Fire Department

The risk of devastating fires prompted thirteen citizens to form the first Fire Department in 1897. Its equipment consisted of two hand-pulled carts, one on each side of the railroad tracks. In 1927, a fire district was formed and a fire truck was purchased. This truck was not a pumper, but held two tanks containing water and acid. At the fire scene, soda charges were dropped into the tanks and the resulting chemical action squirted the mixture on the fire.

In 1931, the town built a facility to house the Fire Department and City Hall. This structure located at 128 W. Lincoln Street, still serves in that capacity. The City's first fire truck pumper was purchased in 1934, serving the community for twenty years. Since that time, the Fire Department's fleet has grown to include a tanker, pumpers, and rescue vehicles. The Department now responds to fire calls and emergency medical calls in the City of Walcott and surrounding Fire District #6. The Fire Department members are a dedicated group of individuals that provide a high caliber of service through their experience and continuing education and training.

Interested in joining our department? Complete the application and drop it off at City Hall or to Chief Geigle. Membership Application

Siren Tones

Weather or Major Emergency Alert

A steady tone for three minutes indicates: SEVERE WEATHER SITUATIONS : the confirmed sighting of a funnel cloud or tornado in the area. Take shelter immediately and listen to radio and television stations for further updates and advice. AT OTHER TIMES : a major emergency such as hazardous material spill. Stay indoors and wait for further information via in-person visit, telephone, loudspeaker, radio, or television.

High Wind Alert

A wavering tone for three minutes indicates severe weather with damaging winds. Take shelter and listen to radio and television stations.


A distinctive wavering high-low tone from the siren located at the Fire Station serves as a backup system : supplementing member's pagers. Residents walking or driving should be prepared to yield to firefighters in their personal cars or emergency vehicles.