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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.


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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Portsmouth Fire and EMS crews are currently finishing up on a fire incident on Basie Crescent in Cavalier Manor.  Crews aggressively controlled and extinguished a shed fire saving a residential home.


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Tommy Mackley Ben Birkitt

Wow, wondered what it was, we saw 10 trucks respond!

Ben's she shed!

Anne Lastres Johnson

Strong work!

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Congrats to Portsmouth Fire Chief Jim Hoffler for reaching an unbelievable milestone.  On March 25, 2019, Chief Hoffler celebrated his 40th Anniversary with the Portsmouth Fire Department. 

Congrats to Chief Hoffler !...... Thank you for your unwavering service to our department and our community.Image attachmentImage attachment


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Chief you’re awesome!! Congrats.... that’s a reeeeeaaaaallllly long time! 😬🎊🎉

Congratulations to you. Thank you for your service. May God Bless you in all you do.

Congrats Chief

Congratulations Chief 😊

Congratulations Chief!

So awesome! I remember you from wayyyyy back too! Congratulations!

Congratulations and thank you for your service!

Congratulations chief

Congratulations Jim ! 🎉👏👏🎉

Congratulations Jim!

Congrats Chief.

Congratulations 🎈 Your service with the city is greatly appreciated!!!

Congrats on 40 years and counting. Keep up the good work chief hoffler

Thank you Jim!

Congrats Chief Hoffler !!!

Congratulations Chief Hoffler!

Congratulations Chief!!!!

Congratulations Chief!

Congratulations Chief Hoffler!!

Congrats Chief!

Congrats, Chief!

Congratulations chief

Congratulations Jim

Congratulations Chief!!

Congratulations Chief!!!

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Portsmouth Fire and EMS crews are on scene at the 100 block of Lexington Drive with a working multi family structure fire. The fire appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom. The smoke alarm activated and alerted the occupants to evacuate. The fire was reported at 938am and it was marked out at 1009. There was one occupant being evaluated by EMS crews on scene. One adult and four children have been displaced and will receive assistance from the Red Cross. 
The Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause. 
No fire or EMS injuries have been reported.Image attachmentImage attachment


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Is this near you?

Thanks I enjoy being kept up on the different incidents .

Nice job!

Crews responded to the 3000 block of Detroit Street at 20:45 for a residential structure fire. Upon arrival, personnel found a small trash fire inside the house that is currently under construction. A water fire extinguisher was used on the fire, and the incident is being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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