Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services

Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services is a community-based department that is committed to providing the highest quality of public safety services.
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We protect lives and property through emergency medical services, fire suppression, disaster manag PFRES is staffed with 259 highly-trained firefighters, paramedics and support personnel who respond to approximately 17,000 calls for service each year. We are a consistent leader in modern fire suppression techniques, fire prevention, emergency medical services and public education. We provide promp

We protect lives and property through emergency medical services, fire suppression, disaster manag PFRES is staffed with 259 highly-trained firefighters, paramedics and support personnel who respond to approximately 17,000 calls for service each year. We are a consistent leader in modern fire suppression techniques, fire prevention, emergency medical services and public education. We provide promp

Operating as usual

Portsmouth Fire has three members that were deployed with Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team yesterday. ...
07/01/2021

Portsmouth Fire has three members that were deployed with Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team yesterday. We have received word they arrived safe and are beginning operations.

Capt. Deon Gause - Rescue Specialist/Logistics Driver
Lt Joshua Wilshire - Rescue Specialist
FF Billy Trollinger - Incident Support Team/Logistics Driver

All three members will be assisting in the Search and Rescue efforts in Surfside Florida. We extend our well wishes and prayers for a safe return. We will share any updates from the team as we receive them.

Virginia Task Force 2 has been activated and deployed as a Type I task force (80 members) for the Chamberlain Towers collapse in Surfside, FL. The team left the Harry Diezel Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach at noon today. Three structural engineers were deployed on Sunday and have been working at the site since Monday.

We had perfect weather to serve the community yesterday. Special thanks go to Sheriff Michael Moore, Colonel Waters, Por...
06/06/2021

We had perfect weather to serve the community yesterday. Special thanks go to Sheriff Michael Moore, Colonel Waters, Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office staff, Ret. BC Andre Durham (SFR), Fire Admin & the Fire Marshal’s staff, BC Carroll Ward, Captain Terrell Smith, Captain Charisse Orton, Captain Sean Teartt, and the rest of the PFRES personnel. From Cleaning the Bay to Community Basketball in Brighton, everyone had fun.

Join us this Saturday, June 5 2021.     7 a.m.–Noon •  • Portsmouth City Park • Call 393-8633 for more information.
06/02/2021

Join us this Saturday, June 5 2021. 7 a.m.–Noon • • Portsmouth City Park • Call 393-8633 for more information.

Join us this Saturday, June 5 2021. 7 a.m.–Noon • • Portsmouth City Park • Call 393-8633 for more information.

Congratulations to Lt. Chris Bennett, who is working his last shift today.  Chris began his career with Portsmouth Fire,...
05/28/2021

Congratulations to Lt. Chris Bennett, who is working his last shift today.

Chris began his career with Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services on September 1, 1994. After completing fire school and EMT training, Chris was assigned to Engine 2. He was promoted to lieutenant October 9, 2008, where he spent 17 years assigned to our Regional Hazardous Material Team at Station 1 on Effingham (That's a career in itself). Chris will finish his career assigned to Engine 12 B Shift. Chris plans to enjoy his retirement and do lots of fishing. Thank you for 26+ years of service.

Lt. Bennett's Effective retirement date is June 1, 2021

Congratulations to Lt. Chris Bennett, who is working his last shift today.

Chris began his career with Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services on September 1, 1994. After completing fire school and EMT training, Chris was assigned to Engine 2. He was promoted to lieutenant October 9, 2008, where he spent 17 years assigned to our Regional Hazardous Material Team at Station 1 on Effingham (That's a career in itself). Chris will finish his career assigned to Engine 12 B Shift. Chris plans to enjoy his retirement and do lots of fishing. Thank you for 26+ years of service.

Lt. Bennett's Effective retirement date is June 1, 2021

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and the Portsmouth Health Department are serving the community by distrib...
05/20/2021
Homebound residents of Portsmouth have the coronavirus vaccine coming to them

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and the Portsmouth Health Department are serving the community by distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to those medically homebound and their family members.

