Nebraska Task Force 1 did a quick turn-around with only 48 hours between helping out in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas to responding to Hurricane Irma in Florida.
But, the 80-member team sits and waits at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Florida.
Commander Brad Thavenet, Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief, says the Nebraska group is one of four federal task forces at Eglin awaiting orders.
“They could be in a holding pattern for the duration of the event, until they are demobilized or released to go back home or they could be reassigned to another theatre of operation within the region should that need arise,” Thavenet tells reporters during a conference call.
Nebraska Task Force 1 could be assigned to help hurricane victims in Georgia or South Carolina, or any location affected by Hurricane Irma.
Thavenet says the Nebraska task force hasn’t received any orders as of yet.
For now, the team simply sticks with training and preparation work.
Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief James Bopp, a task force commander, says members have been preparing for whatever assignment they get.
“Yeah, they’re very itchy to go,” Bopp says. “We’re not alone. There are four teams here. They really want to go, get to work. If they’ll find us some work, we’ll go.”
Eight of 28 federal rescue task forces are working in Florida in wake of Hurricane Irma. Florida, itself, has eight state task forces which have been mobilized.