Waterloo Fire Rescue
Waterloo Fire Rescue is an emergency services department in northeast Iowa. Established on July 11th, 1904 as a professional organization of firefighters, the department continues to strive toward creating a safety conscious community in Waterloo. The department provides its citizens an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance service, performs fire suppression and rescue operations, conducts emergency management, and offers other special services including hazardous materials mitigation and technical rescue. Waterloo Fire Rescue serves a resident population of roughly 70,000 people over an area of over 80 square miles. With about 100 personnel, the department staffs six stations within city limits and uses three battalions.
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Waterloo Fire Rescue (WFR) has been serving the City of Waterloo since the 1800's but became a recognized department in 1904. What did they do in 2021? Check out their 2021 Annual Report by clicking here.
Lock Box Program
The department is currently taking applications for residents who would benefit from a lock box program, intended for people who may be unable to unlock their door in the event of an emergency. The lock box will be secured to the residence and can only be opened by members of Waterloo Fire Rescue. Occupants would need to provide a spare key that can be placed inside the lock box. This free program is limited to those in greatest need. Simply fill out the online application, and a member from the department will be in contact.
Smoke Detector Program
The American Red Cross has donated smoke detectors to the community members of Waterloo who do not currently have the recommended number of working smoke detectors in their home. The ideal applicant for this free program is an individual, or family, who is unable to provide and/or install the recommended amount of smoke detectors in their current residence. Once an online application is approved, members of Waterloo Fire Rescue will come to the residence and install detectors free of charge. To apply for this program, fill out the online application here and a member of the department will be in contact with you.
STATION 1 (Headquarters), 425 E 3RD ST, Waterloo, IA 50703
Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with Waterloo Fire Rescue on October 11th, 2022 from 4-7PM at Fire Station 1 (423 E 3rd Street).
This event is free to the public.
Equipment on scene will include:
- Fire engines
- University of Iowa AirCare
- HazMat trailer
- Waterloo Police Department's Bearcat
- Live demonstrations will be scheduled through out the event, including:
- Jaws of life demonstration
- WFR's tech rescue team rappelling from the building
- WFR's fire prevention team fire extinguisher simulator
- mechanical CPR demonstration
Never Forget Blood Drive- Monday, September 11, 2023 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the RTC. Registration and more information will be available in August of 2023.
News concerning recent incidents and road or weather conditions are often provided through social media, in addition to traditional news sources. Stay updated on recent events and news from the department with the following Facebook, Twitter feeds and on YouTube.