VA-TF1 was deployed at the request of FEMA at 3 a.m this morning. The 80 person team received orders to deploy to West Columbia South Carolina. The team arrived at approximately 1 p.m and immediately reported to the South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center for assignment.
The South Carolina State EOC in corporation with FEMA, assigned VA-TF1 to the Clarendon County area where they are currently staging and meeting with local emergency management officials to determine the level of assistance needed.
VA-TF1 deployed with swift and still water rescue capabilities and is prepared to perform search and rescue missions as needed.