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

newburyfire@gmail.com

Office Hours Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM




​​Newbury Fire Rescue Permit Information
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.

Aquatherm Permits
The State of New Hampshire requires a permit for bubblers and other devices that melt or keep winter ice from forming around lake docks and boathouses.

Download a permit application form and take it to the Newbury Town Clerk at Town Office to obtain the permit. There is a 50 cent charge for the permit.
The law requires that a "DANGER THIN ICE" sign be posted on the dock or boathouse where the ice melters are located.


Please let us know if there is an area of open water around a dock where the required DANGER THIN ICE sign is missing.

Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents

  • Newbury Fire Department Overview
  • News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Monthly Features
  • Newbury Fire Department Activity
  • Newbury Fire Department History
  • Newbury Safety Ordinances and State Regulations NEW SECTION
  • Newbury Fire Department Stations
  • Newbury Fire Department Apparatus
  • Newbury Fire Department Community Activities
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
  • EMS/Fire Training Information
  • Newbury Fire Department Training
  • Newbury Fire Department Calls for the Year 2016 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

  • Newbury Map



    Newbury Fire Rescue is now on Facebook


    Newbury Fire Department Information

    Weather Emergency Contact List

    The Newbury Fire Department maintains a list of town residents who may live alone, do not have transportation, be elderly or disabled that the department will check on in the event of severe weather such as a blizzard, Ice storm or long duration power failure or other emergency impacting the Town of Newbury. The department is currently updating the list and adding new people who wish to be contacted.

    Following a major storm, a telephone call is made to check on the well being of people on the list. If the person can't be reached by phone, a fire department member will go to the home to check on the person.

    If you, a family member or neighbor would like contacted in a weather emergency by the Newbury Fire Department, please send an email with the person's name, address and phone number to newburyfire@gmail.com, Please indicate "Weather Emergency Contact List" in the subject of the email. This contact information remains confidential and is not shared with any other organization. Please email the Newbury Fire Department if you have questions.

     

    2016 a busy year for Newbury Fire Rescue

    Newbury Fire Rescue had 284 calls for service during 2016, one more than 2015 and five less than the all-time record year of 2004. In December there were 40 calls, the second busiest month in our history, only four short of the record of 44 which occurred in July 2015. Being an on call department with no full time employees, months like this with more than one response per day does tax the resources of the department.

    There were 99 emergency medical calls were the most frequent response and 35% of the runs. Vehicle incidents were the second highest category with 43 responses or 15% of the total, these calls also often require medical attention. The number of fires, which were mostly brush fires, was up 400% over 2015 because of the very dry conditions during most of the year.

    This first chart shows the increase in activity for the Newbury Fire Department over the list 15 years. The last three years have all been just below 300 calls per year.The second chart shows the types of calls in 2016 tje third, responses by each of the NFD apparatus

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    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.


    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


    Year to date Newbury Fire Rescue Response Summary


    News

    Stay Safe on the Ice Lake Sunapee Has Areas of Thin Ice

    Safety Information from NH Fish & Game

    Before you venture out onto any frozen pond or lake to ice fish, snowmobile, ski or snowshoe, play it safe by following these important guidelines for ice safety:

    It is not advisable to drive vehicles onto the ice.

    If on foot, carefully assess ice safety before venturing out by using an ice chisel or auger to determine ice thickness and condition. Continue to do this as you get further out on to the ice, because the ice thickness will not be uniform all over the waterbody.

    Though all ice is potentially dangerous, the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH, offers a "rule of thumb" on ice thickness: There should be a minimum of six inches of hard ice before individual foot travel, and eight to ten inches of hard ice for snow machine or All-Terrain Vehicle travel.

    Remember - thick ice does not always mean safe ice! Ice can be thick, but not strong, because of varying weather conditions. Weak ice is formed when warming trends break down ice, then the slushy surface re-freezes.

    Be especially careful of areas with current, such as inlets, outlets and spring holes, where the ice can be dangerously thin.

    Stay off the ice along the shoreline if it is cracked or squishy. Don’t go on the ice during thaws.

    Watch out for thin, clear or honeycombed ice. Dark snow and ice may also indicate weak spots.

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    Don’t gather in large groups or drive large vehicles onto the ice.

    If you do break through the ice, don’t panic. Move or swim back to where you fell in, where you know the ice was solid. Lay both arms on the unbroken ice and kick hard. This will help lift your body onto the ice. Carry a set of ice picks; they can help you pull yourself out if you do fall through the ice; wear them around your neck or put them in an easily accessible pocket. Once out of the water, roll away from the hole until you reach solid ice.

