Lincoln Electric System heading to Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma
Sep 10 2017
Ganger said that the task force is a Type 3 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force that has been in service since 1992, and Ganger has been a member of the task force since 2002.
The members of Ohio Task Force 1 are back home and enjoying some much needed rest after a 12-day deployment to help out with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. Part of the team that handles hazmat situations was diverted to Alabama to prepare. This time five members are on their way to help with Hurricane Irma.
The task force doesn't know how long they will be in Puerto Rico, but it's possible they get deployed to Florida after Irma hits there over the weekend.
The team got word Thursday evening to "leave immediately", said Lincoln Fire Chief Michael Despain.
"Some of the vehicles were damaged during Hurricane Harvey, so when they came back they had to fix that".
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Among the 80-person team headed for Florida are 35 members who deployed to Texas.
Lincoln firefighter Mike Wright said he's ready. "We believe that we bring a team that is highly trained and it's an incredible resource that we have in the valley that goes out and truly represents Nevada in helping to save lives throughout the country", said Jeff Lytle, Task Force Leader, Nevada Task Force 1.
"Depends on Hurricane Irma", remarked Capt. Caimi.
Among the planning challenges for Thavenet and others: determining how teams like Nebraska Task Force 1 will access areas such as Key West, Key Largo or Marathon if the storm knocks out bridges connecting those island cities to the mainland.