City of Portage Fire Department
119 W.Pleasant St.
Portage, WI 53901
The Portage Fire Department is comprised of many dedicated firefighters whose purpose is to provide professional fire/rescue services to those in need. The service is staffed with a full-time Administrative Chief, a full-time Administrative Secretary, four full-time Engineers, a full-time Inspector/Engineer and thirty paid-on-call firefighters.
The on-duty paid engineers work a 24-hour rotational shift at the fire station. Quarters at the station are provided for the duty staff. The paid-on-call firefighters are paged out at home or at work for an emergency from central dispatch.
The Portage Fire Department provides fire and rescue services for the City of Portage and the Townships of Caledonia, Lewiston, Pacific and Fort Winnebago. Examples of services provided are fire suppression, rescue, public fire education and training activities and hazardous materials response.
The department services an area of 170 square miles with a population estimate of 16,400 people with equalization in excess of $1,108,000,000. Currently, the department operates out of one central station with ten pieces of response equipment and two cars used for Inspections and Command Units. The department responds to 300 - 350 emergency calls per year.