City of Gering Nebraska
 
 
 

Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue

Contact:
Nathan Flowers-  Fire Chief
1025 M Street PO Box 193
Gering, NE 69341
Phone: (308) 436-2441
Email: firedept@gering.org


The Gering Fire Department was established in 1914 to respond to structure fires within the City of Gering.  Since our establishment, we have grown to serve the City of Gering and the Gering Rural Fire Districts in all emergency situations.  Our combination department has roughly 35 dedicated responders that are highly trained in all aspects of the fire service.  Our department devotes a massive amount of hours to training and introducing our firefighters to all aspects of the fire service.  We have sent firefighters to Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Maryland and D.C. for training.  We pride ourselves as being ready.  

Most of our members are EMT's and respond to all medical emergencies within our district.  Majority of our members are Pro Board certified as a Firefighter 1 and several are Pro Board certified as Firefighter 2 (Nebraska has a limited number of Firefighter 2 certified firefighters).  We have many firefighters certified to operate at a Haz Mat incident.  Our specialized training includes 4 Dive Rescue 1 certified divers and one of Western Nebraska's High Angle Rope Rescue teams.

Our department also participates in NWCG certified training for wildland fire.  Part of our district includes a 55+ home Wildland - Urban interface neighborhood which includes rugged terrain and hills with Ponderosa Pipe, Juniper Pine and Western Red Cedars.  Because of this, majority of our members are Red Card holders to the minimum of Firefighter Type II.  Our department seeks out as much NWCG training as possible and have firefighters currently in trainee positions.  We currently have members qualified as Engine Boss, Incident Commander Type 4 and RXB2.  We have been involved with suppression efforts on many of Western Nebraska's major wildland fires since the 1980's,

Firefighters are also qualified and licensed to teach and instruct.  Several of our members serve as part time instructors for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division.  Our firefighters teach various topics to firefighters across the state of Nebraska.  Many of our EMT's are Nebraska licensed EMS instructors and support the EMS program at Western Nebraska Community College.  Members currently teach the EMT course, Firefighters Rehabilitation, Farm Extrication and many other training courses.  

2017 was our second busiest year, including responding to over Ninety 911 emergencies in the month of July.  We were dispatched to 720 incidents including structure and wildland fires, medical alarms, motor vehicle accidents with rapid extrication and assisting other fire departments.  In 2017 we assisted Bayard Fire Department with a Tornado Response, assisted Keystone/Lemoyne Fire Department with a large wildfire that damaged many houses and assisted Minatare with a dive response at Lake Minatare.  We were able to assist with a 54,000 acre wildfire in the Black Hills in South Dakota.  3 members staffed one of our Type 6 engines on the 3 day assignment.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Gering Fire Department please call our office at 308-436-2441 or email us at firedept@gering.org