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The Portsmouth Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of IAFF Local 539 is the organization established to be the sole barganing unit representing the career firefighters and paramedics employed by the City of Portsmouth.

We have been sworn to protect the citizens of Portsmouth twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year.  We do so with pride, integrity, and professionalism.  Our members carry out the duties and programs establsihed by the Portsmouth Fire Department while employed by the City of Portsmouth. When we are requested to assist our neighboring communities, we do so with the same quality and dedication we exercise within the City of Portsmouth.

Our mission is to promote a progressive, harmonious relationship between our Local, the City of Portsmouth, and Fire Department management.

We are on duty, ready and willing to respond to fire and medical emergencies. We are the manpower for fire prevention, education, and inspections. We participate in training to maintain and enhance our skills.

Our goal is to ensure each career member of our department is provided with the best available protection in the work place, assistance when need, and representation when required.

We are dedicated to maintaining and improving a healthy work force in a safe environment.

We strive to increase our presence in the Portsmouth community beyond emergencies and assistance. We participate in local events, charities, and organizations that promote unity within Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

The membership of the Portsmouth Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of IAFF Local 539 enjoys a strong, proud affiliation with the International Association of Firefighters and the Virginia Professional Firefighters Association. Both organizations provide strength and support to achieve and exceed our mission and goals.



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