Eighty-one members of Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the urban search and rescue team based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), will join nearly 1,500 emergency responders June 1 to 7, in the largest civilian-based search and rescue exercise ever undertaken in the United States. The mock disaster, located at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, will simulate an earthquake in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone.
Participants include 11 urban search and rescue task forces from the United States, Canada, Australia, a FEMA Incident Support Team and active duty military and national guard drone and helicopter units.
"This is an extremely rare opportunity for the task force," said Brad Thavenet, LFR Battalion Chief. "The team will participate in a realistic search and rescue event involving multiple assets and operations including team movement by ground, and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft."
Task force duties will include earthquake operations including structural collapse rescue and wide area search, base of operations setup, and helicopter-based sling-load training while working in a floodwater environment for a continuous 24-hour operation. The exercise is also designed to test task force abilities to function in a community cutoff from all utilities and standard communications, to work with foreign emergency response teams and to live-feed data from unmanned aircraft.
Participating agencies include:
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams
Other Federal Partners
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)/United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
More information on Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.