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 10-16
Date: January 27, 2010
Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County's urban search and rescue team, will return Thursday at approximately 4 p.m., January 28, 2010, following their deployment to Haiti. VATF-1 will land at Dulles International Airport and will be transported to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, to be rejoined with their families.
VATF-1 was activated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) following the Haitian earthquake, and has been deployed for approximately 15 days. Members rescued 16 people from the rubble while in Haiti.
VATF-1 sent both a heavy and medium team consisting of 114 personnel, including search and rescue canines, search and technical rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, and various other support personnel. They deployed with approximately 70 tons of equipment and supplies and are self-sufficient for approximately 14 days.
Media representatives are invited to interview team members and family members at the Academy.
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.