Nebraska Task Force 1 returning from hurricane deployment in Florida

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- On the heels of Irma's march through the southeast, Nebraska Task Force 1 has been released to return home.

No additional needs from Hurricane Irma are evident within FEMA Region IV, which includes the State of Florida. NETF1 was scheduled to begin its two-day trek back to Lincoln as soon as members were processed and demobilization paperwork was completed Wednesday.

NETF1 Chief Brad Thavenet is still assigned to the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center - Tallahassee, Florida as a Liaison Officer between the State of Florida and the Federal USAR task forces operating in theater. His demobilization timeline is undetermined.

The original eight Federal Urban Search and Rescue task forces assigned to the State of Florida continue to operate, most specifically the Key West Region. The task force will keep LFR Chief Michael Despain and other participating agency personnel apprised of it travels and estimated time of return to Lincoln.

The Nebraska task force is comprised of firefighters from Lincoln, Omaha and Papillion area fire departments, as well as civilian members who are doctors, structural engineers and heavy rigging specialists. The 80-member team also includes four canine search specialists with four dogs.