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.

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

Look at our Portsmouth Fire members helping out in the community.  Great Job to Captain Orton, FF W Jones, FF S. Dorris,...
10/14/2021

Look at our Portsmouth Fire members helping out in the community. Great Job to Captain Orton, FF W Jones, FF S. Dorris, and FF C. Peele for getting out in the rain to assist those less fortunate.

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.Choose interconnected sm...
10/07/2021

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.

Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.

Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.

Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.

Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.

When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.

Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.

Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.

Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.

Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.

When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.

10/06/2021
10/05/2021
09/29/2021

Last Call and send off for Lt. Todd Elliott. Best wishes in retirement.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Lieutenant Todd Elliott on His retirement, as ...
09/29/2021

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Lieutenant Todd Elliott on His retirement, as he works his last shift for the City of Portsmouth.

Lt. Elliott began his career with the City of Portsmouth on September 1, 1994 and has served proudly for 27 years. Lt. Elliott was known for his unmatched fire ground skill, and served on both the Technical Rescue and Hazmat Teams for many years. His mentorship and storied career, will echo throughout the Portsmouth Fire Department for years to come.

On behalf of your fellow Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and citizens of Portsmouth; Thank you for your 27 years of dedicated service to the community and best of luck in your future.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Lieutenant Todd Elliott on His retirement, as he works his last shift for the City of Portsmouth.

Lt. Elliott began his career with the City of Portsmouth on September 1, 1994 and has served proudly for 27 years. Lt. Elliott was known for his unmatched fire ground skill, and served on both the Technical Rescue and Hazmat Teams for many years. His mentorship and storied career, will echo throughout the Portsmouth Fire Department for years to come.

On behalf of your fellow Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and citizens of Portsmouth; Thank you for your 27 years of dedicated service to the community and best of luck in your future.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Master Firefighter Richard Long on his retirem...
09/24/2021

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Master Firefighter Richard Long on his retirement, as he works his last shift for the Fire Department.

FF Long began his career with the City of Portsmouth on September 1, 1994 and has served proudly for 27 years. FF Long was the go to guy for many years on all things IT, implementing improvements and technology enhancements to benefit Public Safety.

On behalf of your fellow Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and citizens of Portsmouth; Thank you for your 27 years of dedicated service to the community and best of luck in your future.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to congratulate Master Firefighter Richard Long on his retirement, as he works his last shift for the Fire Department.

FF Long began his career with the City of Portsmouth on September 1, 1994 and has served proudly for 27 years. FF Long was the go to guy for many years on all things IT, implementing improvements and technology enhancements to benefit Public Safety.

On behalf of your fellow Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and citizens of Portsmouth; Thank you for your 27 years of dedicated service to the community and best of luck in your future.

NEVER FORGET! 9/11
09/13/2021

NEVER FORGET! 9/11

NEVER FORGET! 9/11

Timeline Photos
08/30/2021

Timeline Photos

We are pleased to announce the beginning of an automatic aid program between the Chesapeake Fire Department and the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Department. The automatic aid agreement will enhance the structure fire response and reduce response times to bordering areas by having resources automatically dispatched without the delay caused when either department has to request resources.

National Overdose Awareness DayTuesday, August 31, 2021 (11 am – 3 pm)Portsmouth Arts/Cultural Center500 High St. – Port...
08/30/2021

National Overdose Awareness Day
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (11 am – 3 pm)
Portsmouth Arts/Cultural Center
500 High St. – Portsmouth, VA 23704

Support and Resources Onsite

National Overdose Awareness Day
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (11 am – 3 pm)
Portsmouth Arts/Cultural Center
500 High St. – Portsmouth, VA 23704

Support and Resources Onsite

The Men and Women of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to send best wishes to EMS Manager Je...
08/23/2021

The Men and Women of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to send best wishes to EMS Manager Jeffrey Meyer, who worked his last shift with the department on Friday August 20, 2021.

In the 10 years with the Department, Jeff was instrumental in modernizing the EMS division, implementing unmatched programs and equipment needs for the public, and mentoring dozens of EMS providers to maximize professional development.

Jeff will begin a new Chapter as a Brigade Chief with Virginia Beach EMS. We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

The Men and Women of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services would like to send best wishes to EMS Manager Jeffrey Meyer, who worked his last shift with the department on Friday August 20, 2021.

In the 10 years with the Department, Jeff was instrumental in modernizing the EMS division, implementing unmatched programs and equipment needs for the public, and mentoring dozens of EMS providers to maximize professional development.

Jeff will begin a new Chapter as a Brigade Chief with Virginia Beach EMS. We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

Please help us send out a huge Congratulations to PM C Chavez, who successfully completed his initial Paramedic training...
08/11/2021

Please help us send out a huge Congratulations to PM C Chavez, who successfully completed his initial Paramedic training for the City Of Portsmouth.

PM Chavez will soon receive his new assignment within operations, and we wish him the best of luck in his future.

A special Thank you to Field Training Officer PM Stuart, and others, who assisted PM Chavez in his check-off and development process.

Firefighter/Paramedic T Lee has successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all compe...
08/03/2021

Firefighter/Paramedic T Lee has successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 1 Firefighter shield today by Capt. J Wylie.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Firefighter/Paramedic T Lee has successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 1 Firefighter shield today by Capt. J Wylie.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Firefighter J Sansone successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.  ...
08/03/2021

Firefighter J Sansone successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 2 Firefighter shield today by Lt. Wiliford.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Firefighter J Sansone successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 2 Firefighter shield today by Lt. Wiliford.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

08/03/2021
Lifesaving 101

Great Job FF C. Peele!

