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 prompt, courteous and professional service that is consistent with the PFRES’s tradition and the City of Portsmouth’s high standards.

Operating as usual

For Immediate releaseShortly after 2 PM on Wednesday, November 25, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services respon...
11/25/2020

For Immediate release

Shortly after 2 PM on Wednesday, November 25, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to a residential structure fire in the 5000 Block of N. Greenfield Drive in the Churchland area of Portsmouth. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy fire coming through the roof of the home and immediately began to perform search and extinguishment activities.

No one was home at the time of the incident. The home was occupied by a single female who is receiving assistance from the Red Cross due to the fire damage.

The fire cause is currently under investigation through the Fire Marshal's Office.

Additionally, as the fire on Greenfield was being controlled, another fire response was initiated on Pollux Circle on the other side of the City. Crews responded and quickly extinguished that blaze, containing it to a detached garage. No injuries or significant issues noted on that scene.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services wants to remind everyone that Fire Alarms Save Lives. If you are a Portsmouth Resident, or have a Family member in Portsmouth without a Smoke Alarm, contact the Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s office at (757) 393-8689 for a free detector with installation.

11/23/2020
For Immediate Release:At 19:46 Hours, units from Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to a report of...
11/23/2020

For Immediate Release:

At 19:46 Hours, units from Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to a report of a residential fire in the 4300 block of Columbia St. On arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from a single residence. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack, finding fire throughout the attic space. No occupants were home at the time of the fire, and one cat was rescued. No injuries have been reported.

The fire was marked out at 20:29 Hours. Currently, crews remain on scene to complete overhaul operation and ensure the fire is completely out. The Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s Office will conduct a thorough investigation in the coming hours, as the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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11/13/2020

Norfolk Fire-Rescue

“Family” has a universal meaning in the Fire Service. This morning, NFR and Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services came together to show support for some of our “family” at CHKD. Station 1-C, along with members from CHKD and Portsmouth Fire, arranged a visit to send some “get well” wishes to some special people, and say a “hello” the fire department way.

The City of Portsmouth is currently under a Flash Flood Warning.  That means flooding is imminent, Or already occurring....
11/12/2020

The City of Portsmouth is currently under a Flash Flood Warning. That means flooding is imminent, Or already occurring.

Please remain in doors and off the roads if you are able, as many main roads and secondary streets in the city are impassable.

Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat, in congratulating Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services newest Deputy Ch...
11/06/2020

Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat, in congratulating Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services newest Deputy Chiefs. Both appointments were sworn into their roles today in the presence of their families.

Deputy Chief Justin Arnold (pictured far right), joined Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services in March of 2007, and graduated with the 39th Southside Regional Fire Academy. Deputy Chief Arnold will oversee the Fire and EMS response operations, E911 Communications, and the Fire Marshal’s Office. During his career, Deputy Chief Arnold has served in Operations, EMS, Training, Emergency Management, and the Fire Marshal’s office; to which he made significant administrative and operational changes to better provide service to the community and region.

Deputy Chief Julian Williamson (Pictured far left) is a lifelong resident of Portsmouth, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1985-1993. While a reservist, Deputy Chief Williamson served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was awarded several decorations for his military service. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University. He was promoted through the ranks with Norfolk Fire-Rescue (NFR). Deputy Chief Williamson has eight years of experience as a Battalion Chief in administration and in operations. Deputy Chief Williamson will be the Chief of Administration and oversee the financial strategy and oversight, logistical support, and training for the department.

For Immediate Release: On October 31, 2020 at 09:23hrs, Crews from Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services respon...
10/31/2020

For Immediate Release:

On October 31, 2020 at 09:23hrs, Crews from Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to a report of a residential fire in the 400 block of Mt. Vernon Ave. On arrival, crews found a two story home with heavy fire and smoke venting from the second story. An aggressive interior attack and search was initiated, with all occupants being accounted for and outside of the structure. Even with the aggressiveness of the initial attack, fire extended into the attic space, preventing an easy extinguishment of the flames. The fire was brought under control at 10:50am.

At this time, 2 residents and 4 dogs have been displaced, with 2 animals unaccounted for. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced fire victims.

The Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s Office responded and a preliminary investigation has been done. At this time, it is thought that an unattended candle may have been knocked over by an animal. Crews are still on scene ensuring the fire is completely out.

JOB OPENING!!   EMS TRAINER Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is looking for qualified candidates for the jo...
10/29/2020
Portsmouth, VA | Official Website

JOB OPENING!! EMS TRAINER

Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is looking for qualified candidates for the job of EMS Trainer. This individual must be a team player, and be eager to become a part of a progressive and very busy urban 911 system.

