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
Office Hours Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Newbury Fire Department Table of Contents
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|
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.(Please read the full ordinance for complete information. See the link below)
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 are not permitted in certain areas of Newbury and a permit cannot be issued for a location in one of these areas. Permits are issued to property owners for displays on their own property, tenants of rental properties must have written permission from the owner of the property to apply for a fireworks permit.
Any public entertainment displays fall under the state regulations and distances between the shooter and the public must at least 200 ft. Proof of liability insurance is required and a fire department detail may be required. Displays in more limited areas must be licensed and permitted by the State Fire Marshal.
Permits will be issued 24-48 hours prior to the fireworks display. An inspection of the display location may be required. Please allow sufficent time prior to the event to apply for and receive the fireworks permit.
Permits may be obtained at no charge from the Newbury Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Wardens.
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 email@example.com
Fireworks Information LinksTown of Newbury Fireworks Ordinance
Permits are Required for Outside Burning
Anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire must have written permission from the landowner and a fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled. You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a written fire permit.Public or privately owned camp or picnic grounds must obtain an annual written fire permit from the town forest fire warden for use of outside fireplaces, camp or cooking fires used in the operation of the camp or picnic grounds. Such camp or cooking fires should: 1.be in an area cleaned to mineral soil at least 8 feet across; 2.have at least 6 inches of sand or gravel under the fire for any fire built on the ground; 3.have no limbs or other burnable material to a height of 10 feet above the fireplace area; and 4.be constructed so they cannot be moved from their mineral soil area.
What You Can Burn and When
Only leaves, woody debris or brush less than 5 inches in diameter, or untreated wood and dimension lumber can be burned. For any open burning a written fire permit is required. Even with the permit, no open burning between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm unless it is raining.
Air quality regulations restrict the type of material burned in the open. Stumps, painted or treated lumber, tires, tubes, plastics, foam rubber and shingles are some of the prohibited materials (see Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources Division Open Burning Rules).
Gas grills or charcoal fires in a container up and off the ground on your own property do not require a fire permit. Fire pits, Outside fireplaces, chimineas and other outside wood burning appliances Do Require a permit
Permits will not be issued during very dry or windy conditions.
Contact one of the Newbury Fire Wardens for an outside burning permit application or if you have questions.
House Address Numbering is Required by Newbury Town Ordinance
As part of your planning for emergencies, please check to see that your street address is visible from the street the fire police and ambulance can locate your home in an emergency.
Newbury town ordinance requires that all homes and businesses have a street address posted that can be seen from the road. If the house is close to the street, the number can be on the building, but in most cases the address should be on a mail box, sign or tree at the end of the driveway to your home. Street number signs that were once very visible, may now be covered by trees or bushes that have grown up or by branches that have fallen.
Reflective numbers lose their reflectivity after a number of years and should be replaced when this happens.
Next time you come home, look for your street address sign, if you don’t immediately see the street numbers, day or night, then it is likely that the emergency responders will not see your house sign delaying the response when you need them.
(The Town Ordinance requiring street numbering was enacted by the Board of Selectmen after a public hearing June 25, 1990)
|Fire Prevention and Safety Information|
Barbecue SafetyWatch YouTube Barbeque Safety Video
NFPA Grilling Safety Tips
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
Fatal Fires in Residential Buildings (2009–2011)
Annually from 2009 to 2011, an estimated 1,600 fatal fires in residential buildings were reported to United States fire departments each year and caused an estimated 2,495 deaths, 625 injuries and $188 million in property loss.
Findings from this report:
|Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus|
83 Boat 1
The Newbury Fire Department operates 83-Boat 1, a 24 ft Winninghoff Star aluminum Fire/Rescue boat on Lake Sunapee. The boat has a new 2010 Darly 550 gpm pump that can operate from the boat or supply water to the engines on shore.In 2012 the boat was upgraded with a new remote control master stream deck gun, that enables the firefighters to control this firefighting equipent that is capable of shooting a stream of water several hundred feet onto a fire from the safety of the boat's cabin. The boat is the only fireboat on the lake and provides mutual aid fire protection and rescue support to the towns of Sunapee and New London. The boat is kept at the department's dock in Newbury Harbor, near the information booth on Route 103, about 1/4 mile from the fire station. It is in service on Lake Sunapee from early May through November.
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.
Newbury Fire & Rescue Department Knox Box Program
The Newbury Fire & Rescue Department is joining neighboring communities and fire departments throughout the country in establishing a “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.
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. Complete the attached application and submit to Chief Henry Thomas, Jr. at the Newbury Fire & Rescue Department, 952 Route 103, PO Box 373, Newbury NH 03255 if you are interested in participating in the Knox Box Program or contact Chief Thomas if you have questions
|Fire Alarm Ordinance|
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 alarm systems that do not have the alarm permits.Click here to download a Fire Alarm Permit Application
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
Penalties for violations of the 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
(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 Safety Information
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|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.|