About the Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department


Ogallala sits in Southwestern Nebraska along Interstate 80 and the Union Pacific Railroad. Founded in 1868, the population of this rural, agricultural town is now 5,701. The South Platte River cuts through the southern edge of town while the North Platte River runs just north of town through the Sandhills. The North Platte River was dammed in 1941 forming Lake McConaughy, the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Ogallala Fire Department

The Ogallala Fire Department was founded in 1913 and covers approximately 458 square miles of varied terrain. Our 34 members respond to structural fires, wildland fires, vehicle accidents, water rescue, and emergency medical calls. In 2010, the department responded to 532 calls:

  • 390 medical
  • 92 fire
  • 39 Rescue
  • 11 Hazardous Materials

Below is a map of the Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department's Fire and EMS response areas. Our fire response area is located in south central Keith County. However, we provide EMS and ALS services for the Keystone-Lemoyne Fire District.

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Southwest Mutual Aid District

The Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department belongs to the Southwest Nebraska Mutual Aid District. Area departments who belong are:

  • Arthur
  • Big Springs
  • Brule
  • Elsie
  • Grant
  • Imperial
  • Keystone-Lemoyne
  • Lamar
  • Lewellen
  • Lisco
  • Madrid
  • Ogallala
  • Oshkosh (Garden County)
  • Paxton
  • Sutherland
  • Venango
  • Wallace

Chief Dell Simmerman

409 East 2nd Street
Ogallala, Nebraska 69153
Phone: 308.284.4553
After Hours: 308.284.2024
Fax: 308.284.3718

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