Fire & Rescue

We provide substantial rescue services for the eastern side of Story County and the western side of Marshall County.  Colo Fire & Rescue have five fire fighting apparatuses, one EMS truck, and two special-purpose trailers.  All ready to handle any water emergency, medical emergency, rail incident, rope rescue, or grain bin rescue.  We are here for you!

Fire Safety Education

Give us a call to schedule a fire department visit to your school, daycare, or business for fire safety education!

Smoke Detector Installation / Safety Checks

We will install a smoke detector in your home, if needed and ensure that any existing detectors are working correctly.


Pumper 104

This pumper was a 1999 E-1. The city purchased the truck and refurbished by R & M Fire Apparatus of Colo. This truck was rebuilt from the frame up with a new cab and custom body built by R & M. The original pump was a side mount which was moved back 14-inches. The R & M team built a mid-ship command center on the aluminum body. The cost of the truck was $150,000, saving the city about $70,000 over the price of a comparable vehicle.

This truck’s primary duties are first out pumper on all fire calls in the Colo fire district and first out pumper on vehicle wrecks. It is also used as a backup pumper or can serve as a tender/tanker on mutual aid calls with its 10-inch rear quick dump. This truck began service in November 2002.

Rescue 804

The city purchased this truck in 2004 for $24,000. R & M Fire Apparatus refurbished the vehicle removing all of the doors, striping, and the old decals for a new paint job to match Colo’s signature red and the custom striping you see now. The truck can operate as a fully outfitted transport ambulance with a cot, onboard oxygen, suction, and more. Other features on this truck include spot chains, for winter driving, and air ride suspension.

This truck is first out on all medical calls and vehicle crashes. It can be a conditional B level ambulance when all other ambulances in the county are busy. 804 also goes out on all fire calls as a rehab truck to help check out the firefighters during a fire and other prolonged calls.

Rescue Pumper 904

The city purchased this truck in November 2008 and refurbished by fire department members. The updates included repainting the top half of the firetruck, restriping, and the addition of the new decals. The group of fire department members updated the cascade system for refilling air packs on a fire scene.  The rig also received a PTO driven hydraulic pump which powers our extrication tools, which allows us hydraulics on 3 – 100-foot reels at the flip of a switch.  We also installed a 13KV diesel powered generator to run our electric power tools, including two preconnected reciprocating saws as well as our lighting. We added and moved shelving to accommodate more equipment.  By doing all of this in house, we were able to save $1000s while having a truck that is built more to our needs.

The primary role is extrication and heavy rescue.  We service ten communities in eastern Story and western Marshall counties.  On mutual aid fire calls, 904 is the first truck out with its eight-man cab and seven air pack seats.  It transports a team that is ready to make entry as soon as we arrive.  904 is also used in a support capacity on most of our calls by filling air packs on-scene, providing lighting, tools,  is a 1250 gallon per minute pumper, and is one of our most used trucks in the fleet.

Attack Truck 604

Truck Make:  2016 Chevy 3500  4×4 

Body Make: R & M Fire Apparatus 

This truck is equipped with a 300-gallon water tank, a 350 gallon per minute pump and a 10-gallon foam tank with a FoamPro system. We have a midship operating station and two outside riding positions with pre-plumbed 1-inch lines to battle grass and field fires offroad. This truck has a 2-1/2 intake that can be used to draft from many different water sources like a pond, lake, or even a porta tank. This truck was built from the chassis up by R & M Fire Apparatus of Colo with firefighter safety in mind.  It has a custom tube frame bed, custom light bars, and a custom water tank.  The firefighters are protected with a cage and lower to the ground outside riding positions while fighting the fire in off-road situations. Finally, this truck has a 1-1/2  attack line for larger fires and a pre-connected hose reel with 100 feet of 1-inch booster line.  We can run foam to any of the outlets on this truck.  A great addition to our fleet.

Attack Truck 704

Attack 704

Make: 1974 Chevy 

This truck was bought new in 1976 and was refurbished in-house in 1994.  It received a new SS custom water tank, 150-foot booster reel, and a custom built air injection foam system.  This truck has put out many fires in its time in our department. This truck is now our second out attack truck for field and grass fires.

The primary role of this truck is to make a quick attack on all non-structure fires.  It is still a valuable member of our fleet for our department.