About The Department

Portsmouth Fire Department is staffed by 33 career Firefighter/EMT’s and 1 fulltime Fire Chief, augmented with four full time Civilian Emergency Dispatchers. The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire suppression, ALS medical service, marine and water rescue as well as technical rescue services. All of the line firefighters are advanced life support emergency medical technicians that provide fulltime advanced life support services with two ALS medical rescues and one ALS fire engine. Many of the department members are certified in various types of technical rescue disciplines; including high angle rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, water rescue, and hazardous materials.  Fire prevention is staffed by one full time Fire Marshal who provides life safety inspections, occupancy inspections as well as fire prevention educational service to the community.