Nebraska Task Force One is on its way to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma rescue efforts.
The 80-member team had just returned home from Texas and 48 hours later, FEMA gave them the new assignment.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Despain says they are reporting to Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola.
“Their job will be to get to that location and stage, but that will take about a two day drive to get there,” Despain told reporters at his daily briefing. “In the meantime, they could get different assignments, so it depends on what happens with the hurricane and teams that are in front of them and what assignments those get and what they need for backup.”
Despain says this might be the first time the task force had back-to-back callouts. The team is made up of first responders from the Lincoln and Omaha areas.
He says the 48 hour rest period was just enough time to make repairs to vehicles and equipment that needed it.
About one third of the team called up also went to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“First responders, that what they signed up to do,” Despain says. “Even though they’re tired, they really have that ‘put me back in, coach’ mentality and they want to get back in there and make a difference. This is a significant opportunity for them to do it again, even though it is back-to-back.”