Volunteer Fire Department

100 S. Sherman Avenue
Cortland, NE 68331
(402) 798-7711

Fire Chief, Jerry Vrbka
Assistant Fire Chief, David Niemeyer
Assistant Fire Chief, Adam German

The fire hall was built in 2000 on the east side of town on the corner of First Street and Sherman Avenue. Currently the department has 24 personnel, which includes EMT's, First Responders and Fire Fighters. Their equipment includes a tanker, a grass rig, a medical truck, a pumper truck and a utility truck. Monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Training sessions are held in alternating months for medical and fire training. For inquiries on these sessions contact:

Medical Captain, Marilynn DeVries at (402) 798-7371,
Medical Training Officer, Cristi Grusing at (402) 798-8339 or Fire Training Officer, David Niemeyer at (402) 798-7875.


Training Exercises

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Emergency Medical Services Team

The Cortland volunteer rescue established their EMS Team in 1982 to better serve the community. The department receives financial assistance from the Cortland Rural Fire District, the Village of Cortland, and through donations. The area covered is 64 square miles, including Cortland and Princeton. Hallam and Clatonia Rescue Squads serve as mutual aide and as their transporting units. The EMTs are dedicated volunteers who donate many hours a year of their own time for monthly meetings, drills, training, classes, EMT basic and refresher courses, public relations and seminars.

For inquiries contact: Marilynn DeVries at (402) 798-7371

Cortland Explorers

The Cortland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department started a junior fire and rescue team around 1996 known as the Cortland Explorers. All members are certified as Professional CPR providers and go through many hours of fire and rescue training a month. Explorers have the opportunity to train alongside the fire department by going to calls to get first-hand experience of what it's like in the field. To be an Explorer you must be 14 to 20 years old and live in the area.

For more information on becoming an Explorer contact: Adam and Michelle German at (402) 798-2113