and properties from fire
Fire departments across the nation have become more of an ‘all-hazards’ department, beyond providing readiness and response for the singular threat of fire. The same characterization is true of Waterloo Fire Rescue, and its members have embraced this expanding role in service of the public. In short, the department serves to protect lives, property, and the environment for citizens of Waterloo regardless of the threat. Among its many roles, department provides citizens of Waterloo with protection from fire and emergent illness or accident and is also responsible for mitigating incidents involving hazardous chemicals or biological agents and threats resulting from severe weather.
Numerous public events in local schools and businesses help enable a primary objective of our department, which is “building a safety conscious community” in Waterloo. Children and their families are invited and encouraged to visit their local firehouse for safety instruction and a station tour. Larger groups are kindly asked to call ahead to schedule an event at 402-779-4250.
Waterloo Fire responds to a multitude of fire related calls, whether it is a working structure or house fire, car fire, brush fire, or a small, non-critical situation. WFD will also respond to automatic fire detection alarms, motor vehicle accidents, gas leaks, downed electrical wires, and a variety of other scenarios where our assistance is needed. WFD members train regularly to ensure they are fully prepared to manage all incidents where our help is requested.
Waterloo Fire provides both ALS and BLS service to the community. Many members are either EMT’s or paramedics, and are trained to respond to a large variety of medical or rescue related incidents. WFD has one ambulance, and operates under a mutual aid agreement with neighboring communities in the event that additional resources are needed on a call.
Waterloo Fire members are trained to manage and in some cases mitigate hazardous material incidences. Many members are certified Hazmat Operations Responders. In the event of a hazardous materials incident, any additional resources needed will be brought in to assist with the management of the incident.