Hoskins Volunteer Fire Department Building

Hoskins Fire Department

The Past

In 1936, there was a fire at the lumber yard that would almost surely have taken the biggest share of the business district; hat it not been for the wet blankets placed on the roofs of other buildings that were located next to it.

On Christmas Eve, in 1945, a call came to the switchboard in Hoskins stating that a there was a fire at the Helen Krei farm home: about one mile northwest of town. At this time, the Hoskins Fire Department had only a bucket brigade and fire extinguishers. Earl Potter, was the chief and he, along with a good number of volunteer firemen went to the fire. They were unable to extinguish it, although they were able to control the fire until the Winside Fire Department arrived with their truck. It was the fire that prompted the people of Hoskins to make plans to purchase a fire truck, with one man from the village and one from the rural district going out to ask for donations from the people. The country people were very much interested in getting more fire protection. Enough money was raised and in 1946, the first fire truck was purchased through donations.

It was decided to form a Rural Fire Protection District. At the meeting of August 4, 1950, the following men were elected to serve on the district board: EJ Scheurich, President; Ivor Anderson, Vice-President; Ezra Jochens, Secretary-Treasurer; and Henry Deck and George Langenberg as directors.

Hoskins was the first rural fire district to organize in this part of the county. Both Winside and Norfolk later organized a Rural Fire District.

In 1962, the present building was built by volunteer labor from Hoskins and the surrounding community.

The Present

The Hoskins Community are extremely grateful to the volunteers and EMT’s for the service they provide to the community. We pledge to support these people in meeting the demands of the future for the service they so unselfishly provide. Presently, the fire department has one tanker truck and one ambulance; which are housed at Woodland Park. One equipment van, one ambulance and two pumper trucks are housed at the Hoskins Fire Hall.

  • In 2009, the existing Fire Hall was renovated.
  • Our current Fire Chief is Russ Doffin and the assistant is Nate Behmer.
  • Becky Lange serves as the EMT Captain.
  • Currently, approximately 35 volunteers are on roster of the Hoskins Volunteer Fire Department.

A Firefighter’s Pledge

I promise concern for others
Willingness for all those in need
I promise courage - courage to face and conquer my fears
Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me
I promise strength - strength of heart to bear whatever burdens
Might be placed upon me
Strength of body to deliver safety
All those placed within my care
I promise the wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort
And the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called

- unknown author.

Community Links

Contact Information

Village of Hoskins
101 South Main Street
P.O. Box 44
Hoskins, NE 68740
Phone: 402.565.4479
email: hoskins@ptcnet.net