Fire Department

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Welcome message from Chief Scott Lyon

The Iowa City Fire Department was founded in 1872 to serve theS Lyon members of our community. Today, over 150 years later, the Iowa City Fire Department remains ready to serve all who come to live, work, learn and recreate in our community.

Although the size and role of the department has changed over the years, our dedication to those we serve has not as we live our mission to protect our community by providing progressive, high-quality emergency and preventative services.  Our community expects and deserves unparalleled excellence. We are professional firefighters and EMTs who will strive to be experts in our field. We will master the basic skills of our trade and strive constantly to build upon this foundation.


Mission, Vision, and Values

All Iowa City Fire Department employees are guided by our mission, vision, and values. The mission is the core purpose for why the Iowa City Fire Department exists. The vision is the description for where the department strives to be in the future. The vision should inspire and motivate. Values are the guiding principles for the organization. These are the essential and enduring principles.

Our Mission

The mission of the Iowa City Fire Department is to protect our community by providing progressive, high quality emergency and preventive services.

Our Vision

The Iowa City Fire Department will be recognized as a national leader in our profession and as role models in our community. We will be an exemplary, service driven organization in providing emergency and preventive services with exceptional leadership, state of the art resources, and a healthy, highly trained, and motivated workforce. We will stay true to our values and inspire one another in our pursuit of excellence.

Our Values

As an organization, we uphold the following values.

  • Accountability: We are accountable to each other and the community we have sworn to serve.
  • Innovation: We encourage the advancement of our services and programs through inquiry, evaluation, problem solving and continual improvement.
  • Professional Excellence: We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and the demonstration of high professional standards.
  • Respect: We believe in the dignity of every individual and value all members of the community and organization.
  • Teamwork: We are committed to a teamwork environment where every stakeholder is a valued contributor to our success.
  • Trustworthiness: We embolden trustworthiness as it encompasses such qualities as honesty, integrity, loyalty, and reliability.

Free child safety seat inspections and installations are performed by the Iowa City Fire Department. Please call Fire Station #4 at 319-356-5264 for details.