Up until the mid 1960’s, if someone in Ogallala needed the Fire Department, they dialed the Northwestern Bell telephone operator in Ogallala. The Operator would flip a switch that activated an outdoor fire siren that would alert the firefighters to go to the fire hall to find out what type of fire and its location. If you needed Law Enforcement, during normal working hours, you would call the City Clerk’s Office. If the call was after hours, you called the telephone operator. In either case, if it was an emergency call for law enforcement, a single blast of the outdoor siren alerted police immediately to find a telephone to get their assignment. If it was a non-emergency, a light was activated at the corner of Spruce and Highway 30. When the police officer noticed the light, he (there were no female police officers at that time) would find a telephone to find out the problem. Ambulance services were provided by the local funeral homes who alternated weeks to provide coverage.
Laurie Hood, Director
JD Cartwright, Deputy Director
501 N Spruce St
Ogallala, NE 69153
Phone: (308) 284-2011
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Enhanced 911 services (display of telephone number calling and name/address associated with it) became available in 1995. Over the course of the past 20 years, the Keith County 911 Center has expanded to also serve the residents of Deuel, Arthur, Grant, Hooker, Logan, McPherson and Perkins Counties.