    Ice safety is also very important for snowmobilers. Don't assume a trail is safe just because it exists; ask about trail conditions at local snowmobile clubs or sporting goods shops before you go.


    Permits are required for ice melting devices

    Winter is here and Lake Sunapee has frozen over. This is the time to obtain the permit and post the warning signs.

    The State of New Hampshire requires a permit for bubblers and other devices that melt or keep winter ice from forming around lake docks and boathouses.

    Download a permit application form and from the Town of Newbury website take it to the Newbury Town Clerk at Town Office to obtain the permit. There is a 50 cent charge for the permit.

    The permit information is used by Newbury Fire Rescue to identify areas of thin ice or open water on the lake in the event of a rescue or if the water is needed for firefighting.

    The law requires that a "DANGER THIN ICE" sign be posted on the dock or boathouse where the ice melters are located.


    Portable Generator Safety

    Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with the exhaust facing away from the building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter the building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.

    Always make all electrical connections before starting generator and whenever possible place generator under an opened sided protective cover. Attempting to make electrical connections during inclement weather could lead to electrocution.

    Never place portable generators on or near combustible surfaces such as decks, porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by the motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.

    Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas and garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in minutes injuring occupants with little to no warning.

    Allow plenty of time to cool the generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing a flash fire and severe injuries.

    Always store approved gasoline containers a safe distance from generators while in use. Always store gasoline in an approved container placed in a well ventilated storage area. Never store gasoline products in basements or enclosed areas of your dwelling.

    Never modify or construct any power cord so a generator can be connected to a receptacle, dryer or range outlet.

    Never connect a generator directly to panelboard without a means to prevent inadvertent connection to the normal supply system wiring. Connecting a generator directly to an electrical outlet or to a panelboard without a transfer switch or an interlocking device could result in a situation where power from the generator could energize the utility’s wiring (back feeds into the utility system). Electrical power from a generator back fed through your meter into the utility system can cause fires, serious injury or death to utility workers trying to repair the lines in the street, or electricians working on nearby property’s electrical systems.

    Source: New Hampshire State Fire Marshall's Office

    Winter Fire Safety


    What is carbon monoxide?

    Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission Know the symptoms of CO poisoning

    Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

    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


    Winter Heating Safety Tips from the NFPA

  • Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)
  • Have your chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote built-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.) Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.
  • Fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.
  • Have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)
  • Children should know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.
  • Portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.
  • Portable space heaters should be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)
  • Tested smoke alarms and make sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)
  • Tested carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

  • Tips from AAA for safe winter driving
  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors
  • 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 newburyfire@gmail.com


    The Application for a Newbury Alarm Permit is now on line

    There are now two ways to apply for a fire and security alarm permit in Newbury. The permit application can be completed online (click below in the Online Permit Application) and the application will be electronically submitted to the Town of Newbury. You will be contacted when the permit is issued. As in the past, you can still download and print the permit the application in a pdf file and fax to the Newbury Fire Department or drop off at the police department or town office during normal business hours. Please note that if you change alarm companies, a new alarm permit is required. Alarm permits can only be issued for alarm companies that are permitted by the Town of Newbury, applicants should verify that the alarm company has an Alarm Company Permit from the town.

    The on line form can also be used to update your contact information, such as cell and work phone numbers and the names of local contacts that have access to your home if you cannot be reached. If your alarm permit is over two years old, you may need to update your information so that we have the correct phone numbers in an emergency.

    The Town of Newbury Alarm Ordinance requires a permit for all business and residential central station fire and security alarms.

    The Town of Newbury will access fines for central station alarm systems that do not have the alarm permits and for alarm systems that transmit multiple false alarms. Please see a summary of the ordinance on the Ordinance Page

    Click here to fill out a Fire Alarm Permit online

    Click here to download and print the Fire Alarm Permit Application The completed permit applications can be faxed to the Newbury Fire Department at 763-5379


    Fire Prevention and Safety Information

    Heating Equipment Fire Safety and Permit Requirements

    With the cooler weather approaching, many people are thinking about upgrading their heating system or installing a wood or pellet stove. Some residents may not be aware that a permit and fire department inspection is required for all gas and oil furnace and wood burning stoves, even if the installation is not being done as part of a new construction or renovation project. Please contact the fire department for a permit application and to schedule an inspection when you are planning the installation of heating equipment.

    Click here to download an Application for Permit to install & Operate Oil Burning Equipment

    Click here to download an Application for Permit to Install and Operate Gas/Wood Burning Equipment

    Contact Fire Chief Henry E. Thomas, Jr. for information and to schedule an inspection


    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus


    83 Tanker 1

    83 Tanker 1, a 2008 Kenworth/Valley tanker, with a 2000 gallon tank and 500 gallon pump.


    Newbury Programs

    Assembly/Amusement permits

    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”


    Knox Box

    Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program

    If you own a property in Newbury, are not always available to answer a call for a fire alarm at your property and do not have someone in the area that has a key to provide the Newbury Fire Department with access to your property. please consider installing a Knox Box.

