Nebraska team on the move in advance of hurricane landfall

Published: Sep. 11, 2018 at 7:53 AM CDT
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Members of Nebraska Task Force 1 are on the road and headed into the storm. The team has been activated in advance of landfall by Hurricane Florence.

Thirty-five members of Nebraska Task Force 1, the Urban Search and Rescue team based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, have been deployed to respond to Hurricane Florence and left Tuesday morning for Raleigh, North Carolina.

The team includes two canine search specialists and will support the

Federal Emergency Management Agency search and rescue operations.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet, who was deployed last week to Honolulu, Hawaii in response to Typhoon Mangkut in Guam and Hurricane Olivia, will join the team later this week.

After they were activated around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, members spent the night packing supplies.

Task Force 1 will travel to Raleigh in five vans, five smaller vehicles, along with other trucks with equipment.

Members are unsure how long they'll stay on the east coast. The length of their mission depends on the intensity of the storm.

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.

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