Cairo QRT Raffle

Help fund Cairo QRT efforts by purchasing raffle tickets. Funds are used to maintain and upgrade equipment. Cairo QRT is hosting a raffle.

Enter for your chance to win:

  • Savage Axis 243 Rifle donated by GI Loan Shop
  • $100 Cash donated by Pathway Bank
  • Gift Basket donated by The Vault
  • Full Size Quit and Lap Quilt donated by Bonnie Williams
  • SPA Basket full of all your spa needs donated by Local Businesses
  • Husker Themed Cornhole Game donated by Kevin and JJ Rodeman

Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20

Tickets are available from any Cairo QRT Member or follow the Cairo, Ne Facebook page for updates about dates Cairo QRT Members will be located at The Watering Hole and The Vault.

Winners are announced on February 14 at 6 pm via Facebook Live on the Cairo Fire Department’s page. Winners will have 24 hours to contact a QRT member to arrange delivery/pick up time.

Smorgasbord Suspended

After much deliberation and discussion, with the information given to us, it has been decided to suspend the smorgasbord. If we have it at a later date we will let everyone know. If you purchased tickets, we will refund you at Pathway Bank. Please do not take this as a reason to panic. We are being proactive and and following recommendations we have received. We will still take your donations at the bank. We have some raffle prizes that we will hold onto until we have an event. Whenever and whatever that will be, we don’t know yet. Please pass the word.

~ Cairo Volunteer Fire Department

Annual Smorgasbord

Annual Smorgasbord Set For March 21st

The Cairo Volunteer Fire Department Annual Smorgasboard is scheduled for March 21st at the Cairo Community Center. The Firemen start serving at 4;30 pm and end at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are available at the door or pick them up at Cairo Pathway Bank, Cairo Pathway Insurance, Cairo Village Hall.

Ticket prices are $8 for Adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Contact Steve for take out meals 308-380-6200.

The evening includes raffles and door prizes.

The CVFD is also accepting donations. We rely on donations from members of the community as a source of income. Your domination goes directly to provide services throughout Hall, Howard and Buffalo counties. It also provides for our training, equipment and emergency vehicles. All donations are tax deductible. Please mail donations to ATTN: Cairo Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 456, Cairo, NE 68824

If you are interested in joining the CVFD, please feel free to call Steve O. at 308-380-6200.


The Cairo community and the surrounding area turned out very well for the Annual Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department Smorgasbord on Saturday evening, March 18th.

Roast beef, ham, au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and various homemade salads were provided.  Over 500 meals were served.

The weather cooperated and made travel easy for all the neighbors and friends.  People found it easy to lounge after dinner for that one extra cup of coffee.

The Department members did the food preparation and serving.  The Local Boy Scout Troop #103 worked hard at the clean-up of the dishes.

During the evening several awards were given and Members were recognized.  Chief Steve Oseka was noted for his hard work as Nebraska Fire Instructor of the Year—an award given to him by a vote of his peers statewide.

Damon Obermiller was given a plaque celebrating twelve years of service to the Department.  Damon has moved out of the Fire District.  His contributions will be sorely missed.  We all wish him well.

Wade Osburn was recognized for contributing 30 years of service to our group.  Wade is a consistent, knowledgeable veteran of the Department and we salute him.

Francis Johnson (Fran) was presented with a lawn ornamental—an engraved stone—for his 40 years of service to the Department.  Still going strong, Fran is the treasurer for the group and provides steady leadership to our Department.

The ornamental stone came from Ed Beckler’s Boulder and Rocks of Cairo.

A great deal of good will was enjoyed!  One attendee summed it up when he said, “This dinner is an event that the whole community always looks forward to.  Spring is here.”

Many thanks to all who continue to support the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department!  It is deeply appreciated!

Raffle Contributors:

Fire Extinguishers from the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department

Jan Hadenfeldt for the beautiful afghan.

Pathway Bank for the $100 Grand Prize.

Senator Halloran Will Attend the Firemen’s Smorgasbord March 18th.

“Please join Senator Halloran at the Cairo Annual Firemen’s Smorgasbord, happening at Cairo Community Center, 303 Said St, Cairo, NE 68824. The event will run from 4:30PM to 8:30PM, this Saturday, March 18th. The Senator will be at the fundraiser to greet people and to support the local fire department. This event, which has been around for over 50 years, typically attracts around 600 people. Proceeds from the event will used for the purchase and upkeep of fire-fighting and extrication equipment.”


*************Firemen’s Smorgasbord:  MARCH 18

Spear-headed by Captain Nathan Knuth, the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department has acquired a Support Command Vehicle and trailer for its fleet.  The 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Truck was received from the Nebraska Forest Service and will be stationed in Cairo and remain unless a major disaster would require the NFS to recall the vehicle temporarily.

The truck is equipped with the communications equipment necessary to allow it to be a command vehicle in the field.  It carries four passengers and is used as a utility vehicle for transport of Department members and equipment to various functions, such as classes, trainings, and special events.

