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 11-023
Date: March 11, 2011
Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County's urban search and rescue team was mobilized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Friday, March 11, 2011, with potential to deploy to Japan to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck early this morning.
A heavy task force is comprised of 72 personnel, search and rescue canines, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, technical search and rescue specialists, and other support personnel have started to mobilize.
The team was last activated in January of 2010 following the devastating earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. VATF-1 has deployed overseas to both natural and man-made disasters for 25 years, including Kenya, Taiwan, Armenia, and Turkey.
Additionally, as a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the team maintains constant operational readiness, and is a local resource for the residents of Fairfax County.
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.