South Portland Fire Department
Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buisness Phone (Non Emergency) Number: 207 799-3314
Fax Number: 207 799-7583
ALL EMERGENCIES: DIAL 911
Kevin Guimond, Fire Chief
Kevin Guimond has been employed by the city of South Portland since 1987, serving as a Paramedic / Firefighter and rising through the ranks to assume the Chief’s position in 2003. The Fire Chief in South Portland is responsible for managing fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, as well as the office of Emergency Management. Currently the department has over 100 full and part time employees and five fire stations. Chief Guimond was recognized in 2010 as the Fire Chief of the year in the state of Maine. He currently chairs the legislature’s Fire Commission, is a member of the State Emergency Response Commission and in 2013/2014 will serve as second vice president of the Maine Fire Chiefs’ association.
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 8, Rescue 1
- Cash Corner - Engine 5, Engine 3 Call Company
- Western Ave Station – Squad 4, Rescue 2
- Union Street - Engine 6 Call Company
- Willard Hose Company – Engine 2 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 pre-hospital 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 New England. In May of 2011 we completed a review by ISO we improved our ranking and are currently the highest 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
Fire Prevention & Public Education: Deputy Chief Miles Haskell
Training Division & Special Operations Division: Deputy Chief James Wilson
Emergency Medical Services & Personnel: Deputy Chief Louis Cavallaro
EMS Coordinator: Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Cousino
Administrative Assistant: Jessica DeBendetto