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Nebraska Task Force 1, LES and NPPD technicians head to Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian
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Nebraska Task Force 1, LES and NPPD technicians head to Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian

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Sixteen members of Nebraska Task Force 1, the Urban Search and Rescue team that includes Lincoln Fire and Rescue personnel, are heading to Tallahassee, Florida, to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

The team, which also includes members of the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Fire Department and Omaha Fire Department, will be there to assist with water rescues in the area as needed. 

Lincoln Electric System said Friday it planned to send 14 employees and eight vehicles to Tallahassee on Monday. The team will travel with six employees and three vehicles from Grand Island Utilities.

An 18-man contingent of line technicians and supervisory staff from Nebraska Public Power District left for Florida on Friday in anticipation of restoring expected power outages.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Monday.

At the request of the American Public Power Association, NPPD crews will help the Orlando Utilities Commission, a public power entity that serves approximately 225,000 customers and is the 14th-largest municipal utility in the country.

The contingent from NPPD will use 18 vehicles, including a digger truck, two small bucket trucks and two large bucket trucks, five pickups, plus trailers and all-terrain utility vehicles. They’re expected to be gone two weeks.

The group includes line technicians from Plattsmouth, Geneva, York, O’Neill, Norfolk, Ogallala, Atkinson, Creighton, Hartington, Scottsbluff, Chadron and Lexington.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSreist.

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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