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The Omaha Fire Department was established in 1860, known then as the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company #1. The first fire station was located at 210 South 12th St which housed a hand drawn fire truck that the firefighters pulled to the fire then formed lines and used leather buckets filled with water to put out the fires. Initially the fire department relied strictly on volunteers from the community to provide the manpower for any fire.

The first big fire in Omaha occurred on November 8th, 1866 on the south side of Farnam Street between 13th and 14th. Nearly everything on the entire block was destroyed.

The first recognized Fire Chief was Andrew J. Simpson, he served from 1866 to 1868. Since Chief Simpson, the Omaha Fire Department has had 30 Fire Chiefs including our current Fire Chief Dan Olsen.

In 1867, with the purchase of better fire equipment, the first paid Firefighters were recognized. These paid Firefighters were required to stay at the fire station continuously with the apparatus and team of horses in a constant state of readiness. Today, Omaha has 24 fire stations  located throughout the city that are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by trained professional Firefighters. Currently the fire department maintains a compliment of 645 Firefighters, Fire Apparatus Engineers, Fire Captains,  Drill Master, Paramedic Shift Supervisors, Assistant Fire Marshals, Battalion Chiefs, and Assistant Fire Chiefs and Fire Chief to serve and protect the citizens of Omaha.

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News and Information

  • Fire Prevention Week - October 7-13, 2018

    2018-10-05 20:31:39

    Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018. The national theme for this year’s fire prevention week is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The Omaha Fire Department performs Fire Prevention all year round and ou ...

  • 2018 National Night Out

    2018-05-30 14:55:43

      WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT? National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out ...

  • Burn Ban in effect until 0700 on Thursday, May 3, 2018

    2018-05-01 20:13:13

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Burn Ban in effect until 0700 on Thursday, May 3, 2018.   The Omaha Fire Department would like to remind everyone that there will be high winds and threat of severe weather. Due to these atmospheric condit ...

  • Community Awareness for the Active Killer Threat Presen ...

    2018-04-05 14:08:11

      Community Awareness for the Active Killer Threat What should you do if you find yourself in a situation where there is an active killer threat? It's imperative that we as a community face this issue head on and be prepared.& ...

  • Tri County Fire Corps Exploring Program

    2018-02-06 20:13:26

      Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program - Discover a career through exploring! Learn the skills necessary for a career in firefighting through classroom instruction and hands on experiences. Training in areas such as CPR/AED, fire extinguis ...

  • Hood Suppression System Plan Requirements

    2017-02-01 17:43:23

    Please click here to access the Omaha Fire Department Hood Suppression Plan Requirements. 

  • Carbon Monoxide Safety Act Effective January 1, 2017

    2017-01-03 13:40:54

    “Quick Reference Notes for C.O. Alarms” Nebraska Legislation Bill 34 -Carbon Monoxide Safety Act Effective January 1, 2017                     &n ...

  • Omaha Fire receives Silver Award

    2016-06-16 14:54:02

    The Omaha Fire Department has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.  The American Heart ...

  • Fire Department attends 14th annual SAFE event

    2016-06-07 18:30:30

    The Omaha Fire Department attended the 14th Annual SAFE Event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street. The free event, hosted by the Omaha Police Department, featured food, music, games and safety demonstrations. S ...

  • Rescue Task Force Training

    2016-02-26 15:40:42

    Rescue Task Force Training Omaha firefighters and paramedics recently trained alongside local law enforcement officers.  The implementation of the Rescue Task Force allows skillfully trained paramedics to enter the "hot zone" during an active e ...

  • Firefighters change battery and shovel walkway

    2016-01-26 16:29:51

    Firefighters are at work 24/7 always willing to serve members of our community.  Some go above and beyond. KMTV Channel 3 recently reported on such a story.

  • Training Division Conducts First Session of 2015 CPT

    2015-01-19 07:13:30

    The Omaha Fire Department’s Training Division conducts CPT, or Continuous Professional Training, annually from January to November. CPT is an opportunity to hone current skills, learn new skills, and engage in unique training scenarios. Three sessi ...