Fire Department

, Wednesday 31 December 1969 - 19:00:00

The Portland Fire Department is now offering CPR classes to the general public and Provider Level CPR.
Contact Fire Chief Mike Weitzel at 726-4500 for details.

Mission Statement

We will provide a safe and professional response to fire, medical and environmental emergencies. To minimize the loss of life and property through suppression, medical first response, rescue education, code enforcement, investigation and fire prevention.

History of the Portland Fire Department

The Portland Fire Department was founded in the 1880’s. An exact date has not been confirmed at this time.The First Fire Chief was Berkley G. Arthur (Bert).

On February 12, 1912, a group of ten men met at the fire department in a session for the purpose of starting an organization to be known as the Portland Volunteer Firemen’s Association. C.O. Headington was named the first president of the association.

In 1919 the City council voted to purchase their first motor powered fire engine. The truck was purchased from American Lafrance Fire Engine Company at a price of $10,250.00.

As the City of Portland progressed, the City council agreed to hire full-time firefighters to man the station thus creating the Portland Fire Department with 3 full-time firefighters and 20 volunteer firefighters.

In 1929 the city of Portland accepted a bid in the amount of $19,000.00 for the construction of a new fire station to be built on the same location as the old station. This new station was completed and occupied in 1930. An addition was added to the rear of this station in 1978 for the use of housing more apparatus, making this station 4,500 square feet.

In 2002 the City of Portland, Mayor Jim Hedges decided that the fire station was too small for as much as the city has grown, along with it the size and number of apparatus that the Fire Department had. The city decided to build a new station to replace the 1930 station but at a different location. This new station was the location of an existing building that was remodeled and completed in September 2003 at a cost of $775,000 with over 18,000 square feet and is located at 1616 N. Franklin St., and houses all of the department’s apparatus and equipment.

The Portland Fire Department today has 8 full-time firefighters and 20 part-time paid-on-call firefighters.

The Department's fleet of apparatus includes a 75ft aerial ladder, 2 fire engines, 2,100-gallon tanker, rescue truck, brush truck, utility truck, foam trailer, boat w/trailer, mobile cascade trailer and a fire safety trailer.

Year End Reports

Total Incidents For 2016
City 513
County 202
Total 715
Type of Incident
Medical 489 68%
Medical OD 24 4%
Structure Fire 16 3%
Vegetation Fire 7 1%
Vehicle Fire 7 1%
Other Fire 10 2%
Hazmat Investigation 14 3%
Smoke Investigation 24 4%
Hazmat 4 1%
MVA w/ Extraction 10 2%
MVA w/o Extraction 24 4%
Other Rescue 3 1%
False Calls 50 8%
Service Calls 9 1%
Total Incidents by Township
Wayne 81 11%
Greene 34 5%
Pike 36 5%
Jefferson 21 3%
Other 12 2%

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