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 Department Table of Contents

  • Newbury Fire Department Overview
  • News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Monthly Features
  • Newbury Fire Department Activity
  • Newbury Fire Department History
  • Newbury Fire Department Information
  • 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 2013 and prior years
  • 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
  • Town of Newbury Website

    Newbury Map

    Newbury Fire Department Information

    Newbury Firefighters Battle Building Fire

    A three alarm fire severely damaged the Contessa & the Cowboy furniture, interior decorating and antique store in Newbury, Saturday, February 1st. The business, which was located at the intersection of West Province Road and Route 103, near the traffic circle and the entrance to the Mount Sunapee ski area. The first alarm was sounded just before 10:00 PM Saturday evening and it took firefighters three hours to bring the blaze under control. Firefighters remained on scene until 5:30 Sunday morning mopping up after the fire.

    Photo: Paul Raymond

    Firefighters from New London, Sunapee, Bradford, Goshen, Newport, Warner, Henniker Sutton, Wilmot, and Springfield assisted the Newbury Fire Department in extinguishing the blaze. The New London Hospital ambulance stood by at the fire scene, but fortunately there were no injuries. The Sunapee Police Department assisted Newbury Police with traffic on Route 103.

    Damage to the historic building, built in 1890, was severe but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from extending to a boat and camper that were parked in the yard. The building had been a residence and several other businesses prior to it becoming the Contessa and the Cowboy in 2003. The weather conditions during the fire were mild for February and ice did not form from the firefighting hose streams as frequently occurs at fires this time of year.

    Newbury Fire Chief, Henry E. Thomas said that the fire continues to be under investigation, the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to assist. The fire appears to have originated in the center section of the building, the cause was most likely electrical and does not appear to be suspicious, a damage estimate for the building and contents is estimated to be around $450,000.

    Click here for Channel 9 News Story and video on the fire.

    2013 Turned out to be a busy year for the Newbury Fire Department

    The year 2013 was a very active year for the Newbury Fire Department with 261 calls for service, which was up 20% over 2012 and only 3% below the all-time record of 270 calls in the ice storm year of 2008. Medical calls continued to be the leading type of response by the department (37%) up 10% from 2012. False alarms which had been dropping over the past several years since the Fire Alarm Ordinance was enacted, jumped 110% over 2012, and became the second largest category at 17% of the calls. Vehicle accidents are the third highest category, up 50% over 2012 at 14% of the calls.See the Calls for the year section for details on the types of calls the department responded to

    The department believes that the substantial increase in alarm calls results from the fact that many smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are reaching the end of their useful life (10 years for smoke detectors and 3-7 years for carbon monoxide detectors) and are failing. Since the New Hampshire CO Detector Law became effective in 2010, carbon monoxide detectors installed to comply with the law now need to be replaced.

    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

    Town of Newbury Information

    Permits are Required for Outside Burning

    As the snow melts away residents are reminded that unless the ground is covered with snow, outside burn permits are required by the State of New Hampshire from the Newbury Forest Fire Wardens for any outside burning. This includes burning of brush as well as fire pits and other outside fireplaces.

    Seasonal burn permits issued for fireplace, chimineas and fire pits are required to be renewed annually so that this is the time to apply for the 2014 permit.

    Please contact a warden to apply for a permit. For a burn permit application, please contact Forest Fire Warden, Dave Smith at 938-5925, or Fire Chief Henry Thomas by emailing him at Applications for burn permits should be submitted 48 hours to the day of the burning and are subject to weather conditions. As noted above, the issuance of burn permits is subject to compliance with the street numbering ordinance.

    Town of Newbury Street Numbering Ordinance

    All buildings in the Town of Newbury shall have the street address number of the building posted in a location that is clearly visible from the road during all seasons of the year. For buildings not readily visible from the street the assigned street number(s) shall be conspicuously displayed at the point of entry to the property. Street address numbers posted on mail boxes meet the requirement of this ordinance if the mail box is on the same side of the street as the building and is located in close proximity of the driveway to the building. Numbers placed on mailboxes shall be visible from both directions of travel and in accordance with the U.S. Postal Service requirements.

