Urban Search and Rescue Virginia Task Force 1

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VA-TF1 members conduct a rescue operation after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
VA TF1 personnel on board a US Air Force C-17 transport en route to Nepal in 2015

Urban Search and Rescue Virginia Task Force 1 or VA-TF1 is a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based in Fairfax County, Virginia. VA-TF1 is sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.[1]

Established in 1986 as a domestic and international disaster response resource, sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Virginia Task Force 1 is rostered by approximately 200 specially trained career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel, with expertise in the rescue of victims from collapsed structures, following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.[2]

The team is composed of emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics and includes specialists in the fields of structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, canine and technical search.

Virginia Task Force 1 has partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency for domestic response and the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to provide international response to natural and man-made disasters. As a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the task force maintains constant operational readiness as a local resource for residents of Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions.

Deployment[3][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US&R Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Virginia Task Force 1". Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "Past Missions". vatf1.org. 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Fairfax Fire/Rescue @ffxfirerescue". Twitter. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018. VA-TF1 has been activated by @fema as a 16-person water rescue team in response to #HurricaneMichael. Expected departure this morning. @ffxfirerescue
  5. ^ "Fairfax Fire/Rescue @ffxfirerescue". Twitter. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018. @VATF1 has been activated. Two water rescue teams will be departing to assist with rescue efforts related to #HurricaneFlorence. #news #fcfrd
  6. ^ "Fairfax Fire/Rescue @ffxfirerescue". Twitter. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018. Captain Tracey Reed, member of @VATF1 provides an update. One team departing shortly. #fcfrd #HurricaneFlorence #florence
  7. ^ "Fairfax Fire/Rescue on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Tsunami Update 4: Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) deploying to Japan". FEMA Blog. FEMA. 11 March 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2010/pr100112.html Archived October 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. USAID Responds Immediately to Haiti Earthquake PRESS RELEASE January 12, 2010
  10. ^ "Virginia Task Force 1 News & Info". Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Fairfax County Government. 11 March 2012. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Virginia Task Force 1". Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Fairfax County Government. 6 November 2009. Archived from the original on 24 August 2016.

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