Volunteer firefighting is a very rewarding and valuable way to serve your community. It takes dedication and many hours of training to become a firefighter. If you're willing to put in the time and effort, there is a department ready for you to serve.
For over 100 years the citizens of Wauneta have worked together to offer volunteer firefighting assistance when the call for help rang out. If fire assistance is needed today, area residents dial 9-1-1 or 394-5580 for a promptly dispatched response.
Established in 1910, the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department has grown to become one of the best equipped and trained volunteer fire departments in the state. Covering an area of 400 square miles, the WVFD provides service to both the village and the rural fire districts with both of those districts teaming up to purchase equipment and cover expenses. The rural fire district was formed in 1952 in order to collect a small tax levy in order to cover the costs of fire protection across the rural areas.
Members of the WVFD were instrumental in forming the Frenchman Valley Mutual Aid District in the 1960s which allowed fire departments to travel outside of their fire districts to provide backup services along with additional equipment and firefighters when needed. Communities included in the Frenchman Valley Mutual Aid District: Wauneta, Imperial, Lamar, Palisade, Hayes Center, Trenton, Stratton, Culbertson, Benkelman, Haigler, McCook and Red Willow Western.
Wauneta's Fire Hall is located at the north end of Tecumseh Avenue. This building was constructed in 1954 to house the trucks and equipment purchased by both the village and rural districts. As more equipment was added through the years the fire hall was expanded with addition constructed in 1969.
Today, more than 20 brave and dedicated volunteers continue the department's proud heritage. The equipment these men work with includes 2 pumpers, 1 pumper rescue, 2 tankers, 3 grass rigs and a command vehicle. An equipment truck carries other essential pieces of equipment such as Jaws of Life tools to help free accident victims..