City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1)
World Trade Center Attacks, Sept. 11th
Events of September 11, 2001
At approximately 0848 hours EDT, September 11, 2001, American Airlines flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston's Logan Airport, slammed into The World Trade Center Tower 1. Approximately 18 minutes later, at 0905 hours, United Airlines flight 175 hit Tower 2 of The World Trade Center. At 0943 hours a Boeing 757, en route from Dulles Airport crashed into the Pentagon. One of the Pentagons 5 sides subsequently collapsed. Tower number 2 of The World Trade Center collapsed at 0959 hours, and Tower number 1 collapsed at 1024 hours.
FEMA, (The Federal Emergency Management Agency), responded by sending 12 teams to assist in finding and rescuing potential victims. Those teams sent include:
The Lincoln Fire Department's NE-TF1 USAR Team established a command post on the morning of the 11th. The command post is located at Lincoln Fire Station #1. Early activities included determining those members of the team who may be available to respond to the emergency. A roster was established filling positions on the team. Firefighters, officers, and administrative staff are present in the command post around the clock answering phones and faxes, and tracking the incident on the internet and television.
Deputy Chief of Administration John Huff was contacted by FEMA and activated as part of the Incident Support Team (IST) for FEMA. His job will include coordinating some of the damage and assisting USAR teams once they arrive on location.
Task Force Leaders along with Engine Company No. 1 Driver Mark Linke's wife, Gwen Linke, help prepare Family Support Packs which will help families of members of NE-TF1 in the event we are deployed. This is intended to give families information on support activities, contact numbers for up to date information, and other resources available to families while spouses are away. A site on the web is being discussed so that families can log on and find out up to the minute info on the teams activities. A family support group will be established so that families can come together daily.
The Lincoln Fire Department held a teleconference with the Employee Assistance Program representatives to discuss the potential stress of a deployment. Advice is given on how to cope with stress and signs of stress. The EAP will remain an active and present asset both before deployment, and act as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Teams after the team returns.
On the morning of September 13th, 2001, FEMA activates FL-TF1, FL-TF2, TX-TF1, and UT-TF1. Nebraska's own remains on alert. With this type of incident it appears likely that NE-TF1 will deploy as a replacement for exhausted teams working 24 hour shifts. A final check of our equipment cache is made by our logistics teams, Lincoln remains ready to go.
The command post remains a busy place. Several firefighters and Task Force Leaders in conjunction with Fire Chief Mike Spadt answer questions for media. Task Force Leaders meet at least twice a day.