City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

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Established 1895, ISO Rating 3

Fire District Map

Organization Chart


 Station #1 (Chief Officer Staff Headquarters)
   1300 Burnett Ave
   Ames, Iowa 50010

 Station #2
    132 Welch Avenue
    Ames, Iowa 50014

 Station #3
    2400 S. Duff Avenue
    Ames, Iowa 50010


 City Hall (Inspections and Administrative Staff)
    515 Clark Avenue
    Ames, Iowa 50010


  • 60 uniformed fire positions

  • 10 building safety/inspections positions
  •   5 shared administrative support positions


   67,154 (2019 census estimate), and an additional
   33,391 Iowa State University students

Service Programs

  • Fire Prevention/Suppression
  • EMS (basic life support non-transport)
  • Hazardous Materials response
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Trench Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue (limited)
  • Rope Rescue (limited)
  • Water Rescue
  • Ice Rescue
  • Honor Guard
  • Public Education
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Station tours
  • Fire safety presentations
  • Fire drills
  • Public service announcements

Local Community

Ames is a culturally diverse community with over 104 nationalities represented Ames is also home to:

  • Iowa State University
  • Ball Plastics
  • 3M
  • Sauer Danfoss
  • Hach Chemical
  • Workiva (formerly Webfilings)
  • Fire Service Training Bureau
  • IA Dept. of Transportation
  • National Veterinary Services Lab
  • National  Animal Disease Lab
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • McFarland Clinic
  • Becker Underwood

  4 Engines

  1 Ladder

  2 Medium Rescues

  1 Hazmat Truck


1 Rescue  (EMS)

1 Command

3 Administrative

1 Rescue Boat


Emergency Calls (2017)

  • 4,499 Total calls

  • 2,716 EMS-related

  • Total fires 102

Operating Budget

 Fiscal Year 2017/18   $8.5 million

 Approx. Cost of Services per Residence    $85

(Property Tax Per $100,000 of Assessed Residential Valuation)

Response Area

  25.35 miles

We will provide our citizens with exceptional service at the best price.

Employees will experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment from which personal and professional growth can occur.