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Portsmouth Fire Department


William V. Raison, Fire Chief

1529 Gallia St.
Portsmouth, OH  45662

Ph: (740) 354-1200
Fx: (740) 353-2551
Emergency 9-1-1

The Portsmouth Fire Department serves the citizens of Portsmouth and Sciotoville, Ohio. Portsmouth is the seat of Scioto County and is situated in south-central Ohio where the Scioto River empties into the Ohio River.

According to the 2000 census, the Fire Department protects 20,909 citizens in an 11.1 square mile area.

Staff, Units, & Apparatus

The Fire Department currently includes 38 sworn officers and six emergency dispatchers. The Department also has three stations housing the Urban Search and Rescue Unit, Water Response / Dive Team Unit, and:

  • Four engines
  • Two ladder trucks
  • One rescue truck
  • One brush truck
  • One assistant chief’s vehicle

Fire Prevention



Bob Long, Fire Prevention Officer

1529 Gallia St.
Portsmouth, OH  45662

Ph: (740) 354-1200

Fire Prevention encompasses all the means used by the Portsmouth Fire Department to decrease the incidence of uncontrolled fire. It is a less expensive and more effective way of accomplishing the objectives of the fire service.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention utilizes:

  • Code Enforcement
  • Education
  • Fire Investigations
  • Inspections and Plan Reviews
  • Fire Safety Programs