Fire Suppression

The primary goal of Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is to protect life, property and the environment.  The Deputy Fire Chief of Operations is responsible for the day to day activities performed by the line personnel.

Two battalion chiefs manage two geographic districts on three daily shifts. The division has almost 190 uniformed personnel staffing 9 fire stations. Those stations cover the city of Portsmouth, which is about 33 square miles with a population of 94,000.

On a daily basis, the division staffs 9 fire engines, 3 ladder trucks, and 1 heavy rescue, at 8 fire stations, which are divided into 2 battalions. Each engine and truck is staffed with 3 persons except.

In addition to fire suppression, this division provides Advanced EMT and Paramedic level medical response, hazardous materials operations, vehicle extrication, special rescue operations, and attend many communities and public education events. 

The men and women of the Operations Division also conduct preplan activities, routine hydrant inspections and participate in numerous fire safety educational programs around the city throughout the year.