The Grinnell Fire Department proudly serves the citizens of Grinnell in
addition to 120 square miles of surrounding rural area.
Each year the department responds to an average of 200 emergency
calls of reported fires and/or rescue situations.
The department consists of a full-time Chief, four full-time
Drivers and 22 Volunteer firefighters. 69% of Grinnell's Firefighters
are certified as Firefighter I; 42% are certified as Firefighter II; 12%
are certified as Firefighter Instructors; 35% are certified Emergency
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the fire station
has at least one firefighter on-duty. Upon the receipt of an alarm, the
on-duty firefighter alerts the rest of the firefighters of the call via
pagers. The on-duty firefighter then responds from the station to the
emergency scene with the appropriate piece of fire or rescue apparatus.
The Volunteer firefighters respond to the scene in their personal vehicles
with their firefighting protective equipment. This has allowed the department
to average a two minute, 6 second response time within the city limits
and an 8 minute, 7 second response time in the rural areas.