The Mason City Fire Department was started in 1870 as a volunteer fire department. By 1909 the Department was a fully-paid career department. The Department works out of one fire station centrally located in the City at 350 5th St SW. This is only the fourth building to ever house the Fire Department.
The Department is staffed by 46 dedicated and skilled men and women who are committed to the Fire Department's mission of serving those in need - safely. All personnel at the Fire Department are licensed at an EMT-B level or higher!! 39 fire fighters (33 of whom are paramedics) are divided equally between three battalions (or shifts). Each shift is 24 hours long and starts at 8:00 am. The City is covered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure a quick and professional response.
In June 2004, the Mason City Fire Department started providing ambulance services to Mason City and surrounding communities. Since that time, the number of calls and responses made by the Fire Department has gone from 1,200 in 2003 to 4,750 in 2010. The average time for the Fire Department to arrive at a call within the City of Mason City after it has been notified is four minutes. On November 8, 2007, the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association voted the Mason City Fire Department the 2007 Career EMS Service of the Year.
In addition to fire and ambulance services, the Fire Bureau of the Fire Department provides fire safety education throughout Mason City. The Fire Marshal and the fire fighter assigned to the Fire Bureau also conduct hundreds of safety inspections throughout the City each year and train hundreds of citizens in the City on the proper use of fire extinguishers.
The fire fighters at the Department are also trained in hazardous material responses and a wide variety of technical rescues.
What the Department's new public service announcement on the importance of pulling to the right for fire and other emergency vehicles S.I.R.E.N.