Emergency Services


The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection to the community by a 25-member volunteer fire department.

The department also provides protection to areas outside the community and responds to mutual aid calls with area communities.

City of Laurel’s sirens will sound for the following:

  • Fire Call – sirens will go up and down for 2 minutes
  • Tornado – sirens will have a solid 2 minute blast

Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
502 S. HWY 20
PO Box 255
Laurel, NE  68745
Emergency: 911 for emergency Fire and Rescue/EMT services
Non-Emergency: 402-841-5026, Fire Chief Craig Bathke


Laurel employs one full-time and two part-time police officers. The police department utilizes standard equipment for patrol, basic investigation, enforcing traffic laws and report writing. The two part-time offers are also Cedar County Deputies.

Laurel Police Department
101 E. 2nd St.
PO Box 248
Laurel, NE  68745
Phone: (402) 256-3211                                                                                                                                      Email: laurelpd@laurelne.com
Chief of Police – Ron Lundahl

Cedar County Sheriff’s Office currently has 7 certified officers and 7 support personnel.

They have 7 patrol units that are fully equipped with stop strips, shot guns, rifles, radar units, and in car cameras and each officer has access to night vision, infrared camera, a boat, jet ski, ATV, and UTV.

Cedar County Sheriff also provides 24-hour dispatch for all of Cedar County and administers a 21-bed jail.

Larry Koranda, Sheriff
Office: (402) 254-6884
Email: sheriff@hartel.net.


The Laurel rescue squad remains a volunteer service managed by the City of Laurel. The service now has two fully stocked advance life support ambulances. The squad currently has 17 active members.

The rescue unit was the recipient of the Assistant to Firefighters Grant and was able to purchase two cardiac monitor/defibrillator/pacers with ECG transmission capability. Transmission of the ECG’s to area Cardiac Centers allows for immediate over read by an ER physician to determine if the patient requires emergent transfer to the Cardiac Center for surgical intervention ultimately increasing survival rates from sudden cardiac events. The squad was also able to purchase EMS Bunker gear for all the members to protect crew from bio-hazards and injury during extrication as well as two IO drills to place IV’s into the bone marrow to administer life saving medications.

Laurel rescue also received a state grant to obtain a Lucas III, a CPR assist device. The Lucas has been shown to increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.

The rescue squad is located in the same building as the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Call 911 for emergency service.

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