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Facts about the Omaha Professional Firefighters
Omaha Professional Fire Fighters

  • Omaha Firefighters contribute 17.15% of their pay towards the pension system. The City of Omaha is currently repaying a court ordered payment due to their lack of payment in prior years.  Firefighters do not receive social security benefits for their hours worked with the city.
  • Omaha Firefighters work 2912 hours per year. This is a 56 hour week with no overtime
  • Firefighting is the one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. On average 100 firefighters will die each year.
  • Omaha Firefighters Responded to 60,000 incidents in 2019
  • 57 Omaha Firefighters have died in the line of duty
  • Firefighters are constantly exposed to many infectious diseases, including HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, etc.
  • Cancer and PTSD are becoming leading causes of deaths for active duty firefighters.
  • The life expectantcy of a firefighter is 10% below the national average!!
  • Ambulance and fire protection in Omaha costs $1.27/a week for a $100,000 home
  • Omaha Firefighters staff your fire stations 24/7, 365 days per year.
  • Omaha Firefighters are trained in structure firefighting,  wildland firefighting, emergency medical care, high angle rescue, hazardous materials, confined space and trench rescue, SCUBA, swift water rescue, and many other areas.

FAQ of the Omaha Professional Firefighters
Why does an engine or truck company with four people arrive for a medical call with the ambulance?

There are more engines and trucks strategically placed throughout the city. These units can sometimes arrive sooner than the ambulance and start treatment. This also provides for additional personnel to assist the two medics if the call becomes more urgent.
 



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