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Open Burning Requirements
Open burning of yard waste is allowed April 1st through June 30th and October 1st through November 30th. Burning shall occur in the backyard of single-family dwellings, Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. All burning piles must be extinguished by 7:00 pm. Burning on the property of another is prohibited unless the property owner grants permission. Open burning is not allowed on holidays. Open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure. Fire in enclosed containers with a cover to control flying embers shall not be less than 15 feet from any structure. A competent person with a means of fire control must constantly supervise all open burning. Burning by commercial business is prohibited unless a burn permit is obtained from the Fire Department. If a permit is issued, all requirements for open burning apply. No burning shall occur if the wind speeds are greater than 15 miles per hour and during extended dry weather conditions.
Burning of garbage and rubbish is prohibited.
Any violation of the rules concerning prohibited burning and open burning, which requires a response by the Marshalltown Fire Department to control or extinguish such combustion, will be subject to a response fee of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third offense as established by Ordinance of the City of Marshalltown, Iowa.
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Recreational Fire means an outdoor fire burning seasoned hardwood contained in appliances specifically designed for this purpose, with a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in height, for the purposes of:
Recreational burning shall be allowed for food preparation and camping purposes or as defined in the definition section. The material to be burned is limited to seasoned wood, and the fire shall comply with all other applicable state and local codes related to open burning.
The Fire Department is covered under Iowa Civil Service law. We generally will test for new hires at approximately 3-year intervals, unless we hire everyone off a list. The Civil Service Commission will certify a list of ten candidates from which we hire. The process includes an application with a $15 fee, a written test, physical agility test, and an oral interview. If an individual wishes to be included in the process, it is best for them to contact the Personnel Department with the City of Marshalltown. Because there is no set time frame for testing, applicants can have their information added to our contact list to have an application sent to them when we open the testing process. It is important that applicants keep their information updated if it changes.
The Marshalltown Fire Department is a full-time, career department with 28 employees, operating 3 shifts, on a 24/48 basis. We provide fire suppression and extrication services, and first responder service within the City limits. We are also trained in high angle, confined space, trench, and water rescue.
Contact the City Fire Marshal at 641-754-5751 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The City of Marshalltown has adopted and follows the 2006 International Fire Code which includes a chapter that defines when a permit is to be issued. The most common permits issued include, but are not limited to:
We do not charge for fire calls. There may be a response fee for open burning calls. Annual fire inspections are completed across a wide variety of businesses or organizations and may have a fee associated.
Office hours for administrative personnel are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. til 5 p.m. Reference our home page for complete office hours information. There is always someone at the station unless we are responding to a call for service.
No, we do not provide that service. Qualified service companies may be located in the telephone book under fire extinguisher sales and service.
Their number is 515-725-6145.
Use of the burn trailer and associated training devices may be accessed by contacting the Deputy Chief of the Marshalltown Fire Department at 641-754-5751, or by contacting Marla Williams at IVCE at 641-844-5624.
We recommend that residents purchase dual-sensor detectors for every level of the home and hallways outside the bedrooms. These detectors sense both slow smoldering fires and rapid growth fires. We also recommend the 10-year lithium battery models to eliminate the need to remember to change the battery. Visit our smoke detector page to see if you qualify for a free one.