Nebraska News

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Voice from the future brings dulcet dispatch to Omaha Station 52

VIDEO: Metro firefighters have been hearing a voice from the future for the past week and they say it’s saving them up to 20 seconds in getting out the door on emergency calls. That voice is being generated as part of a computer upgrade sending automated voice dispatch instructions. It sounds as if Siri or Alexa sneaked into the system but this voice goes by the name Samantha – a voice calmly alerting firefighters and medics to emergencies. Samantha has been on the job at Station 52 since last Friday. Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick said, “This is the only station in Omaha now where it’s up and running.”

No injuries, no arrests reported in Omaha house fire on North 17th Street

No injuries were reported early Thursday after a vacant, unsecured house in Omaha was apparently set on fire. Crews were dispatched to the house at 4544 N. 17th St. around 1:30 a.m., officials said. On arrival, crews reported smoke and flames on the north exterior of the one-story, single-family house. Crews were able to declare the fire under control within about 10 minutes, officials said. Several areas were found inside the structure where fires began, officials said. The cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary, or arson, officials said. No arrests were announced. The estimated $15,100 structure sustained $7,500 in damage, officials said.
Omaha World-Herald

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lincoln Fire Rescue Dedicates New Home For Fire Station 11

VIDEO: For the first time in 22 years, Lincoln has a newer, modern fire station that will help improve response time in the city’s Airpark neighborhood. “This facility is literally days away from being able to open,” according to Fire Chief Micheal Despain. Station 11 crew members will move from their current location inside the Lincoln Airport property at 3824 West Luke to their new home at 4600 West Adams Street sometime in July. A special dedication was held Tuesday morning at the new Station 11.Chief Despain considers the new building having better “creature comfort”, meaning better spacing, easier access in and out of the station and better quality of life for firefighters.
KFOR-AM 1240

Grand Island Council considers need for more police, firefighters

Personnel was a big topic of discussion during the city’s last budgeting process. It is coming up once again. The Grand Island City Council held a budget study session Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year. The council was told that there is a need to increase personnel in both the police and fire departments. Those public safety areas were hit last year when the budget for 2018 was passed. The Grand Island Police Department lost two officer positions and the Grand Island Fire Department agreed to a wage freeze for two years to prevent losing any staff. Police Chief Robert Falldorf told the council Tuesday that they are 10 officers down in the patrol division, three of which are officers who are on light duty because of injuries.
Grand Island Independent

Elkhorn Fire District plans for future fire station

At their quarterly meeting, the Board of Directors of the Elkhorn Suburban Fire Protection District #2 discussed several matters, including plans for a future fire station. The District currently owns Station 77 at 202nd and F Streets and is served by the Omaha Fire Department at that location and at Station 71 in Elkhorn, at 204th and Laramie Road. As the population in the District continues to grow, particularly to the north, the Board has been looking for land to purchase for another fire station. President Bill Black reported that sites that were being considered near 204th and 209th and Fort did not prove viable, so other sites are being considered.
Douglas County Post-Gazette

23-year-old man accused of setting clothes on fire at house in Omaha

Omaha firefighters and fire investigators responded to a home in the 3000 block of Arcadia Avenue in Omaha on Tuesday night following a report of a fire and a domestic violence incident, according to a press release from the Fire Department. On scene, they learned that clothing had apparently been sent ablaze by a 23-year-old man. Firefighters removed the clothing from the home and extinguished the flames. Fire investigators and responding police officers booked the man on suspicion of first-degree arson and other charges, the release said.
Omaha World-Herald

Firefighters respond to Grand Island’s Thompson Company

The Thompson Company suffered an electrical fire Wednesday morning, according to Grand Island firefighters. The business is located at 3636 W. Stolley Park Road, just west of Highway 281 near the Case New Holland plant. Firefighters on scene said there was an electrical fire in the building. Shortly after 7:00 a.m., firefighters said the situation had been contained. There were no injuries reported. By 7:30, the fire department reported fire trucks were allowed to go back to their stations. There were at least three fire trucks on scene, plus a city utility vehicle.
KFXL-TV Fox Nebraska

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