Virginia Task Force One Participates in USAID Full-Scale Training Exercise, April 24-26, 2015

 vatf1patchVirginia Task Force One (VA-TF1) will participate in a full-scale training exercise, April 24-26, 2015 throughout the metropolitan area. The operational exercise and training begin with an advisory team notification, simulating an international deployment to a natural disaster event. The exercise concludes April 26 with the team returning to VA-TF1 headquarters, 14725 Flint Lee Road, Chantilly.

The training exercise will include several training objectives, including: deployment of a heavy team in a field setting; exercise and evaluate the heavy Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team concept; evaluate the set-up and management of base of operations; exercise coordination of operations with a local emergency management agency; and exercise coordination with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USAR teams. Throughout the exercise, VA-TF1 will conduct operations as a heavy international team and will operate with US military teams, DHS USAR teams, in complex reality based search and rescue scenarios.

This exercise is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Media representatives are invited to join VA-TF1 during the training.

For more information about the exercise, contact Battalion Chief Chris Schaff, VA-TF1 Program Manager, 571-722-7046, or visit www.vatf1.org for more information about VA-TF1.