These facilities have closed: City Hall, the Iowa City Public Library, City Park Pool, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the Animal Care and Adoption Center, as well as Parks and Recreation's Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, Terry Trueblood Lodge, and Ned Ashton House. They will be closed from Sunday, March 15, 2020, until further notice. The City continues to monitor COVID-19's impact, and will review opening facilities as this develops.
Iowa City Fire Department's annual report
The Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD) is dedicated to providing the community progressive, high quality emergency and preventive services. Sixty-four full-time firefighters provide fire, medical, technical rescue and hazardous materials emergency response to approximately 70,000 residents in the 27.9 square-mile incorporated area of Iowa City, including the University of Iowa main campus. The ICFD collaborates with many other fire protection agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Specialty areas include fire investigations, the Johnson County Hazardous Materials Response Team and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The department operates from four fire stations and staffs four engine companies, one rescue/truck company and a command vehicle.
In addition to responding to more than 5,500 emergency calls annually, the ICFD provides preventive services, such as fire safety inspections of commercial and University properties, site plan reviews and fire and environmental safety education. The department is in the midst of a five-year strategic plan for fire protection services and has attained reaccredited agency status through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The Training Center is a regional facility that articulates with the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau, Kirkwood Community College and the Johnson County Mutual Aid Association. Community projects include fire safety education, fire station tours, juvenile firesetters intervention, a mobile fire safe house, a mobile fire sprinkler trailer, ride-along program, the Safety Village, and is a co-leader with Mercy Hospital of the Johnson County SAFE KIDS Coalition.