!!! Welcome !!!
Welcome to Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and
Emergency Services (PFRES). Feel free to page through our
website and learn a little about the people on the other end of
the phone when you have a fire, medical emergency, or other
hazardous condition. Please take the time to also look at our
information on fire safety and other educational program links.
PFRES, organized in 1830, is one of the oldest professional
departments on the eastern seaboard. We are a consistent leader
in modern fire suppression techniques, fire prevention,
emergency medical services and public education. The department
is staffed with 255 highly-trained firefighters, paramedics and
support personnel who respond to approximately 17,000 calls for
service each year.
Our department provides a wide range of comprehensive emergency
services including fire prevention and suppression, emergency
medical services, hazardous materials response and mitigation,
heavy and technical rescue, maritime incident response,
emergency management and disaster planning, arson and
environmental crime investigation and public education.
PFRES operates out of eight fire stations strategically located
throughout the city to minimize response times. Administrative
offices are located in the Old Town area of Portsmouth.
Operational equipment operated by the department includes:
Nine Engine Companies
Three Ladder Companies
One Technical Rescue Company
Two Fire Boats
Five ALS Medic Units
One EMS Supervisor
Hazardous Materials Response Team
Marine Incident Response Team
Resources are divided into two response
districts, each commanded by a District Battalion Chief.
Ambulances and their crews operate under the direction of an
Emergency Medical Supervisor. Operations personnel operate in a
three platoon rotation.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the
department at 757-393-8765 to schedule a station visit or to
request a visit by a fire company to your class, church or civic
(Mission and Vision)