Iowa's Fire Service Training Bureau of Ames begins new era in Johnston


JOHNSTON, Iowa- Iowa's Fire Service Training Bureau has moved from Ames to Johnston.

Thousands of Iowa firefighters and emergency service workers, will now get their training at a building that used to serve as the National Guard's fire station.

The Fire Service Training Bureau dates to 1923, when a group of firefighters came to what was formerly known as Iowa State College (Iowa State University) and asked for training to improve their skills.

The First Annual State Fire School was formed in 1925, and since then the Fire Service Training Bureau has educated thousands of firefighters and emergency workers.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new training center this (Wednesday) morning, and dedicated the building.

“From small towns to our urban centers, firefighters are on the front lines of keeping Iowans safe,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “This facility will play a central role in training our firefighters of the future. It also represents some amazing coordination and collaboration within state government and I’d like to recognize the Department of Public Safety and Iowa National Guard for this new level of partnership.”

Following an assessment of current and future needs, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed and fully executed on May 5, 2020, by the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa National Guard to relocate the Fire Service Training Bureau to Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, beginning July 1, 2020.

“The Iowa National Guard is proud to welcome the Fire Service Training Bureau to our Camp Dodge family,” said Major General Benjamin Corell. "Both of our organizations value realistic, professional training opportunities. Camp Dodge is a great choice for this important training venue creating value for the citizens of Iowa now and into the future.”

The Fire Service Training Bureau on average educations and trains 12,000 students each year, and hosts the Annual State Fire School, which annually trains 700 Iowa firefighters.