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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.


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At 545pm this evening Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services personnel along with NNSY E21 responded to a working apartment fire in the 600 Block of South Street. The first arriving unit found a fire on the third floor. The firefighters brought the fire under control at 6pm. There have been no injuries reported. The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation. PFD units are still on scene. ... See MoreSee Less


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Heard all the sirens. Thanks y'all

So appreciate you all. Hope you get some well deserved rest this evening, busy day!

Thank you all for your hard work at keeping us safe. You have sure had your share of fires in the last couple of days.


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So this is a not even a block away and I herd they called 911 around 5x and no one answered! Someone had to go to the fire station right by us and bang on door to let them know there is a fire. Crazyness. Glad everyone is ok.

We have a GREAT fire department in Portsmouth! Thanks to everyone for your service. 🇺🇸

Thank you for your service always!

I hope the firefighters are safe and everyone and any animals got out in time.

I still would to know why we could not get 911 on that day we had 5 different people trying and not one of us could get them , this is 3 house down from us the next neighbor to that house had to go get the fire department she drove her car to the firehouse on cedar lane only 3 mins away

Y'all are the best

Oh no

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***For Immediate Release***

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services personnel along with NNSY E21 responded to the 70 block of Riverview Ave. at 101am for an apartment on fire. All occupants escaped safely. The fire was located in the back wall of the structure. 

At 113am another structure was dispatched to the 3000 block of Harvey Street. First arriving units reported heavy fire from the roof. (Images attached) The sole occupant escaped uninjured. 

(Address updated to the 3000 block of Harvey Street.)

Both fires are under investigation by the Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s office. There are no reports of injuries to firefighters. The City of Chesapeake Fire Department provided assistance with coverage.Image attachmentImage attachment


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stay safe guys & ladies-your bread lady

***For Immediate Release***

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to a Multi-family structure fire on the 1600 block of Darren Circle shortly after 3:00 pm.  Arriving units found heavy fire in one of the apartments.  An aggressive interior attack was made, and the fire was quickly extinguished.  No injuries were reported, but three occupants were displaced.  The fire is currently under investigation.


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Thanks y'all

***For Immediate Release***

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services responded to a residential structure fire in the 3500 block of Floyd Street shortly after 8 pm.  The house was being remodeled, and no occupants were home when the fire started.  Crews quickly made an attack, and the fire was extinguished in roughly 40 minutes.  No injuries were reported, and the fire in under investigation.Image attachment


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Thank the stars no one was inside. But after losing our home to a fire on 11/11/17, seeing the smoke, fire trucks and hearing sirens only a few doors down...well, my babies aren't sleeping well tonight...thank you Portsmouth Fire for responding so quickly...seeing you close helped calm my little ones tonight ❤

Wow...blessing no one was hurt.

Great job with the fire,but there isn't any snow there like in Minnesota.

Wow someone was working hard in this house for a couple days...what a shame.

Good job PFD

Yeah, the brick house that has been vacant for ever

Is that the one on the corner? How scary!🙁

How'd it catch fire??

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You all rock❣️

Great Video.

Great video! Thank you to all of you Firefighters. God Bless you, always in my prayers.

Congrats everyone from Ashton and family! 🥰🚒♥️

Thanks for sharing. Much respect to all of our service providers. Thanks to all.

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311 County Street - Suite 200
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

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