Fire Department

Dial 911 for Emergencies

  • Fire Station Phone (for non-emergencies): 515-462-4840
  • Fire Department Address: 124 West Court Avenue Winterset, Iowa 50273
  • Fire Department Email:

Fire Chief – Jayson McDonald

  • Chief’s email for non-emergencies:
  • Chief’s Cell for non-emergencies: 515-650-7188

Assistant Chief, Jeff Johnston: 515-468-1510

The Winterset Fire Department was established in 1872. We are proud to preserve the rich history and traditions of 147 years of service. We are currently are staffed with 20 volunteers.

Winterset Fire Department is the largest fire district in Madison County covering over 300 square miles that include ten townships and two cities. We respond to an average of 130 calls a year. We provide fire protection and other essential emergency services. The fire station was built in 1977 and houses three pumpers, two tankers, two smaller brush trucks, and one command/ attack vehicle and a new UTV.

We carry a variety of specialized tools from grain bin recuse tools, gas detectors, AEDS to the Jaws of life. Winterset Fire is actively involved in our community including several parades, charitable events, station tours, and public fire safety programs. Our current projects include the rescue of two retired fire trucks from the scrap yard. A 1972 American Lafrance pumper and 1954 Ford Pumper, these trucks will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. We are currently raising funds for equipment for our department. Thank you for your support.

Members Include:

  • Chief-Jayson McDonald,
  • Assistant Chief- Jeff Johnston
  • Captain- Chism Orr
  • Lieutenant – Russ Keating
  • 2ndLieutenant- Dale Cleghorn
  • Firefighters: Ryan Breeding, Wade Banning, Mike Ham, Andrew Kephart, Evan Kuhns, Colt Eyerly, Chris Frank, Kyle Lauer, Corey Rhoads, Joe Roush, Douglas Lauer, Marc Etcher, Chris Roberts, Ryan Hohanshelt, Antonio Ramirez, Logan Allen