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).

Chief Jim Clark began his career in 1983. He worked his way up through the ranks in Sioux City Fire Rescue to Assistant Chief. He served in many capacities and oversaw many programs during his years there. He has served as Fire Chief for the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department since October of 2016.

Chief Clark’s educational background includes a Bachelors Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, and a MS in Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Jim is a 2007 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD and was awarded the designation as a “Chief Fire Officer” through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

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.