The Mission of the North Platte Fire Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting lives, property and the environment through preparation and prevention.

Fire – Administration

North Platte Fire Department
715 South Jeffers
North Platte NE 69101


For non-emergencies (business office) and ambulance billing:
(308) 535-6762
(308) 535-6764 Fax

The North Platte Fire Department operates three shifts.  Each shift is on duty 24 hours, off duty 24 hours for five shifts and then observes Kelly Days (6 days off).  Our department is a combination department consisting of 39 Shift Personnel, 3 Administrators, 2 Fire Prevention and 1 Maintenance.

All paid shift members are EMT’s.  At present, the North Platte Fire Department has 19 Paramedics and 3 EMT-I’s.  Our ISO (Insurance Service Organization) rating is 3.


Fire Chief:  Dennis Thompson 308-535-6761
Assistant Chief:  Trent Kleinow 308-535-6763
Administrative Secretary III:  Alice Wipplinger 308-535-6762
Fire Marshal:  George Lewis 308-535-6768
Secretary II:  Sarah Perkins 308-535-6768

The North Platte Fire Department has three fire stations located at:

Station 1   715 South Jeffers Street
Station 2   1302 North Sycamore
Station 3   3501 West 2nd Street

2013 Annual Report

Each year the North Platte Fire Department produces an annual report containing statistical information on its service to the community.

2013 Annual Report PDF

Fire Calls

In 2013 the North Platte Fire Department responded to 575 incidents that required a fire engine response.

455 of these calls (79.1%) were in the city limits of North Platte.
120 or 20.9% were in the North Platte Rural Fire District.
20 of these were mutual aid responses to other fire departments.

Total property loss for the North Platte Fire District resulted in $296,610.00. 44.7% occurred in the city for $132,510.

Responses by Station-
Station 1 – 275 fire calls
Station 2 – 141 fire calls
Station 3 – 159 fire calls.

July was our busiest month, Tuesday our busiest day of the week and the busiest time of the day was from 5:00 to 5:59 pm.

Emergency Medical Services

During 2013, North Platte Fire Department personnel responded to 2,938 Emergency/Medical/Ambulance calls. This was an increase of 1.36% or 40 calls from the previous year. There was an increase of 6.62% or $92,140.64 in the billed revenue. The total billed revenue for 2013 was $1,484,536.43.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency calls were the majority of the total calls. The North Platte Fire Department ran 1269 ALS emergency call throughout Lincoln County and the surrounding area, which included 139-tiered responses. A tiered response occurs when a smaller town’s ambulance crew realizes that their patient needs more definitive care by a paramedic. This crew then calls the 911 center and a North Platte Fire Department ambulance is dispatched to meet the rural unit. Examples of these calls would be diabetic reactions, chest pains or cardiac disorders, major trauma, severe respiratory, and seizure patients. Our tiered responses have ranged from 11 in 1997 to 139 in 2013 which is the highest amount.

2013 Tier Responses by Towns

Sutherland 24
Maxwell 6
Curtis/Frontier County 19
Thedford 9
Mullen 22
Wallace 5
Paxton 9
Maywood/Wellfleet 15
Stapleton 11
Brady 5
McPherson County 2
Arnold 9
Hayes Center 1
Private (Midwest Medical) 2