VATF-1 Activated for Hurricane Sandy

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-85
Date:  October 29, 2012

Virginia Task Force One (VATF-1), Fairfax County’s urban search and rescue team, was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency,  Sunday afternoon, October 28, 2012. The 80-person, heavy task force is staged at VATF-1’s headquarters and deployment center, 14725-H Flint Lee Road, Chantilly.

VATF-1 consists of firefighters, paramedics, search and rescue specialists, structural engineers, physicians, hazardous materials specialists, planning and logistical staff, and canines and handlers.  In addition to its regular complement of equipment, the team will also deploy with two inflatable boats, numerous PFD’s, and water rescue specialists.  The team is self-contained and is capable of deploying for up to 14 days without resupply or additional support.

VATF-1 is funded by the federal government, paying for all personnel, equipment, and deployment costs.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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