• Smart 911

    Sign up and create a Safety Profile for your household, providing information such as the names of family members, health conditions, medications, pets in the home, vehicle details and emergency contacts. All information is voluntary, and each household can determine what details are important to include.


    Fact Sheet

  • Smoke Alarm

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    Protect your family by ensuring you have smoke alarms installed and working properly. You can learn how in this brochure.


    Smoke Alarm Brochure

History of the Fire Department
Our Beginnings

The first fire company in the City of Des Moines was organized in 1865; and was known as the "Hook & Ladder". After the City had purchased an engine, the Company was reorganized under the name of the "Hawkeye Hose Company", with Charley Spofford as Chief Engineer. Pictured to the right is the Headquarters of the Des Moines Fire Department.


Historic Fire Department photo

Fire History - 1867 to 1872
Fire History - 1873 to 1884
Fire History - 1885 to 1892
Fire Calls November and December 1891
Fire History - 1893 to 1895
1895 Fire Department Roster
Fire History - 1896
Jack and Jack