    These numbers will be at least four inches high and in a contrasting color from the background or shall be reflective so that they can be seen during hours of darkness with the lights on emergency vehicles. Buildings on corner lots shall have an address number visible from the street that the building is addressed on.

    The issuance of approvals and permits by town boards and commissions, Town of Newbury Code Enforcement Officer, Health Officer, Fire Department, Police Department, Highway Department and Town Clerk shall be subject to the property owner’s compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance.

    All new or substantially renovated commercial, institutional (including educational, nursing, child and elderly care facilities), places of assembly, seasonal residential and multi-family (4+) residential buildings with common secured access doors and buildings with automatic fire sprinkler systems constructed after the effective date of this ordinance shall be equipped with a Knox Box prior to the occupancy permit. Other residential properties are encouraged but not required to have a Knox Box installed.

    Notices of Violation for non-compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance shall be issued by the Newbury Police Department, Newbury Fire Department, Code Enforcement Officer or Highway Administrator.

    Any person who violates a provision of the Street Numbering Ordinance shall be guilty of a violation for each offense. A notice of violation shall be issued to the issued to the property owner providing 30 days from the date of notice to bring the property into compliance with the Street Numbering Ordinance.

    After 30 days of the violation the property will be re-inspected. A finding of continued non-compliance shall be subject to a fine of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) for the violation.

    After 60 days of non-compliance am additional fine of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) will be levied.

    Any property owner who shall affix or display upon a structure any number other than that assigned to or pursuant to this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation penalty of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00)

    Please send questions on the requirements of the Street Numbering Ordinance to the Newbury Fire department at

    Fire Alarm Ordinance

    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.

    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 below.

    Click here to fill out a Fire Alarm Permit online
    Click here to download and print the Fire Alarm Permit Application

    Permit applications can be faxed to the Newbury Fire Department at 763-5379

    Town of Newbury Alarm Ordinance Summary

    All alarms installed in the town pursuant to this chapter shall conform to the standards set forth in state law, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 National Fire Alarm Code, the National Electrical Code and the codes published by the International Building Code (IBC). Permitted central stations shall comply with NFPA 71.

    Alarm Permit Required

    • The Newbury Police and Fire Chiefs are authorized to issue a permit to any owner of property located within the town or the lessee thereof to maintain, install and modify a fire, burglary, holdup or intrusion alarm system upon application.
    • Applicants for alarm permits shall have and agree to maintain street addrss signs on the property that are visiable from the street as required by town ordinance.
    • Dialer-type alarms that are operated by a prerecorded message machine are not authorized to be used at the police and fire departments. Alarms which monitor temperature, humidity and any other condition not directly related to the detection or notification of emergency personnel are specifically excluded from this chapter.
    • Applications for Security and Fire Alarm Permits and Central Station Company permits shall be submitted to the Newbury Police Department, 952 Route 103, Newbury, NH 03255. Application forms are available at the Police Department, Town Office and may be downloaded from the Town of Newbury Website
    • There shall be no fee for the alarm system installation permit issued by the police and fire departments.
    • Any owner or lessee of property having an alarm system on the premises and any user of alarm services or equipment designed and installed with the intent of eliciting an emergency response shall pay to the town a service charge as set scheduled below.
    • Any central station, answering service or proprietary system that in any manner notifies the police or fire departments of an alarm signal from an alarm system of an alarm user who does not possess an alarm user's permit or whose permit has been suspended, revoked or denied shall be charged a penalty as listed below. Penalties, for each notification made to the town.


    Penalties for violations of the Fire Alarm Ordinance shall be as follows:

    (1) Operating an alarm without a valid permit . . . $100.00

    (2) Operating an alarm when a permit has been suspended or revoked . . . $100.00

    (3) False alarm penalties Fire Alarms

    • Any owner or lessee or person in control of property having an alarm system on the premises and any user of alarm services or equipment designed and installed with the intent of eliciting an emergency response shall pay to the town a service charge of $250.00 for each and every false alarm to which the fire department responds after the initial response within a seven-day period. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to correct any and all problems resulting in the activation of false alarms
    • Fourth false fire alarm in a year . . . $100.00
    • Fifth false fire alarm in a year. …. . $200.00
    • Sixth and successive false fire alarms in a year . . . $300.00

    (4) Central Station, answering service or proprietary system notification of an alarm not possessing a valid permit . . . $100.00

    Click here for full Town of Newbury Fire Alarm Ordinance
    Fire Prevention and Safety Information

    Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    There have been a number of serious carbon monoxide incidents, including several deaths in the past several weeks. The Newbury Fire Department recommends that you be aware of the hazards of carbon monoxide and what you should do if you suspect carbon monoxide in your home.

