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

Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update
You Can Now Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line. Complete the on line application form.

Safety Services Building Committee
Click here for information on the work of the Bald Sunapee Safety Services Building Committee. This link provides complete information on the committee meetings and architect drawings of the proposed new Town of Newbury fire and police stations
Next meeting December 1, at 4:30 at Town Office

Fireworks Permits Issued
There are currently no open firweworks permits


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

Save the date December 13!

The Newbury Fire Department annual community children's party will be held on Sunday, December 13 at the Safety services building, 952 Route 103. Santa will be arriving by fire engine at 4:30 PM

Holiday Fire Safety


The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holiday season. Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries? Follow a few safety tips to prevent these fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling dinner.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire~ oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, and/or clothing~ away from the stovetop.


  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


    •Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. •Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.
  • CLICK for a quick video on cooking safety


    Carbon monoxide is known as an “Invisible Killer” because it is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is caused from faulty furnaces/heating appliances, cars left running in garages or misplaced portable generators. Katelyn reminds us this month that we can’t smell or see carbon monoxide, that it can kill us and that the symptoms can send us to the emergency room.

    Candle Safety: Check!

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

    Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles!

    Staying home and hosting friends and family this holiday season? Be sure to take a moment to double check, or create, your home emergency preparedness plan and SHARE with visitors. Be sure to click on the green links to learn more!

    TEST SMOKE DETECTORS. If you didn’t change the batteries on Nov 1st, take a moment to do so now.

    CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS are properly placed and working according to manufacturer’s directions. ESCAPE PLAN with TWO WAYS OUT OF EVERY ROOM is made, hanging in a central location and practiced with family members and visitors, especially those spending the night.

    Outdoor MEETING PLACE is established and understood by all.

    Should an alarm sound, GET OUT and STAY OUT. Close all doors behind you. Do not return for any reason.

    REVIEW use of 9-1-1 should an emergency arise and help be needed.

    Traveling for the holidays? No matter where you are staying be sure to take a moment and review escape plans and safety measures for that type of home/occupancy. Keep your Family SAFE this holiday season.

    Facts about home holiday fires

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
  • More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11 percent of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year.

    Carbon Monoxide safety tips from NFPA

    Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.


    Bald Sunapee Safety Services Committee

    Following last spring's annial Town Meeting, the Town of Newbury Board of Selectmen appointed a committee to select a consultant to study the town owned Bald Sunapee property for a new safety services building. The committee recomended a consultant and the company was hired by the selectboard to do a site study, including some subsurface testing. Preliminary findings were presented to the selectboard at an open meeting. The committee continues to work with the consultant and will make recommendations to the board of selectmen on a building at the site.

    Minutes of the Bald Sunapee Safety Services Committee meetings, The 2011-2012 study committee and copies of the consultant's presentations can be found on the Safety Services Project webpage on the Town of Newbury Website.

    Click here for a schedule of the committee meetings.

    Town of Newbury Winter Parking Ordinance

    Ensure that fire and emergency medical services can reach you in an emergency. Cars parkd on roads narrowed by snowbanks can result in a critical delay om reaching your home an emergency. The Newbury Winter Parking ordinace was put into place to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles.Provisions or the ordinance are as follows:

    1. No vehicle or obstruction shall be parked or placed in any manner upon or along any street, alley, or way located within the municipal limits of and maintained for the public good by the Town of Newbury, NH from 12:00AM midnight on October31, through and including 12:00 AM midnight on April 30 of any year.

    2. Not withstanding the provisions of paragraph I above, residential areas within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Newbury that have been specifically marked and I or posted for regulated parking shall be subject to the posted provisions for parking in such designated areas.

    3. A violation of this provision shall yield the removal of such vehicle or obstruction by any duly authorized employee or contracted agent for the Town of Newbury, with such expenses for said removal and subsequent storage to be incurred upon the owner of the vehicle or property removed.

    This is the Time to Register Ice Melting Devices

    New Hampshire state law requires that all devices that are used to melt winter ice around docks and boat houses be regisered with the town clerk.

    Applications can be picked up at the Newbury Town Clerk's office or downloaded from The Town of Newbury website at

    There is a 50 cent fee for the Aqua Therm permit.

    The law also requires the posting of a DANGER THIN ICE sign wherever there is open water around the melting device.

