William McQuillen

Fire Chief

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.
William McQuillen


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