The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (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.

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


Station 37
200 South James Street
Grimes, IA 50111
       Station 38
10225 NW 62 Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
       Station 39
6373 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131




Phone | Emergency 911
Fire Station (non-emergency) 515.986.4444
Fax | 515.986.9094

Jim Clark
Fire Chief
Phone | 515.276.5182
Fax | 515.334.5390
Email |

Ron Schipper
Deputy Fire Chief
Email |

Craig VerHuel
Fire Marshal

Email |



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.





The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire 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.