Fire Department

The Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s initiated a Strategic Review of our Volunteer Fire Service in the community this year. The report has been completed and can be viewed here:

It is important to note that this document is one piece of the overall review of the service and will not act as the sole piece of information for any decision making by council. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts.

The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s has had a volunteer fire department since the fall of 1996. There are two locations for this department; one in St. Philip’s on 1119 Thorburn Road, and one in Portugal Cove on 1819 Portugal Cove Road. The fire department holds a contingent of 33 active volunteers.

To speak to the Fire Chief, call 895-8000 ext.257


Become a Volunteer Firefighter

In order to become a volunteer firefighter, applicants must complete a three-month in-house training course (which is covered by the Town). Once this training is completed, the volunteer is then given a pager and is put on call to respond to fires or rescues within the Town. Volunteers are also free to pursue any further training offered by the provincial or federal government.

Volunteer Fire Fighter Application


Family Fireworks Safety Guidelines

Many residents enjoy family fireworks for recreational purposes at various times throughout the year. Although fireworks can be a very enjoyable event, they can also present an inherent danger especially if used improperly. Please review these safety guidelines before you plan your event.

Fireworks Safety Guidelines

Click here for our Emergency Services page.

Contact Our Staff

Richard Murphy


895-8000 x257

Fred Hollett


895-8000 x267

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