Wildland Fire

The NFS aims to provide low-cost assistance, grants and training to support the safety and missions of Nebraska's volunteer fire departments.
A vivid close up photo of grass on fire.

Fire Reporting

Reporting wildfires is becoming a requirement of many state and federal agencies. Reporting your department's response efforts helps in Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)/ Fire Fighter Property/ State Fire Assistance (SFA) and Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) programs.

Submit a Report
Trainees walk through grassy clearing during annual wildfire academy


Access IQS documents as well as additional information on how you can obtain your red card certification. 

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An example of heavy equipment (fire truck) that is available through FEPP program.


Through a cooperative program with the U.S. Forest Service, the NFS is able to acquire and recondition vehicles to "loan" to cooperating local fire districts. 

Make a request
Firefighters gather with Smokey Bear.


Perhaps the greatest impact Nebraskans can have in the area of fire protection is through fire prevention. The Nebraska Forest Service is the state headquarters for Smokey Bear!

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Fire attack plane prepares for take-off in Nebraska

Aviation (SEAT)

The Single Engine Air Tanker was legislatively mandated through the Wildfire Control Act of 2013. Since it's creation it has flown dozens of missions, helping protect crews on the ground and keeping wildfire small. 

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Firefighter equipment in a locker.


The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program allows the Nebraska Forest Service to share up to 50 percent of the purchase of fire fighting equipment with Nebraska fire districts.