Lincoln Fire and Rescue officially opened its latest new station, Monday, Station #12 at 84th and Pioneers.
Fire Chief Micheal DeSpain called it a great day saying “this is a community event and we like to connect with the community. This is a big investment to bring this station to fruition, and this was one of a number of stations we opened thanks to a quarter cent sales tax.”
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird welcomed the crowd by introducing another special guest, Brianna Longoria. “Brianna is the amazingly talented artist who created this wonderful poster from the 2019 Learn Not to Burn Poster Contest,” Gaylor Baird said. For designing the winning poster, Brianna got a ride to school last week in a fire truck.
Adam Schrunk, the president of Local 6-44 of the Fire Fighters Union thanked the city and the taxpayers for providing a facility that’s big enough for a fast growing part of the city.
The Alliance Volunteer Fire Department fought a trailer fire on Oct. 11.
On Friday morning crews from the Alliance Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 9:39 a.m. to the B row of Meadows Trailer Court.
"While in route we were told that the kitchen was fully involved," said Alliance Fire Chief, Troy Shoemaker. "We arrived at 9:46 a.m. We had the fire under control at 10:05 a.m. The fire did completely involve the kitchen portion of the trailer, which was the north end."
Shoemaker said there was 12 firefighters on scene. They also had a fire engine, aerial fire apparatus, a command vehicle, and an ambulance at the fire for a short time.
"We called in the Fire Marshal Investigator [Ryan Sylvester] out of Ogallala. He helped with the cause and determination of the fire. It's going to be ruled accidental. It's centering at the oven inside the kitchen," Shoemaker added.
On Tuesday, first graders at Trumble Park Elementary learned fire safety.
"We get out and we stay out. Now, when we go outside, do we just hang out at the neighbors or go to the playground?," a firefighter said.
The students also learned what to do in certain scenarios.
"I learned that when your clothes get on fire, stop, drop and roll. When your door is hot, back away," first grader Sawyer Pilgrim said
To top it off, the students got to go outside and see a fire truck.
"We always get super excited when we get members of our community to come in and talk to the kids. They get really excited about it, it's fun for them to be able to hear about real life experiences and to be able to ask their questions and get those questions answered," principal Ami Nichols said.
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Despite brisk, damp weather last Thursday, another good crowd attended the annual Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department spaghetti feed.
“The community has been supportive of the ‘World Famous’ spaghetti feed,” said Chief Mike Wilson.
Held during Fire Prevention Week, this event not only raises money for the fire department, it also brings the department and the community closer together in raising awareness on how to prevent fires, he said.
The public was invited to take home informative tips on fire prevention and safety measures from harmful gases, as well as little flashlights and key chains.
New technology, brought in from Offutt Air Force Base, allowed the kids to use real fire extinguishers to put out simulated fires on a screen.
Just before 6 p.m. Lincoln Fire and Rescue were called to the intersection on N Street and S Antelope Valley Parkway on reports of an individual trapped in the sewer.
Upon arrival, they were able to make contact with that person.
After opening a number of man holes and sending firefighters into the sewer, they were able to extract him.
The individual was reportedly in the sewer for 24-hours before being rescued and has no life threatening injuries.
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