Nebraska News

Monday, April 23, 2018

Omaha fire chief will get $630,000 pension payment at retirement; Mayor says it’s a good deal for the city

Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen will get a payout of more than $630,000 when he retires in five years as part of the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan. The program is meant to induce retirement-eligible police and fire veterans to officially retire yet continue working and drawing a paycheck. Once entering the program, the employee’s pension is locked in. Then, when he or she actually retires, there’s a one-time payment of the pension dollars that piled up from the years in the program. For the city, the DROP program keeps experienced employees on staff longer. The employee, meanwhile, gets the lump sum of money when he or she retires.
Omaha World-Herald

Ralston Volunteer Fire Department firefighters train for Stop the Bleed

A quick response can help save a life in a traumatic situation. The Ralston Volunteer Fire Department is doing its part to have individuals ready for those emergency situations when they arise. Sixteen members of the RVFD recently underwent training to become instructors to teach other individuals who might be the first one’s on the scene during an emergency. The training is part of the nationwide Stop the Bleed program that was formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. The program teaches civilians life-saving skills that can slow down or halt bleeding until a first responder can arrive. Sarpy News

Bellevue and Papillion firefighters respond to fire at Burger King

PHOTO: Firefighters from Bellevue and Papillion are on the scene of a structure fire at the Burger King restaurant at 1400 Galvin Road S. Crews were working to extinguish a fire at the southwest corner of the building. Sarpy News

Two fires send smoke billowing over Omaha area

Smoke from two large fires billowed over the Omaha-Council Bluffs area on Sunday, creating a spectacular sight visible from miles away and closing a major bridge over the Missouri River. The most significant of the two fires was a sprawling brush fire along the river on the Iowa side. The fire stretched more than 2 miles, from south of Interstate 80 southward to Highway 275/L Street. No structures were in harm’s way. The fire instead fed off of the dead trees, debris and grass in a sandy area between the river and the levee. The affected area is the site of an all-terrain vehicle park managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Omaha World-Herald

Friday, April 20, 2018

Waverly assistant fire chief says firefighting experience helps with dispatcher job

Michael Binder has been a Waverly Volunteer Fireman for 19 years and is a third generation volunteer. His volunteerism has included serving as fire chief and he is currently serving as assistant fire chief. All that experience helped when he started working as a 911 dispatcher for the county. “That was three years ago,” he said. “I saw they were hiring and decided to go after it.” He soon learned that getting the job as a dispatcher was not easy. “I had to take a test. In fact there were a lot of tests,” he said. “Each one just moved you up closer to that interview.” He said that his knowledge of this part of the county has helped him with calls, but the one thing he is known for is calming people down.
Wahoo Newspaper

Scottsbluff Rural Fire hosting pancake breakfast

he Scottsbluff Rural Fire Department is holding its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 21. The breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. at the fire station 1717 E. 15th St. Admission is $6, children 6 and under free. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and beverages will be served. There will be a 50:50 raffle and other raffles. Proceeds will go toward training needs and fire prevention education. Firefighters will be available to give burn permits and answer questions regarding volunteering.
Scottsbluff Star Herald

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