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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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Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services shared Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association’s video. See MoreSee Less

Our Recruit school has made it to live fire training!! Outstanding work so far this week by the recruits, as well as the training staff, firefighters and officers putting the time in to train our newe…

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For Immediate Release on April 11, 2018

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Responds to a House Fire in the Port Norfolk Area of the City of Portsmouth.

At 08:46 am today, personnel from the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to the report of a “residential structure fire” in the 200blk of Florida Ave in the Port Norfolk Neighborhood within the City of Portsmouth. Upon arrival of fire and rescue units, they reported a three-story residential structure with heavy smoke conditions on third floor. All occupants were outside of the house upon arrival. One adult and one child were transport to Bon Sources Maryview Medical Center in stable condition. Three (3) dogs, (1) cat, and two (2) reptiles were rescued from the house. The cat was revived on scene. Four (4) other cats remain unaccounted for.

The fire was under control at 09:11am. Crews remain on-scene conducting salvage and overhaul. Five (5) adult and five (5) children were displaced, and the America Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

A specific determination of the origin and cause has not yet been determined and is under investigation by the Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s Office.

Questions can be directed to the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services at (757) 392-4884. See MoreSee Less

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Our new Tractor Drawn Ladder Truck will be in town pretty soon. Our personnel are excited to get it into service and add even more service capability to our community. See MoreSee Less

That HiViz scene lighting package. 😍 Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services’ #Enforcer 107’ No Pump/No Tank #AscendantTiller has pike pole and water can storage behind the crew cab, 247’ o…

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Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services shared American Red Cross Virginia Region’s post. See MoreSee Less

🚨VOLUNTEERS WANTED🚨 On Saturday, May 5 American Red Cross volunteers will fan out in neighborhoods across the Commonwealth to install smoke alarms. We need additional volunteers to help in this …

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Spring is here despite the sluggish start. With the warming of temperatures and blooms of flowers, comes the threat of severe weather. Spring storms are powerful and can bring severe lightning, hail, and tornados with little to no warning. prepare yourself, and have a plan of action before the moment comes. See MoreSee Less

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PFRES: Our strongest asset is our people! We are currently accepting applications for full-time EMS Paramedics. If you’d like to become a part of our family, please apply at: https://va-portsmouth.civicplushrms.com/careers/

The application deadline is March 30, 2018 See MoreSee Less

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 Mailing Address

311 County Street – Suite 200
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

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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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