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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.
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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 businesses 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.
Ordinance Violation: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 $110 for the first offense, $210 for the second offense, and $310 for the third offense as established by Ordinance of the City of Marshalltown, Iowa.
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 2-year intervals, unless we hire everyone off a list. The Civil Service Commission will certify a ranked list of candidates from which we hire. The process includes an application with a $15 fee, a written test, a physical agility test, and oral interviews. Candidates wishing to receive notifications for job postings should sign up for notifications through our website here.
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 4:30 p.m.).
The City of Marshalltown has adopted and follows the 2021 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.
We are located at 909 South 2nd Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Office hours for administrative personnel are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Reference our home page for more information. There is always someone at the station unless we are responding to a call for service. Please contact dispatch at 641-754-5725 after hours.
No, we do not provide that service. Qualified service companies may be located in the telephone book under fire extinguisher sales and service.
The State Fire Marshal's Office can be reached at 515-725-6145 or email@example.com. Please visit their website for further information https://dps.iowa.gov/divisions/state-fire-marshal.
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.