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Hurricane Irma task force includes Antigo first responders

Hurricane Irma task force includes Antigo first responders”

Shelly Jamieson with Task Force 1 said the the team is in a unique position to compare the early devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The task force is comprised of firefighters from Lincoln, Omaha and Papillion fire departments as well as civilian members who are doctors, structural engineers and heavy-rigging specialists.

A Nebraska group sent to Florida to assist with rescues following Hurricane Irma was still awaiting its assignment Monday morning.

"These four members, deployed in Florida and other emergency operations centers, are part of the FEMA US&R Incident Support Team responsible for managing FEMA Urban Search and Rescue operations". "That adds insurmountable stress on to the police, fire and EMS people down there. Certainly flooding is a high risk issue for us up here, so there'll be lessons learned and experience to be gained down there that'll benefit the citizens of La Crosse and the surrounding area as well", said La Crosse Fire Department Chief Ken Gilliam. "With your friends and neighbors coming in from other states, it's a little bit more stable operating platform".

Two team members are from the Antigo Fire Department, the rest of the team is made up of members from fire departments in Appleton, Beloit, Chippewa Falls, Green Bay, Janesville, La Crosse, and Oshkosh.



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