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The City of Hastings

Founded in 1872, Hastings is a lively and progressive city located in the agricultural heartland of south-central Nebraska. Summers are usually warm and fairly dry with occasional thunderstorms, and winters are cold with a few snowstorms and infrequent blizzards. The 25,000-plus citizens of Hastings are the driving force behind the activities. The city operates under a mayor/city administrator government with many boards, both appointed and volunteer.

Hastings Utilities

Hastings Utilities is municipally owned, providing electric, natural gas, sanitary sewer and water to the city and surrounding area. The City of Hastings has a franchise agreement with Charter Communication to provide cable television service. The city also owns the Hastings Municipal Airport, located in the northwest section of the city offering services including aircraft maintenance, rental and flight instruction. The airport has two lighted runways, provides fuel, hangar rental, pilot supplies and courtesy cars for pilots and passengers.

Fire Department

The Hastings Fire Department is an ISO Class 3 Fire Department serving residents since 1878. The fire department operates from two fire stations, Highland Park Station at 1313 N. Hastings Ave. and Lincoln Park Station at 1145 S. Hastings Ave. The department employs 24 firefighters and officers who are divided into three 24-hour shifts supplemented by 32 part-time reserve firefighters.

Hastings firefighters all have the required basic certifications and most have specialized training in a variety of areas. The Hastings Fire Department also serves as the regional Hazardous Materials Response Team for the state of Nebraska.

Hastings Police Department

The mission of the Hastings police department is to serve and protect our community with integrity.

The police station is an historic 100-year-old building, the former Lincoln School and St. Michael’s School. Renovated in 2000, the 42,000-square-foot building houses the police department, a contingent of the Nebraska State Patrol and hosts other law enforcement agency functions.

The police department consists of two divisions – Operational Services and Administrative Services. The Operation Services Division consists of patrol, the detective bureau and code enforcement.

The Administration Services Division consists of the 911 center, records, evidence and property and building maintenance.

The department participates in the City-County Drug Task Force, the nine-county Compact to Arrest Narcotics and Drug Offenders, the federal Tri-Cities HIDT Drug and Safe Streets Task Force, South Central Alliance of Law Enforcement Services and the Central Nebraska Regional Inter-Operability project.

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