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For a limited time, scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers. Throughout Nebraska, firefighters and communities are at risk because of the lack of firefighters to adequately protect people and property from fire and fire-related hazards. The NSVFA recruitment and retention plan has a goal of increasing the number of qualified active volunteers in Nebraska's fire service. The first component of the program entails a State Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency Responders (STRIVE). The goal of the program is to retain current emergency responders and attract new volunteers to the fire service. STRIVE will offer tuition reimbursement for up to 75 current and new volunteer emergency responders per year throughout the 4 year grant period.
Eligible participants will receive higher education tuition reimbursement up to $4,400 per year for every 2 years that they commit to membership in a volunteer fire or EMS department. Volunteering is also a great path toward a career in firefighting. For more information on how to become a career firefighter, click here. For more information please visit the STRIVE program page and fill out an application to volunteer with Scottsbluff Fire Department.
The Scottsbluff Fire Department located in the Public Safety Building at 1801 Avenue B, provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, dive rescue, and rope rescue responses to the community. During 2013, the department responded to 174 fire-related incidents, 1,022 EMS calls, 331 injury or non-injury accidents, and 184 various other emergency and non-emergency incidents. The department uses a combined staffing approach with a Career Chief, 11 Firefighters, 3 Captains, a Fire Prevention Officer and 6 volunteer Firefighters. The career side of the department is comprised of 3 shifts, each working a 48-hour shift to provide 24/7 coverage with volunteers responding as-needed. All career Firefighters are cross trained as EMTs and provide basic life support, keeping current with all national standards.
The Scottsbluff Fire Department is an active member of the Scotts Bluff County Mutual Aid Association and provides mutual aid to many other local fire departments. An automatic aid agreement exists between Scottsbluff and Gering departments to allow for a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) to be formed at most structure fires in either city.
Members of the department also receive specialized training to become a member of any of the department's special teams. In addition to assisting the Scottsbluff Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and the Scotts Bluff County SWAT Team, department members compose the following special teams:
HazMat Team: HazMat Technicians utilize various detection and identification monitors, protective equipment, and confinement devices for responses anywhere in the state. As a member of the state SERT team, the majority of funding for the teams equipment comes from MOU sources and therefore is not a burden to local taxpayers.
Confined Space Team: trench, silo, and other confined space rescues using specialized equipment and monitors
Rope Rescue Team: equipped and trained for responses to high-angle and low-angle rescues
Dive Rescue Team: utilizes a bus equipped with SCUBA gear, zodiac, jet ski, portable cascade system, and other specialized equipment for dive rescue responses.New team members go through an intensive training program that includes five indoor pool sessions and an open water dive. After successfully completing the water/classroom training and the written test, they are certified as Open Water Scuba Divers.
Wildland Team: Red Card certified wildland response team. Each member is trained to a minimum of Firefighter Type 2 based on the most current NWCG Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide.
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