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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702

News Release 10-07
Date: January 15, 2010

Second VATF-1 Team Sent to Haiti

Virginia Task Force 1 deployed a second urban search and rescue team to Haiti, Thursday, January 14, 2010, arriving at the Port-au-Prince Airport Friday, January 15, 2010, at 3:30 a.m.

The medium-sized, 42-member team, under the sponsorship of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), established a Base of Operations (BOO) and began work immediately. The team consists of search and rescue specialists, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, hazardous materials specialists, and a search canine and handler.

A heavy-sized, 72-member VATF-1 team arrived Wednesday, January 13, in Port-au-Prince and have been working 24/7 since their arrival. Team members have made several rescues in the preceding 36 hours, including a United Nations security officer. VATF-1 members assisted a French search and rescue team in removing seven Americans from a hotel. They were brought to the BOO for treatment by physicians.

Both VATF-1 teams are self sufficient, and can be deployed for up to 14 days.

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. 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.

Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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