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 10-10
Date: January 20, 2010
Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) rescued a 25 year-old Haitian woman late last night, Tuesday, January 19, 2010, underneath the rubble of a collapsed market. She was rescued at approximately 11 p.m., bringing the total rescues to 16 since their arrival.
VATF-1, along with French and Turkish teams, worked several hours to rescue the woman. Medical support was provided by a team physician and paramedics at the site.
Team members have deployed to do reconnaissance, and search and rescue operations to the new epicenter site. Additionally, several members will also assist with the delayering operations of Hotel Montana.
Team members experienced a 6.1 magnitude aftershock early this morning; however, all personnel are fine.
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 apparatus in continuous for all front-line apparatus 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.