If you or your family member is medically homebound and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine please email the Portsmouth Health Department at [email protected] to schedule an appointment or call Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services at (757) 372-0745.

The Portsmouth Health Department and Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services have teamed up to give coronavirus vaccines to homebound residents of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is Hiring for qualified EMT-Advanced providers.   If you, or someone you k...
05/19/2021
Portsmouth, VA | Official Website

Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is Hiring for qualified EMT-Advanced providers. If you, or someone you know is interested in a fast paced, urban 911 system; and certified at the National Registry EMT-Advanced or VA EMT-A, please apply today.

Applications will ONLY be accepted by visiting https://humanresources.portsmouthva.gov/

(Stay turned, as Full-time Paramedic and Part-time Paramedic positions will be announced soon)

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Please Join us!!!   Our personnel will be there to assist in the prep and packaging of meals for our wonderful Healthcar...
05/18/2021

Please Join us!!! Our personnel will be there to assist in the prep and packaging of meals for our wonderful Healthcare workers.

Signs ups are easy. See Below.

Please Join us!!! Our personnel will be there to assist in the prep and packaging of meals for our wonderful Healthcare workers.

Signs ups are easy. See Below.

Firefighter J. Swartz (E2C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competenc...
05/18/2021

Firefighter J. Swartz (E2C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies . He was presented his Engine 2 Firefighter shield by Capt. TC Smith.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment

Firefighter J. Swartz (E2C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies . He was presented his Engine 2 Firefighter shield by Capt. TC Smith.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment

May 16-22, 2021, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate E...
05/17/2021

May 16-22, 2021, is the 46th annual National EMS Week.

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.

This year’s theme is This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.

There are not enough words to express the thanks and gratitude we have for our EMS providers in the department. All firefighters and Emt/Paramedics endure months of initial training to then immerse themselves in all types of situations. These calls range from overdoses, births of children, car crashes, allergic reactions...…. If you can imagine it, an EMT has probably seen it.

Without our EMTs and Paramedics, our department would not be what it is today. Thank you for the service you provide the City of Portsmouth and the 93,000+ citizens and visitors you protect daily.

Lets Kick EMS week 2021 off with a bang!Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat in congratulating Portsmouth Fire, Rescue...
05/17/2021

Lets Kick EMS week 2021 off with a bang!

Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat in congratulating Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services newest EMS Supervisors.

Lets Kick EMS week 2021 off with a bang!

Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat in congratulating Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services newest EMS Supervisors.

VDFP Advises Virginians on Motor Fuel Dispensing and Storage Safety amid the Colonial Pipeline CyberattackRICHMOND – May...
05/13/2021

VDFP Advises Virginians on Motor Fuel Dispensing and Storage Safety amid the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

RICHMOND – May 12, 2021 – With the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack causing gas shortages in parts of the East Coast and in the Commonwealth, there have been reports of long lines at gas stations and Virginians traveling to remote locations to find gas reserves in order to stock up.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs wants to advise residents and commuters about safe ways to dispense flammable fuels such as (gas, diesel or heating oil) into a portable container for proper storage:

•Flammable fuels should not be dispensed into portable containers over 6 gallons, and the containers should be listed and approved for the flammable liquid intended for the portable container.
•Portable containers should have a tight closure with a screwed or spring-loaded cover to prevent spills and vapors from escaping.
•When transporting gasoline in a portable container make sure it is secured against tipping and sliding, and never leave it in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.
•Flammable fuel should never be dispensed into portable cargo tanks or any other container not listed for flammable liquids.
•Never fill a container while located in the trunk, passenger area of a car or in the bed of a pickup truck.
•All containers should be placed on the ground and clear of any possible ignition sources such as the exhaust from a vehicle.
•Fill portable containers slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity buildup and minimize spilling or splattering. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the container opening while refueling. Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
•If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that it has evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle. Report spills to the station attendant.
•Never smoke around flammable fuels.

