Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), will conduct a 36-hour joint training exercise Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5 near Salina, Kansas. The realistic full-scale USAR exercise will simulate the aftermath of an F5 tornado touching down in Salina.
About 90 people from NETF1 will be involved in various components, including task force command, communications, medical, search, rescue, hazardous materials and logistics. NETF1 participants will include members of LFR as well as the Omaha and Papillion Fire Departments; physicians from Nebraska Emergency Medicine PC; heavy rigging specialists with Ayars and Ayars; and civilians including canine handlers, structural engineers and communications specialists.
NETF1 Program Manager Dan Wright said the exercise is designed to test and evaluate many aspects of two national USAR teams and an Incident Support Team. Rescue scenarios will include simulations of an apartment building and parking garage collapse with people trapped inside an elevator, a train derailment and tanker leak, a hospital collapse with contaminants, and a wide area search for victims at Lake Kanopolis. Each task force will be engaged in operations to assess, identify and locate victims and hazards; to search for and rescue simulated victims using specialized tools and equipment; and to provide members the opportunity to work and communicate with other local and federal agencies.
Other agencies participating include the Missouri Task Force from Columbia; the U.S. Army Reserve Aviation unit; the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Texas Task Force 1 Incident Support Cache; Colorado Task Force 1 Hazardous Equipment Push Package; the White FEMA Incident Support Team; FEMA Region VII and Region VIII representatives; and representatives from the Salina Fire Department and other local agencies and volunteers.
More information on NE-TF1 is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: USAR).