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
NH Requires Permits for Dock De-Icers
Submit application now to the Newbury Town Clerk
DANGER THIN ICE signs are reqired where de-icers are located
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
No Open Fireworks Permits
Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Complete the on-line application here Fireworks Permit Request Form
Outside Burning Permits
Permits are required from the forest fire warden for all outside fires including the burning of brush.
Permits are required unless the ground is covered with snow.
New Knox HomeBox is now available in Newbury
See Details in the Knox Box Section below or go to KnoxHome Box
Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update
Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line.
Complete the On line alarm application form.
Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents
|Newbury Fire Department Information|
New Members Wanted
The Newbury Fire Department is looking for firefighters and EMTs. If you are interested in becomming part of the Newbury Fire Department, please stop by at the fire station any Tuesday evening and fill out an Application or click here to download an application
Weather Emergency Contact List
The Newbury Fire Department maintains a list of town residents who may live alone, do not have transportation, be elderly or disabled that the department will check on in the event of severe weather such as a blizzard, Ice storm or long duration power failure or other emergency impacting the Town of Newbury. The department is currently updating the list and adding new people who wish to be contacted.
Following a major storm, a telephone call is made to check on the well being of people on the list. If the person can't be reached by phone, a fire department member will go to the home to check on the person.
If you, a family member or neighbor would like contacted in a weather emergency by the Newbury Fire Department, please send an email with the person's name, address and phone number to email@example.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.
Newbury Fire Rescue Childrens Party
Save the date: The Newbury Fire Rescue annual children's party will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
COOK the TURKEY, NOT your HOME.
The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns as well as property damage.
5 DANGERS OF FRYING A TURKEY:
1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot oil over a large area.
2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in. A partially frozen turkey will also cause cooking oil to splatter when put into the pot.
3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Ice Prevention Bubblers Require Permits
This is just a reminder for residents who own lakefront property and operate the ice prevention bubblers around their docks or boat houses. New Hampshire law requires that these aquatherm bubblers be permitted by the local town clerk. The permit fee is 50 cents. An application can be downloaded from the Newbury Website or picked up at the Town Clerk’s office. The law also requires that a "DANGER THIN ICE' sign be posted on the dock.
The permit location listing is provided to the Newbury Fire Department to indicate where there may be thin ice or open water on the lake in case of a rescue. The information also lists locations where firefighting water may be pumped from the lake.
For additional information on dock de-icers, See the Lake Sunapee Protectve Association informational bulletins
Wind Storm Response
During and following the October windstorm (October 30-31) Newbury Fire Rescue responded to 16 calls for service. These calls were primarily for wires down, trees blocking roads and welfare checks. When not on calls, the firefighters were on duty at the station made calls to residents on the weather emergency emergency contact list to confirm that they were OK. A truck was sent to the home of anyone who could not be contacted by phone.
The storm related responses bring the number of calls for the month to 44, which ties the all-time department record for one month. It also brings the year to date call total for 2017 to 287. The all-time record for yearly calls for service, which was set in 2014, was 291, so with two months left to go in 2017, this year's total for calls will significantly exceed the current record.
ATV Rollover at the Summit of Mount Sunapee
Newbury Fire Rescue responded to an ATV rollover with injuries at the summit of Mount Sunapee on October 21. Tanker 1 responded with the department's Kubota RTV on the trailer to the parking lot at Mount Sunapee resort. The Kubota was unloaded and responded up the service road to the summit with a paramedic from New London Ambulance on board. New Hampshire Fish & Game officers also responded and met the Kubota at the top of the mountain.
Upon arrival the paramedic and Newbury EMTs treated the injured person at the scene. The rear of the Kubota is equipped with a Stokes Basket for patient transport and a seat for EMS so they can monitor the patient being transported.
Once the patient was stabilized, he was transported on the back of the Kubota to the ambulance that was waiting at the base of the mountain. The patent was then loaded in the ambulance and transported to the hospital. The call came in at about 6:00 PM and the responders did not leave the mountain until well after dark at 9:00.
Prior returning to the station another call came in for a vehicle collision which Newbury personnel who were standing by during the rescue responded to.in apparatus that was not committed to the mountain incident
Newbury Fire Boat Responds to brush fire on Great Island
Newbury Fire Rescue's fire boat, 83 Boat 1 responded on October 19th to a brush fire on Great Island. Firefighters from Sunapee and New London assisted Newbury crews in extinguishing a large brush fire on the island which had extended from a permitted brush burn. Boat 1 pumped water from the lake into hose lines that extended to the burn area. Rescue boats from Sunapee and New London along with the Sunapee Police Boat carried firefighters and equipment to the island from the Blodgett Landing staging area. It took firefighters about two hours using hand tools and hose lines to extinguish the fire.
