TECUMSEH – Johnson and Pawnee county’s new emergency management director is using her administrative and radio dispatching experience while working to connect to Nebraska’s statewide radio communications system.
Amanda Burki took on her new role in August after working as an administrative assistant for Sheriff Scott Walton in Tecumseh and as a 911 dispatcher at the sheriff’s office four years prior to that.
Burki came to Tecumseh from Omaha where she was a dispatcher for Rural Metro and was an EMT with Omaha Ambulances.
In addition to her emergency management job, she is chief of the Tecumseh Rescue Squad.
The new building provides a spacious area for ambulances with two drive-through bay doors.
The squad was previously housed at the Johnson County Hospital in a much smaller area, and Burki said they are very grateful for the space and the gracious welcome from Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department .
Since being hired, Burki has been able to add Alyson Gottula in the new deputy position.
While Gottula was working for the office before, she was only handling secretarial duties. Now she has taken many more responsibilities that include HAZMAT, as she has served in the Army National Guard and received specialized training in that field.
Burki graduated from Marian High School – an all-girls Catholic School in Omaha. She attended Peru State College taking pre-nursing classes, but decided that was not what she wanted to pursue.
Her job duties include working with federal and state Emergency Management Agencies for disaster relief. Johnson County opened a new box culvert near Crab Orchard this summer that replaced a bridge damaged by heavy rain in 2015.
She is on call for any natural disasters, like floods or tornadoes, that may cause large-scale damage in the two counties.