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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lincoln Fire Department

November 1, 2001

The Lincoln Fire Department is ready to respond in case any local incidents would occur. The Fire Departmentís Urban Search and Rescue Team, Nebraska Task Force One, recently assisted with recovery operations in New York, and it would prepare for FEMA notification of its deployment. The Lincoln team has been named one of six Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Forces in the country and will receive about $500,000 for additional training and equipment. The Fire Department began training all personnel on weapons of mass destruction in 1999, with an intensive program for the command staff and hazardous materials responders. Five members of the department are now in Virginia Beach, Virginia for additional training. Contact: Fire Chief Mike Spadt, 441-7333
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