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  • Omaha Marks Third Year With No Fire Fatalities

    Posted: December 12th, 2011

    The last fire death that occurred in Omaha, Neb. was three years ago, something officials attribute to an increase in training and public education.On Dec. 9, 2008, 3-year-old Davius Potter-Tate died of smoke inhalation after a house fire and was the fifth fire fatality in the city that year, according to The World-Herald.The following year, Omaha had no fire fatalities for the first time since at least 1949.

  • Hazmat in the Heartland

    Posted: November 30th, 2011

    Resources for fire, EMS and hazardous materials responses in rural areas often are limited by community size, personnel availability and distances between communities. Hazmat response, being a much more specialized resource in terms of amounts of training required and equipment necessary to handle an incident, are much more limited in many cases in rural areas than fire and EMS resources.

  • Two Killed When SUV Slams Into Neb. House

    Posted: October 6th, 2011

    LA VISTA, Neb. -- Two people were killed when the SUV they were in slammed into a La Vista home early Wednesday morning. Emergency crews were called to Park View Boulevard and Lillian Avenue about 1 a.m. Police said a man and a woman in a Jeep were speeding down Lillian Avenue, ran a stop sign, jumped curb and hit the vacant house.

  • Nebraska Worker Rescued From Trench Cave-In

    Posted: September 16th, 2011

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Emergency crews spent Friday afternoon working to rescue a man trapped in an earthen trench near 192nd and Briggs streets. The call came in just before 1 p.m. Friday. According to the victim's brother, the worker was laying copper pipe for water when the trench collapsed. The man's brother identified him as Jeff Schneider. Crews were able to free him just before 5 p.m. He was taken to Nebraska Medical Center to be...

  • Public Safety Oversight Dept. Proposed in Omaha

    Posted: September 15th, 2011

    OMAHA, Neb. -- There's a new proposal by a City Council member designed to provide more oversight when it comes to Omaha's police and fire departments.