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City of Crete Nebraska




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Crete Volunteer Fire Department
Tod Allen, Fire Chief 

Emergency: 911

Fire Station - 210 East 14th Street (14th and Linden Ave.)
Fire Training Grounds - South Main Ave.
Fire Station Phone: 402.826.3473
Non-Emergency - Crete Police Station: 402.826.4311
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The 50-member Crete Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad provides the Crete community with emergency services for the 121-square-mile Crete Fire District and contracts with Saline County Rural Fire District and Highland Rural Fire District to provide protection to areas outside of city limits. Regular membership meetings: second Tuesday of each month; training nights: first and third Mondays of each month.

Department Leadership:

  • Fire Chief - Tod Allen
  • Assistant Fire Chief - James Yost 
  • Rescue Captain - Colin Gaman 
  • Fire Captain -   Matt Bakker
  • Rescue 1st Lieutenant - Terry Petracek 
  • Fire 1st Lieutenant -   Harrison Gaman
  • Fire 2nd Lieutenant - Brandon Smejdir 
  • Rescue 2nd Lieutenant - Nikki Wells 
  • President - Stephanie Yost
  • Vice President -  Janina Bakker
  • Treasurer - Nikki Wells
  • Secretary - Dylan Bonde


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Crete has 275 fire hydrants. The fire insurance classification inside the corporate limits is 4; outside is 8. The average annual expenditures for the past three years were $150,000. The department is 100% volunteer with approximately eight personnel per 1,000 population. The Hazardous material response capabilities of the Crete Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad is operations level with a Contaminant and Removal Certified team within 30 miles of Crete (Lincoln).

The rescue squad responds to calls with two ambulances fully stocked with basic life support equipment. The City of Crete also owns a transfer ambulance, which is used for local patient transfers and transfers to and from facilities in Lincoln and Omaha. It is also available as a backup ambulance if needed. Emergency first responders are usually on scene anywhere in city limits within 1-2 minutes. The average medical response time for an ambulance in 2018 was 4 minutes, 38 seconds - from time of dispatch to time en route.

In 2018, Crete Fire and Rescue responded to 976 total calls for service:

  • 911 Calls - total 592:
    • Medical - 449
    • Structure Fire - 6
    • Contents Fire - 11 
    • Grass/Vegetation Fire - 24
    • Fire Alarm - 36
    • Hazmat - 16
    • Mutual Aid -  8
    • Canceled Call - 38
    • Special Duty - 4
  • Inter-facility Transfer -  347
  • Standby - 22
  • Other - 15

In 2017 total calls for service was 991.