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

The Johnston Grimes Has a new consolidated webpage hosted on the City of Johnston's website. Click Johnston Grimes FD Page to view the page (link is off site).

Jim Clark
JOHNSTON, Iowa --- (September 19, 2016) --- The Johnston City Council voted Monday night to appoint Jim Clark to oversee the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department. A search committee selected Clark, who is the current Administrative Assistant Fire Chief of the Sioux City Fire Rescue Department.

"Jim's extensive experience in the fire service and collaborative management style were key in our selection process. We are excited to have him lead our team," said Johnston City Administrator Jim Sanders.

In addition to his leadership role in the Sioux City Fire Rescue Department, Clark is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Sioux City. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He will begin work in Johnston on October 17.

Clark will be responsible for overseeing all operations of the cities’ fire departments including personnel management, budget development, long-range planning and coordinating fire and rescue activities for two rapidly growing communities. Johnston and Grimes renewed their 28E Agreement in June. The agreement to share services has been in place since 2007.

Emergency 911

Fire Station  (non-emergency)  515.986.4444

Fire Station Fax #  515.986.9094

200 S James Street
Grimes, IA 50111

Ron Schipper, Deputy 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.




The Johnston 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.