Urban Search and Rescue Team Returns From Haiti

Fairfax County team aided school collapse victims

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The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team was set to return to the D.C. area tonight after being deployed to Haiti to search for survivors of a horrific school collapse.

At least 89 people were killed when a school in the hills above Port-Au-Prince collapsed on Friday.

Thirty-eight members of Virginia Task Force 1 were deployed almost immediately.  They arrived at the disaster site on Saturday, along with more than 30,000 pounds of high-tech rescue equipment, as well as search and rescue canines.

The team is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors domestic deployments, and USAID sponsors overseas deployments.

Virginia Task Force 1 is one of only two international Urban Search and Rescue Teams in operation in the United States.  The other team is based in Los Angeles.

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