Grimes Fire, EMS and Homeland Security
Grimes Fire, EMS and Homeland Security

Emergency 911

Fire Station  (non-emergency)  515.986.4444

200 S James Street
Grimes, IA 50111

Jim Krohse, Fire Chief


Floods and Flash Floods: A Guide for Your Safety  (PDF)

Outdoor Warning Siren Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Outdoor Warning Siren Activation Guidelines

Outdoor Warning Siren Activation Quick Reference Guide  (PDF)

Smart 911 Program:  Public safety officials in the Polk County E911 service area have taken a step forward in public safety with the addition of Smart911, a free service now available to all citizens. Smart 911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free safety profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Smart911 and create a safety profile at to ensure 9-1-1 will have access to their information during an emergency. Smart911 is private and secure, and is only made available to 0-1-1 when an emergency call is made.
Click Here For Detailed Information  (PDF)

Code Red Program:
  The City of Grimes, in partnership with Polk County Emergency Management has implemented an automated phone message system known as "Code Red". It can be used in emergency situations when timely communication to our residents is essential. The system will be initiated in situations such as flooding, utility outages or other significant events. All published land-line phone numbers in Grimes have been added to the calling system, but if you do not have a land line phone, have an unpublished number, or want to add an alternate (cell) phone number, you are encouraged to go to for registration and additional information.


New Rules on Smoke Detectors Take Effect  (link is off site) April 2010. 

Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic (paid on-call):

The Grimes Fire Department is accepting applications for paid-on-call staff. The department seeks individuals already possessing Iowa or National Fire Certifications and/or EMS Certifications, but will train individuals wanting to work in a paid-on-call role. Grimes residency is required.

Compensation is competitive, depending on qualifications. Applicants must possess a valid Iowa drivers's license, be at least 18 years of age, and be able to successfully complete a criminal history background check. The Grimes Fire Department also requires a doctor's release stating members are physically qualified to participate in fire fighting/EMS activities.

An application can be obtained at the Grimes Fire Station, 200 S James Street, Grimes, Iowa 50111. 

For more information please call 515.986.4444.


The Grimes Fire/EMS Department is responsible for providing fire protection and emergency medical services to area citizens and patrons. The fire department also conducts fire inspections of local businesses and schools within the City as well as hosting various educational fire safety programs.

Please note: The City of Grimes does not do regular testing of the emergency sirens. All testing is done by Polk County Emergency Management.