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
Permits are required for outside burning
Click here for state regulations and how to obtain a burn permit.
Now is the time to renew your Seasonal Fire Permit for 2016 for outside fireplaces and fire pits
Fire Alarm Permit Application & Update
Apply for a fire alarm permit or update your information on line. Complete the On line alarm application form.
Alarm Company Installation Notification
Alarm Companies can now provide the notification of new alarm installations on the webpage notifcation form.
Fireworks Permits Issued
No Fireworks Permits have been issued
Fill out the request for your fireworks permit on line
Fireworks Permit Request 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
Central New Hampshire EMS Conference
Six members of the Newbury Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff attended the two day Central New Hampshire EMS Conference held at Mount Sunapee Resort on April 30 and May 1. Sessions included New CPR techniques, critical incident stress, medical helicopter emergencies, wilderness incidents, speed & impact, active shooter and incidents involving drugs. The DHART helicopter and ground unit as well as New London ambulances were on display for conference attendees.
Arson Awareness Week is May 1st to 7th.
The theme for this year is “Prevent Wildfire Arson – Spread the Facts Not the Fire
What is wildfire arson?
Arson is the willful, malicious, intentional and/or reckless burning of your property or someone else’s. Wildfire arson takes place on underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland.
New Brush Fire Equipment
The brush fire fighting capabilities of the department have been greatly enhanced with the new skid mounted forestry pump and tank added to the Newbury Fire Rescue Kubota ATV. The equipment was designed and manufactured as a class project by Newbury Firefighter, DJ Smith.
Wildland Fire Danger is a Concern Early This Year
Due to a relatively snow-free winter combined with warm temperatures, New Hampshire is already seeing elevated wildfire danger across a large part of the state’s woodlands, almost a month before normal. Newbury firefighters have already had to fight a brush fire in town that burned over five acres. This is the largest brush fire in the town in several years. If this warm, dry weather pattern continues, brush fires can be expected to occur.
During the spring, prior to the emergence of new foliage and green grass, the danger of a fire escaping control is a serious concern. Anyone who spots a fire not under control or supervision should report it immediately to the fire department by calling 911.
Due to the dry conditions, outdoor burning may not be allowed until conditions improve. Any landowner who plans on doing any outdoor burning needs to contact the fire department or Forest Fire Warden first
|Outside Fire Safety|
Permits are required for outside burning
See Outside burning section on Ordinance Page for outside burning regulations and information on applying for a Outside Burning Permit
Find out the Predicted Fire Danger for today from the NH Bureau of Forests and Lands
Fire Danger Definitions:
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.
Controlling the burn
Keeping outdoor fires under control
As the temperature rises each year, so do the risks associated with outdoor fires. In spring, the risks mainly come from brush fires (either in the wild or related to folks burning yard debris after spring cleaning). In summer, barbeques, bonfires, and campfires become a more significant part of the action.
Here are some reminders about how you can cut down the risk of outdoor fires getting out of control:
When out in the woods
When making a burn pile in your yard
When having a BBQ•Once you're done with the barbeque, let the fire go out completely and wait until the coals are cool to the touch, then transfer the coals and ashes to a covered metal container. Leave it in a safe place outside until it's completely cooled off and out. As with woodstove ashes, this can take up to a week!
When working with any kind of outdoor fire at all
(This fire prevention information was provided by the VT Division of Fire Safety)
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
Medical Oxygen Safety
Portable medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient uses to breath. Fire needs oxygen to burn. If a fire should start in an oxygen-enriched area, the material burning will burn more quickly. Homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to keep people safe from fire and burns.
Post No Smoking and No Open Flames signs in and outside the home to remind people not to smoke.
(Source: National Fire Protection Association)
Home garage fire safety
Facts about garage fires
Every year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes that result in an average of:
Of these fires, 93 percent occurred in one- and two-family homes.
The leading cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction. This can be due to shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.
Garage fire safety
Prevention tips to keep homes safe from garage fires.
Information about heat alarms
Heat alarms (detectors) are designed to respond to fire, not smoke. While smoke alarms get most of the attention, heat alarms are another useful part of any home fire detection system.
Some environments, like those found in garages, can cause smoke alarms to sound due to changes in temperature and humidity, as well as dust, fumes and insects. Heat alarms are virtually unaffected by these adverse conditions; smoke alarms are not.
Smoke alarms are not required, or designed for use, in garages. Many heat alarm models can be connected to a home’s fire detection system so that if the heat alarm sounds, the smoke alarms will as well.
Tips for buying and installing heat alarms:
Purchase a heat alarm that is:
Have your hard-wired heat alarm installed by a qualified electrician.
Don’t install heat alarms near fluorescent lights. Electrical noise and flickering from the lights may affect the alarm’s operation.Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
(Information from US Fire Administration)
|Newbury Fire Deparatment Apparatus|
New London Ambulance 4
New London Ambulance 4 is operated by New London Hospital, Newbury's Emergency Medical transport partner. Ambulance 4 is a 2016 Wheeled Coach Ambulance on a Ford F550 4X4 Chasses. This is New London Ambulance's first four wheel drive truck, which is an advantage on Newbury's hilly snow covered roads during the winter months. The new ambulance was recently put into service and covers the western section of Newbury from the Sunapee Fire Department headquarters. New London Ambulance 1 covers the northern and southern parts of Newbury from New London Hospital. All medical emergency calls in Newbury receive a response from Newbury Rescue 1 and One of the New London ambulances. A Newbury engine responds with the rescue and New London ambulance to all motor vehicle accidents. Newbury Fire Rescue personnel recently conducted training with the new London Ambulance staff on the new truck.
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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.|