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Nebraska State Fire Marshal

Jim Heine, State Fire Marshal

General Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the State Fire Marshal’s Flammable Liquid Storage Tank Section is:

  • To increase awareness of the need to prevent and detect releases of petroleum products.
  • To increase the awareness of fire safety issues related to storage tanks.
  • To foster compliance with the State and Federal Regulations by tank owners and the business community.

We will do this through outreach and education, offering guidance and expertise and by carrying out a strategically focused inspection and enforcement effort.


What We Do

The Flammable Liquids Storage Tanks (FLST) section of the Fuels Division has several responsibilities regarding aboveground and underground fuel tanks. These responsibilities include:

  • The registration and inspection of underground petroleum and hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • The registration of aboveground hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 158.
  • Issuance of permits to install and remove underground storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • Issuance of permits to install aboveground petroleum storage tanks in accordance with Title 153, Chapter 17.
  • Licensing of contractors and certification of individuals to do underground storage tank work in accordance with Title 159, Chapter 3.


Inspection Program

The state is divided into six inspection areas – West, Southwest, Central, Northeast, South Central, and East. In addition to these areas, eight delegated authority cities/areas also inspect tanks and issue permits in their jurisdiction - Bellevue, Grand Island, LaVista/Papillion, Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, and Omaha.

The Tank Program inspects all UST facilities for compliance with rules and regulations; inspects all new underground tank and piping installations, and existing tank removals; investigates reported or suspected releases and requires appropriate action be taken; and submits reports to the Department of  Environmental Quality.



The Fuels Safety Division has one Chief, one Staff Assistant and one Administrative Assistant located in the Lincoln office. Seven full time deputies are located throughout the state to   provide prompt oversight of the tanks in Nebraska. To contact agency staff:

Deputy Inspectors:

  • Richard Cox – Grant, NE – 308-631-8136
  • Greg Rasmussen – Cozad, NE – 308-325-0527
  • Randy Throop – Grand Island, NE – 308-258-2718
  • Mike Joy – Norfolk, NE – 402-649-7020
  • Scott Petersen – Beaver Crossing, NE – 402-641-1476
  • Kirk Negus – Omaha, NE – 402-690-3633


Main Office Staff

246 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508-1804: