City of Portage Fire Department
119 W. Pleasant St.
Portage, WI 53901
608.742.2172 ext. 118
Lieutenant Fire Inspector
Captain – Engineer
Lieutenant – Engineer
Lieutenant - Engineer
On behalf of the Portage Fire Department, I want to thank you for taking time to visit our website. I hope the webpages will provide you with valuable information on the wide range of services our agency offers. Our personnel take great pride serving the citizens, businesses, and visitors to our community.
The Portage Fire Department is a combination fire department that serves the City of Portage, and the Townships of Caledonia, Lewiston, Pacific, and Fort Winnebago. The Department services an area of 170 square miles with a population of approximately 16,400 people.
To protect this area our department employs 6 full-time personnel, 20 paid-on-call personnel, and one administrative assistant. These professionals offer services ranging from Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Fire Safety Education, Hazardous Material and Technical Rescue response. These men and women are highly trained, extremely motivated, and loyally focused on their core mission of serving the community.
This mission statement describes the Potage Fire Department’s goals and purpose for existence and creates a sense of unity among employees.
The Portage Fire Department is committed to providing the highest quality of public safety for the community, by minimizing the impact of fire and injury through public education, quality service and emergency preparedness.
The vision statement describes the Portage Fire Department’s inspirational, long-term plan for what we will be able to accomplish, who we will help, and how the PFD will then be perceived.
The Portage Fire Department will continuously strive to meet the changing needs of our community and will always strive to be leaders in the fire service. We will support a safe, healthy, and diverse workplace that is open to change. We will embrace new technologies and techniques, focusing on training and education, to provide the highest level of customer service and satisfaction in a professional and caring manner.
Establishing values and associated statements embraced by all members of an organization is extremely important. They recognized those features and considerations that make up the personality of the organization.
“We, the members of the Portage Fire Department do all we can to ensure we deliver the best possible service to our citizens through smart, well trained, humble, dedicated, competent, hardworking, and safe members.”
“We recognize that the value of diversity helps us to work together as a team to better serve our community.”
“We value the public’s trust and are committed to honest and ethical behavior. We hold ourselves accountable to these values. We believe in a personal commitment to the organization and the community.”
“We seek out and value the input and opinions of members at all levels of the organization.
Teamwork is the building block of our department to improve service to the public and maintain a safe effective work environment. We believe that members have a responsibility to mentor others.”
“We recognize the value of change in responding to and meeting the ever-evolving needs of our
customers and members. We are committed to seeking out effective methods and progressive
thinking toward change. We recognize the value of ongoing education and training.”
“We are a fire department family. We are committed and accountable to each other because our lives depend on it. We value the role each member plays in our organization. We respect those that came before us and will strive to make the organization better for those who follow.”
“We believe communication is essential to the cohesiveness and performance of our organization. We are committed to providing effective and responsive means of communication throughout the organization and community.”
Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Fire Department would like to encourage residents to replace the batteries (9 volt and AA) in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. We have batteries available at the fire station. If assistance is needed with installing the batteries in your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact the fire department at (608) 742-2172 and someone will schedule a time to come and assist. The batteries we receive are donated each year by Ray-o-Vac/Energizer.
The City of Portage requires a burn permit for all open burning other than outdoor recreational fire pits or fireplaces. The permit can be found on the Portage Fire Department Website (Click Here for Burn Permit) or you can stop into the station.
For those of you that live outside of the City and wish to burn, you must contact the DNR at https://dnr.wi.gov/burnpermits or 1-888-947-2876. Due to the Coronavirus there are no in person DNR burn permits being issued.
Fire Safety Articles
- Smoke Alarms
- Alarmas de incendio en el hogar
- Carbon Monoxide
- Cooking Safety
- Este a Salvo contra Incendios en la Cocina
- Smoking Home Fire Safety
- Candle Safety Tips
- Electrical Safety
- Prevengase contra incendios ocasionados por la electricidad
- Escape Planning
- Plancc y Practique un Simulacro de Incendio en el Hogar
- Practice Escape Spanish
- Heating Safety
- Home Fire Sprinklers
- Microwave Oven Safety
- Portable Fireplace Safety
- Scald Prevention
- Turkey Fryer Safety
- Winter Holiday Safety
- Dryer Safety Tips
- Portable Heater Safety
- Fire Alarm Apartment Safety Tip Sheet
- Campus Safety Tips
- Fireworks Safety Tips
- Grilling Safety Tips
- Hoarding Tip Sheet
- Children And Fire Safety Tips
- Winter Storm Safety