    Safety Tips

  • If your carbon monoxide detector sounds or if you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
  • Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.
  • Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, far away from the home.
  • Never bring a charcoal grill into the house for heating or cooking. Do not barbeque in the garage.
  • Never use a gas range or oven for heating.
  • Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool. An open damper may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home.
  • Install battery-operated CO alarms or CO alarms with battery backup in your home outside separate sleeping areas.

    Know the Symptoms of CO Poisoning

    Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

    High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:

  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ultimately death

    Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. For slowly developing residential CO problems, occupants and/or physicians can mistake mild to moderate CO poisoning symptoms for the flu, which sometimes results in tragic deaths. For rapidly developing, high level CO exposures (e.g., associated with use of generators in residential spaces), victims can rapidly become mentally confused, and can lose muscle control without having first experienced milder symptoms; they will likely die if not rescued.

    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    The response to Medical Emergencies is the Rescue, 83 Rescue 1

    83Rescue 1

    Newbury Fire Department's rescue truck (83 Rescue 1) a 2004 VTEC/Ford 550 4WD has a 4 person crew cab and walk-in rescue body with considerably more space for rescue equipment than the old truck. It is also equipped with a generator to power four flood lights and a winch which can be mounted on the front or rear of the truck.

    In addition to assorted medical equipment, 83 Rescue 1 carries 4 SCBA, fire extinguishers, water rescue suits, portable lights and cable, backboards and stokes, oxygen, defibrillator, Thermal imaging camera, and assorted rescue tools and equipment.

    Newbury Programs
    Knox Box

    Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program

    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, 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 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

    The Town of Newbury Requires Permits for Fireworks

    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. There is no fee for a fireworks permit.

    The Fireworks Ordinance provides for fines of $250 per violation for anyone using fireworks within the Town of Newbury without a permit. 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. Permits will not be issued for displays after 10:00 PM in accordance with the Newbury Public Conduct (Noise) Ordinance.

    Permits will be issued 24-48 hours prior to the fireworks display. Fireworks displays must be at least 100 feet from any structure or property line. An inspection of the display location may be required. Please allow sufficient time prior to the event to apply for the permit. Fireworks displayed over water require a Water Event Permit from the NH Marine Patrol.

    Applicants for fireworks permits must be over 21 and the owner of the property, or have written permission for the display from the owner of the property where the display is to be held.

    Permits may be obtained at no charge from the Newbury Fire Department or Newbury Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Wardens.

  • Dave Smith, Forest Fire Warden 938-5925
  • Henry Thomas Fire Chief 938-5346
  • Ken Burnell, Deputy Warden763-4962
  • Mike Croteau, Deputy Warden763-2679
  • Applications for fireworks permits may also be obtained at the Newbury Police Department during business hours 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Applications take 24 hours to process.

    General questions on the fireworks ordinance and fireworks permit requirements can be e-mailed to

    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.

    If you do not have internet access, please call Denise Sherrill at the Town Office (763-4940 x201) and she will enter the information for you.

    Monthly Features

    Fire Safety Information

    Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

    Smoke Alarms

    Learn About Home Escape Plans

    Make a Disaster Supplies Kit

    Make a family Emergency Plan

    Fire Safety and Prevention Fact Sheets

    Road Bridge Carrying Capacities

    Weight of Aerosol Container Contents

    Wall and Ceiling Covering Flame Spread Classifications

    Qualified LPG Containers

    Fire-Resistive Construction Repairs

    Hollow Core Concrete Panels
    Upcoming Events

    The C-5 business meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM in the New London Hospital Weber Conference Room.

    Upcoming EMS Classes at New London Hospital
    Click here for complete New London Hospital EMS class schedule

    Contact Pam Drewniak at 526-5501 for information

    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.