Portsmouth Fire Department

About the Department


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 4500 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.


Mission Statement

Provide quality emergency, life safety, and prevention services for our citizens, businesses and visitors, with the highest level of valor, integrity, commitment, teamwork, and community involvement.


Vision Statement

The vision of the Portsmouth Fire Department is to be a recognized leader in the fire service, respected by our citizens for anticipating and responding to their ever changing needs.  The department will embrace new technologies and techniques, focusing on training and education to provide the highest level of customer services and satisfaction in a professional and caring manner.

Portsmouth Fire Code Information 


Chapter 5 of the City Ordinances covers Fire Department and Prevention Regulations.  Housekeeping updates have been proposed for Articles I – VIII.  Articles IV and V have been eliminated as they pertain to segments of the Fire Department that are no longer in existence.  The bulk of the proposed updates are found in Article IX as the currently adopted 2006 edition of the International Fire Code is replaced by the 2015 edition... click here to read more and submit your comments ....