Fire Programs

The North Platte Fire Department offers a variety of educational and informational programming to the public.

These programs are available:

  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Safety House
  • Smoke Busters
  • Smoke Detectives
  • Fire Prevention

It is the duty of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to enforce all laws and ordinances covering the following:

  • The prevention of fires.
  • The storage and use of explosives and inflammables.
  • The installation and maintenance of automatic and other fire alarm systems, and fire extinguishing equipment.
  • Maintenance and regulation of fire escapes.
  • The means and adequacy of exits in case of fire from factory, schools, hotels, lodging houses, asylums, hospitals, churches, halls, theaters, amphitheaters, and all other places in which numbers of persons, work, live or congregate from time to time for any purpose.
  • Investigation of origin, cause and circumstance of fire.
  • George Lewis is the City Fire Marshal.

What does the City Fire Marshal do?

  • Performs fire safety inspections of public buildings inside the city limits.
  • Manages the fire reporting system.
  • Performs and develops fire prevention programs for the public.
  • Performs plan reviews for buildings that are new or being remodeled.
  • Inspects all facilities within the city limits that have above and underground tanks.
  • Delegated authority for the State Fire Marshal’s office.
  • Performs investigations for fires within the city limits.
  • Schedules and maintains the Fire Safety House.
  • Enforces City Ordinances pertaining to fireworks.
  • What special activities are done to promote Fire Prevention?
  • During the school year, with the help of shift personnel, perform the “Smoke Detectives” Program for 3rd grade students in area schools.
  • Perform fire prevention programs for public or private groups on fire extinguishers, fire escape planning, etc.
  • Public service announcements on Fire Safety.
  • Attend Safety days at NebraskaLand Days, The Mall, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • Fire Safety House

The Fire Safety House is a mobile classroom that is used to teach boys and girls about fire safety. It is ADA accessible. Classes teach children how to properly use extension cords, space heating safety, kitchen safety, and how to evacuate from a smoke filled room.

The Fire Safety House was purchased through donations from citizens, local organizations, and companies. Without those donations, this program would not have been successful. Many thanks for your generosity.

The Fire Safety House is loaned out to surrounding Fire Departments within a 75-mile radius of North Platte. To schedule a time to use the Fire Safety House, call 308-535-6768.

Smoke Busters

The North Platte Volunteer Fire Department offers special fire safety and educational programs to the public. Known as “The Smoke Busters”, a group of members will tailor programs to fit the age groups requesting them. These programs range from puppet shows for the young, to providing programs such as operations of smoke detectors, escape routes, and what to do in case of kitchen fires for those young at heart.

For more information, call (308) 535-6762.

Smoke Detectives

This is a very popular fire safety program designed for kids. It is endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

North Platte Firefighters teach area school third graders the basics of fire safety and inspire them to become smoke detectives too.