Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue


Fire Danger Today is Level 2-Moderate


Serving the towns of

Campton, Thornton and Ellsworth,New Hampshire:

Welcome -

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


Campton-thornton fire rescue announces new schedule

CTFR began a new schedule in July of 2015. Previously the three full-time firefighter/ EMTs would work a 40 hour per week schedule from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and on call personnel would cover emergencies during the nights and weekends. Personnel were able to evaluate the previous schedule and number of emergencies and with a little bit of research, were able to find a way to change to a new schedule that allows the three full-time firefigher/ EMTs, supplemented by a per diem employee when needed, to change to a 4 day on 4 day off schedule, with alternating shifts. The new schedule also changed to a 12 hour work day meaning that from 6 am until 6 pm, there is someone at the fire station to answer not only emergency calls, but also conduct inspections or write burn permits, unless there is an emergency, of course! If you would like more information or have questions about the new schedule change, please feel free to stop by or give us a call.


Get your fire permit online!

Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that we are part of a trial in conjunction with NH Forests and Lands, and we are now able to offer online fire permits to residents of Campton, Ellsworth and Thornton. The system was designed by the same company that designed the online NH Hunting and Fishing licenses. There is a $3 fee, that is assessed by the designing company as part of an agreement with the state in exchange for designing and implementing the permit program at no charge to the State of NH. The State of NH does not charge for permits and therefore does not receive any of the $3 fee. For questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Station at 726-3300.

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Last Updated:June 25, 2014

Releasing of Sky Lanterns prohibited by NH State Fire Code

Concord, NH - NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced today that his office is releasing a technical bulletin prohibiting the release of sky lanterns in New Hampshire. These paper miniature hot air balloons also known as Kongming Lanterns or “wish lanterns” have grown in popularity. Due to the increase, Degnan's Office has seen more incidents where these devices have caused fires in the state.

Fire Marshal Degnan has determined that these devices are considered to be recreational fires according to the NH State Fire Code. “Recreational fires must be attended at all times,” Degnan said. “Once you let go of the balloon, it is no longer attended.” If the balloons are tethered in some fashion then they are permitted to be used.

One of the popular places to light these balloons is at the NH Motor Speedway during race week. Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Farley who heads up the fire safety detail from the state at the speedway has seen hundreds of these balloons. “We have seen lots of these devices in the air and we find them all over the place with clear evidence that they were burning when they landed,” Farley remarked. “We have evidence that these things have actually started fires on private property around the track.” Farley also said that they create a littering nuisance and a potential hazard to animals and small children because of the wire frames.

Unless tethered, releasing sky lanterns is considered a violation of the NH State Fire Code.

Last Updated: May 29, 2013

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