Nebraska News

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fire official: Smoking materials to blame for Grand Island fire

A fire that started in a garage has damaged a Grand Island duplex, according to the G.I. Fire Department. Shift Commander Scott Kuehl said crews were originally called to structure fires at two different addresses around 9:55 p.m. Thursday, but only found flames at 804 North Adams Street. Kuehl said firefighters searched the home, thinking people may still be inside, before fighting the fire. After, fire crews took about 10 minutes to extinguish the flames. He said the garage gutted while the duplex sustained smoke damage and fire damage in one room. Kuehl estimates $8,000 to $10,000 in loss to the home. He said "improper discarded smoking materials" started the fire.

Refrigerant leak forces evacuation in Patrick’s Market in Omaha

VIDEO: Omaha Fire and Rescue crews were called to a leak of a potentially dangerous refrigerant Thursday. Officials said the leak was in the recently-closed Patrick’s Market. The Patrick’s Market held an auction Thursday morning and someone who bought a refrigerator accidentally cut a line. The building filled with refrigerant which was bad enough 6 News crews could see a haze coming out of the door. Firefighters quickly evacuated the building and no injuries were reported.

Omaha firefighters donate coats to kids in need

More than 100 kids will get brand new coats this winter thanks to the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association. Fire union members visited Howard Kennedy Elementary School Friday morning to fit kids with the coats that were purchased with $4,000 in donations. It's all part of the firefighters' annual 'Operation Warm,' which has helped keep kids toasty in the metro for the last four years. "They're so happy to get something new, they're so happy to receive it from a firefighter," union member Trevor Towey said. Towey says the group works with Omaha Public Schools to make sure the coats are going to the children that need them the most. "It's also great to be out in the community and see them wearing the coat, and you can say, 'hey, I made a difference in that kid's family,'" Towey said.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Dodge County radio system would connect local first responders

The Dodge County Board of Supervisors during its Wednesday morning meeting listened to discussion regarding the state of the public safety radio system used in Dodge County. No action was taken, simply, a presentation was given by Shelly Holzerland, head of communications for Fremont and Dodge County, and a representative of Motorola Solutions, to speak about what they hope the future of the public safety radio system in Dodge County will be. The goal, Holzerland said, is to move Dodge County law enforcement, first responders, firefighters and others onto the 800 MHz radio system called ORION.
Fremont Tribune

Lincoln Fire & Rescue Battles Two House Fires

Lincoln Fire & Rescue battled two house fires in less than 5 hours. The first fire happened at a home near 15th and A St just after 4:00 p.m. There was heavy smoke coming out of the first floor when firefighters arrived. The family and their pets were able to get out safely. The second fire happened minutes after 9:30 last night in a home near 12th and Court. The home owners said they could smell smoke. LFR arrived shortly after and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the basement. It took firefighters 25 minutes to control the blaze. Thankfully the two people inside the home are not injured. The amount of damage done to the home has not yet been released.

Lexington Volunteer Fire Department Raises $3,500 for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Project Austin

The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department celebrated 125 years of service with a “Waffleman” breakfast and free will offering on Oct 1, 2017 which raised $3,500 for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Project Austin program. Fire Chief Dahlas Holbein presented the check for $3,500 to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Project Austin is an advocacy and outreach program, launched in December, 2015; it bridges the gap between hospital and home – providing continuity of care to children with special health care needs by creating community awareness and education to local EMS.

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