CAMPTON-THORNTON FIRE RESCUE
Fire Danger Today is Level 2-moderate
Serving the towns of Campton, Thornton, and Ellsworth, New Hampshire: Our mission is dedicated to protecting life and property by providing the communities with fire safety, safety education, and fire prevention programs, and providing the mitigation of fire, medical, and related emergencies with professionally trained personnel.
Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue is a combination of career and call fire fighter / EMS personnel that provides the towns of Campton, Thornton and Ellsworth, New Hampshire with a full range of emergency services: fire prevention – public education, fire suppression, ambulance based emergency medical services, rescue and extrication services, winter snowmobile rescue, and swift water rescue. In the last two years CTFR has responded to over 600-700 incidents per year.
The department is an active participant in Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association, part of 35 communities in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. CTFR also sponsors a Fire Explorer program that gets the youth of the area (ages 14 – 18) involved with community service.
Please feel free to review this website to discover more about the great group of individuals who make the Campton, Thornton, Ellsworth community a safety and special place to live, work and play. If you have any questions or comments, email or call CTFR. Be sure to check the home page often for current emergency notices.
Last Updated: April 23, 2013
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013
State Officials Warn of Increased Wildfire Danger
Concord, NH – State and local fire officials are warning the public of an increased risk of brush and wildfires due to the prolonged stretch of warm, dry weather New Hampshire has been experiencing. Brush fire conditions in New Hampshire have reached very high levels, or a class 4 out of a scale from 1 to 5. Officials at the Division of Forests and Lands report that dry conditions have already resulted in numerous brush fires since last weekend. As this dry weather pattern continues, brush fires can be expected to become more numerous. “We have been staffing fire towers across the state”, stated Brad Simpkins, Interim Director of the Division of Forests and Lands. “We are also supplementing our fire towers with aerial patrols due to the very high fire danger”.
Spring typically presents the busiest time of the year for wildfires in the Granite State due to the warm and dry conditions before the vegetation has had chance to green-up. Homeowners should take precautions to protect their property from wildland fire. This includes clearing brush and vegetation away from structures, carefully disposing of woodstove ashes, and making sure their house number is clearly visible from the road should a fire occur. Any person who plans to have any outdoor fire needs to first check with their local fire department and Forest Fire Warden to obtain a written fire permit. Due to the very dry conditions, many communities may not allow any outdoor burning until conditions improve.
The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, your Forest Fire Warden and your local fire department are urging everyone to be extremely careful with any outdoor fire during this upcoming fire season. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your local fire department at 603-726-3300 or State Forest Ranger.
The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, Forest Protection Bureau is part of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. To learn more about the Division of Forests and Lands, visit www.nhdfl.org or call 603-271-2214
Last Updated: May 3, 2013
9 Volt Batteries - A fire Hazard!
In July, a fire broke out in a kitchen "junk" drawer which the resident stated she had just cleaned and organized. The fire produced smoke throughout the first floor of the home. In the drawer were spare keys, a cigarette lighter, paper clips, eye glass cleaner, and some batteries in a baggie along with everything else that you find in a "junk" drawer.
The local fire department determined the cause of the fire to be from a 9 volt battery stored in the same baggie with other batteries. The 9 volt battery rubbed against another battery and ignited the fire. In the homeowner's words, "We were fortunate not to have been away for the weekend!"
A 9 volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts are on top, right next to one another. If the ends come in contact with anything metal i.e. aluminum foil, steel wool, paper clip, other batteries, etc. this will create the object to heat up and ignite a fire.
To store, keep in original packaging or keep ends covered. For disposal, make sure that the positive and negative posts are safely wrapped in electrical tape.
Remember to check your smoke alarms each month to ensure your family has the early warning to get out safely if a fire should occur in your home.
Last Updated: January 10, 2013