Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department

Our department is here, and we continue taking calls for service; however, response modifications have changed to minimize exposure to personnel.

The fire engines and trucks will stage away from medical calls but will be close if needed. Only 2 ambulance personnel will go into the residence or apartment, and one will stand at the doorway to minimize possible exposure.

  • Personnel will wear masks on all calls.
  • Upon arrival at the scene, personnel will ask questions initially from a distance.
  • If patients exhibit symptoms or meet specific criteria, they will be asked to put on a surgical mask to prevent transmissions. 

Temporary suspension of programs until further notice.

  • Station tours

  • Public speaking engagements

  • Ride-along

  • Educational programming events

  • Installation and checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on medical runs until recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health change.

  • Calls to change batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.

  • Should a resident have an alarm that doesn't turn off, we will attempt to troubleshoot the issue over the phone. If this cannot be done, we will assess the situation and send out a crew with protective equipment to address the situation. This will be dependent upon crew availability.

Thank you for helping to keep us safe, so we can continue helping those in need during a medical emergency!

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) is to preserve life and property for our citizens through prompt and efficient services.

Vision Statement
The vision of JGMFD is to become a model of organizational consolidation for our peers on how to effectively and efficiently provide outstanding fire and emergency medical services to our communities. In support of that vision, JGMFD will continue to expand services to meet the needs of our communities; move towards industry best practices; employ research-based training and operations; and utilize data-driven decision making.
Statement of Core Values
We, the members of the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department are committed to the following values in our interactions with coworkers and the community:

Unity: We will always work together to accomplish our mission

Integrity: We will hold ourselves to the highest moral and ethical standards

Compassion: We will show concern, respect, and empathy to all

Selflessness: We will put the needs of others above our own

Preparedness: We will maintain a high level of readiness through training, planning, and discipline

The Department
The JGMFD was consolidated in 2016 by a formal agreement between the cities of Johnston and Grimes. The department proudly serves over 30 square miles including Grimes, Johnston, Camp Dodge, and unincorporated areas of both Dallas and Polk County.

The department responds to over 2,700 calls for service annually.

The Team
The fire department is currently staffed by one full-time Fire Chief, two full-time Deputy Chiefs, one full-time Fire Marshal, three full-time Captains, three full-time lieutenants, 25 full-time firefighters, and 25 part-time officers and firefighters.

The fire department serves the communities with three fire stations. Station 37 is located at 200 South James Street in Grimes, Station 38 is located at 10225 NW 62nd Ave. in Johnston, and Station 39 is located at 6373 Merle Hay Road in Johnston. All three stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.