    The Newbury Fire & Rescue Department is part of the “Knox Box” program for emergency building access. A Knox Box is a secure key box containing building keys affixed to the outside of a business or home. If a fire alarm is received or there is a report of other emergency when the building us unoccupied, the fire department utilizes special fire department key, that will open the Knox Box containing the building keys. This eliminates the need to break down doors or windows to enter the building or presume there is no fire when nothing is visible from the outside. The ability to thoroughly inspect a building will enable the responders to locate other problems such as electrical hazards, heating problems and gas and water leaks set off an alarm and could lead to costly other problems if not identified. The Knox Box system is only used to enter a building in the event of a fire department emergency response to an alarm activation or report of an emergency at the location.

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    The fire department key is secured in special Knox Box on the truck that can only be opened by authorized personnel and all openings of the box are electronically recorded. Knox Boxes keyed to the Newbury system are purchased by the building owner from the Knox Box company and are installed in accordance with fire department specifications. Knox Boxes are generally installed at locations with Town of Newbury permitted central station fire alarm systems, where the Newbury Police and Fire Departments have emergency contact information. Building owners or their authorized emergency contacts are notified of every alarm notification and when the Knox Box is used to provide emergency personnel with access to the building. Emergency contact Information provided is kept confidential by the police and fire departments.

    New commercial, multi-family (4+), seasonal residences and gated properties are required to have a Knox Box as part of the building permit process.

    Information on the Knox Box system is available on the company’s website www.knoxbox.com, For residential and small business use the Knox Residential 1650 Series surface mount box is used. Other models are available for larger businesses where multiple access keys may be needed, for new construction and other special requirements. Knox Boxes keted to the Newbury Fire Department system can be ordered on line from the Knox Box company Knoxbox.com or the new Knox Home Box website for residential boxes and the Newbury Fire Department will be notified of your order and install the box when it is received. If you have questions, please contact the department at newburyfire@gmail.com


    Get the NH Alerts App

    NH Alerts is a free service provided by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Emergency and community messages are initiated by authorized public safety officials at the State level and severe weather warnings are initiated directly by the National Weather Service.

    The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    NH Alerts is used by New Hampshire public safety officials to inform and protect State residents and visitors. The NH Alerts app is free and available at the App Store and Google Play. No registration is required. Users are encouraged to enable their GPS services so the app can deliver location-based multimedia alerts to subscribers within a specific geographic area. Users may visit the NH Alerts app settings to select the alerts they would like to receive.

    The app delivers notifications to subscribers within a specific geographic area. If you are not receiving alerts through this application, you are not currently in an area identified with a potential public safety threat by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Click here to go to the Ready NH.Gov NH Alerts website and to download the app

    Weather Emergency Contact List

    The Newbury Fire Department maintains a list of town residents who may live alone, do not have transportation, be elderly or disabled that the department will check on in the event of severe weather such as a blizzard, Ice storm or long duration power failure or other emergency impacting the Town of Newbury. The department is currently updating the list and adding new people who wish to be contacted.

    Following a major storm, a telephone call is made to check on the well being of people on the list. If the person can't be reached by phone, a fire department member will go to the home to check on the person.

    If you, a family member or neighbor would like contacted in a weather emergency by the Newbury Fire Department, please send an email with the person's name, address and phone number to newburyfire@gmail.com, Please indicate "Weather Emergency Contact List" in the subject of the email. This contact information remains confidential and is not shared with any other organization. Please email the Newbury Fire Department if you have questions.

     
    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 Patricia McDonald at the Town Office (763-4940 x201) and she will enter the information for you.

    Monthly Features


    Fire Safety Information

    NFPA Vehicle fire safety

    NFPA Propane fire safety

    NFPA fire Extinguishers

    NFPA Hoarding and fire safety

    Rural fire safety

    Older adults

    Make a Disaster Supplies Kit

    Make a family Emergency Plan

    Emergency Preparedness


    Upcoming Events


    The C-5 business meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM in the New London New London Fire department training Room.



    Community Information

     


Newbury Fire Department Resident Emergency Information Form In order to better serve the residents of Newbury in the event of a fire, medical or other emergency, the Newbury Fire Department is in process of updating the street listing information. Please complete the attached form for our emergency response database print and mail to the Newbury Fire Department PO Box 373, Newbury NH 03255. We plan to be able to submit the forms electronically in the near future.