Fire

Mission/Vision

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 S Jeffers
North Platte NE 69101

FOR FIRE & AMBULANCE EMERGENCIES DIAL 911

For non-emergencies and ambulance billings
(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.

Administration

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
Office Integrated Support Specialist:  Kim Smith 308-535-6768

The North Platte Fire Department has three fire stations.

Station 1   715 S Jeffers Street
Station 2   1302 N 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.

Information about the North Platte Volunteer Fire Department

The North Platte Volunteer Fire Department consists of 25 active members, who serve not only the city of North Platte, but an additional 370 square miles.  Within this scope of protection, property ranges from manufacturing, industrial, recreational areas, to those of farming, ranching and residential subdivisions.  Volunteers, used within the city along with the 39 career firefighters, make this combination department an outstanding asset to this community.

“A Short History”

The first volunteer fire brigade was organized shortly after the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in November of 1866. Although there were only 12 members, they would respond primarily to prairie fires. Of the first twelve original members of this department, all were employed by the railroad. This organization had no name, mainly because North Platte was not incorporated as a city until 1874. Requirements for joining this fire brigade were very simple; you had to own your own leather bucket. In 1883, a gentleman approached the local government and stated he would offer fire protection to the city. It appears that along with his commitment, he would also offer 30 new leather buckets with the deal. However, the city fathers declined the offer. It was in December of 1887 that the first fire brigade was reorganized into the North Platte Volunteer Fire Department. This department holds the distinction of being the oldest volunteer organization still in operation without any interruption from its inception, not only in North Platte, but also in Lincoln County. In the early days, the volunteers were called to service by the sounding of the Union Pacific’s shop whistle. Today they respond through a pager system. The days of the fire whistles are gone, except for those on our responding emergency vehicles.

The North Platte Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of three fire companies: Cody Engine, Hinman Hose, and Buffalo Bill Hook and Ladder. The later company was started by a $100 donation made by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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