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
No Current Fireworks Permits.
August 18-19: 50 Highland Ave
Donate to the August 27th Newbury Fire Rescue Auction
Permits are required for all Fireworks in Newbury
Complete the on-line application here
Fireworks Permit Request Form
You can now get pre-approval for fireworks. Complete the above request and an inspection of the display site will be scheduled. 48 Hours prior to the scheduled fireworks display, you will be emailed the Fireworks Permit. Permits are issued for Friday, Saturday & holiday evenings.
Applicants that received a fireworks permit in 2017, can get a renewal permit without having to do another site inspection. These permits requested now will be emailed 48 hours prior to the date.
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
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
August 27, 2017 is the annual Newbury Fire Rescue Auction
Newbury Fire Rescue will be holding its annual auction on Sunday, August 27, at the Safety Services Building, 952 Route 103. The auction will start at 11:00 AM and doors will open at 10:00 for viewing of the items that will be for sale. Hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be available for purchase during the auction.
The annual Newbury Fire Rescue 50/50 Raffle will be held at the auction.
Pickup of items to be donated will be on Tuesday, August 22, and Saturday, August 26. Request a puckup or for information on the auction send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of a lack of space, donations cannot be accepted prior to August 22.
We are not able to acccept donations of electronics or exercise equipment for the auction
Newbury Fire Rescue Boat 1 Responded to Sunapee to a call for an aircraft in the water. The pontoon plane had flipped and sank near a dock and there were no injuries. Boat 1 assisted Sunapee Fire in placing absorbent booms to absorb any fuel spilled around the aircraft and stood by providing lighting while a crane on a barge lifted the aircraft. The plane which was refloated was towed to Sunapee Harbor.
Lake Sunapee Search
Newbury Fire Rescue on fireboat 83 Boat 1, along with Sunapee Police Sunapee Fire, New London Fire Dive Team, New Hampshire Marine Patrol and New Hampshire Fish and Game conducted a search for a lost person on Lake Sunapee on July 1st. New Hampshire Fish and Game divers recovered the body of the missing person Saturday evening
Crafts Fair Safety Inspection
Newbury Fire Rescue along with inspectors from the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office conducted inspections of the tents set up for the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen annual Crafts Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort.
In the wake of a fatality when a circus tent collapsed in a storm in Lancaster, New Hampshire the Fire Marshall's Office has stepped up its inspection of tents throughout the state. Newbury Fire Rescue which has been conducting tent inspections for the issuance of the required Assembly Permits at the Crafts Fair for a number of years now coordinates the inspection with the Fire Marshal.
In addition to the inspection, the fire department and fire marshal review and approve an emergency action plan that is written by the fair organizers and Mount Sunapee Resort.
Hike Safely Be Prepared
Newbury Fire Rescue was dispatched on July 31st to a call for a lost hiker on Mount Sunapee. Upon arrival at the station, it was determined that the individual on the mountain was not actually lost, but knew their location, its coordinates and was on the cell phone with the dispatch center.
It was determined that they were actually closer to Pillsbury State Park in the town of Washington than they were to Newbury. Contact was made with the ranger at Pillsbury State Park, who said he would hike up the trail to meet the party. Since there was telephone communication with the person who called, instructions were provided as to where to meet the ranger.
Today's smart phones are a valuable tool, but they should not be your only recourse. A compos, flashlight and trail map will provide a backup if the phone battery goes dead. Always let someone know where you are hiking and a time and location when and where you can be expected.
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 and at the Safety Services Building. 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: email@example.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 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 the Newbury Fire Department.
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.
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.
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|
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|
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 Tanker 1
83 Tanker 1, a 2008 Kenworth/Valley tanker, with a 2000 gallon tank and 500 gallon pump.
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
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.
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.|