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News Release 09-80
Date: November 6, 2009

Virginia Task Force 1

Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF1) will conduct a training operational readiness exercise, beginning at 4 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2009, through noon, Sunday, November 8, 2009, at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia. The exercise will simulate a deployment overseas following a catastrophic event.

The planned readiness exercise will be conducted in "real time," at various sites throughout Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions. This exercise will be a demanding around-the-clock training scenario with members facing challenging situations, requiring problem-solving skills. Team members will perform reconnaissance, victim rescue, concrete breaching, patient medical care, K9 search, and hazardous materials recognition and mitigation.

Using a diverse group of experienced international and domestic evaluators, the training exercise provides an opportunity to objectively evaluate task force disaster response capacity and capability to an overseas disaster site. The exercise is a joint collaboration of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security.

Virginia Task Force 1 has also partnered with the Merrifield Multiplex Cinema, the Fairfax County Facilities Maintenance Division, Chaney Enterprises, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department and the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg (Shepherd Field), West Virginia who generously provided support to the exercise.

Virginia Task Force 1 has deployed throughout the world since 1986 responding to natural and man-made disasters, including t he 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan, and Kenya in 1999, terrorism at The Pentagon in 2001, the Iranian earthquake in 2003, and numerous other disasters. Most recently, the team deployed to Petionville, Haiti in response to a school collapse.

Media representatives are invited to attend and report on the exercise. For more information on Virginia Task Force 1 visit www.vatf1.org.



For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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