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 11-025
Date: March 19, 2011
Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County's urban search and rescue team, will return Sunday, March 20, at approximately 1:45 a.m., following their deployment to Japan. The team is scheduled to land at Dulles International Airport and will be bused to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, to rejoin their families.
VATF-1 was mobilized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and has been deployed for approximately seven days.
The 74 member "heavy" team worked in and around Ofunato, a seaport city of approximately 40,000. The team deployed with approximately 32 tons of equipment. Prior to their departure from Japan, VATF-1 and California Task Force 2 (CATF-2) transferred nearly $145,000 in equipment to the Ofunato fire department to assist with local recovery efforts. The equipment included: four zodiac boat kits—containing boats, motors, fuel tanks, and paddles, 16 kerosene heaters, 160 cots, and 160 sleeping bags.
Media representatives will have the opportunity to interview members and their families only at the Academy immediately following their arrival from Dulles International Airport. There are no other scheduled opportunities for media interviews after members are released from the Academy.
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.