For additional reference, the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code outlines the specific requirements for fuel dispensing and storage:

•2304.4 Dispensing Into Portable Containers
•2304.4.1 Approved Containers Required
•2304.4.2 Nozzle Operation
•2304.4.3 Location of Containers Being Filled

VDFP Advises Virginians on Motor Fuel Dispensing and Storage Safety amid the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

RICHMOND – May 12, 2021 – With the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack causing gas shortages in parts of the East Coast and in the Commonwealth, there have been reports of long lines at gas stations and Virginians traveling to remote locations to find gas reserves in order to stock up.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs wants to advise residents and commuters about safe ways to dispense flammable fuels such as (gas, diesel or heating oil) into a portable container for proper storage:

•Flammable fuels should not be dispensed into portable containers over 6 gallons, and the containers should be listed and approved for the flammable liquid intended for the portable container.
•Portable containers should have a tight closure with a screwed or spring-loaded cover to prevent spills and vapors from escaping.
•When transporting gasoline in a portable container make sure it is secured against tipping and sliding, and never leave it in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.
•Flammable fuel should never be dispensed into portable cargo tanks or any other container not listed for flammable liquids.
•Never fill a container while located in the trunk, passenger area of a car or in the bed of a pickup truck.
•All containers should be placed on the ground and clear of any possible ignition sources such as the exhaust from a vehicle.
•Fill portable containers slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity buildup and minimize spilling or splattering. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the container opening while refueling. Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
•If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that it has evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle. Report spills to the station attendant.
•Never smoke around flammable fuels.

For additional reference, the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code outlines the specific requirements for fuel dispensing and storage:

•2304.4 Dispensing Into Portable Containers
•2304.4.1 Approved Containers Required
•2304.4.2 Nozzle Operation
•2304.4.3 Location of Containers Being Filled

Recall Notice:  If you own a Kidde TruSense smoke or smoke/carbon monoxide alarm, it may need to be replaced. Get free r...
05/10/2021

Recall Notice: If you own a Kidde TruSense smoke or smoke/carbon monoxide alarm, it may need to be replaced. Get free replacement. CONTACT: 844-796-9972 or online at http://kidde.com.

#Recall: Approx. 220,000 Kidde Fire Safety TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Can fail to alert consumers to a fire. Get free replacement. CONTACT: 844-796-9972 or online at http://kidde.com. Full recall notice: https://bit.ly/3usdOXd

Firefighter JE Berry (E7C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competenci...
05/06/2021

Firefighter JE Berry (E7C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies . He was presented his Engine 7 Firefighter shield May 4, 2021 by Cpt. ML Casey.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Firefighter JE Berry (E7C) successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies . He was presented his Engine 7 Firefighter shield May 4, 2021 by Cpt. ML Casey.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Whats going on with all the Fire Trucks downtown this week? Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Personnel will...
05/06/2021

Whats going on with all the Fire Trucks downtown this week?

Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Personnel will be conducting training evolutions in the Harbor Ct Parking garage over the coming days. The focus will be on using a buildings standpipe system for high-rise structures within the City.

A standpipe is a type of rigid water piping which is built into multi-story buildings in a vertical position or bridges in a horizontal position, to which fire hoses can be connected, allowing manual application of water to the fire. You can see these in many stairwells in multi-story buildings.

On Thursday April 22, Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services personnel were invited to participate in the grand o...
04/26/2021

On Thursday April 22, Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services personnel were invited to participate in the grand opening of the new WAWA store at 720 Portsmouth Blvd.

WAWA not only celebrated public safety by providing "Hoagies for Heroes" , but made a generous $1,000.00 dollar donation to the Portsmouth Boy's and Girl's club on behalf of Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.

Thank you Wawa, Inc. And welcome to Olde Towne.

On Thursday April 22, Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services personnel were invited to participate in the grand opening of the new WAWA store at 720 Portsmouth Blvd.

WAWA not only celebrated public safety by providing "Hoagies for Heroes" , but made a generous $1,000.00 dollar donation to the Portsmouth Boy's and Girl's club on behalf of Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.

