Welcome to the City of Portsmouth Fire Department's website! We would like to take a moment to thank you for visiting our site and briefly introduce you to the department.
Our story dates back to 1756 when the citizens of Portsmouth decided to organize and regulate fire protection. In the years to follow, they would improve the community's fire protection capabilities by purchasing fire engines and the building of fire houses. By the late 1800s the city would boast four steam fire engines and a horse-drawn hook and ladder. The first motorized fire engine was delivered in 1912 and in 1945 the department would begin providing ambulance service in the city. Today we are a modern, full-service fire department made up of sixty-one extremely dedicated professionals operating out of three stations. Throughout our history, we have taken pride in balancing tradition with innovation, and demonstrating a strong commitment in celebrating the past while at the same time looking to the future.
Whether you are a resident, business owner or a visitor to the City of Portsmouth, the Fire Department is committed to providing quality emergency, life safety and prevention services to you. We value your comments and welcome you to contact us at any time.
Again, thank you for visiting.
Steven E. Achilles
The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire protection, advanced life support ambulance, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, and special rescue services to the seacoast community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The department provides these services through a compliment of forty-two firefighters, twelve fire officers, one fire inspector, three chief officers, an executive assistant and an administrative secretary. The Portsmouth Fire Department responds to over 5000 request for services a year. The types of emergency and community requests consist of medical responses, motor vehicle accidents, structure and vehicle fires, fire alarm activations and services related to weather events such as flooding, lightning strikes and power lines down.
The department maintains three fire stations staffed 24 hours a day. Located in the historic downtown district, Station 1 houses the administrative and prevention offices, Engine and Ambulance Company 1 and command support resources. The department docks Fire Boat 1 along the riverfront near the Sarah Long Bridge. In the southern portion of the city, Station 2 houses Ladder 2, Tower 5, and Ambulance 2. Station 3, at the Pease International Trade Port, houses Engine and Ambulance Company 3. A forestry unit, rescue, and two reserve engines, and a reserve ambulance compliment the fleet.
Firefighting personnel are constantly engaged in firefighting, emergency medical and rescue training. Through the support of the community and city officials, along with the dedication of the employees, the department is staffed with advanced EMTs and paramedics, NH Fire Standards and Training certified Firefighters, and highly credentialed shift and staff officers. Achieving and maintaining an educated and high caliber force ensures that the Portsmouth Fire Department is always poised to protect a diverse community.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention is committed to the reduction of loss of life and the destruction of property from fire through providing fire safety education, code adoption and enforcement, property surveys, and investigation of fires.
Programs available through the Bureau include residential and commercial safety inspections, fire extinguisher and safety classes, and fire station tours
The department maintains three fire stations staffed 24 hours a day. The department's "Central Station" situated in historic downtown is known as Station 1. This station houses the Administrative and Prevention Offices, Engine and Ambulance Company 1, Rescue 3, Engine 4 and Command Support Resources. The department's fire and rescue boat, Fire Boat 1 is located at the NH Port Authority and is staffed by the Station 1 companies. The southern portion of the city is covered by Station 2 which houses Ladder 2, Tower 5, Forestry 1 and Ambulance 2. Station 3 is located on the Pease International Trade Port. Engine 3 responds out of the station with an ambulance and engine in reserve.
The Portsmouth Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of customer service possible and we encourage citizens to tell us how we are doing by completing the feedback form below. We will use the information you provide to continuallyevaluate and improve our performance.
In the event of a major storm such as a Hurricane, Northeast Blizzard or other emergency the City's EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC)
located at Fire Station 2 (3010 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH)will be open to handle the emergencies.
Information on evacuation shelters or other information relevant to the emergency can be answered there.
To contact the Emergency Operations Center call 603-427-1580
Keep in mind that the center is only staffed during a major event.
Should you have questions during non-emergency periods contact the Fire Department at (603) 427-1515.