The Task Force has established their Base of Operations (BoO) in a baseball field in Nepal. LA County Search and Rescue will be co-located with the Task Force once they arrive in-country. Some displaced American citizens will be located near the teams in separate tents. Command and General Staff are actively involved in briefings and are working on intel for work sites.
Virginia Task One (VATF-1) was activated Saturday evening, April 25, 2015, by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in response to the massive earthquake in Nepal. The task force has been given a life-saving, search and rescue mission.
The 57-member medium task force departed from Dover, AFB, just after midnight Sunday, April 26, 2015, by Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft. The task force stopped for several hours in in Qatar.
Task force arrived safely in Nepal early Tuesday, April 27, 2015 and immediately established a Base of Operations on a baseball field.
“This deployment 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”