Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 10-06
Date: January 14, 2010
Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) members rescued a United Nations security guard early this morning, Thursday, January 14, 2010, underneath a massive rubble pile. Firefighters used cameras, listening devices, saws, and jackhammers to assist in the extrication of the man.
VATF-1 arrived in Haiti, Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at approximately 4 p.m. at the Port-au-Prince Airport under the sponsorship of the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID).
The task force has established a Base of Operations (BOO) on the grounds of the American Embassy, about two miles from the airport. The 72-member team immediately did a reconnaissance and began working.
As the federal sponsoring agency, USAID pays for all costs and expenses incurred by VATF-1 when members are activated or undergo training. All training, equipment, and personnel costs of VATF-1 are paid for by the federal government on a regular basis. Additionally, when firefighters and members are deployed, there is no loss in emergency response or service to Fairfax County residents, as minimum staffing for all apparatus is continuous for all fire and rescue stations. The training and expertise gained by working with our federal partners in times of local, regional, national, and international disasters and emergencies enhances and improves the skill sets of firefighters and paramedics. The skills gained from this partnership provides a direct benefit to county residents by using these skills in making Fairfax County a safer and better place to live and work.
VATF-1 departed Dulles International Airport by chartered aircraft at approximately 12:40 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
Note: USAID pays for all costs and expenses incurred by VATF-1 when team members are activated or participate in training. All training, training equipment, supplies, and personnel costs of VATF-1 are paid for by the federal government on a regular basis. Additionally, when firefighters and members are deployed, there is no loss in emergency response or service to Fairfax County residents, as minimum staffing for all front-line apparatus is continuous in all fire and rescue stations.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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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