Ottumwa Fire Department
The Ottumwa Fire Department provides fire suppression to the residents of Ottumwa as well as many other emergency services. Our fire fighters are certified at the Fire Fighter II level. The fire department also provides first response to 911 emergency medical calls (EMS) and responds to vehicle accidents within its city limits. The department provides regional hazardous materials response to eleven counties, which is known as the Southeast Iowa Response Group. This was the first regional hazardous materials response group organized in Iowa. The fire department also is active in fire prevention activities. This includes the fire fighters providing fire prevention education to all students in kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades.
Training is an intricate part of fire fighting. Continuous training is conducted in the areas of fire suppression, EMS, high-angle rescue, anti-terrorism, confined space, extrication, and hazardous materials.
The City of Ottumwa will continue to lead the way into the future by continuing to provide a safe environment for all the citizens of our community by being a proactive force for change.
Ottumwa’s ISO Rating was upgraded to a four in October 2011. The ISO rating is based on a formula that considers a community’s fire personnel and equipment, water supply and dispatching capabilities. It is used by the insurance industry to develop premium rates for residential and commercial businesses.
It is only legal to burn yard waste such as tree limbs, leaves and grass. Please be courteous to your neighbors when burning. Only burn small piles and be sure the yard waste you’re burning is dry so it produces less smoke. If you are burning yard waste and the smoke is determined to be offensive the fire may be extinguished with no citation issued.
Burning of trash, garbage, household or commercial solid waste, recyclable materials, plastics, furniture, tires, appliances, building materials and waste oil is unlawful in the City of Ottumwa. The penalty for violation is a civil citation.