Fire Chief John Huff said that Nebraska Task Force One (NE-TF1), the urban search and rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), has successfully completed an evaluation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Huff said the three-member peer evaluation team's review specifically looked at the operations, logistics and management of NE-TF1.
"Team members went beyond saying that NE-TF1 is fully operational," said Huff. "They commended the City, LFR and all its members for well organized management, wise resource use and the sponsoring agency's commitment to the National Urban Search and Rescue Program."
NE-TF1 was recognized in several categories:
In a closing briefing, the evaluators said, "The exceptional attention to detail that is provided to NE-TF1 by the management staff and Lincoln Fire and Rescue is evident to the evaluation team! NE-TF1 is clearly integrated into the day-to-day operations of the sponsoring agency."
"NE-TF1 is an asset to the nation, to the region and to our own community," Huff said. "I want to thank all the members of the task force whose hard work resulted in this very successful evaluation."
NE-TF1 has a membership of 194 personnel and is one of the 28 federal rescue teams placed strategically throughout the U.S. In addition to LFR, members are from the Omaha Fire Department, Ayars and Ayars Inc and Nebraska Emergency Medicine P.C. The task force also includes a number of civilian affiliates within the region with experience in K-9 search, structural engineering and communications. More information on NE-TF1 is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: usar).