Answers to common questions about the NH Firefighter license plates

Why is there a dotted line? These are decal plates, Firefighter, UNH and Rotary each have the same plate. The decals must be placed in a certain placement on the plate.

Why is there not an embossed or printed FF plate? Due to the high cost to manufacture the plate in embossed or screen printed and the low numbers to sell such a plate the state did not want the large investment. At that point most of the proceeds would have gone to the state.

Why can i not have my own decal? The decals are only approved by the department of transportation. Each decal has to have gone through the process of approval. This is the only decal approved for the license plate.

Where do the proceeds go? The proceeds from the sale of the firefighter decal go to the NH State Firemen s Association Memorial Fund. This is the only fund to provide the upkeep, expansion and costs to manage the memorial that supports all firefighter in NH.

Why must the decals be sent to the Fire Chief? In order to satisfy the Fire Chiefs in that they are aware who has a firefighter decal in their town, the decals must be sent to the Fire Chief  for approval before the firefighter receives the decal. The decals are only for active or retired firefighters. The legislation clearly addresses the decals are for “Firefighters or Retired Firefighters”.

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License plates

The Decals for the Firefighter or Retired Firefighter license plates will be available for purchase January 15, 2018.


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Next membership meeting of the NHSFA January 18

The next meeting of the NHSFA will be at Ashland Fire Department at 1900. All members are invited to attend. Regular business of the association will commence at 1900.

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Firefighter License Plates

Please see our page on License plates on our menu for more information.

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New Hampshire becomes the first state to announce plans to pursue FirstNet ‘opt-out’ alternative

(As reported by the NHAFC)

New Hampshire becomes the first state to announce plans to pursue FirstNet ‘opt-out’ alternative

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu today announced that his state will pursue the FirstNet “opt-out” alternative with Rivada Networks building and maintaining the LTE radio access network instead of AT&T, resulting in New Hampshire becoming the first state to make an “opt-out” announcement.

Sununu’s announcement followed a unanimous “opt-out” recommendation from New Hampshire’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee in October and the delivery of a risk-assessment report from the state’ FirstNet Opt-Out Review Committee earlier this week.

“After reviewing the report from the FirstNet Opt-Out Review Committee, it is clear that, while an opt-out decision comes with regulatory and financial risks, those risks can be mitigated through the safeguards and contractual provisions that the committee has recommended,” Sununu said in a prepared statement. “I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Opt-Out Review Committee for their assistance in our due-diligence evaluation.

“Rivada has proposed a plan that has the potential to provide immense value to our state, including unparalleled public-safety infrastructure investments that will lead to unmatched and near-universal coverage for the new public safety network. If we successfully navigate the opt-out path, New Hampshire will retain a level of control that it would not have enjoyed in an opt-in scenario. I am pleased that we have the opportunity to pursue a plan that will provide the maximum benefit to our public safety community and all of our citizens. New Hampshire deserves nothing less.”

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said his office is prepared to ensure that the state’s “opt-out” initiative is a successful one.

“As chief law-enforcement officer, today’s announcement marks an important development for our state and for its first responders,” MacDonald said in a prepared statement. “As we begin the next phase of the process, the Department of Justice is ready to engage immediately with Rivada and FirstNet to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to fully protect New Hampshire’s interests.”

Sununu’s announcement does not mean that New Hampshire immediately has become an “opt-out” state, a designation that makes the state responsible for building and maintaining an alternative RAN that interoperates seamlessly with the nationwide FirstNet system being built by AT&T.

First, New Hampshire will need to reach a detailed agreement with Rivada Networks regarding the terms of their relationship.

New Hampshire issued its alternative RAN request for proposals (RFP) in December 2015 and selected Rivada Networks as its potential alternative-RAN vendor in September 2016. That 2016 agreement time included little detail other than naming Rivada Networks as the contractor, because very little was known about the architecture of the FirstNet system at the time, as FirstNet did not name AT&T as its nationwide contractor until March 2017.

Given New Hampshire’s lengthy history with Rivada Networks, many industry observers have indicated that Sununu’s decision would be extremely important to Rivada Networks as it tries to convince other governors to consider the “opt-out” alternative for their states.

Rivada Networks Chairman and CEO Declan Ganley was understandably pleased with Sununu’s “opt-out” announcement.

“Rivada is honored to have the opportunity to build a world-class public-safety RAN for the Granite State,” Ganley said in a prepared statement. “New Hampshire ran the longest and most thorough opt-out review process in the country. Now the real work of transforming New Hampshire’s public-safety communications can begin.