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education and training for quality improvement within the Fire Department.

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JOB OPENING.... Come Join Our Team !E911 Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement and Trainer Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Em...
10/29/2020
Portsmouth, VA | Official Website

JOB OPENING.... Come Join Our Team !
E911 Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement and Trainer

Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is looking for the next great team player, to fill the E911 Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement and Trainer Position.

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for developing and documenting the training process for E911 dispatchers, and directly reports to the 911 Administrator.

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10/28/2020
Hearts of Heroes

“The Hearts of Heroes,” a television show, that showcases the stories of men and women braving natural disasters with one goal: to rescue the victims and help restore their lives.

The show will feature the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and will air the documentary that showcases the Monumental United Methodist Church fire and restoration this Saturday at 11 a.m. on our local ABC channel (13News Now WVEC). Please tune in to watch, and I have also included a clip from the Hearts of Heroes page.
https://fb.watch/1p6EPrHxHS/

Thanks to the unwavering support of the Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services and BELFOR Property Restoration experts, this close-knit church community was rebuilt and strengthened in the aftermath of a devastating fire!

10/22/2020
For Immediate Release: On October 21, 2020 at 1538 hrs., Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services units were dispat...
10/21/2020

For Immediate Release:

On October 21, 2020 at 1538 hrs., Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services units were dispatched to a Commercial fire at 2 Victory Blvd.

On arrival, crews found a multi-story, trash processing facility with heavy smoke coming from the roof. Crews made an aggressive interior attack, and found that trash inside a shredder had caught fire. Portsmouth units along with Navy Engine 21 from Norfolk Naval Shipyard, were able to contain and extinguish the flames in a little over an hour. The cause of the fire is unknown, and an investigation on-going.

There were no injuries to Firefighters or employees of the business.

10/21/2020
Portsmouth, Virginia

We are proud of our City’s newest firefighter-advanced emergency medical technicians. They successfully completed the requirements within the Hampton Roads Fire Academy and Hampton Roads Regional EMS Academy. Congratulations everyone!

Today’s Firefighter Recruit Swearing-In Ceremony (10-21-20) is now available on the city's YouTube Channel. Below you will find the direct link to the video . . . https://youtu.be/N4cj4o8txkI

10/09/2020
Test shows how quickly grease fires can spread

Grease is a Big Problem

Grease can be easily ignited in solid, liquid or vapor form. The statistics from the National Fire Protection Association indicate that in an average year there are 11,100 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments in the United States resulting in six civilian deaths, 189 civilian injuries and $163.1 million in direct property damage.

Half of these fires start in the kitchen. Some type of cooking equipment caused two of every five fires in eating and drinking establishments. Deep Fat fryers ranked second in fires in eating and drinking establishments and first among cooking equipment in dollar loss.

The other major causes of cook line kitchen fires included Stoves, Ovens, Open Fired grills, and Grease hood or ductwork.

All of these major kitchen fires began on a cook line beneath an exhaust canopy hood equipped with some type of automatic fire suppression system.

The CALL7 Investigators observed a controlled test that shows how quickly grease fires can flare up and spread.

10/08/2020
Residential Fires Caused by Cooking!! Based on 2013-2017 annual averages:Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home*...
10/07/2020

Residential Fires Caused by Cooking!!

Based on 2013-2017 annual averages:

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home* fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.

Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 14% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.

Ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.

Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and half (48%) of the associated deaths.

Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

10/06/2020
NFPA Safety Tips - Cooking Safety

Recipe for safety

Before you serve a meal, it’s essential to serve up fire safety in the kitchen. There’s nothing like spending time in the kitchen cooking a delicious meal for family and friends or an appetizing treat for yourself. But do you know the important steps to take long before anyone takes the first bite?

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Just a few simple safety tips can protect you and your family from a potentially...

Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than of being burned in a cooking fire....
10/05/2020

Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than of being burned in a cooking fire.

These young children account for 6% of the population, but account for much larger percentages of non-fire burn injuries from cooking equipment, tableware such as bowls and cups, and cookware such as pots and pans.

-Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

-Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.

10/04/2020
2020 Fire Prevention Week Theme Announcement

Fire Prevention Week is Here!

This year’s FPW campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.

Did you know?
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen

The 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme has been announced: "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!" Start planning today by visiting www.firepreventionweek.org. M...

