Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), has been deployed to Omaha to assist with search operations in the wake of this morning's International Nutrition collapse. The 25-member team has expertise in the areas of structural collapse shoring and technical search. The team also includes canine search specialists with dogs. The full task force has 80 members, and Lincoln Fire Chief John Huff said this smaller team is designed to meet the needs of this incident.
Huff said he was contacted at about 10:20 a.m. by interim Omaha Fire Chief (OFD) Bernard Kanger, who was en route to the incident. Kanger advised Huff of the possible need for NETF1. Once Kanger arrived on the scene, OFD made a request to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency for an in-state response by NETF1.
The team includes members of LFR and OFD as well as civilian specialists in several disciplines. The deploying members will be under the direction of Lincoln Battalion Chief of Special Operations William (Brad) Thavenet, who recently lead the successful search and rescue efforts after the Colorado flooding. Huff said the duration of the mission will depend upon the needs once NETF1 is on scene.
More information on NETF1 and LFR is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: fire).