Thank you Wawa, Inc. And welcome to Olde Towne.

Congratulations to FF C. Bocanegra FF Bocanegra has recently completed her probationary assignments, and was presented h...
04/23/2021

Congratulations to FF C. Bocanegra

FF Bocanegra has recently completed her probationary assignments, and was presented her official Firefighter Helmet Shield by her crew at Station 7 (B shift).

Congratulations to FF C. Bocanegra

FF Bocanegra has recently completed her probationary assignments, and was presented her official Firefighter Helmet Shield by her crew at Station 7 (B shift).

On Saturday 4/17/2021, members of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services joined the Great American Clean-up....
04/23/2021

On Saturday 4/17/2021, members of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services joined the Great American Clean-up. This project was kicked-off at Portsmouth City Park by Mr. Taylor and his excellent Waste Management crews.

Fire Department personnel and families, picked up and removed trash from a square block of High St, London Blvd, Glasgow St, and much of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Keep an eye out for opportunities to join us, in keeping our City clean and beautiful for all to enjoy.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services with the Portsmouth Health Department is out today distributing the COVID...
04/20/2021

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services with the Portsmouth Health Department is out today distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to those medically homebound and their family members.

If you or your family member is medically homebound and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine please email the Portsmouth Health Department at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services with the Portsmouth Health Department is out today distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to those medically homebound and their family members.

If you or your family member is medically homebound and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine please email the Portsmouth Health Department at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

On 4/13/2021, Fire Chief Mangubat, Deputy Chief Arnold and FF English presented Ashton McCormick with a fire helmet at P...
04/13/2021

On 4/13/2021, Fire Chief Mangubat, Deputy Chief Arnold and FF English presented Ashton McCormick with a fire helmet at Portsmouth Fire Station 7.

Ashton, who has Autism and ADHD, has been a fan of the fire service for many years. A few years back his mother, Jennifer McCormick made contact with FF English in regards to her sons Christmas wish of riding a” real fire truck” . FF English with others from the department brought Ashton to station and fulfilled his wish. Since that day, Aston and FF English have kept in touch. As a surprise birthday present, Ashton was presented his own fire helmet with a custom shield that has his name on it. It was an honor to give Ashton this helmet not only for his birthday, but to support Autism Awareness month. Thanks to Battalion Chief Riley, Capt. Weber, Lt Whalen, and FF Cushman for their assistance in the presentation to Ashton.

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EMS MARCH MADNESS! Join us: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through 3/31 @ 6pm ET USA! Compliments of Community Partners, Ohio Department of Health, The Paramedic Foundation, and Greater Cincinnati Chapter of AACN!
Fire truck and PPD on Channing, between Morris and Victory. Cops were walking around with flashlights looking for something.....I live nearby and didn't hear anything suspicious..🤷‍♂️
Big shout out of THANKS to Engine 4B for THE best response we've had to Portsmouth Volunteers For The Homeless for a very long time! The team was responsive, attentive, competent and deliver customer service excellence. Thank you so much! #TeamPVH #LiftingHeartsLiftingLives
1 Crawford Pkwy. is not equipped with a sprinkler system. The place is a death trap. If you're really serious about public safety, you'd look into this. For a historical perspective, check out the Las Vegas MGM fire of 1980 and its aftermath.
This story was on WTKR this evening. She is married to Chief Kenny Ballentine's grandson, Nathan.
Just wanted to say thank you to the firefighters of Engine 2! We ran into them when we were leaving Kroger on Frederick Blvd. earlier today, they were so kind. They took the time to show my girls the truck & even let my two year old "drive". They really made their day! My little one cannot stop talking about it so thank you so much for everything you do!
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Portsmouth Oath of Office Ceremony -Dec 7, 2017
Bravo To Engine 12, Not sure what was going on but you were helping an older gentlemen with his car, as we passed we noticed you guys were helping him with his tire. Thanks for all you do, keep up the good work!
Thank you guys so much for coming out to Brad's Home Center today for our Barkin' BBQ!