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August 28, 2020
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Nic Cunningham, Nebraska Task Force 1, 402-430-0866

Nebraska Task Force 1 Returning to Nebraska

Nebraska Task Force 1 (NE-TF1), the Urban Search and Rescue team (USR) based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), began a demobilization process and will depart their staging area in Texas this morning. NE-TF1 was deployed to College Station, Texas in anticipation of Hurricane Laura. NE-TF1 will stay overnight in Oklahoma and anticipates arriving back in Lincoln Saturday afternoon.

This Type 4 team includes 25 firefighters from LFR, the Omaha Fire Department, and the Papillion Fire Department.

NE-TF1 members including LFR Battalion Chief of Special Operations Brad Thavenet, LFR Battalion Chief Lloyd Mueller, and Omaha Fire Captain David Kirchofer have been deployed to the FEMA USR Incident Support Team in Louisiana. They will remain there until further notice.

More information on NE-TF1 and Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at and at

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