The Fire Prevention Bureau is staffed by three full-time personnel and several part-time inspectors.  Full-time personnel include the Fire Marshal (Mike Whitsell); Fire Inspector/Lieutenant (Kurt Westhoff) and Fire Inspector/Public Education Coordinator (Denise Kinkade).  

Programs and Services

The West Des Moines Fire Department participates in the following public education and community service programs:

Public Education Programs

Kids on Truck

Fire Station Tour:  The fire department opens its doors and provides station tours for groups of all ages.  These tours provide citizens the opportunity to see where firefighters live and work, and the apparatus and equipment we use to respond to emergencies.  Please note the group size may be limited.


Presentations:  If your school, club or organizations would like a speaker on fire prevention, we can stop by one of your classes or meetings.

Community Services

After the Fire:  The purpose of this program is to provide our citizens with useful information to aid in the adjustment and recovery period after a fire has occurred.

Evacuation Planning:  The fire department is involved with local businesses and corporations in emergency planning and evacuation drills for their employees.

Fire Extinguisher Training:  Our fire department can provide fire extinguisher training for area businesses.  Training includes video demonstrations and hands-on fire extinguishing. (Some fees may apply.)

Fire Extinguisher Class

For more information on the above programs and services, contact Denise Kinkade at

Fire Safety Tips

Campus Safety Tips

Candle Safety Tips

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Cooking Safety Tips

Electrical Safety Tips

Escape Planning

Grilling Safety Tips

Heating Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Hotels/Motels

Safety Tips for Kids

Multi Family Dwelling Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

Smoke Alarms

Smoking Safety Tips

Vehicle Safety Tips

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