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Mission Statement: Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services is a community based department that is committed to providing the highest quality of public safety services. We protect lives and property through emergency medical services, fire suppression, disaster management, hazardous materials management, fire & medical prevention, and public education.

Vision Statement: To cultivate a diverse, modern, innovative, caring and compassionate department that operates safely, is competent, and is responsive to the community.


PFRES fights fire in Commercial Building:

Units from Portsmouth and Navy Regional responded to a commercial structure fire in the 3800 block of Elm Ave.  The building’s sprinkler system was able to hold the fire in check until fire units arrived on scene to extinguish.  E11, E1, E2, T1, T10, R1, B1, B2, EMS2, and an engine from Navy Regional are currently on scene. The fire has been deemed under control, and is currently under investigation.Image attachment


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So glad everyone is safe-

I remember the fire in the conveyor from years ago.

Yep, that's wheelabrator SPP. Not surprising, they periodically get something through that ends up being flammable. Hope it didn't do too much damage.

PFRES responds to single vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on MLK Westbound:

E1, E4, R1, T1, M4, EMS 1, and B1 responded to the MLK for an accident involving a tractor trailer that was hauling sweet potatoes.  One Patient was transported to SNGH, and units are still on scene.Image attachmentImage attachment


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My department, in 1 year, ran and I kid you not, back to back semi MVAs that were carrying watermelons and....... a semi MVA involving Real. Live. Sharks.

May God Bless and continue to protect our Portsmouth’s Emergency Responders! 🙏🏼 you are sincerely appreciated.

Holy Cow, hope everyone is ok

I was about five cars back and stuck there for about an hour. They finally let us turn around and drive back the other way and do a U-turn on the high Street exit. The people in a white car and semi behind me left their vehicles to check out the scene. We all move to the sides when the fire trucks arrived so they could come through the middle. Since those idiots had abandoned their cars and left them in the middle of the road, the fire trucks were absolutely amazing to get through with such efficiency and quickness in that tight spot. 👏😍💪

That curve is sharp. He hit it way too hard. Slow down, dude. Hope everyone is okay.

Fionn Roberts

That will learn um...slow down!

Quinton Walters

prayers for the driver 😢

Leroy Purdy Tonja Williams

Did the vehicle catch on fire at any point?

Fionn Roberts

So free sweet potatoes??

Clint Smith

Clint Smith

Tiara TeBee Littles omg the wreck

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Help us congratulate C. Ben Lineberry on his promotion to Captain!  Captain Lineberry has over 12 years of experience, and he will be assigned to E10 (Victory Blvd) on the C Shift.


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Congratulations that’s awesome!!

Congratulations Lineberry!!!!!!!!

Congratulations Captain Lineberry

Congrats Ben!

Congratulations friend. Well deserved.

Congratulations Capt!!!

Congratulations Captain Lineberry

Congrats Capt.!

Congrats Ben.

Congratulations Captain

Well deserved Captain!!

Congratulations Captain

Congrats Capt Lineberry !

Awesome!!! Congratulations!

Congratulations to you on your promotion. Thank you for your service. May God Bless you in all you do and keep you safe.

Congratulations Captain

Congratulations brother!

Congratulations on your promotion👌

Congratulations Capt. Lineberry

Congratulations Capt Lineberry!

Thank you everyone for all the well wishes. So grateful to be a part of such a great organization. Love my second family and serving the citizens of Portsmouth.

Congratulations Capt!

congratulations capt

Congratulation Captain. Best wishes from germany

Congratulations Ben

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Help us congratulate Ronnie Reeves on his promotion to the rank of Captain.  Ronnie has 15 years of experience with the PFD, and he will be a great asset to our executive team.  He will be assigned to the Training Division as Training 1.


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Congratulations Ronnie! 🍻

Congrats Captain Reeves!

Portsmouth has been and still is the Best, I remember when, miss you guys and a ladies, although most have retired

congratulations capt

Awesome. Congratulations brother!

Congratulations Captain

Congrats Capt Reeves

Congratulations brother

Congratulations Ronnie!!

Congratulations Ronnie!

Congrats capt!

Yay!! Congratulations Captain Reeves!!!

Well deserved! Way to go Captain Reeves!!

Congrats Capt. Reeves !

Congrats brother, well deserved!!!

Congratulations, Ronnie!!! Very well deserved!!!

Congrats Capt

Congratulations! WELL DESERVED!!!

Congratulations to you on your promotion. May God Bless you in all you do and keep you safe. Thank you for your service.

Congratulations Capt. Reeves

Congratulations Captain Reeves

Congratulations Capt!!!

Congratulations Capt.

Congratulations well deserved!!!

Congratulations Captain!

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Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services personnel are focusing on leadership development today and tomorrow at the ODU Tri-cities Center. 

We thank our guest speaker Mr. Howard Cross with his professionalism and personalized leadership presentation designed to grow and improve the aspiring and current leaders within the PFRES. 

For Immediate release: 

At 0635 hours, Portsmouth Emergency Communications received calls for a residential fire in the 1100 block of Alcindor Rd.  On arrival, Crews found heavy fire that was venting vertically through the roof.  

An aggressive strategy was put into place to minimize fire spread, and protect the remaining property.  The fire was brought under control by 830am, with no injuries to any occupants or firefighters. 

2 adults, 2 children, and 2 pets have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. 

Preliminary investigation has concluded that the fire was accidental, with a more in depth investigation to continue over the coming days.    Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services wants to remind everyone that Smoke Alarms save lives.  If you, or someone you know, is in need of a Smoke Alarm, please call (757) 393-8765.


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Glad everyone and the pets are now safe.Thanks

Praise God that everyone is okay. I'm truly sorry for the loss of your home and pray for all your needs to be met 🙏❤

Glad all are safe

Garry Harris


Great Job

Glad all are safe!

Strike the box.

Great job!

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 Mailing Address

311 County Street - Suite 200
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Dial 911 for Emergencies

Contact Numbers

Fire Administration -     (757) 393-8765
Fire Marshal Office -      (757) 393-8689
EMS Division Offices -   (757) 393-8123
Administration Fax # -  (757) 393 - 5161

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday from 8a - 5p

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