Buckle Up Portsmouth....

07/30/2021

Congrats Chief Parrish.

Your tour is complete…

Congrats Chief Parrish.....
07/30/2021

Congrats Chief Parrish.....

At 10:39 this morning, Chesapeake Emergency Communications contacted Portsmouth for assistance on a residential fire in ...
07/30/2021

At 10:39 this morning, Chesapeake Emergency Communications contacted Portsmouth for assistance on a residential fire in the Camelot neighborhood. E10 quickly responded, arriving just after the first due truck Chesapeake E9.

Portsmouth E10 assisted with a water supply and made and interior attack of a fast moving fire. Both cities worked seamlessly, and showed the importance of our great Auto Aid relationship. Outstanding job by E10B (Lt N. Hatfield, FF Mullen, and FF Johnson)

Congratulations to Battalion Chief John Parrish; who after 30 years of Service to the City of Portsmouth, including 28 i...
07/30/2021

Congratulations to Battalion Chief John Parrish; who after 30 years of Service to the City of Portsmouth, including 28 incredible years in the fire department is working his last shift!

BC Parrish began his City Employment on July 7th 1991, and was with the Sheriffs Office until October 1st 1993. BC Parrish then joined the Portsmouth Fire Department on October 4th, 1993. in that time he has served in the following assignments.

Firefighter assignments:
• E7
• E11
• Ladder 1
• Fire Marshal’s Office
Lieutenant assignments: Promoted June 2007
• E3
• Squad 7
• Ladder 10
Captain assignments: Promoted September 2010
• E12
• E10
• Fire Marshal’s Office
• E9
Battalion Chief assignments: Promoted March 2018
• District 2 B
• B4, Fire Training

BC Parrish will be officially retired on August 1, 2021. Thank you Chief Parrish for all you have done for each of the members in this department, present and retired. You will be missed greatly.

Congratulations to Battalion Chief John Parrish; who after 30 years of Service to the City of Portsmouth, including 28 incredible years in the fire department is working his last shift!

BC Parrish began his City Employment on July 7th 1991, and was with the Sheriffs Office until October 1st 1993. BC Parrish then joined the Portsmouth Fire Department on October 4th, 1993. in that time he has served in the following assignments.

Firefighter assignments:
• E7
• E11
• Ladder 1
• Fire Marshal’s Office
Lieutenant assignments: Promoted June 2007
• E3
• Squad 7
• Ladder 10
Captain assignments: Promoted September 2010
• E12
• E10
• Fire Marshal’s Office
• E9
Battalion Chief assignments: Promoted March 2018
• District 2 B
• B4, Fire Training

BC Parrish will be officially retired on August 1, 2021. Thank you Chief Parrish for all you have done for each of the members in this department, present and retired. You will be missed greatly.

Firefighter/Paramedic Glaser successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competen...
07/29/2021

Firefighter/Paramedic Glaser successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 10 Firefighter shield today by Cpt. Lineberry.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Firefighter/Paramedic Glaser successfully completed his Probationary Firefighter taskwork and has fulfilled all competencies.

He was presented his Engine 10 Firefighter shield today by Cpt. Lineberry.

Congratulations, and best of luck in your assignment.

Please join Fire Chief Nestor Mangubat in congratulating Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services newest officers....
07/29/2021

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

FF Casey Miller - Promoted to Lieutenant effective July 10,2021
FF Rocco Harris - Promoted to Lieutenant effective July 24,2021

Congrats to both and best of luck in the future.

Fire escape plans-If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke a...
07/29/2021

Fire escape plans

-If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.

-Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.

-Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.

-Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.

-Make sure all doors and windows open easily.

-Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.

-If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.

For immediate releaseAt 0905 hours, Portsmouth Emergency Communications received a report of a fire in the 600 Block of ...
07/15/2021

For immediate release

At 0905 hours, Portsmouth Emergency Communications received a report of a fire in the 600 Block of South St. On arrival, firefighters found heavy fire consuming two large residential structures.

An aggressive fire attack was made by the arriving apparatus, however second alarm was called for additional resources due to the amount of fire showing, and the extremely hot weather.
Firefighters from Portsmouth and Navy Region Mid Atlantic battled the fire inside and outside the structure.

One dog was rescued from the structure and reunited with the homeowner. Five residents have been displaced, however uninjured in the blaze. One Firefighter was treated and transported to a local hospital for heat related issues. That firefighter has been discharged from the hospital at the time of this updated release.

The Portsmouth Fire Marshals Office is conducting the investigation and has determined the fire to be suspicious in nature. If you know any information about this fire, please call the Fire Marshals Office at 393-8689.

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Welcome home to our members of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue - VA Task Force 2, who arrived home after a long deployment ...
07/14/2021

Welcome home to our members of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue - VA Task Force 2, who arrived home after a long deployment to Miami. Their efforts to assist in the search and recovery of the victims in the Surfside building collapse, highlight the selflessness of each member. We are proud of the job well done, and hope they get some much deserved rest after a job well done!

Welcome home Capt. Deon Gause and LT Josh Wilshire.

Still deployed and in our thoughts is FF Billy Trollinger, who remains with the Incident Support Team (IST) in Miami FL.

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 Champlain 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.

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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
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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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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!