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About the Department
The Knoxville Fire and Rescue Department would like to welcome you and thank you for visiting. The paid and part-paid staff of 30 firefighters and EMS personnel dedicate themselves to providing the highest level of expertise and standard of care to over 13,000 people.

The staff averages over 1,200 hours in fire suppression, emergency medical services, confined space, hazardous materials, auto extrication, and water rescue training annually. The Knoxville Fire and Rescue Department also responds to nearly 1,300 calls annually. The services are provided by our professional firefighters and EMS personnel who are highly dedicated, caring, and friendly in their approach to all emergency situations.

Mission Statement
To protect lives, property and environment by providing a high level of professional fire, rescue and educational services to our customers.

Fire Chief Jim Mitchell
Fire Chief Mitchell provides overall management of the Fire Department in accordance to all federal, state, and local laws or ordinances and enforces all applicable fire safety laws, codes, and ordinances. Chief Mitchell has over 29 years of experience in the fire service with communities large and small.

Fire Chief Jim Mitchell

Jim Mitchell

Fire Chief 

308 S. Third St.
Knoxville, IA 50138

Ph: 641-828-0586

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fire & Rescue Budget

FY 13-14 Budget

Personnel $316,250
Operations $116,550



-Includes new fire prevention program funded with FEMA Grant

FY 14-15 Budget
Personnel $351,185
Operations $165,350
Total $516,535

-$17,000 for additional paid Paramedic/EMT shift on Saturdays (was last unpaid shift)
-$15,000 feasibility study for joint public safety/City Hall complex
-$42,145 to pay off 3rd ambulance Debt
-$180,398 for new SCBA units and air compressor
-$37,852 to replace Command Vehicle