Fire Department


Fire Safety Tips


Portland Fire Department
435 North Broadway
Portland, TN 37148
(615) 325-3400 or 9-1-1 (Voice, To Report a Fire)
(615) 325-5649 (Voice, Office)


If you live inside the city limits, the Portland Fire Department will handle all fire calls to your home.  This is part of what your tax dollars pay for.  The Portland Fire Department also responds to medical calls (assisting Sumner County Emergency Medical Services) inside the city limits.  Everyone on the Fire Department who responds has been medically trained to assist Sumner County EMS with any type of call.


Highland Fire Department
P.O. Box 7953
Portland, TN 37148
615-323-0008 (Voice, Information Calls Only)
Call 9-1-1 to report a fire.

The Highland Fire Department is an all-volunteer, full-service organization which serves 64 square miles of Sumner County outside the city limits of Portland.  They respond to fire calls, vehicle accidents, storm-related calls, fuel spills and medical (First Responder) calls.  For more information, please visit their web site at: 




Burning Permits Required

Burning permits are required by law for some kinds of outdoor burning during certain times of the year.

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Learn Before Your Burn!

The State of Tennessee has some very strict open-burning regulations.  You can be fined up to $25,000.00 per day for illegal open burning in Tennessee.

Did you know, it is illegal to burn the following items in Tennessee:

Household trash.
Tires and rubber products.
Paper products.
Plastics and other synthetic materials.

Vinyl siding.
Vinyl shingles.
Asphalt shingles..
Asphalt roofing materials.
Demolition debris.
Asbestos-containing material.
Household chemicals.
Agricultural chemicals.
Aerosol cans.
Food cans.
Building material.
Construction material.
Mobile homes.
Copper wire.
Electrical wires.
Oriented strand board.
Treated wood.
Railroad ties.
Leaves, branches and trees not grown on site.

Fore more information and suggestions on how to dispose of these items, please visit the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Air Pollution Control: