Omaha Fire Department Operations

2016-03-07-4X8A9764

OFD Engine 63

The Omaha Fire Department consists of 24 fire stations under 7 battalion chiefs. There are 24 engine companies, 9 truck companies, 15 ALS medic ambulances, 2 heavy rescues/ hazmat, 2 water tenders, and various support apparatus.

Support apparatus include an SCBA air bottle truck, brush trucks, jet skis, rescue boats, a mobile command post, a hazmat support truck, a mass casualty trailer, and utility support vehicles.

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OFD Station Locations:

Station # Address
1 1516 Jackson St
3 3126 S 16th St
5 2209 Florence Blvd
21 3454 Ames Ave
22 6310 Lindbergh Plz
23 9090 N 30th St
24 2304 Fontenelle Blvd
30 6936 F Street
31 4702 S 25th St
33 3232 S 42nd St
34 956 S 48th St
41 4515 N 61st St
42 3120 N 102nd St
43 5505 N 103rd St
52 10727 Pacific St
53 8001 Dodge St
56 16410 Pacific St
60 2929 S 129th Ave
61 11111 I St
63 16736 S Street
65 7010 S 142nd St
71 20474 Laramie Rd
77 20220 Atlas St
78 2909 N 144th St

Click Here For Full List Of OFD Apparatus (Excel)


OFD Emergency Response Protocol:

The Omaha Fire Department uses the following protocol for response to emergencies:

  • Medical Emergencies
    • 1 Engine or Truck, 1 Medic
    • “Alpha response” means it is a non-emergency, no lights/sirens.
    • Engine/Trucks are sent to medical emergencies because often that rig is the closest first responder to the location of an emergency. Also medical emergencies require additional manpower for patient treatment and transportation.
    • Stations with both an Engine and Truck alternate calls.
  • “Person Down” Medical Calls
    • Nearest OFD apparatus; Engine, Truck, or Medic responds Code 3 (Lights and Sirens)
    • If additional resources are needed, such as a Medic if an Engine responds, they will respond to the call when asked.
  • Personal Injury Vehicle Wreck
    • Standard Wreck: 1 Engine, 1 Medic
    • Pinned Or Entrapped Victims: 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 2 Medics, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Rescue, and EMS Supervisor
    • Can add additional Medics as needed
  • Automatic Fire Detection Signal
    • 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
    • These are common automatic fire alarms due to smoke detectors, food burning on the stove, activated pull-stations, sprinkler water flow alarms, or storms/power surges. Sometimes they are legitimate fires.
  • Vehicle Fire
    • 1 Engine
  • Garage Fire (Detached)
    • 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
  • Garage Fire (Attached)
    • 3 Engines, 1 Truck, 1 Medic, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Rig
  • Fire One (Homes, Sheds, Etc.)
    • 3 Engines, 1 Truck, 1 Medic, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Rig
  • Fire Two (Industrial, Commercial, Apartments, Structural, Etc.)  
    • 3 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Medic, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Rig
  • Fire with Entrapment
    • 3 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Medics, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Rig
  • Explosions
    • 3 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Medics, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Rig
    • Can add additional resources as needed
  • Any Fire Declared A Working Fire
    •  Adds Rescue 30 (air bottle truck),  EMS Supervisor, and FIB (Fire Investigations Bureau)
  • Second Alarm
    • Adds 2 Engines, 1 Truck, 1 Battalion, 1 Medic, 1 Rescue Rig to the assignment
    • Often times special command staff begin to respond
  • Third Alarm
    • Adds 2 Engines and 1 Truck to the assignment
  • Water Rescues
    • Missouri River: 
      • Prompts a dual response from the following agencies:
      • OFD: 1 Engine on River Boat 1, 1 Medic, 1 Rescue Rig, 1 Battalion
      • CBFD: Rescue Boat 22, 1 Engine, 1 Medic, 1 Battalion
      • OPD: OPD Able One (Helicopter) If Needed
      • Eppley Fire: Boat (If Needed)
      • Can call for additional apparatus or boats if needed.
    • Lakes or Other Large Bodies Of Water:
      • 1 Jet Ski, 1 Engine, 1 Medic, 1 Battalion, 1 Rescue
      • Can add additional boats or apparatus as needed.

Types of Rigs:


  • Engine Company: Carries water and hoses to attack and put out fires. Staffed with a Captain and 3 Firefighters.

OFD Engine 21

  • Truck Company: Carries ladders and tools for entry, search, rescue, and smoke ventilation. Also carries hydraulic rescue tools. Staffed with a Captain and 3 Firefighters.
Truck 21 feb 2016

Truck

  • Medic: Advanced Life Support ambulance for patient treatment and hospital transportation. Staffed with two Paramedics. Sometimes referred to as a “squad”.
OFD Medic 21

OFD Medic 21

  • Battalion Chief: Incident Commander. Responds to calls where more than one fire rig is dispatched to be in charge of the situation.
OFD Battalion Chief 3 at vacant house fire

Battalion Chief

  • Rescue/ Hazmat: Staffed with a Captain and 3 Firefighters
    • Rescue 33/60: Heavy Rescue/ Hazmat, responds to all structure fires and unconventional technical rescues like confined space, high angle, trench, hazardous materials, and water rescues.
    • Rescue 160: Heavy Rescue/ Hazardous materials support trailer.
    • Rescue 30: SCBA air bottle replacement truck, responds to all working fires.
    • Rescue 5: Trench Rescue trailer
OFD Rescue 33

Rescue 33

  • Water Tender: Water Tenders carry extra water for West Omaha areas not covered by fire hydrants.
Omaha Fire Water Tender 77

Water Tender (Water Tanker)

  • Specialty
    • Brush Trucks: Smaller pickup type vehicles used for brush fires/parking garage type fires.  Housed at several stations.
    • Fire Boat 1: Docked on Missouri River near Eppley Airfield in summer, at Station 1 in winter.
    • Jet Skis: Used for water rescues, stored at several stations.
    • MCI Trailer: Used in Mass Causality Situations.  Equipped with extra triage and medical equipment.  Housed at Station 1.
    • Mobile Command Post: Stored at Station 22 and is used for large scale incidents.
    • Fire Cars: Are specialized personnel who respond to the scene.  Can include Fire Investigators, Assistant Fire Chiefs, Fire Chief, Special Operations Chief, Etc.

Douglas County Fire & EMS Channel Plan:

Channel Listing:

  • VFD= Volunteer Fire Department
Channel Number Channel Name Talkgroup\Frequency
A01 OFD FIRE DISPATCH/ COUNTY VFD DISPATCH 301/304
A02 MEDICAL DISPATCH (OFD)/OMAHA FIRE DISPATCH (VFD) 303/301
A03 COUNTY VFD DISPATCH (OFD)/MEDICAL DISPATCH (VFD) 304/303
A04 FIREGROUND 4 316
A05 FIREGROUND 5 317
A06 FIREGROUND 6 318
A07 FIREGROUND 7 319
A08 FIREGROUND 8 320
A09 FIREGROUND 9 321
A10 FIREGROUND 10 322
A11 FIREGROUND 11 323
A12 HAZMAT COMMON(OFD)/ Local PD OR FIRE COMMON(VFD) 306/ VARIOUS
A13 UNKNOWN(OFD)/ Local EVENT 1(VFD) UNKNOWN/ VARIOUS
A14 RIT(OFD)/ Local EVENT 2(VFD) 302/ VARIOUS
A15 UNKNOWN(OFD)/ WASH DISP(VFD) UNKNOWN/ 2049
A16 FIRE 911 330
B01 OFD DISP(OFD)/ DISPATCH(VFD) 301/ 304
B02 FIRE BLOCK 2 325
B03 FIRE BLOCK 3 326
B04 FIRE BLOCK 4 327
B05 FIRE BLOCK 5 328
B06 FIRE BLOCK 6 329
B07 FIRE BLOCK 7 324
B08 FIRE BLOCK 8 308
B09 FIRE BLOCK 9 309
B10 FIRE BLOCK 10 310
B11 FIRE BLOCK 11 311
B12 FIRE BLOCK 12 312
B13 FIRE BLOCK 13 313
B14 RADIO TO RADIO 764.1875 DPL 342?
B15 VEHICLE REPEATER UNKNOWN CONVENTIONAL
B16 FIRE 911 330
C01 COMMON 1 33
C02 COMMON 2 34
C03 COMMON 3 35
C04 COMMON 4 36
C05 METRO 1 200
C06 METRO 2 201
C07 METRO 3 202
C08 METRO 4 203
C09 METRO 5 204
C10 METRO 6 205
C11 METRO 7 206
C12 CALLING 851.0125 PL 156.7
C13 TAC 1 851.5125 PL 156.7
C14 TAC 2 852.0125 PL 156.7
C15 TAC 3 852.5125 PL 156.7
C16 TAC 4 853.0125 PL 156.7

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