These teams, hosted by local agencies like Lincoln Fire & Rescue, are funded and equipped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and are called upon for a rapid response to disasters in exchange for the training, equipment, and capability FEMA provides. These are a tremendous local resource should the need ever occur locally here in Lincoln.
USAR teams have specialized expertise in search and rescue operations where structural collapse has occurred and/or still threatens. Although the team is composed largely of firefighters and firefighter/paramedics, it also includes medical personnel, structural engineers, and canine teams.
This is a real opportunity to help the local emergency responders in the Oklahoma City area with trained and equipped professionals with both expertise and experience. We should all be proud in Lincoln for being able to make this Commitment. You can read more about Nebraska Task Force One here.