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The Fire Fighter Ministry provides assistance to those who have lost their house or belongings in a fire or other disaster by providing lodging, food, clothing, care packs, household items, long term housing assistance, insurance assistance, pastoral counseling and other necessities to help those families and individuals get back on their feet again.

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Address: 3009 Avenue I
Scottsbluff , NE 69361
Phone Number: 308-631-9674
The Fire Fighter Ministry began in 2012 when Carissa Smith, who had been a firefighter for 12 years but stepped back to raise a family with her husband Chris, and spend more time with them, was contacted by a local fire department to see if there was anything her home church, First Baptist Church, could do to assist families who had suffered from a fire disaster. From this point on, the Fire Fighter Ministry began to take shape. The ministry began with some United Way funding and grew from there being supplied on a local level by grants, community donors, an annual community rummage sale etc. to keep moving forward.

The ministry initially began to respond to those affected by a fire, but quickly grew to assist local fire departments with food, water and other supplies as they responded to fight both house and wildfires. All other types of disasters quickly began to be opportunities to serve. Families whose lives have been affected by tornadoes, floods, hailstorms etc. have all been assisted. Additionally, the ministry is in the process of assisting families with smoke detectors as needed. Currently, the ministry is working on a "Hero" award to be given to local first responders-police officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics and dispatchers-who have been nominated by community members for their outstanding service to others. Great partnerships have been formed with all local emergency first responders, social service agencies, churches, businesses, restoration companies and families and individuals all with the sole purpose of serving families whose lives have been traumatized by a disaster and bringing them back to a "normal" place again in their lives!

The local Scottsbluff/Gering area was the beginning spot to start with. But the ministry has grown to the rest of the panhandle and beyond. Families all the way to Kearney Ne, Julesburg Co, Oelrichs and Rapid City, SD and into parts of Wyoming have been served.

The largest expense for the Fire Fighter Ministry is temporary housing assistance, primarily motels. Along with housing, families are assisted with vouchers for food and clothing, insurance claims, finding a new home, providing furniture, clothing and care packages. There are many different parts of the response effort. Pastoral counseling is also an option when needed. A longer term goal is to have a vehicle that could be utilized to travel longer distances and get into rougher terrain to assist firefighters working on wildfires.

So far in 2018, the Fire Fighter Ministry has responded to 27 fires/disasters. Since its inception, the ministry has responded to a total of 171 fires and disasters, filling a very vital part in serving folks throughout our area.

The Fire Fighter Ministry has been blessed with a disaster relief trailer provided by American Baptist Men of Nebraska, one of only two of these trailers in the state. Early on in its inception, the Fire Fighter Ministry was recognized as the American Baptist Churches Ministry of the Year by the American Baptist Churches of the USA for its ability to respond to disasters and serve others.

The Fire Fighter Ministry has absolutely no overhead and is a totally volunteer organization with a wonderful group of servants overseen by Carissa and a group of leaders. These volunteers take part in all facets of the ministry, from responding to disasters to sorting through donations to helping with the annual rummage sale and on from there.

With the support of the local area and folks here in our communities, the Fire Fighter Ministry will continue to serve individuals and families who have been devastated by any type of disaster for years to come!