South Portland Fire Department
Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Business Phone (Non Emergency) Number: 207 799-3314
Fax Number: 207 799-7583
ALL EMERGENCIES: DIAL 911
Fire Chief/ EMA Director: Chief James Wilson
Emergency Medical Services & Personnel: Deputy Chief Louis Cavallaro
Training Division & Special Operations Division: Acting Deputy Chief Daniel Roberts
Fire Prevention & Public Education:
EMS Coordinator: Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Cousino
Administrative Assistant: Jessica DeBendetto
Public Information Officer: Robb Couture
The City of South Portland is the fourth largest city in Maine. Located on Portland Harbor, South Portland Fire Department provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services to a community with a resident population of over 25,000 and a workday population more than doubles in size during the day. The city covers 13 square miles of a mix of industry and residential structures. The city has been referred to as two cities, with the western half of the city hosting commercial, industrial and advanced technology property and the eastern half of the city sporting a community college, a beach area, several parks, one of the State’s largest marinas, a municipal boat ramp, a maritime museum, the State’s only oil reclamation facility and the second busiest oil port on the entire East Coast.
The department is staffed with 64 full time firefighters and paramedics, supported by 40 paid on call firefighters. The department operates three fully staffed stations and three call companies.
- Central Station Fire Headquarters – Engine 408, Ambulance 401
- Cash Corner - Ladder 405, Squad 405, Squad 404 Call Company
- Western Ave Station – Engine 404, Ambulance 402
- Union Street - Engine 406 Call Company
- Willard Hose Company – Engine 402/ Ladder 402 Call Company
The delivery of Emergency Medical Services continues to be the largest part of our business. We continue to see a steady increase in the demand for our Emergency Medical Services. Currently, more than half the department members are paramedics. This equates to the majority of the full time staff employed by South Portland having completed the highest level of emergency medical training offered. We continue to recruit and train paramedics in an effort to provide our citizens the highest level of medical care available in the prehospital setting. The department also prides itself in having some of the most advanced medical equipment in the field.
South Portland is home to one of the largest oil ports on the east coast, with seven bulk liquid petroleum terminals, the largest rail yard in New England, a chemical storage facility, two semiconductor plants, and the largest retail complex north of Boston. These commercial facilities present a challenge to our first responders. The department spends hundreds of hours annually to train for these unique hazards not found in other communities in Maine.
Due to the dedication of our staff and the continued support of our community the South Portland Fire Department is ranked by ISO (Insurance Services Office) as one of the top departments in the Country. In February of 2016 the South Portland Fire Department will be the only Class One Fire Department in Maine.
The South Portland Fire Department responds to over four thousand calls for emergency service each year. The Department responds to fires, auto accidents, hazardous materials spills, confined space rescues, as well as medical calls within the city