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City Of Marshalltown
About Fire Department

2017 Stats 


Mission Statement


It is our mission to:


"Proactively protect life, property, and the environment from fire and other emergencies within the community".


This is accomplished through Public Education, Code Enforcement, and Incident Response.


Department Description 


After nearly 40 years of various volunteer organizations serving its residents, the City of Marshalltown organized a a full-time career fire department in 1902.  Marshalltown Fire Department serves a population of over 27,000 residents from its Central Station located at 107 South First Avenue. The department has signed mutual aid agreements with the 12 volunteer departments in Marshall County.


The fire department is comprised of 27 commissioned personnel and one civilian administrative assistant. The organization’s administrative structure consists of: 


The Fire Chief who is in charge of the department; 


One Deputy Chief in charge of operations and training;


One Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal in charge of investigations, public education, inspections and code enforcement;


Our shift personnel consist of:


Three Captains who serve as shift commanders, one on each shift.


Three Lieutenants who serve as second in command, one on each shift.


And 18 Firefighter/EMTs.


Fire crews are divided into three shifts of eight personnel who work a 24 on/48 off schedule beginning daily at 7:00A.M; the department has a daily staffing minimum of six shift personnel on duty.  In 2015, Marshalltown Fire Department responded to 2,527 requests for service.


The fire department has a training facility located on the campus of Marshalltown Community College.


Our services include but are not limited to: fire suppression; EMS first response within the city limits; Technical Rescue (i.e. rope, trench, confined space, water and ice rescue); fire prevention; public education; and fire code inspections. All sworn personnel are certified in NIMS and Incident Command, and Firefighter II, Haz-Mat Operations, and EMT or higher.        


Emergency Medical Response – We respond with the hospital ambulance service to all medical calls within the city limits of Marshalltown.   


Structure Fires – Marshalltown Fire Department responds with one (1) Engine and one (1) Ladder to reported structure fires. In addition, the Central Iowa Health Care (CIHC) provides a standby ambulance and serves as the medical division of Incident Command and the Marshalltown Police Department provides traffic control and other services as needed with an automatic dispatch as a “full response.” 


Automatic Fire Alarms – We respond with one (1) Engine and one (1) Ladder.


Personal Injury Automobile Collisions – We respond to calls for all extrication needs in Marshall County with 3 personnel and a rescue pumper equipped with extrication tools.


Hazardous Materials Incidents – Marshalltown Fire Dept. responds to all initial calls for Haz-Mat within the City of Marshalltown.  We function at the Operations level and can provide decon support to Des Moines Fire who provides Technician level services to Marshall County by contract.  





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Fire Administration

Fire Department

107 S. 1st Ave.

Marshalltown, IA 50158


Offices: 641-754-5751




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