Propane Emergency Class Cairo, Nebraska #firefightertrainingcaironebraska

propane class trainingOver fifty Volunteer Firefighters representing nine Fire Departments attended the Propane Emergency Class at the Cairo Community Center on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  The Departments included Alda, Ashton, Boelus, Dannebrog, Elba, Loup City, Rockville, St. Paul, Loup City, and Cairo.

Brian Busse, instructor for the NE State Fire Marshall Training Division, presented a four-hour class for the Firefighters regarding the safe and effective methods to combat a propane emergency.  The class was presented in cooperation with the National Propane Gas Association.

In order to actively combat the actual fire or “hot spot emergency,” attendance was required.  The actual ‘hands-on’ fire emergency event will take place at the Cairo Community Center parking lot on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.


The class began with the general discussion of safety issues for everyone involved (Firefighters, Law Enforcement, HAZMAT people, EMT’s spectators, etc).  The focus then centered on the following eight-step process:

  • Site Management and Control (How to secure and control the hot, warm, and cold zones)
  • Identifying the Problem (Recognizing the gases, types of containers, terrain, winds, etc)
  • Evaluating the Hazards and Risks (Types of gas behavior, weather conditions, available resources and water capacity for cooling containers, safety considerations)
  • Selecting Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Managing Information and Coordinating Resources (Organizations include the Fire Department, law enforcement, industry response teams, and others such as the highway department, vehicle recovery services, and salvage companies.)
  • Implementing Response Objectives (Understanding and choosing an offensive strategy, defensive strategy, or non-intervention strategy)
  • Decontamination, if necessary (Detox, formal cleaning procedures)
  • Terminating the Incident (Accounting for all personnel’s health and safety, tools and machinery, and the neutrality of the site itself.  De-briefing. Documentation of the event.)


Time was also given to combustion ratios, carbon monoxide hazards, and toxic conditions that cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other noticeable physical changes.  Procedures were discussed for handling such emergencies.


“The turn-out was really great tonight.  There was a lot to learn and, whether we’re operating as individual departments, or together as mutual aid, this class really helped us all.  I look forward to our ‘burn’ next week when we will apply what we’ve learned.”     Chief Steve Oseka, Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.


P.S.  Please mark your calendars for the Annual Smorgasbord, March 14th.  Cairo


C-2 High Kick Division State Champions #centurapride

2015 centura state dance team

Here are your 2015  C-2 High Kick Division State Champions

Bottom Row (L to R): Lindsay Wetzel (Junior); Jordyn Grabowski (Junior); Emily Wells (Senior); Abby Hadenfeldt (Freshman)
Top Row (L to R): Brynn Korinek (Freshman); Bailey Vieth (Sophomore); Rachel Baustert (Freshman); Kiley Ruhl (Junior)
Coach (not pictured): Coach Courtney Baker

The Centura Dance Team competed in the 2015 Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships held February 21, 2015 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.  The Centura Dance received 1st place in the Class C2 High Kick Division.

Choose ACE, Choose Nebraska

Choose ACE, Choose Nebraska
Choice Gas selection period April 10-23
The 2015 Choice Gas program selection period begins April 10 and runs through April 23. ACE is the only community-owned, not-for-profit supplier in the Choice Gas program. It is owned by 72 member communities in Nebraska, including Cairo, and participates in the Choice Gas program to provide competition for the benefit of all natural gas customers.
As a not-for-profit gas supplier, ACE can return excess revenue above the cost of operating the organization to its member communities, keeping money in Nebraska. ACE has returned more than $1,600 to Cairo. ACE distribution funds are used in various ways for each community.
      As an ACE member community, local residents benefit from a community-owned, not-for-profit supplier providing competition in the Choice Gas program.
ACE offers several pricing options, including ACE WeatherShield, a fixed level monthly bill option (which covers all commodity and distribution charges, taxes and fees) along with fixed and market rate options.
For more on ACE and its pricing options, go to or call the city office.