Robert Blair

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Nebraskans obtain fire protection, rescue, and emergency medical services in a variety of ways. Citizens may be served by municipal departments or rural and suburban regional fire districts. The firefighters providing these services may be full time professional employees, volunteers who are not compensated, or volunteers who receive some type of payment per call. As would be expected, Nebraska residents living in the state’s largest communities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Grand Island receive services from fire departments staffed by full time firefighters. And, conversely, departments with volunteer firefighters protect Nebraskans residing in the state’s smaller communities or rural areas. However, the fire departments that serve many Nebraska communities, especially those in rural or nonmetropolitan areas, consist of a mixture of organizational structures and types of firefighters: professional, pay-per-call, or volunteer.