Fire Departments – General Information

The State has 478 departments with 13,780 firefighters providing vital services to the citizens of Nebraska. Additional information on Nebraska fire departments are:

  • Type of Department
    Fire and Rescue - 342
    Fire Only - 136

  • Number of Firefighters
    Paid - 1,473
    Paid Per Call - 228
    Volunteer - 12,079

  • Department Classification
    All Paid - 6 (Bellevue, Grand Island, Lincoln, Wahoo, Omaha, and Omaha Airport)
    All Volunteer - 449
    Combination Paid and Volunteer - 23

  • Number of Fire Stations - 575

State emergency responders are called out at all hours of the day and night to extinguish fires, respond to vehicle accidents and hazardous material incidents, provide rescue/ambulance services, search for missing people, and perform other services to their community as needed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) provides assistance to departments with fire and other incident investigations, training and certification of firefighters, and providing fire prevention/safety classes whenever requested.

Among the many duties of the state’s fire departments is the requirement by law to submit reports to this office on any fires in their jurisdiction (State Statute 81-506). The SFM is participating in the National Fire-Incident Reporting System (or Nebraska Fire-Incident Reporting System (NEFIRS) as we call it in Nebraska). All fire reports must be submitted using this system. Since the jobs and responsibilities of the state’s fire departments have become so diversified over the years, we are asking departments to voluntarily report all incidents to us so we will have an overall picture of fire department activity in the state. NEFIRS is a valuable tool for departments. The data provides necessary information for grant applications and is useful to support requests for new equipment and apparatus. If you are not sure whether your department is reporting or not, you can review the Fire Department Reporting History. This shows departments who have reported or let the State Fire Marshal know they had no fires since 1983.

This office also requires the state’s fire departments to issue burn permits in accordance with state law and to review and sign off on public firework display permit applications.

We ask that all fire departments keep us up to date on information on your department, particularly chief, mailing address and email address. This will enable us to get information to the correct individual. Please send any changes to Carmen Flynn or complete the Fire Department Information Sheet.

Page last updated January 14, 2014


246 South 14th Street; Lincoln, NE 68508-1804; Phone: (402) 471-2027; Fax: (402) 471-3118