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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): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000


Virginia Task Force 1 Sent to Haiti School Collapse

Virginia Task Force 1, Fairfax County's urban search and rescue team was activated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Friday evening, November 7, 2008, and deployed to a school collapse in the Haitian town of Petionville, near the capital of Port-au-Prince. The 38-member team arrived in Haiti Saturday morning, November, 8, 2008.

The medium Type III team includes:  four search and rescue canines, search and technical rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, engineers, other support personnel, and approximately 31,000 pounds of equipment and supplies. The task force will be working alongside a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) when they arrive. The team is self-sustaining for approximately 14 days.

Virginia Task Force 1 recently deployed for Hurricane Gustav in August as a partner with the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, as a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the task force maintains constant operational readiness, and is a local resource for residents of Fairfax County when needed.


For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Ral G. Castillo, 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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