Dr. Ed Mlinek, a member of Nebraska Task Force1(NETF-1), the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), is returning to Lincoln today. Assistant Fire Chief John Huff, the Program Manager for NETF-1, said Mlinek has been staging in Florida since January 15 for deployment to Haiti, but he was unable to fly into the earthquake area because aircraft have been prioritized for the shipment of food, water and medical supplies.
Mlinek, an emergency physician at BryanLGH, was deployed as the Medical Team Manager for a 24-member Incident Support Team (IST). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has three ISTs, with members from across the country.
NETF-1 has not been deployed to Haiti. Six USAR teams from the U.S. are in Haiti, working with 16 other USAR teams from around the world. The U.S. has sent one team each from California and New York, two from Virginia and two from Florida.