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     WwwwwwWelcome to Portsmouth Fire Department's official website.The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, emergency dispatch, and fire prevention services with a force of thirty-six (36) full and part time uniformed employees.  The jurisdiction of  the Portsmouth Fire Department covers the entire 23.2 square miles that make up the Town of Portsmouth and the 37 square miles of the surrounding Narragansett Bay.Welcome to Portsmouth Fire Department's official website.The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, emergency dispatch, and fire prevention services with a force of thirty-six (36) full and part time uniformed employees.  The jurisdiction of  the Portsmouth Fire Department covers the entire 23.2 square miles that make up the Town of Portsmouth and the 37 square miles of the surrounding Narragansett Bay.Welcome to Portsmouth Fire Department's official website.The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, emergency dispatch, and fire prevention services with a force of thirty-six (36) full and part time uniformed employees.  The jurisdiction of  the Portsmouth Fire Department covers the entire 23.2 square miles that make up the Town of Portsmouth and the 37 square miles of the surrounding Narragansett Bay.

 Welcome to Portsmouth Fire Department's official website.

 

The Portsmouth Fire Department provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, emergency dispatch, and fire prevention services with a force of thirty-six (36) full and part time uniformed employees.  The jurisdiction of the Portsmouth Fire Department covers the entire 23.2 square miles that make up the Town of Portsmouth and the 37 square miles of the surrounding Narragansett Bay.

 

The Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department was first organized in 1935; prior to that time, there was no organized fire fighting force that was dedicated to protecting the town.  Oakland Farm, a Vanderbilt property located just south of Union Street, owned the first motorized fire truck in Portsmouth sometime during the early1920's.  A second fire engine was purchased by Glen Farm sometime during the last half of the 1920's.  It is believed that this purchase was made after one of the Glen Farm barns burned to the ground; despite the response of the Oakland Farm fire truck and a fire engine from the City of Newport.

 

The first home for the Portsmouth Fire Department was Quaker Hill Garage.  Quaker Hill Garage was a service station owned by the Hall Family; the building also housed Hall Brothers Construction.  The building is located across form Clement's Market and currently houses Aquidneck Construction.  The Hall Brothers convinced town leaders to purchase a fire truck for the Town of Portsmouth; the truck they purchased was a 1922 Model T Ford Chemical Wagon.  This vehicle was essentially a big chemical fire extinguisher.  This fire truck and a fire engine purchased in 1935 remained at this location until 1940. In 1940 the department was moved to building next to the Portsmouth Town Hall.

 

Over the years the department added medical and rescue services to its mission, providing medical care and transport was not the usual function of a fire department and this practice was well ahead of the time.  More apparatus was added as time passed and soon the department outgrew its home next to the Town Hall.  On October 4, 1970, the Portsmouth Fire Department held a ceremony to dedicate its newly constructed fire station; the present day home of the Portsmouth Fire Department.

 

Last year (2012) the Portsmouth Fire Department Responded to 2883 emergency calls.  Theses emergencies included 54 fires (31 structure fires), 1956 medical emergencies, 17 hazardous materials incidents, and 803 other incidents of various types.

 

Thank you to Lt. Herbert Rego (retired) for providing much of this information.