• Station Study

    The City Council has received the Fire Station Placement Review and Recommendations for Expansion Des Moines Fire Department final report.

    The report is available for public review here.

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    2014 Station Study

  • Fire Department Annual Report

    Section annual reports are now available under Reports on the Documents Page.

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    Review Reports

  • 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.

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    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