The vehicle will also be used to pull the Department’s newly acquired trailer.  The trailer provides excellent versatility.  It houses the compressed-air supply tanks used to re-fill the portable air packs of the firefighters.  It also carries the equipment for grain bin extrication.

Equipped with heating and cooling apparatus, the trailer allows sanctuary against the elements for the firefighters while in the field.  It provides a stable location for emergency first aid or a rest area, as well.

The trailer contains appropriate radio equipment so those in the trailer can be in constant communication with the remainder of the team and/or other emergency personnel during operations.

The usage of the truck was a result of successful collaborations between Nathan and the Nebraska Forest Service.  The trailer was provided through private funding, memorials, the Cairo Village Board (normal budget process), and the Cairo Rural Fire Board.

CVFD team members provided painting, decals, and identification items.

Thank you, Nathan and team, for your excellent work to make our Department more effective through your creative efforts.


Cairo Community Center
Saturday, March 18, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 The Cairo Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual Smorgasbord again this year.  This festive fund-raiser features a two-meat buffet of roast beef and ham. Au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and assorted salads.  [Special note:  The roast beef and au gratin potatoes are prepared using special recipes and preparation styles which have brought satisfied smiles over the years!]

The thirty-member Fire Department works together to prepare and serve this dinner.  The preparation begins several days prior to the event.  Teamwork and cooperation is necessary to assure that all the details addressed.

The Smorgasbord has been in existence for over 50 years!  A couple of our members have been a part of it for over 40!  During that time, the Cairo community and surrounding neighbors have looked at the Smorgasbord as a time to “Get out of the house and see the neighbors again.”  It creates a spirit of community and goodwill for all.  Throughout the years and average of 750-1000 people have been served.

There is plenty of room at the Community Center so no one ever feels rushed to leave.  There’s always more coffee.

The proceeds for the Smorgasbord go towards the purchase and upkeep of new fire-fighting and extrication equipment.  Over the years special tools (hand tools, nozzles, hoses, a jaws-of-life, a power piston, hydraulic air bags, communication equipment, etc.) have been purchased.  Often, the funds are used in conjunction with the City Board, the Fire Board, and various grants/donations to maximize purchasing power.  It is vital for the Department to continue to have upgraded, dependable tooling.

In 2016 the Department personnel contributed over 1400 man-hours for fire calls and training.  The members dedicate two evenings per month for formal meetings in addition to the calls.  They are committed to being of service.

Please mark the calendar for this special event.


Steve Oseka, Fire Chief for the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department, has won the prestigious Bill Behrens Instructor of the Year award given by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors.  It is an award open to anyone, Volunteer, or Career, who is involved in Fire Fighting or Emergency Medical Services Instruction.

This award can only be earned as a result of nominations from one’s peers—an indication of high respect.  Those providing formal nominations were:  Charles H. Hoffman, NE State Fire Marshall Training Division, (Director, Retired), and Chief of the Grand Island Rural Fire Department; Todd Brehm, NE Deputy State Fire Marshall; and Scott Kuehl, President, Loup City Fire Department.

Steve has been an instructor for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division for over twenty-five years.  He has held classes on an average monthly basis and has provided his professional instruction whenever and wherever needed.  For example, he has traveled all over the state, including locations as distant as Chadron, NE.

Steve is a well-respected and highly recognized participant in the field of Fire Fighting instruction.  In addition to his classroom work and on-scene guidance, he is an instructor at the NE State Fire School, held in Grand Island every May.  He also is very active as a “train the trainer” of the local Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.

Cairo and Nebraska citizens are blessed to have this hard-working and dedicated Professional Firefighter and Instructor…always on duty, on our behalf.

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DSC00176The Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Smorgasbord Saturday evening at the Cairo Community Center.  Approximately 500 neighbors and friends attended to enjoy the food and fellowship, and help support the Cairo RVFD.

Several tributes were made, also.  Dick Heckman, a pillar in the community, was recognized for forty-six years of service to the Department.  Ron Woitaszewski was recognized for thirty years of service and his work coordinating the many rural water supply locations (pivot points) for immediate and emergency use. The rural water supply concept has been invaluable over the years.

New Firefighters recognized during the evening were Ben Johnson, Kody Knopik, and Melinda Whitefoot.  Cadets included Blaine Gaschow and Brennan Stebbing.

Another very noteworthy moment was the recognition of those organizations and private donors who made it possible for the new trailer that houses our compressed air supply and grain bin recovery tools. It also provides emergency temporary shelter during inclement weather.

Those contributing organizations include the Dunlap Foundation, and the Cairo Community Foundation.  Significant private donations came from the Randall Harder family, the Shirley Johnson family, and the Earl Knuth family.  Together, their love and support made this very valuable vehicle a lasting tribute and service to the community.

Raffle winners included Delmar Eggers, Willy Packer, Malorie Dettmen, and Cindy Brown.  Grand Prizewinner was Judy Kemptar.

The food, fellowship, and fun made the evening a night enjoyed by all.


Thank you, Friends and Neighbors, for your generous show of support.  We’re in your corner.

Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.