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 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

    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



    Children's Christmas Party

    The annual Newbury Fire Department Childrens Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 21, at 4:00 PM at the Newbury Fire Department. Santa Clause will be on hand to give out presents to the children. Children from the community and their parents are invited to attend.



    News

    Christmas Tree Fires

    Facts & figures

  • Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%0 of home Christmas tree structure fires.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

  • NFPA safety tips on Christmas trees.

    Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

    Picking the tree

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

    Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

    Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

    After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

  • Video: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly

    Ice Melting Devices Must be Registered with the Newbury Town Clerk

    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 www.newburynh.org

    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.


    Severe winter storm safety

    Winter StormsStaggering winter storm statistics show that 70 percent of winter storm deaths are automobile related. One-fourth of winter storm fatalities are the result of individuals being caught in the storm and more than 50 percent of these deaths are males.

    Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy roads, avalanches and downed trees and power lines can all accompany winter storms. Communication lines can be cut off, and access to emergency and medical services may be severely limited once extreme weather hits a region. It's important to know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm:

    Before...

  • Have your car winterized. This includes quality winter tires.
  • Prepare a family disaster supplies kit. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack.
  • Establish an out-of-area contact (such as a relative or family friend) who can coordinate family members' locations and information should you become separated. Make sure children learn the phone numbers and addresses, and know the emergency plans.
  • Prepare your home for the winter months. Install storm windows and shutters and insulate attics and walls. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows and wrap pipes with insulation. Learn how to disconnect gas, water, and electric power in case you must evacuate your home.

    During...

    A winter storm watch means conditions are right for a severe storm to develop within 36 to 48 hours. Avoid going outside or traveling -- the safest place to be during a winter storm is indoors. During a winter storm watch:
  • Listen to the radio or TV for the latest weather information.
  • Review your family's disaster plan.
  • Watch for changing weather conditions.
  • Move any pets or other animals to a sheltered area (make sure they have water).

    A winter storm warning means a life-threatening severe winter storm has begun or will begin within 24 hours. A blizzard warning is issued when conditions are likely to produce deep drifts, life-threatening wind chills, and blinding snowfall. During a winter storm or blizzard warning:

  • Listen for news and weather updates.
  • Dress in many layers.
  • Implement your disaster plan regarding food, water and supplies if you are unable to go out for a prolonged period.
  • To conserve fuel, lower the thermostat to 65° F during the day and 55° F at night.
  • If power goes out, you may be forced to find other means of keeping warm during the storm. Use only safe emergency heat sources, such as a fireplace with a sturdy metal screen and a supply of wood; a well-vented wood, coal, or camp stove; a portable space heater. Read NFPA's heating fact sheet for more information on safe home heating.
  • After...

    Use common sense before going outside after a storm. Dress warmly in many layers, and always wear a hat. Protect your lungs by covering your mouth. Stretch before shoveling heavy snow and remember to take breaks to avoid overexertion. Continue to listen to the news and weather updates


    Heating Safety

    With the heating season right around the corner it is time to have your heating system serviced. Oil and propane furnaces should be checked once a year by a qualified heating technician. For those who heat wood or have wood burning fireplace, it is the time of year to clean the chimney. Pellet stoves also need to be cleaned check your owners manual onwhat needs to be done. Move all the combustibles away from your wood stoves and pelletstove before you light them for the season . During the warmer months furniture and other combustible items tend to getcloser to your heat source to make for more room.

    If you are putting in a new furnace or wood burning stove this fall, remember that a permit is required from the Newbury Fire Department. Please contact Fire Chief Henry Thomas for permit and inspection information.

    Click here to download a Wood Burning/Gas Heating Permit Application
    Town of Newbury Information

    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 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 newburyfire@gmail.com


    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 newburyfire@gmail.com


    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
    or
    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 www.newburynh.org.
    • 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

    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
    Newbury Fireworks Regulations

    Permits are Required for Fireworks in Newbury

    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. The Newbury Fireworks Ordinance provides for fines of $250 per violation for anyone using fireworks in Newbury without a Fireworks Permit. There is no fee for a fireworks permit.

    The state law requires that only the property owners and individuals over 21 years of age with written permission of the property owner may display fireworks on a property. The New Hampshire Department of Safety requires a “Water Events Permit” for any fireworks displays that are over the water, and therefore a state permit is required for a Newbury Fireworks Permit to be issued for an over the water fireworks display. For a Fireworks permit to be issued the properly must be in compliance with the Newbury Street Numbering ordinance(see below).

    The ordinance specifies a safety zone of 100 feet between the fireworks display and any structure or property lot line. Because of this requirement, a fire department inspection of the site where the fireworks are going to be displayed as well as the verification of street address numbering may be required before a permit will be issued.

    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. Fireworks Permits will not be issued for fireworks displays after 10:00 PM, as the Newbury Public Conduct (Noise) Ordinance prohibits fireworks after that hour

    Permits will be issued 24-48 hours prior to the fireworks display. An inspection of the display location may be required. Please allow sufficient 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.

  • Dave Smith, Forest Fire Warden 938-5925
  • Henry Thomas Fire Chief 344-9381 email: newburyc1@aol.com
  • Ken Burnell, Deputy Warden763-4962
  • Mike Croteau, Deputy Warden763-2679

    Applications for fireworks permits may completed on the Newbury Fire Department website using our online form and also at the Newbury Police Department during business hours 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Applications take 24 hours to process.

    Fire Prevention and Safety Information
    Fireplace and Home Fire Safety

    More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.

    Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!

    Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
  • Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

    Safely Burn Fuels

  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.


    Chimney Cleaning

    Chimneys should be inspected annually and cleaned as needed per National Fireplace Codes (NFPA-211). This section covers the chimney cleaning procedures that Chimney Doctors uses on a regular basis.

    Fireplace cleanings

    Also known as chimney cleanings, fireplace sweeps, or fireplace cleanings. Fireplace chimney sweeps are primarily for integrity purposes, cleaning, and obstruction free assurance. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." Annual inspection with a fireplace chimney sweep as required. This is the National safety standard!

    Each home heating appliance is dependent on a chimney and/or venting system that functions properly. If the chimney does not work as designed, the heating system will not perform as it should - or could. This situation has the potential to result in serious damage to the home and it's surrounding. It can also pose risk to the health and safety of the family living inside the house.

    Usually if you burn a half of a cord of wood or more in a season your chimney will be in need of a yearly cleaning

    Many homeowners are under the impression that if they have a gas heating system there is no longer a need for chimney maintenance. It is true that it will not need to be cleaned like the wood burning system, but inspections every 2-3 years are highly recommended to make sure these systems are venting properly and to insure that there are not any cracks, deterioration or blockage that may cause hazardous gas to back up into your home unnoticed


    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
    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.