Friday, January 15, 2010

One of our Own in Haiti.........

The article below and the picture appeared on the New Jersey Star Ledger website this afternoon. (thanks to CERT trainer Jack for the link).The link is below.

Yes, that man in the stars and stripes headwrap is our very own CERT instructor Steve Willey. Steve is a structural engineer with Virginia Task force one.

Steve was deployed earlier this week with the rest of VA TF 1 to assist in the Haiti SAR response. There are many VA TF1 members currently on the ground assisting in rescuing the thousands of trapped people in the Port au Prince area.
We wish Steve a safe and productive deployment with VATF-1; and a speedy return home when the job is done.
your volunteer PIO

Haiti Earthquake

Added by Donna Gialanella/The Star-Ledger on January 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM

A man identified as a U.S.citizen is rescued by the Fairfax, Va. County Fire and Rescue team from the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. The hotel collapsed during the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. Rescue workers said both his legs had to be amputated to free extract him. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Press release from the website.

VATF1 Deploys to Haiti January 13, 2010 New

Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County's urban search and rescue team was activated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tuesday evening, January 12, 2010, to the earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The task force is composed of 72 personnel, 6 search and rescue canines, search and technical rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, other support personnel, and approximately 48 tons of rescue equipment and supplies. The team is self-sustaining for approximately 14 days.
The task force left from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Academy at 8:15 a.m., January 13, 2010. The task force deployed to the Haitian town of Petionville, near the capital of Port-au-Prince for a school collapse in November of 2008.
The task force has also deployed nationally to the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Pentagon, Hurricanes Katrina and Isabel. Additionally, they have deployed internationally to the bombing in Kenya, earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan, and Iran.
Additionally, as a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the task force maintains constant operational readiness, and is a local resource for residents of Fairfax County.