Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the urban search and rescue team based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, has been deployed to Texas to assist with rescue and other support operations in advance of Hurricane Harvey. The 80-member team left Friday morning for San Antonio, where it will stage until specific missions are assigned, said Fire Chief Micheal Despain.
Despain said the team will likely be deployed for a week or more, depending on the hurricane's impact on the area. The Nebraska task force is comprised of firefighters from Lincoln, Omaha and Papillion area fire departments, as well as civilian members who are doctors, structural engineers and heavy rigging specialists. The team also includes five canine search specialists with five dogs. Teams from California, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Utah also have been deployed.
NETF1 has previously responded to Georgia in 2016, Boulder, Colorado in 2015, Moore, Oklahoma in 2013 and 2014, Joplin, Missouri in 2011, Little Sioux, Iowa in 2008, Greensburg, Kansas in 2008, and World Trade Center in 2001, as well as many other incidents and events.
More information on NETF1 and Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: fire).