Carbon Monoxide Incident
Newbury Fire Rescue responded recently in the early morning hours to a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm call at a home in Newbury. These alarm calls are fairly frequent and usually result from a defective CO detector. The homeowner told the dispatcher that they did not have a problem and there was no need for the fire department.
Newbury Fire Rescue's procedure is to check these calls with sophisticated gas meters to verify that there is no CO in the home. Upon arrival, firefighters went through the house and the meters alarmed indicating carbon monoxide readings of 32 parts per million (ppm) in one section of the house and 47 ppm in another.
Readings under 10 ppm are normal and pose no health risk, 10-35 ppm is problematic and could cause health issues, Readings between 35-99 ppm are excessive and do result in medical issues. Readings over 100 ppm are dangerous and do require immediate medical attention,
Home carbon monoxide alarms do not have meters and only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. There is no way of telling from these alarms how dangerous he CO is. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless so there is no way of knowing how great the danger is. When the CO alarm sounds, call 911 and leave the house until the cause can be checked by the fire department.
In this case the cause was found to be a defective fireplace, once the windows were opened and the house was ventilated, CO readings returned to a safe range. Since the CO alarm sounded as intended and the occupants reacted properly no medical issues resulted.
TEXT-TO-9-1-1 is now Available in New Hampshire
TEXT-TO-9-1-1 allows individuals in dangerous situations who are unable to risk the noise of a call to send a text for help. This will help save lives and must be used responsibly. Texting should only be used when a voice call is not possible, as voice calls provide an advantage by allowing the 9-1-1 operator to more quickly assess the type of emergency and the location of the emergency. How to TEXT 9-1-1:
1. Enter 911 in the 'To' field
2. In the message field, type your exact location and a BRIEF description of the help you need - use simple words. DO NOT use abbreviations or shorthand
3. Push the 'Send' button and
4. Be prepared to answer the 9-1-1 call taker's questions
5. A text or data plan is required to place a Text-to-9-1-1.
Currently, Text-to-9-1-1 is offered via Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Text messages may not go through if a cell signal is not available. If a text message does not go through, the sender will receive the following message; 'There is no text service to 9-1-1 available at this time.' Text-to-9-1-1 messages cannot be received if there are multiple message recipients or if pictures, videos or emoticons are used.
Please respect Text-to-9-1-1 it is FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY! There are several smart phone apps available to instruct your child on how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Be sure to see if there is one for your cell phone.
Requirements for Smoke Alarms
MULTI-UNIT DWELLINGS AND RENTAL UNITS
When They Are Required:
Multi-unit dwellings and rental units shall be equipped with automatic fire warning devices. (3)
Locations of Installation:
Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:
(1) On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
(2) In each room used for sleeping purposes.
(3) In each story within a dwelling unit, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split-levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level. (4)
Powering the Detectors:
New and Existing Construction:
All automatic fire warning devices in multi-unit dwellings, and all rental units shall be powered by the house electrical service (hardwired.) (5)
Required Interconnection of the Detectors:
New Construction and Existing Construction:
When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit or sleeping unit the smoke alarms shall be interconnected in such a manner that the activation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all bedrooms with all intervening doors closed and also taking into account any ambient noise. Interconnection within the unit is required, not within the building. Wireless interconnection systems are permitted. (4) (6)
Requirements for Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CMD)
A CMD must be installed in every rental unit. A rental unit is defined as:
“any residential unit in a building or single family dwelling which provides permanent or transient living facilities for one or more persons, which is occupied by tenants on a rental basis. This term shall include but not be limited to: hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, duplex units, rooms rented out of the home of another, and single family dwellings, so long as they are rented.”
NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment and The International Residential Code address the location of carbon monoxide detectors. Detectors should be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate area of the bedrooms.
Please contact Newbury Fire Rescue firstname.lastname@example.org additional information on the requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
|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|
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 email@example.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
|Fire Prevention and Safety Information|
Wood Stove and Foreplace Fire Safety
|Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus|
83 Engine 4
883-Engine 4, is a 2010 Valley Ford F550 4 Wheel Drive crew cab truck
The pump is a 250 gallons per minute Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) pump. The triuck has a 300 gallon water tank and 10 gallon foam tank. Hose carried: 100 ft 1” booster reel, 300 ft 1 ¾ “ hose 600 ft 3 hose, 300 ft 4” hose 3 suction hose. The truck also carries: Holmatro rescue tools and rescue equipment, 4 Scott Air Packs and spare bottles, a 24 ft and 14 ft ladders, Medical equipment Portable fire extinguishers, and Assorted tools and equipment
In the fall of 2017,Engine 4 was Upgraded with latest fire rescue technology. The truck is now been equipped with a mobile tablet computer that receives the Active 911 dispatch program. The program provides a visual notification of an emergency calls location and shows the direction to the call on a map on the screen. The tablet also has street maps and information on water sources fire alarm contacts, hazardous materials and other emergency response data.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.|