    Winter Heating Safety

    Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires in New Hampshire. Very often heating related fires are the result of improper installation, a lack of maintenance, or simple acts of carelessness

    The Town of Newbury requires a permit from the fire chief for the installation of heating equipment:

  • Download an Application for a Permit to Install Gas/Wood Burning Equipment
  • Download an Application to Install and Operate Oil Burning Equipment

    Heating Safety Tips

    Solid fuel-burning appliances shall be installed in a location and manner so as to provide ventilation and combustion air supply to allow proper combustion of fuel, chimney draft, and maintenance of safe temperatures

    Solid fuel-burning appliances shall not be installed in any garage or any location where gasoline or any other flammable vapors or gases are present

    A common hazard is the storage of combustible materials where they can be ignited by heat radiated by a furnace, stove, or other heating appliance.

    Flues and smoke pipes can constitute a hazard; both should be kept in good condition and have adequate clearance from any combustibles

    Flues should be cleaned annually and inspected for damage or holes. In addition, throughout the heating season, checks for creosote buildup in the flue pipe

    To keep your wood- or pellet-burning system operating efficiently and safely, you'll need to maintain it on a regular basis. a certified chimney sweep should have the knowledge to help make sure your appliance, hearth, connecting pipe, air inlets, chimney, and all other components are functioning efficiently and safely

    Apply appropriate precautions: keep children away from operating stove Provide proper spacing from upholstery, carpeting and furniture

    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.Please note that if you change alarm companies, a new alarm permit is required

    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 a ccess 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 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

    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.

    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

    Town of Newbury Information

    John Mike Croteau Receives 2015 Fire Service Lifetime Achievement New Hampshire Police, Fire, & EMS Foundation for

    Chief John “Mike” Croteau was nominated by the Newbury Town Administrator Dennis J. Pavlicek, Fire Chief Henry Thomas and the Newbury Fire Department.

    Chief Croteau is a native and lifelong resident of Newbury. Chief Croteau started working at the Newbury Fire Department in 1945 at 15 years of age, a mere 70 years ago. At that time, his dad was the fire chief, and Chief Mike’s main responsibility was to make sure that the cinders from the trains going to and from the Concord to Claremont line bringing tourists to Lake Sunapee didn’t catch the blueberry bushes on fire. While working for the Newbury Fire department all those years, continuing on through the ranks to become the Newbury Fire Chief, just as his dad was, Chief Croteau was also a longtime employee of the State of NH Department of Transportation where he worked as an engineer. Chief Croteau also served in the position as Forest Fire Warden, with many people believing he knew “Smokey” when he was just a young bear! Chief Croteau’s experience as an Engineer came into play whenever any town building work needed to be done, the Town called upon Mike to do the site work and designs.

    Chief Croteau has been very involved with fundraising for the Fire Department. You could find Chief Croteau calling out numbers for many years as the Department held bingo during the summers, as well as doing whatever was necessary to make it a success. In recent years, the department holds an annual auction with Chief Mike stepping up to help out as a runner.

    Forty years in a profession is an amazing feat, but seventy years makes Chief Croteau a legend. Chief Croteau has been an active Newbury Firefighter for seven decades, and is out every day with the department going on calls.

    Chief Croteauu has volunteered for many town groups, boards, activities, and pitches in when something needs to be done.

    Chief Croteau really enjoys sharing his stories and experiences with new members of the department. His easygoing manner is reassuring to his fellow firefighters when they need him. He is definitely a role model to all the new members. When you think of Chief Mike Croteau, dedication would be one of the first things that come to mind.

    It is with great pride that the NH Police, Fire & EMS Foundation presents Chief, John “Mike” Croteau with a 2015 Lifetime Firefighter Achievement Award!

    Fire Prevention and Safety Information

    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
    Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus

    83 Engine 3

    83-Engine 3 is a 2000 Freightliner with 1500 gallon pump and a 1500 gallon tank which serves as the primary mutual aid unit and second response engine.

    This unit carries 1,000 feet of 3 inch hose, 250 feet of 1 3/4 inch hose and 100 feet of 2 1/2 inch foam hose. In addition to fire hose, equipment carried on 83M3 includes 8 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), a 35 ft ladder, 14 ft roof ladder and folding attic ladder, portable fire extinguishers, air bags, exhaust fan, chain saw, portable lights and cable, medical equipment, hydraulic rescue tools and other assorted tools and equipment.

    Newbury Programs
    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 Hoarding and fire safety

    Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    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 Hospital Weber Conference Room.

    Upcoming EMS Classes Sponsored by New London Hospital

    TEMSIS Elite Training session, Wednesday, December 2, 6:00PM-8:00PM at New London Fire Department

    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.