Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Question: What does it take to be a NE-TF1 member?
Answer: Training requirements are intensive. Each task force member must complete hundreds of hours of training. Specialties such as canine search, rescue, and rigging carry their own training requirements. Training to perform Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) is hazardous and should only be undertaken by competent individuals under the supervision of instructors skilled in the various functional disciplines involved.
2. Question: Can I apply to join the task force?
- If you are employed by Lincoln Fire & Rescue and are off probationary status you are eligible to apply.
- If you are employed by any of our participating agencies you are eligible to apply.
- If you are a licensed Structural Engineer with at least 5 years experience you are eligible to apply.
- If you have a specialty skill relating to Communications, Plans, Logistics, or you are interested in becoming a K9 handler, you are eligible to apply.
-Click here for information on the application process.
3. Question: What are type I, Type II, Type III and Type IV teams?
Answer: Please reference the FEMA Resource Typing document
4. Question: How is the task force deployed? Who requests you?
5. Question: Are training sessions open to the public?
Answer: Not at this time. We are only allowed to use federal cooperative agreement funds to train current FEMA US&R members. Since we are not an L.L.C. we are not able to charge or receive "tuition" or registration fees in order to accommodate non-members.
6. Question: Where can I learn more information about the Federal Urban Search & Rescue Program?
Answer: Check out the official FEMA website. Urban Search & Rescue