enable the responders to locate other problems such as electrical hazards, heating problems and gas and water leaks set off an alarm and could lead to costly other problems if not identified. The Knox Box system is only used to enter a building in the event of a fire department emergency response to an alarm activation or report of an emergency at the location.
The fire department key is secured in special Knox Box on the truck that can only be opened by authorized personnel and all openings of the box are electronically recorded. Knox Boxes keyed to the Newbury system are purchased by the building owner from the Knox Box company and are installed in accordance with fire department specifications. Knox Boxes are generally installed at locations with Town of Newbury permitted central station fire alarm systems, where the Newbury Police and Fire Departments have emergency contact information. Building owners or their authorized emergency contacts are notified of every alarm notification and when the Knox Box is used to provide emergency personnel with access to the building. Emergency contact Information provided is kept confidential by the police and fire departments.
New commercial, multi-family (4+), seasonal residences and gated properties are required to have a Knox Box as part of the building permit process.
Information on the Knox Box system is available on the company’s website www.knoxbox.com, For residential and small business use the Knox Residential 1650 Series surface mount box is used. Other models are available for larger businesses where multiple access keys may be needed, for new construction and other special requirements. Knox Boxes keted to the Newbury Fire Department system can be ordered on line from the Knox Box company Knoxbox.com or the new Knox Home Box website for residential boxes and the Newbury Fire Department will be notified of your order and install the box when it is received. If you have questions, please contact the department at email@example.com
Weather Emergency Contact List
The Newbury Fire Department maintains a list of town residents who may live alone, do not have transportation, be elderly or disabled that the department will check on in the event of severe weather such as a blizzard, Ice storm or long duration power failure or other emergency impacting the Town of Newbury. The department is currently updating the list and adding new people who wish to be contacted.
Following a major storm, a telephone call is made to check on the well being of people on the list. If the person can't be reached by phone, a fire department member will go to the home to check on the person.
If you, a family member or neighbor would like contacted in a weather emergency by the Newbury Fire Department, please send an email with the person's name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, Please indicate "Weather Emergency Contact List" in the subject of the email. This contact information remains confidential and is not shared with any other organization. Please email the Newbury Fire Department if you have questions.
Get the NH Alerts App
NH Alerts is a free service provided by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Emergency and community messages are initiated by authorized public safety officials at the State level and severe weather warnings are initiated directly by the National Weather Service.The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
NH Alerts is used by New Hampshire public safety officials to inform and protect State residents and visitors. The NH Alerts app is free and available at the App Store and Google Play. No registration is required. Users are encouraged to enable their GPS services so the app can deliver location-based multimedia alerts to subscribers within a specific geographic area. Users may visit the NH Alerts app settings to select the alerts they would like to receive.
The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.Click here to go to the Ready NH.Gov NH Alerts website and to download the app
The Town of Newbury and five other towns in our area have contracted with the CodeRED reverse emergency notification system, which allows the town to call you in an emergency.
If you received telephone calls or voicemail messages from Code Red in the past, you are registered in the Code Red system and no additional action is needed. You will automatically receive future Code red messages.
The current CodeRED database comprises commercially-available phone numbers (such as those provided on credit applications) and numbers added directly by residents of the six communities. To ensure that your phone number (including cell phone) is in the database, go to your Town’s website or click here to access the CodeRED Emergency Notification Network update form
Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and at least a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered. Even if you have an unlisted phone number, you can safely register your phone number in the CodeRED database; the information will not be sold nor will it be used for any purpose other than emergency contact from the town.
If you do not have internet access, please call Patricia McDonald at the Town Office (763-4940 x201) and she will enter the information for you.
Fire Safety Information
|Newbury Fire Department Resident Emergency Information Form In order to better serve the residents of Newbury in the event of a fire, medical or other emergency, the Newbury Fire Department is in process of updating the street listing information. Please complete the attached form for our emergency response database print and mail to the Newbury Fire Department PO Box 373, Newbury NH 03255. We plan to be able to submit the forms electronically in the near future.|