10/01/2020
09/25/2020
Excellence in EMS Award

PFRES would like to congratulate Retired Fire Chief Jim Hoffler for being awarded the Tidewater Regional EMS Council’s “Excellence in EMS Award”

The Regional EMS Awards highlight those providers who go above and beyond the call of duty. The council presented top honors to those individuals who were considered for their remarkable contributions to the EMS field for 2020. Chief Hoffler will advance to the annual Governors EMS award program for a chance to receive statewide recognition for her outstanding service to the City of Portsmouth and the Tidewater Region.

Congratulations Chief!

09/25/2020
EMS “Lifetime Achievement Award”

PFRES would like to congratulate Retired Fire Chief Jim Hoffler for being awarded the Tidewater Regional EMS Council’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 46 for dedication to EMS.

Congratulations Chief!

09/25/2020
Regional Outstanding Prehospital Educator of the Year

PFRES would like to congratulate EMS Paramedic and Portsmouth Police Chaplain Daryl Clements for being awarded the Tidewater Regional EMS Council’s “Outstanding Prehospital Educator of the Year”.

The Regional EMS Awards highlight those providers who go above and beyond the call of duty. The council presented top honors to those individuals who were considered for their remarkable contributions to the EMS field for 2020. EMS Paramedic Clements will advance to the annual Governors EMS award program for a chance to receive statewide recognition for her outstanding service to the City of Portsmouth and the Tidewater Region.

Congratulations Daryl!

09/25/2020
TEMS Regional Outstanding EMS Provider if the Year

PFRES would like to congratulate EMS Supervisor Stephanie Adams for being awarded the Tidewater Regional EMS Council’s “Outstanding EMS Provider of the Year.”

The regional EMS awards highlight those providers who go above and beyond the call of duty. The council presented top honors to those individuals who were considered for their remarkable contributions to the EMS field for 2020. EMS Supervisor Adams will advance to the annual Governors EMS award program for a chance to receive statewide recognition for her outstanding service to the City of Portsmouth and the Tidewater Region.

Congratulations Stephanie!

09/22/2020
2020 TEMS Awards Video

The Regional EMS Awards highlight those providers who go above and beyond the call of duty. The council presented top honors to those individuals who were considered for their remarkable contributions to the EMS field for 2020.

Congratulations to Retired Fire Chief Jim Hoffler for receiving the Excellence in EMS Award & Lifetime Achievement Award, EMS Supervisor Stephanie Adams for receiving the Outstanding Pre-Hospital EMS Provider Award, and Paramedic Daryl Clements for receiving the Outstanding Prehospital Educator Award. Thank you to each of these individuals for making the department and the community proud.

Just another example that Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services personnel are the best of the best.

2020 TEMS Awards Video

Could a sixth named storm break the record for most named storms at one time?   Keep you guard up.  Peak Hurricane Seaso...
09/14/2020
Know Your Zone

Could a sixth named storm break the record for most named storms at one time?

Keep you guard up. Peak Hurricane Season is here.
Make a kit, and know your evacuation strategy.
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Do you know who to call?   2-1-1 24/7, statewide trained professionals who listen to your situation and offer sources of...
08/31/2020

Do you know who to call?

2-1-1
24/7, statewide trained professionals who listen to your situation and offer sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. Visit www.211virginia.org for more information.

3-1-1
In select localities throughout the Commonwealth, 3-1-1 connects callers to their local government, non-emergency, citizen services including information, services, key contacts and programs.

5-1-1
“Know Before You Go” offers real-time traffic information throughout the Commonwealth. Anytime you need it, anywhere you are. For more information, visit www.511virginia.org.

7-1-1
A 24/7 free public service, Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, sign language users, Spanish-speaking users or those have difficulty speaking to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communication Assistant (CA).

8-1-1
"Call Before You Dig - It's the Law" is a free Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners and those planning any kind of excavation or digging. When recovering from a disaster, an individual or business may plan to excavate. Before any digging, call 8-1-1, where participating utilities will locate and mark their underground facilities and lines in advance to prevent a possible injury, damage or monetary fine.

9-1-1
For emergencies only, including fire, medical, reporting accidents, crimes in progress and suspicious individuals or events. 9-1-1 is not to be used for traffic or weather updates and information request, please keep the lines clear for those seeking emergency support.

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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
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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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RIP Brother!
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!
Married to a fire fighter.I know the sacrifice.an comments.an disires.May God keep u all safe an well .My prayers are with each an everyone of u!!!!
We just wanted to thank the men and women who made this year's Youth Fire Academy possible! Luke came home each day excited to share all that he had learned, and could not wait to go back the next day! He is busy planning his future as a firefighter so that one day he can serve alongside the men and women who taught him so much this week. Thank you for your time and service!