“We also look forward to other states joining New Hampshire in building their own FirstNet RANs between now and December 28. Rivada and its partners are ready to work with FirstNet and the states to roll out state RANs in any state that opts to follow this bottom-up approach to emergency communications.”

After Rivada Networks completes its detailed deployment plans for New Hampshire, the plans must be submitted to the FCC, which will determine whether the state’s proposed alterative RAN will meet the agency’s interoperability criteria for FirstNet.

If New Hampshire secures FCC approval, its alternative RAN proposal would be evaluated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA last week released its evaluation criteria, which largely follows guidance that NTIA officials presented in August during the APCO 2017 show. The final piece of the “opt-out” process would be for New Hampshire to reach a spectrum-lease agreement with FirstNet.

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New Hampshire Firefighter Plates

New Hampshire Automobile

License plates are finally here.

Starting January 15, 2018 NH firefighters and NH Retired Firefighters can purchase official decals from the NH Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee. These are the ONLY decals recognized by the state to be placed on a NH Decal plate. For more information on the decal plates visit to purchase the plates.

The decal plate must be purchased through your local DMV. Decals are purchased through the web site at All decals must be mailed to the Chief of the department in your official organization for disbursement.  Only current or retired firefighters authorized by the Chief of the department are eligible for the firefighter or Retired Firefighter decal.

  • Decals can only be placed on a Decal Plate. To transfer your existing passenger plate to a Decal Plate, please visit any of the DMV locations. To obtain a new Decal Plate, please visit your town or city clerk office.
  • Decal Plates are available for a $15 fee per year in addition to the town and state registration fees. Decal Vanity Plates are also available for an additional $40 vanity plate fee. An additional $8.00 plate manufacturing fee is only required in the first year of purchase.
  • Decals are NOT available at DMV locations
  • Firefighter and or Retired Firefighter Decals (2) $35.00
  • Annual Renewal fee $10.00

Purchases are online only . Master Card, Visa or American Express accepted . Please allow 10 days for processing.

All proceeds from the sale of the “Decals” Will support the

NH Fallen Firefighter Memorial.







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Ashland Deputy Chief (Ret) John C. Hughes calling hours


John C. Hughes, 77

ASHLAND — John C. Hughes, 77, of Ashland, died in an automobile accident on Interstate 93 in Holderness on Nov. 16, 2017.

John was born in Laconia on Dec. 4, 1939, the son of Bert K. and Mary E. Morrison Hughes. He was raised and educated in Ashland, a 1958 graduate of Ashland High School. Following his school years, John served his country in the Air Force.

John was married to Elaine Avery on Aug. 12, 1967. They just recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

He was employed at Ashland Paper Mills, IPC/Freudenberg NOK, also a bus driver for the Newfound Area School District and Waterville Valley Ski Area.

A lifelong resident of Ashland, John served his town in the following capacities: as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, selectmen, Water Commissioner, served on the Ashland School Board, the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Budget Committee, a deputy chief and member of the Ashland Fire Department for 17 years, a Grafton county representative and past president of the New Hampshire Fire Fighters Association.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, woodworking, and baking. His family always came first.

John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Mary L. Hughes; and his brother, Kendall L. Hughes.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine (Avery) Hughes of Ashland; six children, Kendall “KB” Hughes and wife Jennifer of Ashland, Sue Reckmeyer and husband Chris of New Port Richie, Florida, Marika “Rikki” Agnelli, of Newmarket, Kathy Cookson and husband Timothy of Morrisville, Vermont, Deb Perdue and husband Jacob of Ashland, Annie Cagle and husband Jeff of Port Allen, Louisiana; nine grandsons and five granddaughters; two brothers, Nathan Hughes and wife Dona of Tamworth, and Eric Hughes and wife Barbara of Louisville, Kentucky; and a sister-in-law, Antoinette Hughes of Ashland.

Calling Hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Ave. in Ashland on Tuesday Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217.

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November meeting of the NHSFA

The November meeting of the NHSFA will be on the 30th at 6 PM at the West Ossipee fire department. All members are welcome to attend.

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Reminder of the NHSFA Annual meeting November 4

The annual meeting of the NHSFA is November 4 at 10 AM at new Hampton Fire. All members and prospective members are invited to attend.

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial adding NH Names

Two NH names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmittsburg Maryland this weekend. Charles Waterbury of Orford Fire and Douglas Clement of New Hampton Fire will be added to this years memorial. Members of the NH fire service will attend to support our fallen brothers. The ceremony will start Saturday with the Red Helmet Ride followed by a candle light ceremony on Saturday. Sunday AM will commence with the names of the fallen being read and flags given to the survivors. More information can be found at

Charles Waterbury Orford Fire                      Douglas Clement, New Hampton Fire


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