Welcome to Southwest Rural Fire Department

Southwest Fire/Rescue proudly protects more than 10,000 people living in an area of 90 square miles. We operate out of three stations that protect a primarily rural area. We are a publicly-funded, all-volunteer department.

The district was formed in 1962 to provide fire protection to the area of Lancaster County, Nebraska, directly southwest of the city of Lincoln. This includes the incorporated villages of Denton and Sprague as well as the unincorporated villages of Rokeby, Martell, Yankee Hill, and part of Emerald.

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2013 Southwest Fire Open House
Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:00
Please join Southwest Fire Department for our 2013 Open House!!

When: Sunday October 13th, 12:00-4:00

Where: Southwest Station 1, 705 W Burnham

Live fire demonstration and suppression

StarCare landing

Apparatus and equipment exhibitions

Gift bags and face painting for kids

Lancaster Sheriff's Office

Food and drink provided

Plus much more!!!!

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Recruit Training - Hose Loads and Deployment
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
After a quick powerpoint in the classroom - the recruits geared up for hands-on training.  They learned how to pull and deploy the various hose loads that are used during fire attack operations.  Each recruit spent time at a different station learning a specific hose load, deploying it, and loading it back up.

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Fire Training: K-12 Saw and Forcible Entry Techniques
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Southwest Fire and Rescue members practiced the skills of using the K-12 saw to cut various metals and materials to gain access/entry.  This included using the saw at various heights and angles, even upside down, to fully get a feel for how the saw reacts and can be applied.  The use of a metal door prop allowed members to cut through bolts locking the door shut at various angles, and the different techniques that can be used to defeat a door.  Members also practiced the various methods for defeating different padlocks and other hazards that can prevent entry into a structure.

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50th Anniversary Open House Event
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Southwest Fire and Rescue will host their 50th Anniversary Open House event on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 12:00 - 4:00pm.   It will be located at 705 W Burnham St (Southwest Fire Station #1) in Lincoln, NE.

Bring the whole family and enjoy free food and drinks, Apparatus Displays, Star Care Helicopter, Kids Activities, Public Education Events, Live Fire Suppression demonstration, and much more!

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Vehicle Rollover
Sunday, April 22, 2012 
Southwest Fire and Rescue Department responded to a vehicle roll over with Hickman and Lincoln Fire and Rescue at South 20 and Saltillo Rd. Upon arrival located one pt in her vehicle on its roof. The pt was removed from the vehicle and transported to the local truama hospital.  All units returned to service.

Skyler Brandt Pancake Feed
Sunday, December 4, 2011 
Please come out and help, Southwest Fire Department, support Skyler Brandt and family. On Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 7:00am until 1:00pm at the Sprague/ Martell Community Center, SW 14th and Martell Rd. Skyler is currently at Madonna recovering from a broken neck resulting from a vehicle accident. Skyler continues to make improvements every day. Please join us as we raise money to assist with his medical expenses. If you are unable to make it to the pancake feed but would still like to make a donation to Skyler and his family, there is an Account set up at all Security First Banks under the Skyler Brandt Benefit account.


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Survival Training - Wire Box and Wall Breach
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Southwest Fire and Rescue members practiced in the 'wire coffin' box with full gear, breathing air, and a blacked out facemask.  This teaches you to control your breathing, and how to identify and fix problem areas that like to get hung up.  The wall breach teaches how to partially-remove or fully remove your scba pack so that you can fit through the small opening and get to the other side, all while remaining in contact and never coming off-air.  This task was also performed with a blacked out mask.

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Driver Training
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
SW Fire and Rescue members sharpened their driving skills for this week's training event.  Members drove various size apparatus through the obstacle course that had cones laid out going forward then reversing back out of it while attempting not to hit any of the cones.  There were 4 different stations set up, each providing their own level of difficulty and making the driver rely soley on the mirrors for reversing techniques.

Rollover Accident
Monday, August 8, 2011
Southwest Rescue was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident. SW61 cleared with 2 members, SW11 cleared with 3 members, SW24 cleared with 1. Upon arrival a single truck was found in the ditch on its side. The driver of the vehicle had already self-extricated. SW11 crew members had patient care responsibilities. The driver was thoroughly checked over and released. All SW Members returned to service.

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