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Nebraska State Fire Marshal

Christopher Cantrell, State Fire Marshal

Public Display Operators

A licensed Public Display Operator is responsible for the Public Display Permit application and must be present and supervise anyone assisting with the display. In order to become a licensed Public Display Operator an individual must take a test over state regulations. There is no charge to become a licensed Public Display Operator. Licenses from other states will notbe accepted. The test is scheduled once a month.  It is also given at Fire School in May.  2021 Fireworks Display Operator Test Schedule.

If you want to take the test, you may download the 2021 Firework Display Operator Application and mail it to our office. You must also complete the Citizen Attestation Form and mail it to the address below. The Citizen Attestation Form can NOT be emailed back to the department. This form is included in the previous link. For more information on becoming a public display operator, contact Aliana Keplinger, call at (402) 471-9479 or write at 246 S 14th St, Suite #1, Lincoln, NE 68508-1804.

Applicants are subject to all provisions of State Statutes and regulations governing fireworks. It is the applicant’s responsibility to read and comply with these requirements. These requirements are subject to change without notice.