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The Cities of Johnston and Grimes, Iowa are requesting proposals from qualified consultants to analyze their partnership for joint fire and EMS services. The Cities are seeking professional services to compare alternative organizational models, evaluate service delivery methods, analyze the financial history of the partnership, forecast future possibilities, and provide recommendations for the Cities to consider as they contemplate the future of fire and EMS services. Background The Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department was consolidated in 2016 by a formal agreement between the cities of Johnston and Grimes pursuant to Chapter 28E of the Iowa Code. The 28E agreement was updated in July 2020 and will run through June 2023.
The department proudly serves over 30 square miles including Grimes, Johnston, Camp Dodge, and unincorporated areas of both Dallas and Polk County. The department responds to over 2,700 calls for service annually. The fire department is currently staffed by one full-time Fire Chief, two full-time Deputy Chiefs, two full-time Fire Marshals, three full-time Captains, three full-time lieutenants, 24 full-time firefighters, and 30 part-time officers and firefighters. The fire department serves the communities out of three fire stations. Station 37 is located at 200 South James Street in Grimes, Station 38 is located at 10225 NW 62nd Ave. in Johnston, and Station 39 is located at 6373 Merle Hay Road in Johnston. All three stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Scope of Work The study is to be the anchor point for any future iterations of the 28E agreement. It should closely examine input, activities, outputs, and outcomes for the purposes of clearly articulating why, if indeed the Cities should, continue to partner to provide fire and EMS services.
Click here (PDF) to view and download the RFP. Click here (PDF) to review addendum #1.
Proposals are due at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.